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part ofSan Bernardino National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sun Sep 27 2015   Season Dates


The Wild Horse Equestrian Campground is one of a handful that is equipped for corralling horses in the beautiful pine-forested mountains of Southern California. It is strategically located to provide campers with access to a variety of horseback riding trails, as well as the wide open meadows of the San Gorgonio Wilderness.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated high in the mountains, at an elevation of about 7,000 feet. Surrounding terrain is rocky and steep, but appropriate for both the beginner and intermediate rider. Tall pine trees cover the landscape, providing welcomed shade at the campground.


A variety of backcountry hiking, biking and horseback riding trails can be found near the campground, including the famed Santa Ana River Trail, which provides miles of scenic mountain views and points of exploration.

It is typically a one-hour loop ride that meanders through the area, but another route off the same trail will lead to a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail, several miles away.

A variety of other trailheads begin near the campground, including Fish Creek Meadow, Mission Creek, Dry Lake and South Fork, among others. Fishing is also available in the numerous nearby mountain streams.


The campground offers eight single-family campsites and three double campsites, available for tent and RV camping. Some sites are accessible and only campers with horses are allowed to use the campground.

Sites are equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills. Accessible flush toilets, showers and drinking water are provided.

More than two dozen single-horse corrals are provided, as well as a horse watering station, horse staging area and hitching racks. Parking space is limited at the campground.

Nearby Attractions:

The Big Bear Lake and its adjoining town are located approximately 20 miles from the campground, offering a variety of water-related recreation opportunities, as well as golf, shopping and restaurant options.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Campfire Circles
  • Creek Access
  • Drinking Water
  • Equestrian Sites
  • Fishing
  • Group Sites
  • Hiking
  • Hitching Racks
  • Horse Corrals
  • Horse Staging Area
  • Horse Watering Station
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Showers
  • Trailheads
Know Before You Go
  • Campers must have a horse at this campground.
  • Forest Service recommends one horse per stall.
  • This is a high elevation facility; please use caution when traveling from lower elevations
  • In accordance with standard industry practices, Mountain Top Recreation will be assessing a $5 additional vehicle fee on the second vehicle in each single family campsite, and on the third and fourth vehicles in any double family campsite, provided these vehicles are not joined to the first vehicle by a hitch and towed onto the site. In the case of motorcycles, the first two are considered to be one vehicle and the third and fourth are also considered to be one vehicle. No additional vehicle fees are collected for bicycles.
  • Click here for more information on the San Bernardino National Forest

Fire restrictions may be imposed at any time due to hot, dry weather conditions, at which time campfires and charcoal fires may not be allowed. For current fire conditions or weather-related closures contact the Big Bear Discovery Center, at (909) 866-3437.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.20194, -116.76722
34°12'7"N, 116°46'2"W

From I-10 in Redlands, turn onto State Highway 38 and continue north for approximately 31 miles, to Forest Route 1N02. Turn right and continue less than a mile to the campground.

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