This site is an evolving labor of love. During the summer of 2014, I became interested in the fact that numerous herds of wild horses still roam remote ranges throughout Utah. This interest quickly grew into an impassioned ambition (some might call it an obsession, but what do they know?) to visit every designated herd area, and photograph at least one of the horses roaming each of these locations.
My wild horse adventures have already taken me to amazing locations hidden away in little-known and less-visited regions of this vast and beautiful state; locations I never would have visited under any other circumstances. I have often found myself rolling along trails that may not have seen another traveler in months -- if not years -- with no sign of another human being for miles in every direction. Already, I have found stunning mountain ranges, breathtakingly pristine valleys, precious little canyons, surprising desert oases and, of course, those magnificent mustangs. I have logged more new sights and inspiring experiences in the ten months leading up to the creation of this web site than I had in ten preceding years -- and I have barely begun!
The purpose of this site is to share these experiences, and provide genuinely helpful information for others wishing to embark upon similar adventures of their own. Of course, pointing you to specific places where I happened to sight wild horses on a particular date and time does not guarantee that these nomadic animals appear every day at the same location --note that even the phrase "almost guaranteed" (see the Onaqui Area) does not mean absolutely guaranteed. Still, the information provided here should increase your odds for finding mustangs -- but most importantly, it will help you plan a safe journey into and back out of these often vast and remote areas. I also hope this site inspires you to learn more about these beautiful animals, as well as their under-appreciated and often threatened habitats.
A modified list of regions and areas
This site is built around herd areas rather than the herds themselves. My reason for approaching the project this way is based upon two observations. First, designated herd areas often border upon each other, leaving one to wonder whether the bands roaming these areas are truly members of distinct herds (whatever that really means). Second, some areas are vast and rugged, requiring significant travel between potential viewing locations, often from widely separated entry points. With these facts in mind, my list of herd areas differs somewhat from others you may find around the web. Generally, I have arranged the areas into six regions, based upon proximity of the included areas to one another and accessibility from one to another.
My approach defines 29 specific areas within six regions (click the Explore! link to view). The BLM's report on Herd Area and Herd Management Area Statistics for fiscal year 2015 indicates extant equine populations in 26 of these areas: mustangs in 24 and wild burros in the remaining two. Links are active for areas I have visited at least once and gathered enough information to create a page. Areas without links will be activated in due course, as I continue my quest to visit and construct pages for them all. Ideally, each page on this site will eventually include:
1. A description of the area visited, including terrain, points of interest, and non-equine inhabitants.
2. Information concerning the availability of fuel, lodging and other services.
3. Photos of the area and, when I am fortunate enough to find them, the mustangs inhabiting it.
4. Clear directions to the area and specific viewing locations, including maps, GPS coordinates, road conditions, navigational tips, etc. Since cellular service is extremely rare in these remote areas, I will also provide printable pdf versions of each page (links appear near the top of each page).
5. Links to other web sites with information particular to that herd area.