KBR Wild Horse and Burro Information Sheet


(Photos and graphics courtesy of the BLM)

Most BLM Resource Areas encourage viewing wild horses and some HMAs are suitable for primitive camping, but those of you entering such areas should consider a number of important factors.

Wild horses are naturally shy and most wild horse bands inhabit remote, primitive areas. In many of these areas there are few sources of good water and during certain times of year the horses have to work hard to find enough food to sustain themselves. The BLM tries to keep horse populations at levels where the natural environment can sustain these animals, however interference by man can prevent these animals from accessing needed water and food.

Pregnant mares and mares with foals are particularly vulnerable. Excess human intervention can actually cause these animals to leave their home territories for less suitable areas, causing them additional hardship or harm. Mares and foals have been injured or killed when chased by unwitting, or malicious, humans or their dogs.

Vehicle travel in these primitive areas can be difficult, especially during periods of adverse weather. Use of vehicles inappropriate for the terrain, venturing off approved roads or vehicle trails and/or failing to monitor weather forecasts can result in you or your party becoming stranded in a very remote place, probably with no communications to the outside world.

Some HMAs border military installations where civilian travel is prohibited. Failure to follow maps or heeding warnings can result in your getting arrested, or worse, finding yourselves in the middle of a live armament target area.

Some HMAs border or contain designated Wilderness Areas or Wilderness Study Areas. Vehicles of all types are prohibited in designated Wilderness Areas. Vehicles must stay on designated roadways in Wilderness Study Areas.

All of these considerations may seem like a great deal to cope with, however by following a few common sense precautions, you can enjoy your wild horse viewing and camping experience without harming the horses or other resident animals... or yourself!


  1. Check with the appropriate BLM Field Office to find out which HMAs are practical for you to visit, best locations for viewing horses and/or camping, and obtain directions, maps, vehicle requirements and weather related information.

  2. Before entering HMAs with poor or unimproved roads, make sure your vehicle meets the design recommended for safe travel (e.g., 4-wheel drive, high clearance).

  3. Make sure your vehicle is in good operating condition, your spare tire is in good condition (and properly inflated), you have plenty of fuel, etc.

  4. Anticipate changing weather. Bring along warmer clothing, particularly in the higher elevations. You may need it!

  5. Take adequate supplies of drinking water.

  6. Stay on recommended roads and routes.

  7. Do not enter restricted areas!

  8. Leave ALL gates as you find them

  9. Do not park or camp near water holes or streams. (Stay back at least 100 ft., preferably a greater distance.)

  10. For best chance at viewing, pick a location downwind from your anticipated viewing site (such as a watering hole). Binoculars and telephoto and wide angle lenses for cameras can be very helpful. Be Patient... you could get the opportunity of a lifetime to see bands of horses in their natural environment.

  11. Make camp only in designated areas. Observe local fire regulations. (Propane stoves are generally preferable to campfires.) Pack out all garbage when you leave.

  12. Do not try to chase or feed wild horses. (Feeding them is not helping them!)

  13. Keep any dogs under control. Dogs chasing horses can lead to injury or fatalities to both the horses and the dogs.

  14. Keep in mind that you are in the horses' home. Be respectful guests.

  15. Please report anyone found chasing, harassing or attempting to capture wild horses to the local BLM office.

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