Horseback Riding Tips
Arizona's White Mountains
Horseback riding, once a traditional mode of travel
through backcountry terrain, has now become a recreational pastime for many
Any group of 75 or more need to apply for and receive
in advance a group use permit. The permit is free to non-commercial groups. The
permit system helps the Forest determine recreation use and locate groups in
case of a fire emergency. All groups must provide their own toilet
Groups less than 75 should contact the District
office and give the following information:
- Name of the group
- Area in which the group intends to ride
- Number of people and horses in the group
- Inquire as to special conditions of the intended riding
Local outfitters are available for groups that might
desire special services for extended rides, or overnight camping and
To encourage the implementation of proper horse handling, some
horse use etiquette tips are included as follows:
- Riding on trails and not short cutting will reduce
erosion problems and unwanted paralleling of trails.
- Refrain from riding in wet conditions or on muddy
trails as the weight of the horses badly damages the trail.
- Select camping areas off main trails to prevent overuse
of an area and reduce congestion with stock and people.
- Hay and grain for horses must be provided by each rider
in order that no infringement be made on grazing rights of local cattle grazing
permittees or wildlife.
- Camping spots should be located a minimum of 200 yards
from water sources to help prevent water contamination and allow for cattle and
wildlife to come in for water.
- When confining horses, do not tie them to live trees
for extended periods of time. Us a pole or rope hitch rail and select a site
where horses cannot trample tree roots or plants. Rocky ground is best.
- Before breaking camp, be sure you have left your
campsite in better condition than you found it. The
Pack-it-in/Pack-it-out rule applies.
For more information, please feel free to contact
the USDA Forest Service, Lakeside Ranger District at 520.368.5111 or you may
write us at 2022 W. White Mtn. Blvd., Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona 85935
Be sure to check with the Lakeside Ranger Station
for current information on trail conditions!
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appreciation to the USDA Forest Service, Lakeside District for providing this