Horse Riding & Camping

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Recreation - Horsebackriding


The Boise National Forest has hundreds of trails available for horse use. Some have transfer stations and hitching posts. However, there are no trails dedicated only for horseback riding. All trails open to horses receive multiple use. 


VIEW AND PRINT:  Trail maps from the Districts.


2018 Cascade Ranger District Trail Map

2018 Mountain Home Ranger District Trail Map

2018 Idaho City Ranger District Trail Map

2018 Lowman Ranger District Trail Map

2018 Emmett Ranger District Trail Map



Horse trail maps depict trails that are suitable for horse riding with an understanding that the blue indexed trails on each map are also open to motorized use.  Horse riders need to be aware of the potential to encounter a motorized recreationist at any time on any of the trails and be prepared for such an encounter.  It’s also possible that motorized riders (such as ATVs or motorcycles) or mechanized riders (such as bicycles) may approach horses from behind. See the Motor Vehicle Use Maps.  Trails that are red indexed are open to horses and other non-motorized use only, such as bicycle riding and hiking.  Any horse rider may encounter opposing traffic unexpectedly and will need to be prepared for these encounters



There are additional trails within some Ranger Districts that are not shown on the maps that are not open to horseback riding.  For example, the Trinity Recreation Area is for hiking only, no horses. If you are unsure, please contact the Ranger District.


There are also four horse-friendly campgrounds on the Forest.

Idaho City Ranger District:

  1. Bald Mountain Campground
  2. Power Plant Campground
  3. Whoop-em-up Equestrian Campground


Lowman Ranger District:

  1. Bull Trout Lake Campground

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities