The Sanctuary is rich in
Indian and pioneer history. There are remnants of homesteads, Indian
camps, arrowheads, and petroglyphs. The existing ranch house is the
site of a past circuit court, complete with hanging tree!
In the spring and summer months, to raise money to support the horses, the
Sanctuary offers 2 and 3-day weekend pack trips to the public. We also offer a 4 day cattle drive. Each day ride the trails created by the wild horses and burros through pine and
oak-studded hills and Volcanic Rock out croppings--a bit of paradise dotted with meadows, woods, creeks,
and ponds. Bordering Vernal Lake, our base camp consists of frontier
style sleeping cabins: 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.
Base Camp: © Paul Harmon
Whether riding the valley floor or the rugged, rock-strewn ridges of
the Sanctuary, visitors enjoy the excitement of wild herds grazing and
running free in their natural surroundings. They share their natural
setting with black bear, deer, quail, dove, wild turkey, gray fox,
coyote, raccoon, badger, bobcat and mountain lion; also hawks, owls,
bald eagles and 150 varieties of song birds.
Rides go out rain or shine. Be prepared to experience the west as it really is.
In the fall try our 4 to 6 day Cattle Roundup and Cattle drive with the Carey ranch. If you've ever wanted to share in a real ranch adventure...driving, sorting and pairing mother cows and calves...this is your opportunity. Our thanks to Peter Carey, co-founder of the Wild Horse Sanctuary, and his wife, Carolyn, for making this opportunity possible.
Please contact the Carey Ranch at 530 233-2517 for information on the Cattle Drive.