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Acton-Agua Dulce
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Acton and Agua Dulce California
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More Difficult 
 
 
  (Not Star Rated)
0  
Mammoth/Bishop
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Agnew Horse Camp
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100
Challenging 
 
Primitive,Toilet,Pump,No Hookups
 
5 Tie-up,water
Santa Clarita
Weather

Agua Dulce/Acton
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20
Not Rated 
 
 
  (Not Star Rated)
0    
Lone Pine
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Alabama Hills -- De La Cour Ranch
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50
Easy 
 
lodging, shower, toilet,pump
 
5 stall, tie-up, water
Apple Valley, Hesperia, Lucerne Valley, Victorvile
Weather

Apple Valley Horsemen's Center
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0
Not Rated 
  (Not Star Rated)
Primitive, Toliet, Pump
 
7 Tie Up, Water
Yosemite
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Bison Creek RAnch
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50
More Difficult 
  (Not Star Rated)
 
  (Not Star Rated)
15    
San Diego
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Border Field State Park
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10
Easy 
 
Day
  (Not Star Rated)
0 Day
Temecula
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BOULDER RIDGE RANCH
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700
More Difficult 
  (Not Star Rated)
 
  (Not Star Rated)
35   Photo
Burney
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Burney Mountain Guest Ranch
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200
More Difficult 
  (Not Star Rated)
cabins
  (Not Star Rated)
0 Stall Photo
Santa Cruz
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Butano State Park - Butano Fire Trail
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8
Easy 
  (Not Star Rated)
 
  (Not Star Rated)
0    
valley springs
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Camanche lake-Cowgirl Up Ranch
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0
Easy 
  (Not Star Rated)
 
  (Not Star Rated)
4    
San Juan Capistrano
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Caspers
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40
More Difficult 
 
 
 
20    
Sonora
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Clarks Fork Horse Camp
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300
Not Rated 
 
 
 
12  
San Diego
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Cuyamaca Rancho State Park-Los Caballos/Los Vaqueros
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100
Easy 
 
shower,toilet,pump
 
15 Corrals,Water
Raymond
Weather

Eastman Lake (Wildcat Campground)
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4
Not Rated 
  (Not Star Rated)
 
  (Not Star Rated)
4    
GRASS VALLEY
Weather

Fair Valley Boarding and overnight stays.
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1
Not Rated 
  (Not Star Rated)  
toilet, electric,water
  (Not Star Rated)  
2 stalls, pasture, arena ,  
Los Angeles-San Fernando Valley
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Grifith Park-Los Angeles, CA
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50
More Difficult 
 
 
 
0    
Los Angeles
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Hansen Dam Recreational Facility
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10
Easy 
 
 
  (Not Star Rated)
0  
Big Bear
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Heart Bar Equestrian Camp
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900
Rigorous 
 
 
 
0    
Norco
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Hidden Valley
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25
Easy 
 
 
 
0    
la canada
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horse flats/bandido, angeles nat forest
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60
Rigorous 
 
 
 
25  
Lone Pine
Weather

Horseshoe Meadows
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200
Challenging 
 
toilet, water,
 
10 water, stream, corrals Photo
Lone Pine
Weather

Horseshoe Meadows DeLaCour Ranch
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10
More Difficult 
  (Not Star Rated)  
shower, toilet, pump, lodging
  (Not Star Rated)  
20 stall, tie-up, water  
Lone Pine
Weather

Horseshoe Meadows Equestrian Campground
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100
Challenging 
  (Not Star Rated)
 
  (Not Star Rated)
10    
La Quinta
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Lake Cahuilla Equestrian Campground
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20
Challenging 
  (Not Star Rated)
 
  (Not Star Rated)
20    
Catalina Island
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Las Caballeras All Women Ride on Catalina Island
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200
More Difficult 
 
 
 
1   Photo
MALIBU
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MALIBU LAKE RIDERS
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5
Easy 
 
 
 
0 toliet day tie up stream Photo
Boulevard
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Manzinita Horse Camp
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50
Easy 
  (Not Star Rated)
Full Hook ups
  (Not Star Rated)
30 Corrals,Water
Crescent City
Weather

Mill Creek Horse Trail
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5
Easy 
 
 
  (Not Star Rated)
0   Photo
Foresthill
Weather

mountain spirit retreat
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5
More Difficult 
  (Not Star Rated)
 
  (Not Star Rated)
1  
Murrieta
Weather

Murrieta Creekbed
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3
Easy 
  (Not Star Rated)
Day
  (Not Star Rated)
0 Day, Stream
Malibu
Weather

Paramount Ranch. Laura Malibu Lake Riders
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4
Not Rated 
 
 
  (Not Star Rated)
0    
Quincy
Weather

Plumas Forest, Sierra Mountains - Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch
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200
Not Rated 
  (Not Star Rated)
 
  (Not Star Rated)
0    
La Porte
Weather

Plumas National Forest-Horse Camp @ Little Grassy
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15
More Difficult 
 
 
 
12    
Olympic Valley
Weather

Resort at Squaw Creek
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0
  
  (Not Star Rated)
Lodging
  (Not Star Rated)
0  
Lake Los Angeles
Weather

Saddleback State Park
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12
Easy 
 
 
 
12    
Big Bear/Riverside
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San Bernardino National Forrest-Wild Horse Equestrian
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50
More Difficult 
 
