Favorite Camping Spots

VVR members LOVE to camp. Although there are a lot of horse camping locations around, VVR has a few "favorites."

USDA Forest Service Horse Camps (opens in new window)

Nehalem Bay State Park's address is 34600 Garey St., Nehalem Bay, Oregon. The state park is located on a 4 mile-long sand spit.  There are 17 primitive horse sites each with two 11 x 11 stalls that state to accommodate two horses each. Experience has shown that they are best suited for one horse each. There is potable water and porta-potties located throughout the camp. The "civilized" campground has restrooms and showers within walking distance from the horse camp. The sites are primitive but do include a fire ring and semi-level parking for rigs.  Trails include ocean shoreline, bay shoreline, heavy brush, and service access roads. There are deer, elk, and other wildlife in the area. Reservations required.

Chief Paulina Horse Camp is the only horse campground located in Newberry National Volcanic Monument in the Deschutes National Forest.  The campground provides visitors with access to 50,000+ acres of lakes, lava flows, and spectacular geologic features.  The campground provides basic amenities including large equestrian sites with double or quadruple corrals and ample room for parking rigs. Roads are unpaved as are the spurs. There is a water tank for livestock but NO potable drinking water. Restaurants and basic supplies are available at nearby resorts.

The Glenwood Rodeo Grounds are near Goldendale, Washington. Their address is 63 Trout Lake Hwy, Glenwood, Washington, 98619.  VVR frequently camps there over Memorial Day Weekend in May. This has become a VVR tradition because the weather on that side of Mt. Adams is usually better than in Oregon which traditionally has rain over the Memorial Day weekend.  The riding is great and there are plenty of outside pole stalls for horses. The campsites are in the trees and are very primitive.  There is potable water located throughout the camp. The rodeo ground's restrooms are usually open for us as well. There are miles of trails that leave right from camp. We have riders lead rides throughout the different trails.

Sheep Springs Campground

Sheep Springs Horse Campground sits in the spectacular Metolius River Basin area in Deschutes National Forest. In close proximity to snow-capped peaks, high elevation lakes, scenic rivers, and several wilderness areas.  The campground has 11 large equestrian  sites, each equipped with a 4-place box stall, picnic tables, campfire rings and grills, and ample room for rigs. Drinking water and a vault toilet are also provided.

This pleasant well developed horse camp is located in a wooded site on the base of Mount Adams. There is a loading ramp and water for stock only. Water is not for human consumption. Each site has a highline. An open field next to the campground provides space for over flow camping and a beautiful view of the mountain. A twenty mile trail system that can lead to Mt. Adams Wilderness is accessible from the campground.

L.L. “Stub” Stewart State Park— Hares Canyon Horse Camp

Open March 1 through October 15. 13 full-hookup sites with four-stall corrals, Two double-size full-hookup sites with six-stall corrals, Manure bins, Flush toilets and hot showers.  Note: All RV hookup sites are at least 50 feet long