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Camping with Horses, Part II

Published: 2/22/2017
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Editor's Note: Kathe Hayes is a longtime rider and resident of Colorado. Her love of the outdoors and desire to enhance public lands through education led her to San Juan Mountains Association where for 20 years she has been the Volunteer Program Director. She is a Leave No Trace Master Educator and assists with Leave No Trace education in SW Colorado.

Read Horse Camping, Part I

By Kathe Hayes

My friend, Barb Fjerstad, and I took an adventure to a place we had only read about in a horsemen’s magazine. The article described a great horse campground, Resumidero, and the promise of a truly great ride into the San Pedro Wilderness.

This area is located near Coyote, New Mexico in the Sante Fe National Forest. We did our research online about the Resumidero Campground, but also put a call into the local National Forest Service office to make sure of details. (Scroll down for links.)

We did have a great experience. We were told it is a popular camping area for horses. So we decided to beat the weekend warriors by going on a Wednesday and camping for two June nights.

The campground is very large and can accommodate many large rigs with no problem. There is a small stream running through the camp area but I would recommend bringing your own water as we did. The Forest Service is very proactive for this busy area and has provided porta-potties during the summer.

When we arrived, we noticed several horse rigs in the area. To our surprise, the New Mexico Back Country Horsemen were having their rendezvous here. They were expecting a lot of participants.

We secured a great campsite, set up our electric corrals, and then watched as 20-30 more rigs rolled into the area. Most of the BCHer’s highlined their horses. It was interesting to see all the different kinds of rigs and a great variety of horses. Barb and I were welcomed by the friendly group and invited to participate in their activities.

The next day we headed off for our ride with our San Pedro Wilderness map that we had ordered on line, and my very useful GAIA app on my phone. We started out on the Corralitos trail which begins at the campground.

Our ride would take us through Aspen groves and high mountain meadows with spectacular views. We even rode a section of the Continental Divide Trail, a new experience for me. Sometimes we lost the trail but never felt lost because we were well prepared with several ways to regain our location.

The trail started at about 8,000 feet elevation and gradually climbed to 10,000 feet. The weather was perfect and not too hot. Our horses performed wonderfully. The entire loop, which included the Vega Redona and the Rio Puerco trails, was about 13 miles. It was challenging and I was glad that Barb and I had some map skills.

My favorite part of the trip was riding through glorious high mountain meadows of green and looking off into the distance seeing a popular and majestic New Mexico landmark, the Pedernal.
If you are wanting to get away from the Four Corners and have a horse adventure I recommend this area. I bet it will be great in fall!

Click here for more information on the trails in this area.


Click here for National Forest info on this area.

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