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By Pam Burke 

Forest Service raising awareness on horse campsites


Last updated 4/28/2022 at 8:27am

Courtesy Back Country Horsemen of America

Horses are corraled at a U.S. Foreset Service horse campsite. The service and groups are trying to raise awareness that these sites are intended for use by people with livestock rather than general campers.

In the wake of a surge in popularity of outdoors vacationing across the nation, the U.S. Forest Service offices nationwide will be addressing the issue starting this summer of non-livestock users occupying campgrounds and campsites developed for people camping with horses, mules and other packing livestock.

After being approached by Back Country Horsemen of America and allied organizations, such as American Horse Council, USFS released a memo Nov. 15, 2021, outlining the need for action to raise awareness of the intended use of what USFS refers to collectively as horse campsites or horse c...

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