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Shingletown, California Wild Horse Sanctuary


SHINGLETOWN, CA  Wild Horse Sanctuary opens its doors for 2 or 3 day trail rides in celebration of its 30 years in existence. In 1979 the Wild Horse Sanctuary incorporated and has been rescuing hundreds of wild horses and burros ever since. The original band of 80 wild horses rescued by Dianne Nelson and her family in 1978 have been joined by numerous horses rescued from federal lands in the West.  40 wild mustangs from Nevada’s Shoshone Indian Nation and Virginia Range, a small herd of Santa Cruz Island horses from Channel Islands National Park, and several individual rescues such as Phantom, the magnificent wild stallion from western Nevada in 2007 have all made this sanctuary a phenomenal example of California's can-do in protecting and saving its heritage.

The public is invited to be part of the Wild Horse Sanctuary’s milestone 30th year with a special offer: two or three-day trail rides. The rides offer guests a unique opportunity to view herds of wild mustangs and burros in a natural setting rich in Native American and pioneer history.

Located in the northern California foothills near Lassen Volcanic National Park, the 2009 trail ride season at the Wild Horse Sanctuary runs from April 25 through Columbus Day Weekend (October 10-12).

Wild Horse Sanctuary rides follow trails created by the wild horses and burros through a landscape of oaks and pines, lava rock strewn meadows, wildflowers, meandering streams, and populated by a diverse wildlife, including more than 150 species of song birds. For those wanting to cool off during the ride, a stop at the spring-fed swimming hole can be arranged. After a day of riding on the range, guests relax in the evening at the Wild Horse Sanctuary camp, which includes story telling around the campfire and a hearty barbecue dinner. The camp features frontier-style sleeping cabins that comfortably sleep two to four guests, a cook house, restrooms, and yes, even a hot shower.

Dianne Nelson, president of the Wild Horse Sanctuary, formed the nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving America’s wild horses near Shingletown, California, approximately 170 miles northeast of Sacramento. Serving as a haven for wild mustangs and burros since incorporation in 1979, nearly 300 of these disappearing symbols of the American West roam free and live out their natural lives within the 5,000-acre sanctuary.

Cost for the two-day trip is $435, and $535 for three days.

The Wild Horse Sanctuary
To learn more about the Wild Horse Sanctuary, book a trail ride reservation, or make a donation, call (530) 474-5770 or visit