Horses love surf and sand, and when your horse loves something, you know the ride will be a good one. Whether on your own horse or rented, Gold Beach riding is sublime because of the choice of scenery and trails. Siskiyou West Day Lodge rents horses of all temperaments and rider skill levels for treks on the beach, local dunes and the owner’s ranch, just south of Gold Beach at Pistol River.
If you trailer in your own horse, box stalls are available for brief stays at the Curry County Fairgrounds in Gold Beach (541-247-4541), but call at least a month in advance for availability; during horse shows and the July fair you may be out of luck. Tuck in your horse for $15 a night, then take him out for a beach run the next morning. The closest campground with equestrian accommodations is Cape Blanco State Park, about an hour north.