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wild mustang ranges

will be in the Lake Tahoe area for a few days, before heading west to Sonoma/pacific coast.

In searching for information about herds of wild horses, it seems like most of them are north of where we will be; however, we are willing to detour if not too far.

Ideal would be between Tahoe & Reno during our stay in Tahoe..

Is there a National Forest highway...a specific area where they can be seen and photographed?

I have seen one or two outfits that will take you on a tour, but not looking for anything long day, expensive, etc. just a scenic drive type thing.

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1. Re: wild mustang ranges

They are found in the more remote areas such as along the California-Nevada border north of Pyramid Lake or in Central Nevada east of Fallon along Hwy 50 and US 6.

You are not likely to see them anywhere around Tahoe or Reno. You can, however, visit the Palomino Valley Adoption Center just north of Sparks.

http://www.kbrhorse.net/wclo/blmnev01.html

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My friend lives in south Reno,and the horses come out of the hills into his yard in the mornings.

We saw some right off the highway between Reno and Fernley.

I've seen groups of them out near Tonopah.

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Wasn't "The Misfits" with Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift filmed there?

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4. Re: wild mustang ranges

It's always exciting to see a herd of wild mustangs. The BLM has pretty good online information on them. Here's an example for Nevada:

http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/prog/wh_b.html

We visit and photograph them occasionally here in Utah. What I can tell you is that it's a real roll of the dice in finding them. We visit regular habitat in the Utah desert frequently and might see horses 10% of the time. If you only have a few days in the region, I would not recommend you spend the time wandering the desert in hope of seeing them. While you might, it's not likely.

Have fun.

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5. Re: wild mustang ranges

Thank you all... tumbleweed, I suppose that is good advice. With all that in mind, allow me to rephrase the question... Is there perhaps a scenic drive we would take while in the surrounding Tahoe area, OR an alternative route from Tahoe to the coast that we can take, that while perhaps longer, would be scenic, get us there anyway, and have a chance of seeing them?

Do they generally roam all day, or move more near dawn & dusk?

When I say "the coast" we are staying at Jenner.

Thanks in advance!

Miller

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I don't know the region between Tahoe and the coast well enough to really advise you. Below are links to the herd management areas in California and Carson City, NV area. There's really nothing between Tahoe and the coast - it's all quite a ways north. Again, from my experience tracking desert horses in Utah, it requires time, patience, a 4WD and good knowledge of back roads. It's not something you simply encounter along the highway. My only advice if you really want to try is to dedicate a full day or two exploring the mountains in the Nevada desert east of Carson City.

blm.gov/ca/…hma-main.html

blm.gov/pgdata/…20HMAs.pdf

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7. Re: wild mustang ranges

One other thought. You might want to call the BLM office directly to ask. I don't know those offices but Utah is often helpful. I think the California ranges are well out of your way. I would focus on the management area east of Carson City. That's within an hour of Tahoe (opposite direction of your travel) whereas the California areas are quite a few hours away.

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I know this may be too late, but today I was driving on Nev. Hwy 88 and noticed a big sign with ballons for an event at the Nevada Wild Mustang Sanctuary located in Minden Nevada. This ranch is only about a 25 minute drive from Lake Tahoe and I see they have another one in Genoa which is even closer. Not sure if you can just stop and take pictures or what?

http://nevadabmustangsanctuary.org/

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9. Re: wild mustang ranges

I believe bhlkin's trip is this summer.

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10. Re: wild mustang ranges

My relatives are really into Horses and live in the Russian River area of California. When they want to see wild mustangs they go to Nevada. That is where you want to go if you have your mind set on seeing wild horses.

We have seen them very near to Reno area on numerous occasions. We usually head east from Reno to see them closer to Pyramid Lake - but have seen them in other areas as well. (i.e. no - they are not close to the casino area but in the rural parts surrounding Reno.)

visitrenotahoe.com/reno-tahoe/…wild-horses

My relatives have adopted a wild mustang - so in a way you could glimpse one (but it would look domesticated now) closer to the ocean.

But for the great outdoors wild horse views - Carson Valley to North Reno in the more rural areas - there is a good chance of seeing them. (we have and its fun to see.)

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