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 three:"
- Arrive prepared. Buy your vehicle permit, check current visitor alerts and download maps in advance of your trip. Services and facilities may be limited, so bring everything you might need.
- Play it safe. Give full attention to your surroundings. Know your personal limits and don't take unnecessary risks.
- Follow the rules. Continue to follow all COVID-related guidance, and practice social distancing -- even outdoors. Help keep parks and trails pristine by staying on trails and disposing of trash properly.
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.
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.