Thirteen Minnesota state parks offer campgrounds specially designed to accommodate horses and horse trailers. You must be accompanied by a horse to use these sites, they are not available to non-equestrians. Riders over the age of 16 need a Horse Pass to ride DNR-managed horse trails.
All sites have a picnic table and fire ring with grill, a hitching rail or high line, and access to water, primitive toilets, manure bins or bunkers. Several have optional electric hook-ups. Seasonal availability varies by park, but typically the horse campgrounds are open May 1 to November 1.
One horse trailer or tent per campsite, with a maximum of six people. Pets are allowed but must be leashed and attended at all times. Only approved firewood is allowed.
Coming to the park? Know the "Key 3:"
- Plan to be flexible. Explore new destinations and consider mid-week travel. Parks are busy as more people get outdoors, so we encourage you to discover a new favorite!
- Arrive prepared. Buy your vehicle permit, check visitor alerts and download maps before your trip.
- Recreate responsibly. Help conserve these special places for the future by staying on trails and leaving no trace.
Make a reservation
Online reservations can be made up to 120 days in advance, 24 hours a day, except for the first day a reservation becomes available. On that first day, reservations cannot be made online before 8 a.m. A non-refundable reservation fee ($10.00 for call center/$7.00 for web) is charged for each advance reservation.
For specific accessibility information, please call the park before reserving.
Rates and locations
Rate is per site, per night, and includes tax.
Add $10 per night for sites with electricity.
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* Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park also has double and triple occupancy sites. These sites charge the nightly rate times the occupancy rate allowed. (E.g., double sites are charged double the rate of a single occupancy site.)
** Fort Ridgely State Park has box stalls available for $5 per night.