Flag Springs Campground and Horse Stables

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Combining their love of travel and camping with a healthy dose of business savvy, Kati and Pete Rose, of Washburn, have embarked on a new adventure, Flag Spring Campground and Horse Stables, located on Highway 90 in Washburn.

"Pete and I have traveled and camped for 15 years," Rose said. "We love horses and this is something that we've both always wanted to do. It's the most fun business we've started."

The campground is located next to Flag Spring Conservation Area, which boasts over 4,000 acres of land.

"There are miles of trails all through there," Rose said. "Someone could ride all day and not cover half of them."

The campground also features a small general store, stocking cold drinks, ice and other staples; restrooms and showers; six water and electric camp sites; and 12 primitive sites. Vending machines are on the premises providing snack options to campers when the store is closed.

Featured items at the country store include handmade tack, such as spur straps and cell phone carriers made by Doug Henry of Washburn, and breast collars, bridles and cinches made by David Moore of Seligman.

"The leatherwork is beautiful," Rose said.

"Horseback riding seems to be becoming more popular among vacationers," Rose said. "It may be the economy, but people are out riding horses and camping out rather than taking trips."

A grand opening celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 at the campground. Free hot dogs, chips and soft drinks will be provided.

The Roses also own Rose Tax Service, SW Sub Shop and Tro Trax in Washburn.

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