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Ten Horse-Friendly Camping Destinations

Camping is always more fun when done horseback, and these destinations are more than happy to have you!

Get out of the arena and take your horse to one of these 10 horse-friendly camping destinations. Journal photo.

Pack up the horses and some gear, because we’re going camping! Forget the cell phones; where we’re going is nature’s playground, where we can enjoy our good ol’ American Quarter Horse and some spectacular scenery.

1. Yosemite National Park, California

Enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife underneath Half Dome and across the wide open wildflower fields.

2. Zion, Utah

The colorful canyons and trails offer you a day’s worth of fun with your horse.

3. North Cascades, Washington

The mountains include rugged terrain and tremendous views.

4. Fort Ridgely State Park, Minnesota

Fort Ridgely offers many recreational trails for you to enjoy the pleasant scenery.

5. Kings Canyon, California

Follow the Kings and San Joaquin Rivers through the wilderness and the giant sequoia groves.

6. Hindman, Kentucky

Saddle up and go scouting for elk in the Kentucky mornings!

7. Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

Explore a wide range of elevations in the Great Smoky Mountains and hundreds of miles of trails.

8. Arches, Utah

Explore some amazing scenery in the red desert of Utah. With more than 2,000 natural arches, including the famous Delicate Arch, it should be on your itinerary.

9. Glenwood Canyon, Colorado

Home to endless amounts of wildlife and plenty of touristy attractions, Glenwood Canyon is a beautiful place to explore at any time of year.

10. Grand Canyon, Arizona

Although an experienced horse and rider is required, the trails around the rim of the Grand Canyon are a sight to see. Or, visit one of the many tour guide stations and hop aboard one of their experienced horses!

Want to fill your horseback riding calendar even further? Map out some AQHA trail rides near you.