Shower,Toilet, No Hookups
 
11 Corrals,Water
Fallbrook
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Santa Margarita River Trails
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14
More Difficult 
 
 
  (Not Star Rated)
0    
Fresno
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Sequoia National Park
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800
More Difficult 
 
 
 
485  
Nevada City
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Skillman Flat Campground
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300
More Difficult 
 
 
 
15   Photo
Tuolumne
Weather

Slide Mountain Ranch
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100
Not Rated 
  (Not Star Rated)
 
  (Not Star Rated)
0    
Anza/Garner Valley
Weather

Sloan Lake
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20
Easy 
  (Not Star Rated)
 
  (Not Star Rated)
5    
Auburn
Weather

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Lodge
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500
More Difficult 
 
 
  (Not Star Rated)
6   Photo
Fiddletown
Weather

Spirit Valley Ranch
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5
Rigorous 
 
 
 
0  
Bear Valley
Weather

Stanislaus National Forest
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Challenging 
 
primitive
 
0    
South Lake Tahoe
Weather

Tahoe Horseback Riding Trails
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200
More Difficult 
  (Not Star Rated)
 
  (Not Star Rated)
25    
Lake Tahoe
Weather

Tahoe Rim Trail
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165
Rigorous 
 
 
  (Not Star Rated)
0  
Healdsburg
Weather

Thunderbird Ranch
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75
Easy 
 
shower, toilet, pump
 
6 stall, water
Ione
Weather

Turkey Hill Equestrian/Group Campground
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30
More Difficult 
 
Pump, Toilet, Shower,
 
7 Tie-up, Water Photo
Agua Dulce
Weather

Vasquez Rocks County Park
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25
Rigorous 
 
 
  (Not Star Rated)
0    
Agua Dulce/ Acton
Weather

Vasquez Rocks Horse Camp Sweetwater Movieland Ranch
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20
More Difficult 
  (Not Star Rated)  
lodging, Toilet, Overnight Dry Camp,Stalls
  (Not Star Rated)  
10 Stalls/ Water/ Turn outs/ Covered Arena  
Borrego Springs/San Diego
Weather

Vern Whitaker Horse Camp
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50
Easy 
  (Not Star Rated)
showers/water/toilet
  (Not Star Rated)
9 corral/water Photo
Wrightwood
Weather

Wrightwood Guest Ranch
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18
More Difficult 
  (Not Star Rated)
 
  (Not Star Rated)
0    
Mariposa
Weather

Yosemite - Bison Creek Ranch
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17
  
 
 
 
10  
Yosemite
Weather

Yosemite National Park
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20
Not Rated 
 
 
 
0  
Sonora
Weather

Yosemite National Park
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10
Rigorous 
  (Not Star Rated)
 
  (Not Star Rated)
20    

Notes:
Human facilities codes   

Day = Day Use Only
Elect = Electric Hookups
Primitive = Primitive Camp Only
Shower = Showers Available
Toilet = Toilets Available
Water = Water Hookups
Pump = Potable Water - No Hookups

Lodging = Cabins, bunkhouse, etc.

Horse facilities codes

Day = Day Use Only
Stall = Stalls Available
Tie-up = Tie-ups Available
Water = Water
Stream = Stream or creek, check in dry weather
Rentals = Horses for hire


Difficulty rating 
 Easy
(Gently sloping or level terrain; trails are groomed or wide open; shallow or no creek crossings. )
 More Difficult (Moderate hills over consistent surface; possibly some narrow trails and short steeper slopes)
 Rigorous (Easy to More Difficult for rider but physically challenging for horse such as on a level surface through deep sand)
 Challenging (Possible rocky, uneven surface, steep slopes, uncleared trails, faster flowing streams and other obstacles that lead to more difficult riding for rider and horse)


Additional sites with lists of trails and camps

Website Description
BuyHorseProperties.com California Gold Country Horse Trails - several trails are described along the route taken by prospectors in the California Gold Rush
California State Parks Over 100 miles of hiking and horse trails wind through the steep American River canyons and along the North and Middle Forks of the American River.
Deanne Del Vecchio Horseback riding around Lake Tahoe and the High Sierra.
Horse & Mule Trails Listing and description of trails and campgrounds offered by a variety of contributors.
Natalie Barn & Breakfast Terrific description of three trail systems near Auburn, CA along the Gold Country route. Included are the Tevis cup Trail, the American River Canyon Trails, and the Foothill and High country Trails.
National Park Service Yosemite National Park. Click on "Activities" to find horse trails.
National Park Service Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Click on Activities to find horse trails.
National Park Service Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Click on "Activities" to find horse trails
National Park Service City of Rocks. This link takes you to the main page which provides an overview of the park. Click on Activities to find out about horseback riding.
National Park Service RNSP contains 41 miles of horse trails.
San Diego County Trails Council Southern California Equestrian Directory
Sonoma County Horse Council Places to ride in northern California
South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce Horseback riding trails in the Lake Tahoe Region
Trail Explorers The Trail Explorer website is the only source for Trail Access Information (TAI) about trails on public lands enabling more informed decisions about which public lands to visit and which trails best meet their interests.
Trails, Stables, Stopovers Listing of various trails and stopovers. Information ranges from a name and phone number to a fairly good description of the site.