Great Basin � Horseback Riding
Great Basin National Park is a great destination for horseback riding. Many people also use pack animals to carry gear while they backpack. Horses and other pack animals (mules, burros, and llamas) are welcome in the park backcountry but are not allowed in developed campgrounds. Camping is not allowed at trailheads.
Horses and pack animals are prohibited on paved roads and other developed areas (picnic areas, visitor center areas), on self-guided interpretive trails, and in day-use zones.
Horses and pack animals are allowed on all trails except: Wheeler Peak Day Use Area trails, Osceola Ditch trail, Lexington Arch trail, and Baker to Johnson Lake Cutoff trail.
Up to 6 horses or pack animals are allowed per group for day or overnight use. Larger groups may request an exception to these limits from the Park Superintendent under the terms of a Special Use Permit.
Manure piles dropped at trailheads or in overnight backcountry camping areas must be scattered.
All feed must be certified "weed free." Visitors are asked to use weed-free feed for one week prior to arrival, to help reduce the spread of noxious weeds. Visitors will be required to show proof of certification for any hay or straw used while in Great Basin National Park.
Do not tie animals to trees or other vegetation for more than 60 minutes or in a manner that causes damage to park resources.
Do not picket, hobble, or allow animals to graze within 100 feet of any lake, stream, spring, or riparian area.
Horses or pack animals may not be tied to or secured within historic structures such as cabins, mills or corrals.
Horse trailers may not be cleaned out in the park.
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