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Cabin Horse Camping with Bushman Expedition Outfitters

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Horse camping is not much different than backpacking; you just don’t carry the weight on your back.  Bushman Expedition Outfitters has idea options for your next horse camping trip.  Think about packing clothes that can be worn in layers; Bushman Expedition Outfitters has a variety of cotton options that are comfortable, functional, and great looking.  Cotton t-shirts are comfortable, work well as a layered garment, and look great around the campfire.  You will also need a cowboy or outback style hat to keep the sun out of your eyes and off your neck.  You will want durable pants that are comfortable, have lots of pockets, and can stand-up to a day in the saddle.

Horse Camping with Bushman Expedition Outfitters

Photo Source:  tetoncabins.com

Nothing brings you more in touch with the wilderness than horse camping.  Leave the motor vehicle behind and strike out into nature on your very own horse camping adventure.  BUSHMAN EXPEDITION OUTFITTERS supports the respectful appreciation of nature and the personal grow that can be experienced on the trail.  Check out these horse camping locations and start planning your adventure today. 

Horse Heaven Cabin, Idaho 

This historic cabin was built in 1939 by the Civilian Conservation Corps for use as a fireman's cabin.  At 7,100 feet, the horse and stock animal friendly cabin bisects the 1.2 million-acre Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and the 2.3 million-acre Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness areas.  This is a wilderness camp with significant populations of wildlife including; mountain lions, grey wolves, lynx, coyote, fox, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, elk, moose, deer, black bears.  The cabin is rustic with just one-room and equipped with two built-in bunk beds that can accommodate up to four people. The cabin has a rustic interior with a table, chairs, propane cook stove, propane lantern, and a wood stove for heat.  Basic cooking and eating utensils are provided, as well as some cooking pots. Firewood for the stove is also provided.  Recreation in the area includes hunting, fishing, and endless miles of trails to explore.  Campers will need to bring their own horses or stock animals.  Getting to the cabin requires a high-clearance vehicle year-round.  Maps of the area can be obtained from the forest service. 

Getting There:  From Elk City, Idaho, campers travel southeast on Highway 14 and Forest Road 222. Continue east on Forest Road 468 for about 36 miles to the cabin.

 Chapel Cave is a popular ride for equestrians staying in the cabin at Horse Lover Lodge, Ohio. Photo Source:  hockinghills.com

 Chapel Cave is a popular ride for equestrians staying in the cabin at Horse Lover Lodge, Ohio. Photo Source:  hockinghills.com 

Horse Lover Lodge, Ohio

Horse Lover Lodge is located on 5.71 secluded acres and just a few minutes ride from 10,000 acres that form the Hocking Hills State Forest and adjacent state parks.  The cabin is well established with 3 bedrooms, two bath, hot tub, grill, and fire pit. Chapel Cave, also known as 21-horse cave, is a popular destination.  Visitors will need to bring their own horses.  The lodge is equipped with two shaded pastures, hay, and water troughs.  The parking area is large enough for truck/trailer combinations with electric hookup available.  To reach horse trails from the lodge, visitors will ride a mile over quiet backcountry roads.  From the trailhead, there are over 40 miles of trails to explore.  Chapel Cave is approximately 25 minutes away and Old Man’s Cave is approximately a 2.5 hour ride.  Maps of the area can be obtained from the forest service.

Getting There:  Take State Route 678 to Gibisonville, Ohio, then travel south on Cream Ridge Road to the lodge.

 

 

Weminuche Wilderness of the San Juan Mountains offers horse campers some of the most remote wilderness in the country.  Photo Source: overthehilloutfitters.com/horseback.com 

Over the Hill Outfitters, Colorado 

Located near Durango, Colorado, this horse guiding service travels deep in the Weminuche Wilderness of the San Juan Mountains, an area consider one of the remote and spectacular in the continental United States. The area was heavily glaciated in the last ice age creating large valleys and dramatic hanging waterfalls.  There are many camping options in this area; the lower camp is at 10,500 feet next to the Florida River.  There is a full-service camp here with sleep tents and a cook tent that boasts baked biscuits and pies.  Bear and elk will be your neighbors in this isolated camp.  Another 1,000 feet up and you can stay in the West Virginia Camp, at 11,300 feet.  Fish wild streams with native cutthroat and Rainbow Trout and the crystal clear waters of shimmering Emerald Lake.  After you and your horse return to camp, relax next to the fire under a blanket of stars and tell your fellow campers about the “big one” that got away.  Horses and all gear can be rented from Over the Hill Outfitters, riding and packing classes are also available at the ranch. 

Getting There:  From Durango, Colorado, take highway 160-550 towards Pagosa Springs.  At the stoplight, take CR 234 north for approximately 4 miles, the Over the Hill Outfitters ranch will be on the left with ample parking at the first entrance. 

Planning Tips for Your Cabin Horse Camping Adventure 

Horse camping is not much different than backpacking; you just don’t carry the weight on your back.  Bushman Expedition Outfitters has idea options for your next horse camping trip.  Think about packing clothes that can be worn in layers; Bushman Expedition Outfitters has a variety of cotton options that are comfortable, functional, and great looking.  Cotton t-shirts are comfortable, work well as a layered garment, and look great around the campfire.  You will also need a cowboy or outback style hat to keep the sun out of your eyes and off your neck.  You will want durable pants that are comfortable, have lots of pockets, and can stand-up to a day in the saddle.


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