Just a stone's throw from the coastal haven of Mendocino, nestled within the rugged expanse of Russian Gulch State Park, lies a pristine equestrian retreat known as Russian Gulch Horse Camp. This idyllic sanctuary beautifully intertwines the lushness of an enchanting three-mile leafy canyon with the rugged allure of windswept headlands and untouched beaches adorning the rocky coastline. The park's inner depths showcase a breathtaking 36-foot waterfall, a paradisiacal realm of redwoods, mosses, and ferns. Along the captivating coastline, waves relentlessly crash into a natural wonder called the Devil's Punchbowl, and the elegant Frederick W. Panhorst Bridge gracefully ascends 100 feet above the bottom of the gulch.
Spring emerges with a burst of life, adorning the foggy headlands with expansive meadows of wildflowers, captivating the senses with vibrant colors. Boasting nearly a mile and a half of pristine ocean frontage, Russian Gulch State Park has rightfully earned comparisons to the revered Point Lobos on the Big Sur Coast. Visitors from all walks of life are drawn to this coastal paradise to partake in a multitude of activities, from camping, hiking, and biking to fishing, diving, kayaking, and horseback riding.
Unearth a Tapestry of Trails and Aquatic Wonders
Explore 15 miles of well-crafted trails within Russian Gulch State Park, each unveiling a unique blend of sun-dappled forested realms and expansive coastal vistas. As your hiking boots tread upon the well-maintained paths, you'll traverse the diverse terrain and be captivated by the breathtaking panorama that unfolds before you. The park's beaches, coves, and tide pools are perfect for a plethora of water-related activities. Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing beauty of the Pacific Ocean as you navigate its crystal-clear waters.
Exceptional Campsites and Equestrian Delight
Russian Gulch State Park offers 26 standard campsites, four equestrian campsites complete with secure corrals, and a generous group site. To secure your spot in this remarkable haven, reservations are highly recommended, especially during the bustling summer season. Please note that the campground is temporarily closed during the winter months, reopening when the seasons shift once more.
For horse enthusiasts, Russian Gulch's horse camp is a true gem. Nestled on the northeast fringes of the park, along Casper-Little Lake Road, this dedicated area caters to riders and their equine companions. Each of the four equestrian sites offers the conveniences of well-planned staging areas, secure corrals for your horses, and convenient water troughs. Here, you can establish a profound connection with nature and your faithful steed, creating memories that will linger as cherished treasures.
As you plan your next equestrian adventure, consider Russian Gulch Horse Camp, a place where untamed beauty and the liberating spirit of the wilderness unite. Come, explore, and uncover the wonders of Russian Gulch State Park, where both rider and horse can relish the untamed beauty of the Californian coastline.
The park is 2 miles north of the town of Mendocino on Highway 1. Turn west onto Brest Rd, then turn south onto Point Cabrillo Rd. Proceed south to the park entrance.
Russian Gulch Horse Camp offers the following facilities and amenities:
Other reservation details:
Reservations can be made through reservecalifornia.com or by calling 1-800-444-7275. If you need additional information, please contact the Sonoma Mendocino District Office at (707) 937-5804 Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or the Russian Gulch entrance station at (707) 937-0497.
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Russian Gulch Horse Camp does require reservations for overnight accommodations. Please visit their page here on Top Horse Trails - Russian Gulch Horse Camp for more information