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part ofDeschutes National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Thu Jun 18 2015   Season Dates


Quinn Meadow Horse Campground is situated in Deschutes National Forest. It is the largest and one of the most popular horse campgrounds in the area, offering visitors scenic views and access to an abundance of recreational activities in the Cascades region.

Natural Features:

A favorite among horse enthusiasts, the campground is nestled in a mixed-conifer forest in close proximity to snow-capped peaks, high elevation lakes, scenic rivers and several wilderness areas.

Adjacent to the campground is spring-fed Quinn Creek which flows into Hosmer Lake. Just 45 minutes from Bend, this emerald beauty sits on the backside of Mt. Bachelor with the Three Sisters Wilderness in the distance.

The area provides habitat for mammals such as mule deer, coyote, and cougar. Migratory birds and native fish also call the area home. These species, along with many others, depend on surrounding undeveloped wilderness, clean streams and diverse forests to live.


A favorite among horse enthusiasts, the campground provides visitors access to a variety of trails. Lakes, lava flows, and forested area provide the backdrop for many of these rides.

Quinn Creek Trail is short and sweet and begins in the campground. It follows Quinn Creek past the north end of Hosmer Lake and on to the Metolius-Windigo Horse Trail. With only a short shuttle by bike or car between Sparks and Devils Lake, a longer, 11-mile loop can be made by connecting the Katsuk Pond Trail from Devils Lake Trailhead to Quinn Creek, and then on to Sparks Lake via the Metolius-Windigo Horse Trail.

The Metolius-Windigo Trail is a long-distance trail open to horseback riders, hikers and mountain bikers. It can be accessed from several trailheads. At over 100 miles in length, this trail begins near the Metolius River headwaters west of Sisters and runs south to Windigo Pass near Crescent Lake.

The trail was created in the 1980s, primarily to serve long-distance horseback riders seeking an alternative to the Pacific Crest Trail. Because of its lower elevation, this trail is snow-free longer than trails at higher elevations. It passes through a wide variety of scenic terrain and forest types.


The campground offers several large equestrian sites that open up to a vast riding area on the southwest side of Mt. Bachelor. Sites are equipped with double or quadruple corrals and horse stalls. A manure pit and watering hole are on-site. Horses may be watered only at Sink Creek, and cleaning up manure, hay and trash is required prior to detarture.

The campground is equipped with Adirondack picnic shelters, tables, campfire rings, vault toilets and drinking water. Electrical hookups are not available. Ample room for parking vehicles and trailers is available at each site.

Horse campgrounds have been designed to accommodate campers with horses. With a limited number of these kinds of facilities, please consider camping in one of the many other campgrounds nearby if you do not have a horse.

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 educational programs and exhibits.

Visitors enjoy traveling the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, known as Oregon's Highway in the Sky. The 66-mile drive through the Cascade Mountain Range weaves through snow-capped peaks and alpine lakes, highlighting the beauty of central Oregon.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Adirondack Shelter
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Equestrian Sites
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horse Corrals
  • Horse Stalls
  • Horse Watering Station
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Host
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Self Pay Station
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
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):
43.99778, -121.78667
43°59'52"N, 121°47'12"W

From Bend, travel southwest on Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway for 31.2 miles to the campground entrance.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 8516
Coburg  OR  97408

Phone Number:

Information:  (541)338-7869
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