Wild Horses of Southern Utah

February 29th, 2012

Nature, Outdoor adventures, Wildlife

Only two hours away from Red River Ranch, you can visit the Warm Springs Resource Area Wild Horse Preserve — home to approximately 170 mustangs, who roam freely on 330,000 acres of herd management area. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages the wild horses, and strives to keep the horse’s qualities and traits similar to their Spanish ancestors.

In 1971, Congress passed a law to protect these amazing creatures. As the bill states, mustangs are “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West, which continue to contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people.” Today, the BLM estimates that 38,500 wild horses and burros roam BLM-managed rangelands in 10 Western states.

Viewing these wild horses in their natural habitat is fast becoming a popular new pastime for many Americans.

Warm Springs, located near Fillmore, Utah is approximately a two-hour drive from the Lodge. The horses at this preserve vary in color, ranging from grays, roans, and pintos to bays, buckskin and sorrels.  The horses are descendents of the Spanish Barb horses brought to the Americas by Spanish explorers in the 1600s.

In addition to watching horses roam freely, the Utah BLM provides an annual opportunity for horse enthusiasts to adopt these animals through the Adopt-A-Horse program. The program encourages qualified applicants to adopt and provide good homes for selected animals. If you are interested in discovering more about wild horse preserves and adoption programs the BLM has information here.

For those who love horses, but prefer the tame ones, how about a trial ride? There are many opportunities to explore Dixie National Forest and nearby Capitol Reef National Park on horseback, either through organized trail excursions or on your own. Just stop by our front desk for more information.

So whether your riding or watching, don’t forget to bring your camera and have fun.

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