CA • Wild Horse Sanctuary

The Wild Horse Sanctuary is the epitome of "Ride Free. Do Good." The Sanctuary was established to protect and preserve American wild horses. It is home to some 300 wild mustangs and burros, many of which were rescued after being removed from federal lands in the western U.S. On this 5,000 acre preserve, you can ride through volcanic rock meadows and forested mountain land. Expect to see wild herds grazing and running free in their natural surroundings—a scene you're helping to protect by patronizing the Sanctuary.


The Wild Horse Sanctuary is a non-profit, tax exempt, organization located near Shingletown, California. Black Butte is to the west and Mt. Lassen to the east. 

Trail Rides

Two or three day all-inclusive trail rides are offered from late spring through early fall. The rides follow trails created by the wild horses through pine and oak-studded hills and volcanic rock outcroppings. You'll cross through creeks and stop at ponds for the horses to get a drink. Every night, the group returns to base camp on the banks of a vernal pond. 


The Wild Horse Sanctuary has a string of gentle geldings that are well adapted to the terrain. You will be matched with a horse that suits your riding style and level. 


Guides are seasoned volunteers who know the property and Sanctuary history well. All rides are hosted by volunteers in order to ensure the maximum amount of funds raised goes straight to the horses and burros who call the Wild Horse Sanctuary home.


On the multi-day trail rides, you'll rest your head in frontier-style sleeping cabins bordering a vernal pond. Base camp has a "cook house” featuring a main kitchen, a wood-burning stove, hearty meals, and bathroom facilities, complete with hot shower. Evenings are spent relaxing around a glowing campfire and enjoying a peaceful night's rest after a day of adventure.

Additional Activities

The Sanctuary is open to the public for wild horse viewing by foot on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free.

The Annual Open House and Benefit will be on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from noon to 5pm. Admission and parking are free. These are great opportunities for your non-rider family and friends to experience the Sanctuary. As a non-profit, the Wild Horse Sanctuary relies heavily on donations – both financial and those of time and talent.

Volunteer and internship opportunities are available. You can help by sponsoring a horse or taking home a “symbol of the American West” by adopting a young horse. Adoption day this year is on October 31, 2015.

The Wild Horse Sanctuary develops public education programs, participates in research projects on ecologically sound wild horse management, consults on related programs in order to help build other wildlife preserves, and cooperates with responsible ecology, animal protection, and educational organizations to further the protection of the environment and all species of wildlife, including America's wild horses.  


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