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Idyllwild Rides  The San Jacinto Mountains offer spectacular trails, similar to those in the Sierra Mountains. Idyllwild, a lovely mountain artsy community, is located in Southern California, 100 miles northeast of San Diego. A good place to camp and ride is McCall Park, a county-run equestrian camp in Mountain Center 4 miles south of Idyllwild on Highway 243. From there you can ride out or trailer to Idyllwild or Garner Valley for lots of ride options.
Sierra Rides  The Sierra Nevada, the granite spine of California dividing the moist softer west side from the dramatic drier east side, offers unlimited riding opportunities. The headwaters of the San Joaquin River area accessed from Mammoth Mountain off Hwy 395 on the east side provides the best of both. Staying at Reds Meadow Pack Station and/or the USFS horse camp at Agnews Meadow gives access to a multitude of trails to ride and enjoy. You need reservations in order to drive down the fairly steep one lane road (just take it slow) from the Mammoth Ski area; otherwise there are shuttle buses for day visits. Reds Meadow has private corrals with feed included for a nominal fee. Check with them for camping options. Agnews Meadows has tie rails and water nearby. The trails are magnificent. This is is truly where Nature shows off, comparable to the best anywhere.

Wawona Rides  Wawona Horse Camps are the best kept secret we've found. Located near the south entrance to Yosemite National Park, the two horse camps hold up to three rigs each and are on the south fork of the Merced River, across a covered bridge from the Wawona Hotel and golf course, and 45 minute drive from Yosemite Valley. There are beautiful trails including one to the Mariposa Grove of Sequoia trees. Something for everyone.