Horseback Riding & Pack Animals
Horses and other pack animals (mules, burros, and llamas) are welcome in the backcountry of Great Basin National Park. Horses are not allowed in developed campgrounds. Camping at trailheads is also prohibited.
When planning a horseback riding or pack trip, please keep the following regulations in mind:
Certified Weed-free Hay Is Required!Noxious weed free hay is now required! As of January 1, 2003, all hay and straw entering National Forests and National Parks must be Certified Noxious Weed Free. Animals must be fed Certified Weed Free hay for one week before arrival.
Visitors will be required to show proof of certification for any hay or straw used while in Great Basin National Park. Visitors using uncertified hay or straw will be fined. This program is intended to reduce the spread of invasive non-native weeds on federal lands. Invasive non-native weeds cost the environment, recreation, agriculture, and industry an estimated $23 billion a year.
The following websites have information and lists of weed-free hay providers in Nevada and Utah:
For more information, contact:
Did You Know?
One of the major ecological threats to the sagebrush-dominated Great Basin ecosystem is the introduction and spread of dozens of species of non-native plants. The most important of these, cheatgrass (or downy brome) covers the largest area: 25 million acres, one-third of the area of the Great Basin.