The Park is stock accessible; however it has strict and stringent regulations designed for your enjoyment and the sustainability of stock use in the wilderness. Know before you go—uninformed use does and will have consequences for everyone.

That said, if you are reading this page you probably don’t reside on the Olympic Peninsula, or are familiar with Olympic National Park and its regulations. Most local stock users are well-versed on the Park’s standards and policies for Wilderness Stock Use. Very few visitors travel the country with a stock trailer in tow on the off chance that they may happen upon the Park. That likely puts you in the category of someone who does know the rules here, or is looking for an outfitter to take you into the Park with their horses or llamas.

Finding an outfitter to introduce you to the joys of Olympic National Park and soaking up its grandeur relieved of a load on your back is a pursuit older than the Park itself. For those of you looking for an outfitter, there are a few important pieces of information you’ll need. Every outfitter who plans to operate within Olympic National Park must first be licensed to do so. The number of outfitters seeking the Park’s blessing commonly numbers three or less. Regardless of how many, it will be late March or early April in any year before these outfitters are registered. In some years the Park may know whether or not a past outfitter plans to return for the upcoming season; but that’s an outside chance at best. If you’re curious, you can reach the Wilderness Information Center at (360) 565-3100.

I haven’t ever used stock in the Park and so I dare not pretend expertise where none exists. I have come across—albeit not often—private groups and outfitters in the backcountry and it certainly appeared to be an enjoyable experience. Beyond what I’ve already said, I advise you to visit the Olympic National Park Wilderness Stock Use page, regardless of which type of stock user you might be. You will find an extensive array of information you’ll need, and if you still have questions, call the ONP Wilderness Center at the number above.

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