Tours/Events

Deschutes River State Recreation Area - Horse Trail Reservation

You are making a reservation to ride your horse on the Old Railbed Trail at Deschutes River State Recreation Area. There is a reservation fee of $8 per horse.

The section of the Old Railbed trail open for horseback riding is a 22-mile (round trip) trail that follows the same route as the bicycle path, starting at the campground entrance parking lot, and ending at Harris Ranch. It's great for wildlife viewing, wildflower photography, and site-seeing in the Deschutes River Canyon.

Making a Horse Reservation:

  • Reservations are required to ride at Deschutes River State Recreation Area. No walk-ins are allowed. No exceptions.
  • Only 10 horses are allowed on the trail each day. (Indicate the number of horses you are making reservations for in the "Quantity" field below.)
  • You will receive a receipt and a single 2-part horse reservation via email after you’ve completed your reservation.
  • Please print your receipt and number of reservations shown on your receipt as purchased. Bring the receipt and all reservations to the park.  If you reserved spots for 3 horses, you will need 3 printed reservations.

When You Arrive:

  • Present your receipt and horse reservation(s) to the park host. They will be stamped “Reservation Confirmed.”

  • One-half of your stamped reservation must be displayed on the dashboard of each vehicle in your party. The other half of your stamped reservation must be kept with you and other members of your party at all times.

  • Parking: Horse trailer parking is available in the trailhead parking just inside the entrance of the park on the left.

Equestrian Trail Rules:

  • Only 10 horses per day are allowed.
  • The trail is open to horses from March 1 to June 30 only.
  • The trail is open to horses from sunrise to sunset only. No overnight horse camping.
  • All equestrian riders must stay on the trail at all times.
  • Do not water your horses at the river’s edge. Watering troughs are provided along the trail.
  • Horses only. No llamas, goats, mules, etc. Tethered horses with a guide are OK, but need a horse pass.
  • Commercial horseback use is prohibited.
  • No carts or wagons.
  • Horse manure in the parking lot must be cleaned up immediately.
  • Dogs are discouraged on the trail, but are allowed on a leash.

Etiquette & Safety:

  • Be aware that the equestrian trail is also shared with mountain bikers, fishermen, and hikers; this is the reason horseback riding is limited to only 10 horses per day, and riding is only allowed March thru June.
  • Ride in small groups.
  • Pass other trail users by riding single file on the uphill side of the trail.
  • Remember to share the trail with others.
  • Be sure to let cyclists and hikers know the best way to get around your group.

Need to cancel? You may cancel your horse reservation(s) online BEFORE 12 p.m. (noon) the day before the event and be issued a full refund. No refunds are issued for reservations canceled AFTER 12 p.m. the day before the event and for no-shows. If the park closes the trail due to conditions, we will send you an email notification and issue a full refund.