Skillman Horse Campground caters especially to those with horses. No surprise there. If you don’t have any horses you can still enjoy this campground. But we gotta say, it’s pretty sweet if you do. Namely, the Pioneer trail offers excellent horseback riding, which stretches 25 miles through the Tahoe National Forest and leaves right from camp. Plus, each site can accommodate up to four horses and there are water troughs and hitching racks-a-plenty, so you can safely say this is a horse-friendly campground.
Campsite area
Tent sites
11 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available
No showers


Offered near the campground.


Bikers will find Tahoe to be a mountain biking paradise, with rough roads and unforgettable views. The Downieville ranger distr...Read more


There are hundreds of lakes and many reservoirs within this forest, making motorized and non-motorized boating a go-to acti...Read more


There are huge reservoirs, alpine lakes, rushing rivers, small pools, and everything in between, making this an excellent place...Read more


Hikers searching for incredible views won’t leave disappointed: there are over 500 miles of trails, including the PCT. You can ...Read more

Horseback riding

If you have a horse, bring that fella over to these trails , and if you don’t, there are many local outfitters who can set you...Read more


Kayakers and canoers have plenty of opportunities to row their little boats in the lakes, reservoirs, and streams of this nat...Read more

Wind sports

Nothing beats that fresh mountain air blowing through your hair! Boca Reservoir, Jackson Meadow Reservoir, Stampede Reservoir, ...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

Looking to take a spin in your off highway vehicle? The Little Truckee Summit trail has gentle slopes and Prosser Hill is an ea...Read more


There isn’t much information about climbing, but Donner Summer has traditional and sport climbing areas to challenge all skill ...Read more

Snow sports

What better way to enjoy the wintertime than to go to Tahoe? Tahoe National Forest offers backcountry wilderness for you to exp...Read more


There’s no shortage of swimming here: you’re welcome to splash in lakes, reservoirs, streams, rivers, and swimming holes under ...Read more

Whitewater paddling

If motor boats aren’t your thing, step up your game with a whitewater trip. The Yuba River and the American River offer amazing...Read more

Wildlife watching

Wildlife watchers won’t be disappointed with Tahoe National Forest. The wetland areas are great places for birding, especially ...Read more


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Hipcamper J.
J. M.
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December 2nd, 2019

If you like to horse camp, Skillman Horse Camp is one of the best in northern California. It is maintained by the local equestrian group, Gold Country Trails Council, who have added corrals to many of the campsites. It is not a good camp for non horse people, as there are horses high lined and tied to trailers, not safe for children or pets off leash. Nevada City is not far for for supplies.

Hipcamper Laura
Laura M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 27th, 2015

I stayed here recently with a large group. No horses but a few dogs to round out the gang! This is a great campground for large groups as the sites are spaced far apart. Only non-potable water available during our stay. Drop toilets only.

Tahoe National Forest
United States
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39.318° N, 120.793° W
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Equestrian: 10 Sites
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