Santiam Horse Camp reopens after fire damage in 2020

PORTLAND Ore. (KPTV) – After a two-year closure, Santiam Horse Camp has reopened. It was damaged by fires on Labor Day weekend in 2020. It has since faced damaged infrastructure, fallen trees and dangerous trails.

Santiam Riding Camp may not have any horses yet but it’s finally open for people to start camping again and bring their horses. ODF recreation operations manager Joe Offer says it was a long process.

“From all the staff at ODF, especially the State Forestry Program, and then the volunteer groups who have helped us along the way. We wouldn’t be open now if everyone weren’t working together to figure it out, we’re in it right now,” says Offer.

But there is still work to be done. Most of the trees survived, but new corrals had to be built, dangerous trees need to be cleared, and trails have not been used and need to be exposed to increased use. They even had to replace part of the floor, but the hardest part was evaluating the whole property.

“To get out here and really understand exactly what the different issues were all over,” says Offer. “Then it’s just about having the ability. Having extra capacity and help has really moved us through this rebuilding.

Now recovered, they are ready to take your reservations, just in time for summer. The ODF asks visitors to respect closures and exercise caution in burned areas. Customers should also be careful when driving on single track gravel roads in the forest. Logging operations are underway and drivers should watch for oncoming traffic and heavy equipment. Many logging roads cross land owned by different people and agencies and road maintenance on each piece of land may vary.

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