Wild Horse Sanctuary

The Wild Horse Sanctuary is a non-profit, public foundation dedicated to the protection and preservation of America's wild horses.  The Wild Horse Sanctuary views wild horses as America's "living national treasure" and aims to create a publicly accessible and ecologically balanced environment for the horses with other wildlife for future generations. 

The founders of The Wild Horse Sanctuary made the life altering decision to rescue and relocate 80 wild horses previously living on public land to safe home, rather than allow them to be slaughtered.

The Wild Horse Sanctuary conducts pack trips; develops public education programs; sponsors "resistance free" horse training seminars; 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 all species of wildlife, including America's wild horses, and the preservation of our natural environment.

The Sanctuary is located near Shingletown, California on 5,000 acres of lush lava rock-strewn mountain meadow and forest land. Black Butte is to the west and towering Mt. Lassen is to the east. The current location features better accessibility for the public, a milder winter climate with more natural cover, and other benefits for the horses.

The sanctuary is open for Wild Horse Viewing on Saturday and Wednesday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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Latitude: 40.45415 Longitude: -121.900614 Elevation: 1985 ft
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Seasons Open

Year round

Hours Open

Office Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 9:00 am to 2:30 pm Open for Wild Horse Viewing: Saturday and Wednesday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm


Diane Nelson rescued 80 wild horses from the BLM about 30 years ago and has created a wonderful 5000 acre sanctuary. The horses are supported through volunteers and overnight pack trails where you ride (domesticated well trained) horses through the land. Every year a gentle gather is done of the newborns which are gentled and adopted out. The BLM always claims that horses multiply at a 20% rate per year; but due to natural predators (mainly mountain lions) only a fraction survive here. It is awesome to see bands of wild horses up close. I highly recommend visiting this sanctuary.

Janice Flatto, 9/23/2012

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