Camping with Horses and Pack Animals
Camping is by permit only in three established campgrounds. Permits must be obtained at the Bear Valley Visitor Center before starting your trip. All advance reservations are now handled by Recreation.gov. Visit our Backcountry Camping page for more information.
The maximum number of horses or pack animals permitted overnight at Sky, Coast and Wildcat Campgrounds is six. Horses are not permitted over-night at Glen Camp. Llamas are not permitted at Coast Campground.
Pack animals and horses must be tied to hitching rails. Do not hitch animals to water supply faucets or picnic tables.
Grazing in the wilderness areas is prohibited. All feed for the animals must be packed in with you. In order to control the spread of non-native plants, please bring in only weed-free feed.
There is usually potable water available at each of the camps from faucets. Sky and Wildcat Campgrounds also have a water trough for horses and pack animals.
Commercial Horseback Trips
Special Use Permits are required for commercial horseback riding or pack trains into the backcountry. Call 415-464-5111 for more information.
Stewart's Horse Camp
Overnight camping is also available during the summer and fall at Stewart's Horse Camp. This is a privately managed camp located on Highway 1, 0.4 kilometer (1/4 mile) north of Five Brooks Trailhead. Stewart's Horse Camp is currently closed.
Since late 2018, when the former operator notified the National Park Service (NPS) they would no longer be operating the Stewart Horse Camp within Point Reyes National Seashore, the NPS has been working to coordinate the continued seasonal operation of the Horse Camp without an interruption of visitor services. The NPS is in the process of obtaining approval for a temporary concession contract, including identification of qualified operator, which will allow services to continue while the NPS develops the longer term contract for operations at this site. The NPS anticipates operations under the temporary contract to commence sometime in May 2019. Please check back here for updates.
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