Encampment River Trail Horseback Riding

The 3rd most popular equestrian trail in Wyoming.

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West of Cheyenne and south of Saratoga in the Medicine Bow National Forest, the 16 mile Encampment River Trail follows the namesake river through a narrow canyon. The route is open to horseback riding. It passes through a rugged gorge with bighorn sheep, mule dee and bald eagles.

The southern trailhead is just north of Encampment at the Encampment River Campground. The first five miles heading north are through arid river canyon on BLM land. At the five mile point, the trail enters the Encampment River Wilderness in the Medicine Bow National Forest (mountain bikes are not allowed into the wilderness area). The first few miles of trail are through dry sage canyon. The latter miles are through more dense pine forest which has been infested with the pine bettle which have caused damage.

To reach the Encampment River Campground trailhead from the town of Encampment, head west on SR70 for 1 mile. Turn left heading south on CR353 for 1.5 miles (staying to the left at the 1 mile point). The campground is well marked on the left and the trailhead is just on the south side of the campground.

Overall, Encampment River Trail is the 3rd most popular horse trail of all 33 horseback rides in Wyoming. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Encampment River Trail including Red Mountain Trail, Divide Peak Trail and Pipeline Horse Trailhead.

Encampment River (WY/US)

Encampment River (WY/US)

Encampment River (WY/US)

Encampment River (WY/US)

Encampment River Trail Horseback Riding Map



Local Contact(s):  Medicine Bow National Forest (307) 326-5258

Recommended Book:  "Trail Riding In Rocky Mountains" from Jean Llewellyn

Best Season:  May - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  BLM Encampment River Campground

Luxury Loding:  None

Breakfast Restaurant:  None

Reference Source:  click here https://www.fs.usda.gov/mbr

GPS:  41.183048, -106.79796249

Date Published:  12/26/2015

Date Updated:  4/4/2018

ID:  13873

Encampment River Trail Horseback Riding Map


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