Guided mule rides and pack and saddle trips are available through Yosemite Hospitality from spring through fall.
Learn about Leave No Trace principles for stock.
Where Can Stock Go?
Except where otherwise posted or listed below, all designated trails in the park are open to stock use. Trails open to stock on the floor of Yosemite Valley are signed as bridle paths.
Trails Closed to Stock Use
Check wilderness permit stations for current trail conditions and any temporary closures. Stock use in any part of the park may be limited or prohibited when such action is necessary to protect park values or safety of park visitors. Any such closure will be published and posted.
Prepare Your Stock
Overnight boarding facilities, spot packing, and day rides are available from Yosemite Hospitality whose liveries are located within Yosemite National Park. Horse owners are responsible for making advance arrangements for overnight use and reservations are suggested for all services. Information may be obtained by calling Yosemite Hospitality at 209/372-4386, or by visiting Yosemite Hospitality's website.
Several commercial pack stations are authorized to provide certain services in Yosemite. If using trailheads within Yosemite, please use Yosemite Hospitality. If you are starting outside the park at a US Forest Service trailhead, contact the pack station in the appropriate area.
Frontcountry Stock Camps
In the front country, privately owned stock may be kept overnight only in campgrounds with designated stock sites.
Stock sites are available seasonally at Wawona Campground, Bridalveil Creek Campground, and Tuolumne Meadows Campground. Reservations are required. There is no stock camp in Yosemite Valley.
The Wawona and Bridalveil Creek horse camps have two sites each; the Tuolumne Meadows horse camp has four sites. Each site can accommodate up to six people and six head of stock. There is a limit of two vehicles and two stock trailers per parking area.
Commercial Use Authorizations
Additional information pertaining to those with pack stock commercial use authorizations:
Wilderness Stock Camps
Please follow Leave No Trace camping guidelines while camping with stock.
Each map is a PDF of about 3 MB
Benson Lake - 67 (closure in effect)
Benson Lake Trail Camp - 95 (closure in effect)
Cold Canyon - Smokey Jack - 147
Crescent Lake - 27 (closures in effect)
Dorothy Lake-Peninsula Camp - 144
Hook Lake-North - 97 (closures in effect)
Isberg Lake-West - 13 (closures in effect)
Isberg Lake-East - 142 (closures in effect)
Kerrick Canyon-PCT/Bear Valley Trail Junction - 87
Kerrick Canyon-Upper Kerrick Meadow-South - 138 (closures in effect)
Kerrick Canyon-Jose's Camp - 88
Kerrick Canyon-Lower Kerrick Meadow- 41
Kerrick Canyon-Middle Kerrick Meadow - 89
Lower Ottoway Trail Camp - 107
Lyell Canyon Emergency Overflow Camp -84
Lyell Canyon-Peninsula Camp - 124
Matterhorn Canyon-Junction Camp - 76
Matterhorn Canyon Trail Camp - 91
Miller Lake - 96 (closures in effect)
Rodger's Lake - 93 (closures in effect)
Slide Mountain Trail Camp - 43
Stubblefield Canyon Trail Camp - 66
Sunrise Creek Trail Camp; Camp Many Bears - 105
Triple Peak Fork Trail Camp - 81
Turner Meadow - 118 (closures in effect)
Virginia Canyon-Avalanche Camp - 123
Virginia Canyon-Castle Camp - 39 (closures in effect)
Virgina Canyon-Junction Camp - 37
Virginia Canyon-Roger's Camp - 99
Virginia Canyon-Table Camp - 98
Last updated: November 16, 2022