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  • Willow Prairie Horse Camp

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  • No matter the weather, cowgirls and cowboys like to camp with their horses.
    Luckily for them, Oregon offers a lot of campground choices, and some even offer shelter from an unexpected storm.
    In Jackson County, not far from Lake of the Woods, the U.S. Forest Service has put together a rustic horse camp sure to make them think they've returned to the wild, wild West.
    Riders can explore the Cascade Mountains at the foot of Mount McLoughlin from 10 campsites, each with a corral large enough for two to four horses, and situated on an extensive equestrian trail system.
    As the temperatures cool, you might want a roof over your head. The historic 1924 Willow Prairie Cabin rents for $15 a night. Stoke the stove with wood and kick back on rustic furniture.
    Even if you don't have a horse, the year-round rental cabin is great for ordinary campers, hunters and winter-sports enthusiasts who want to be close to the outdoor action, but still have a warm place to spend the evening.
    Contact the Butte Falls Ranger District for information, 541-865-2700. To learn about other horse camps across the state, log on to www.all-oregon.com/horse_camping.htm or www.naturenw.org/horse-camps.htm.
    Writer Bill Miller lives in Shady Cove. Reach him at newsmiller@yahoo.com.
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