Chief Paulina Horse Camp

Area Status: Open
Chief Paulina Campsite

This campground is located near Paulina Lake in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. This is the only horse campground in the caldera and provides the horse enthusiast a great way to sight-see throughout the entire monument area. There are a couple of resorts nearby for camping supplies and restaurants.

Find a map of this campground here.

There is no drinking water at this site, only a water pump for horses. There is also no cell phone coverage.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Visit for current operating dates and to make a reservation. This campground will be closing at noon on September 15, 2024, and the last night to reserve a campsite is September 14, 2024.
Reservations: Reservations can be made online at or by calling toll free 1-877-444-6777 (International 606-515-6777 or TDD 877-833-6777). 
  • 2-Horse Campsite Rate: $19/night
  • 4-Horse Campsite Rate: $23/night
  • One vehicle included with reservation – Each Additional Vehicle: $10.00
NOTE: Holders of a Golden Age and Golden Access Passports and Senior and Access Passes are entitled to the following discounts on expanded amenity recreation fees: -  A 50 percent discount on the fee for a single camping unit. This discount does not apply to use of a cabin, lookout, double camping unit, triple camping unit, group camping unit, extra vehicle fees, or any additional camping units and separately charged utility, water, hook-up or day use fees.
Open Season: June 14, 2024 - September 15, 2024
Usage: Light
  • Maximum site spur length is 26 feet.
  • As part of a larger effort to reduce invasive species on national forest lands, weed-free feed is required on the Deschutes National Forest. Locate a weed-free feed vendor near you.
Closest Towns: Sunriver / La Pine
Water: No Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Vista Recreation
Information Center: Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District
63095 Deschutes Market Road
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 383-5300

General Information


From Bend, OR: Travel 24 miles south on Highway 97, then 14 miles east on Paulina Lake Road (County Road 21).

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Horse Camping

The spurs are large with double or quadruple corrals. Campers should come prepared, while there is a water pump for the livestock, there is no drinking water.  The roads are unpaved as are the spurs.   The sites are all back in, but are ample for most situations.  

No. of Sites 14 single site(s)
Reservation Info This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at
No. of Accessible sites None

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