“caring and breeding wild horses”
Come visit the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, Hot Springs South Dakota, one of America's greatest private wilderness areas. Owned and operated by the Institute of Range and the American Mustang (IRAM), the Sanctuary was founded in 1998 by Dayton O. Hyde and is a 501 c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the spirit of wild mustangs by giving America's unwanted wild horses a quality of life of freedom. The Sanctuary is also home to rare Spanish and Choctaw equine bloodlines. See hundreds of wild mustangs and their foals roaming free across wind swept prairies. Travel back in time and view the rugged natural beauty of America as it was 100 years ago. Explore wild horse history and learn how important horses were to early man. * Native America Ceremonial Sites * Ancient Petroglyphs on sandstone cliffs. * Weathered early Pioneer Homesteads * Restored one-room school house. * See where TNT movie, Crazy Horse and Walt Disney Pics, Hidalgo were filmed on the Sanctuary. * Ponderosa Pine forests along the Cheyenne River canyons. * Birds, wildlife and an occasional rattlesnake! * Wild Horse Vacation Adventure of a lifetime! * One of the top things to do in South Dakota. • Just 14 miles south of Hot Springs, 68 miles from Rapid City, SD near the southern end of the Black Hills and the Badlands, closeby to the Mammoth Site, Custer State Park, Wind Caves National Park, Evans Plunge and the Southern Hills Golf Course. • Reserve your Guided Bus Tour today! * Charming Gift Shop filled with gifts for the horse lovers. * Tourism, Donations, Foal Sales and Gift Shop proceeds help provide freedom for the Sanctuary’s wild horses 2 – hour Guided Bus Tours available. For more information; Two Hour Guided Tour times: Jan 1 – April 30, Call for time May 1 – Sept 30, 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm Oct 1 – Oct 31, 9am, 11am Nov 1 – Dec 31, Call for time *Best tour times, 9:00am and 11:00am Physical requirements and limitations of the tour; some walking, wheelchair accessible, no restrooms on tour route. 3 - hour Private Tours (call for reservation) 4 - hour Photography (call for reservation) 6 - hour Adventure Tour (call for reservation) The Wild Horse Café & Ice Cream Shop (seasonal) is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30am until 4:30pm and Sundays 12:30pm until 4:30pm providing breakfast and lunch for Sanctuary visitors from drip coffee to gourmet espresso drinks; 1/4 lb Angus burgers, Pulled Pork, Black Bean Burgers, Ice Cream Sodas and 100% Fruit Smoothies, there is something for everyone on our menu. Boxed lunches are available for Group Tours by reservation. Newly enclosed air-conditioned patios with mustang views. The Sanctuary is located on SD Highway 71, 12 miles south of Hot Springs at Rocky Ford Road. Follow the Sanctuary signs into the Visitor Center. PLEASE NOTE* GPS directions are not recommended. Mailing address: Institute of Range and the American Mustang at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary P.O. Box 998 Hot Springs, South Dakota 57747 USA Website: www.wildmustangs.com www.facebook.com/wildmustangs www.youtube.com/wildhorseschannel www.twitter.com/bhwildhorses Email: Sanctuary Programs: firstname.lastname@example.org Sanctuary Public Relations: email@example.com Sanctuary Visitor center: firstname.lastname@example.org Sanctuary Tour reservations: email@example.com
This visit was THE highlight of our 10 day trip to Wyoming and South Dakota. The guides are so charming and friendly, they feel like old friends, and of course the horses are stunningly beautiful. It is wonderful to see them living their lives in such idyllic surroundings, and you're able to get closer to them than I had anticipated. Two thumbs up!
A neat stop, however the wild horses are not indigenous to the region. It was really a tour of a sanctuary that takes in wild horses who were not able to be trained or blm needed to rehome. We did like the cool petroglyphs and the history of the area. Our guide was very informative and helpful. A nice time if u understand you will not be going out to see wild indigenous horses.
Super bummed that this is closed for tours and visits now. Their description on Roadtrippers didn't say that it was, so we made the trip only to see a big CLOSED sign. We did get to see a bunch of horses from the road when we drove by, and that might be enough for some kids.
Definitely make this a stop if you are near the area. No place like this on the planet. The horses are in their natural made environment. Thanks IRAM for making it happen.
Mike was a fantastic tour guide. He has been coming to IRAM for over 20 years and can share so much history. Loved the 2 hr bus tour. Fantastic & highly recommend making this stop!!
This is one of my favorite places in the United States! I have a friend who had been here a couple of times and RAVED about it. We went in July 2017 (finally getting around to writing the review!). We took one of the private tours with a guide, which is not cheap - but very worth it! We learned so much about the horses, as well as the Native American legacy in the area, the annual Sun Dance that occurs there, the petroglyphs, and more. Our guide knows the horses well and we got out of the vehicle several times and interacted, including "hugging" the horses! The history of the sanctuary and the incredible work the founder has done to save and nurture these beautiful creatures is fascinating! Know its dusty and HOT - even in the "air-conditioned" SUV for the private tour. There is a less expensive bus tour that doesn't give you the same access to the horses up close and personal. A highlight of our trip! Will go back as soon as possible!
Beautiful place but they were closed when we arrived 😞 we did see a lot of horses!!!
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