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.
Special Use Permits are required for commercial horseback riding or pack trains into the backcountry. Call 415-464-5111 for more information.
Overnight camping is also available 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. 415-663-1362
The term of the concession contract for Stewart Horse Camp is due to expire in March of 2018, after 10 years, as is standard for NPS concession contracts. This is part of normal business practices for the National Park Service. In order to facilitate horseback visitation at Point Reyes National Seashore, the park will offer an extension of the existing contract to the current Concessioner while working on the development of a new business prospectus for this operation.
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