Box Canyon Horse Camp

Box Canyon Horse Camp is a primitive campground developed to provide access for equestrians to both wilderness and undeveloped roadless areas west of the Cascade crest. Groves of conifers and scattered meadows make an appealing setting for both hikers and packsaddle enthusiasts.

Basic facilities such as tables, vault toilets and fire pits are provided as well as packsaddle specific amenities such as a stock hitching posts, corrals and water trough. There is no potable water (drinking water). In summer, water is piped into the trough for stock only (not safe for drinking); check before you go to see if water is available. Garbage service is not provided so please keep a pack-in pack-out camp and follow Leave No Trace guidelines.

The campground is open year-round but access is dependent on Forest Service Road 19 (Aufderheide Scenic Byway) conditions. This road is open in the winter but can become impassable, as it is not maintained for snow and ice. Travel is at your own risk. See Forest Service Road 19 conditions.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Box Canyon Horse Camp is open year-round, but Forest Service Road 19 is not maintained for snow and ice in the winter.
Reservations: No advance reservations. All sites are first come first serve.
Fees: No Fee
Open Season: Year Round, but Forest Service Rd 19 is not maintained for snow and ice in the winter
Usage: Medium
  • Maximum trailer length 30 feet
  • Camping is not allowed more than 14 days in a 60 day period.
  • Use of chainsaws in the campground is prohibited
  • Dogs MUST be on leash at all times within the campground
Closest Towns: Blue River, OR
McKenzie Bridge, OR
Water: No drinking water
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Willamette National Forest
Information Center: McKenzie River Ranger District

General Information


From Blue River, OR, travel 4 miles east on Highway 126 to Aufderheide Drive (Forest Service Road 19).

Continue south on Aufderheide Drive, taking a right at the Y and climbing to the top of Cougar Reservoir.  

Continue south on Aurderheide Drive past Cougar Reservoir for 31 miles to Box Canyon Horse Camp on the west side of the road at the top of the pass.

General Notes:

Campground Map

  • Fire rings, corrals, ample parking, tables
  • Watering for animals only, NO drinking water
  • NO garbage service. Please pack it in, pack it out!

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Campground Camping

Day Hiking

Horse Camping

Tent, auto, trailer sites (maximum trailer length 30 feet)

Corrals, watering for animals only

No. of Sites 13
Reservation Info No reservations. Sites are available on a first come, first served basis.
No. of Accessible sites None

Horse Riding

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3750 feet