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Chief Paulina Horse Campground, OR

part ofDeschutes National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: Chief Paulina Horse Campground
Status: Open through Sun Sep 27 2015   Season Dates


Chief Paulina Horse Campground is the only horse campground located in Newberry National Volcanic Monument in Deschutes National Forest. A favorite for horse enthusiasts, the campground provides visitors with access to 50,000+ acres of lakes, lava flows and spectacular geologic features.

Natural Features:

Visitors can catch a glimpse of the area's unique geological features by exploring nearby Paulina Lake, located within the collapsed crater, or "caldera" of Newberry Volcano.

The lake covers a surface area of 1,531 acres and reaches depths of up to 250 ft., but neither Paulina Lake or its twin, East Lake, receives water from an inlet stream. Instead, each lake relies on relies on rain, snowmelt and hot springs for water.

Paulina Creek drains the lake and has chiseled a narrow gorge through the caldera's west wall creating a remarkable twin waterfall. Thermal vents and hot springs along the lake's northeast edge help create a highly productive ecosystem.

Wetlands, diverse forests, and rocky slopes near the campground provide a necessary habitat for shorebirds, racoons, deer, bats, and the occasional black bear.

In September, the outlet of Paulina Lake may be choked with Kokanee salmon moving to spawn in Paulina Creek.


Visitors on horseback can explore the area on a variety of trails, with several trailheads located at the campground. Lakes, lava flows and forested areas provide a beautiful scenic backdrop for a variety of rides.

The Crater Rim Trail, considered one of the premiere high country trails in the area, boasts vast stretches of forest, desert and mountain views, with many access points and connector trails for convenient and customized rides.

For visitors who enjoy hiking, the Peter Skene Ogden National Scenic Trail parallels Paulina Creek as it ascends 8.5 miles to the spectacular Paulina Lake.

Lost Lake Trail traverses drier landscapes and heads up from the lakes into a more arid part of the Newberry Caldera. This trail affords some excellent views of The Big Obsidian Flow as well as pumice flats and other features of Newberry Volcanic National Monument. The start of the trail is near Big Obsidian Flow.


This campground provides the basic amenities for horse camping, including large equestrian sites with double or quadruple corrals and ample room for parking vehicles and trailers. Roads in the campground are unpaved as are the spurs.

While there is a water pump for the live stock, no drinking water is available. Restaurants and basic supplies are available at nearby resorts.

Nearby Attractions:

Lava Lands Visitor Center in nearby Bend, Oregon, is a great starting point for visitors to learn about the diverse landscape and history of the area through interpretive programs and exhibits.

Visitors can explore the Lava River Cave, also located in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. At 5,211 feet (1,588 m) in length, the northwest section of the cave is the longest continuous lava tube in Oregon.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Firewood
  • Flush Toilet
  • Flush Toilets
  • Horse Corrals
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Picnic Area
  • Self Pay Station
  • Trash Collection
  • Water
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Lake Access
Within 10 Miles
  • Dump Station
  • Grocery Store
Know Before You Go
  • Horses require certified weed-seed-free hay or feed
  • Clean packs, equipment and tires before using lake or trails
  • No cell phone coverage available
  • The camping fee includes entry for one vehicle and one legally towed vehicle, any extra vehicles will be subject to an extra vehicle fee at the campground
  • Camping fee separate from entrance fee to Newberry Volcanic National Monument
  • $10 fee charged to use dump station located at entrance of Paulina Lake Campground
  • Click here for more information about Deschutes National Forest.

  • Don't Move Firewood: Please protect Pacific Northwest forests by preventing the spread of invasive species. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that can threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by obtaining and burning your firewood near your camping destination. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
43.70361, -121.255
43°42'13"N, 121°15'18"W

From Bend go south 23.5 miles on Hwy 97, then 13.9 miles east on Rd. 21

From La Pine go north 5 miles on Hwy 97, then 13.9 miles east on Rd. 21

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Chief Paulina Horse Campground
PO Box 8516
Coburg  OR  97408

Phone Number:

Information:  (541)338-7869
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