Horseback riding adventures abound for equestrians bringing their horses to the El Dorado Adventure Loop. Miles of trails are available with scenic vistas of the foothills and the American River around every turn. This horse friendly community welcomes equestrian enthusiasts from all over the county. In spring the blue skies mirrored in our lakes and streams are breathtaking, and the wildflowers that grow in abundance along the trails are an added delight. In summer our hills turn from green to golden, and evenings spent trail riding along the American River are always memorable. As the river meanders along its twists and turns one can almost hear the murmurs from the areas gold mining past. All the major parks are set up to make equestrians feel at home in this very horsey community.
American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) – This national organization is headquartered in Auburn, and provides information about trails, rides and other endurance riding topics.
Divide Horsemen’s Association – This group works with the American River Conservancy, Bureau of Land Management and other organizations to establish, expand and protect equestrian and hiking trails on the Divide. They have several events throughout the year.
El Dorado Equestrian Trails Foundation – Headquartered in Georgetown, this group works to preserve, create, maintain, protect and advance recreational trails for present and future use. They partner with the American River Conservancy, the Forest Service and other groups.
Western States Trail Ride (Tevis Cup) – The Western States Trail Ride, or Tevis Cup, is the oldest of several events that have helped Auburn, California, earn the title of “Endurance Capital of the World.” Riders travel 100 miles in one day, starting at Robie Park, north of Lake Tahoe. They travel down the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the American River drainage, crossing the Middle Fork itself below Ruck-a-Chucky at Poverty Bar. The course follows left bank of the river until No Hands Bridge, where the competitors cross back to river right and head to the Auburn finish line.
Dru Barner Campground — The campground is ideal for equestrian use, with four water troughs, several pull through spaces, and access to trails. The park provides day-use facilities for staging nonmotorized trails recreation.
Olmstead Loop Trail — Olmstead Loop Trail is a 9 mile loop near Cool, CA, is not very technical and moderately strenuous. It’s open for hikers, horses, and mtn bikers, and accessible year-round. Only one main loop is open to bikes…follow the other tire treads. Lots of horses late morning-afternoon. VERY muddy Dec-May.