Ride Among Wild Mustangs & Burros in the Splendor of Northern California by Fred Sater
Are you looking for an affordable and unique vacation experience this year? Well, look no further than the Wild Horse Sanctuary. Escape the hustle and bustle of your everyday life for a two or three-day trail ride among wild mustangs and burros at the Wild Horse Sanctuary located in the northern California foothills near Lassen Volcanic National Park. With all the rain and snow that the Sanctuary has had this year, the wildflower season promises to be spectacular and streams and vernal pools should be brimming with water well into summer. Viewing herds of wild mustangs and burros while on horseback will provide guests with memories that will last a lifetime.
The 2011 Wild Horse Sanctuary trail ride season runs from May 7-8 (Mother’s Day Weekend) through Columbus Day Weekend (October 8-10). Trail rides are not offered during August.
Wild Horse Sanctuary rides follow trails created by the wild horses and burros through a landscape of native grasses, manzanita, oaks, pines, and lava rock that is inhabited by a diverse wildlife population. After a day of riding on the range, guests will enjoy a relaxing evening at “Wild Horse Camp,” which includes story telling around the campfire and a hearty cowboy 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.
“Wild horses continue to face an uncertain future on shrinking public lands and federal holding facilities throughout the country,” said Dianne Nelson, President & Co-Founder, Wild Horse Sanctuary. “During our rides guests will see how these incredibly beautiful creatures are able to live freely in a protected environment,” added Nelson.
Cost for the two-day trip is only $435 per person, and the three-day trip is $535 per person.
A nonprofit, the Wild Horse Sanctuary is dedicated to the protection and preservation of America's wild horses and burros. The Wild Horse Sanctuary has served as a haven for these disappearing symbols of the American West since 1978 and provides rescued wild horses 5,000 acres to roam free and live out their natural lives. The Wild Horse Sanctuary is located near Shingletown, California, approximately 170 miles northeast of Sacramento.
To learn more about the Wild Horse Sanctuary, book a trail ride reservation, or make a donation, call (530) 474-5770 or visit www.WildHorseSanctuary.org.