Equestrians on Open Space 

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Horses and pack animals are allowed on all open space trails except on the Lichen Trail at Heil Valley Ranch and in incorporated areas within Lafayette and Louisville.

Trails outside the incorporated areas, including Coalton Trail, Mayhoffer/Singletree, the new spur on Imel and all trails on Rock Creek Farm do allow horses.

Equestrians should also be aware that the Walker Ranch Loop Trail includes a 500-foot cliff-like section of stone steps that is not recommended for horses.


Equestrians are encouraged to stay on designated trails and must be under the physical control of a person at all times. The following guidelines will help make your ride more pleasant.

  • Check out trails in advance.
  • Shoe your horse because many trails are rocky.
  • Although other users are expected to yield to equestrians, assume they are unaware of trail etiquette.
  • Let other users know when it is safe to pass your horse. 
  • Before passing other users, call out "passing" and then pass with care.
  • Trailer parking is limited. Refrain from parking your trailer in spaces not designated as trailer parking.
  • Avoid riding muddy trails but, if you must, ride through the mud, not around it.
  • Please use weed-free hay to avoid spreading aggressive, non-native plants on open space.



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