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“It is hard to explain how thrilling it is to see these beautiful creatures along the Cheyenne River.”

The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary
Ranked #2 of 19 things to do in Hot Springs
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This 11,000-acre ranch breeds wild horses, letting them run free and unbroken.
Reviewed 14 January 2014 via mobile

I have visited the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary several times. It is spectacular to see the wild horses and know that they are protected at the Sanctuary. I believe that the cost of visiting supports the care of the horses and the property which is very large. The guides are helpful to visitors who are photographers. The gift shop is great for horse lovers and best of all is the new restaurant, as this is a day trip and several hours can be spent at the Sanctuary.

6  Thank deeda c
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

The Wild Horse Sanctuary is always the highlight of my trips through the Hot Springs/Black Hills area. The two-plus hour tour of the Sanuary is worth every minute of time spent. The tour guides are a fount of knowledge of the history of the area. This came out of a dream of one man, Dayton Hyde, broken hearted over the plight of wild mustangs held in holding pens by the BLM, awaiting a stark, and sometimes horrific, future. He purchased the land, acquired the horses and set them free to live out their natural lives. The tour guides take you all over the 11,000-plus acres to view the diverse bands of horses, giving a history of the area, and stopping at the petroglyphs carved into the cliffs by early Native Americans, the area where a pow wow is held every year, and the remains of a movie set.
A cafe has been added to the visitor's center, so you can grab lunch before or after the tour.

4  Thank A M G
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

We spent an enthralling & heartwarming afternoon with Mark on a 3 hour tour of the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. If you have time, I highly recommend that you read ANY of Dayton Hyde's books prior to your visit. This will give you some insight into the visionary who established this special place.

We first saw the rare Choctaw Indian Horses and learned about the sanctuary's conservation program. We also saw Spanish mustangs and learned some of their unique characteristics.

Mark drove us through rugged areas of the sanctuary with beautiful views of the Cheyenne River. We drove amongst several herds of horses, and my wife was given plenty of time to photograph them.

The tour was part education, part scenery, part wildlife (wild horses), and part photography. This was great. Seeing these wild horses roaming, foraging, and running freely is truly inspirational.

Mark and the entire staff TRULY care about these horses and the countryside upon which they roam. For them, this is a labor of love, not just a job.

Please note that they have a nice gift shop with proceeds going directly to sanctuary operations.

Don't miss this wonderful place I'd travelling in the Black Hills!

4  Thank Psamob
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

We had a wonderful afternoon tour with Karla. She provided a lot of history and informative information regarding The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary as well as, some humor here and there. You can tell by her interaction with some of the horses that she fully loves them and she what she is doing. The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary is doing some amazing work with wild mustang preservation. Hats off to the amazing work of Dayton O Hyde for having a vision for these horses and to the wonderful volunteers and staff at the Sanctuary!! This is truly a sacred place...from the horses, to the petroglyphs, and the Native American worship site...all so wonderful. If you are in the vicinity of Mt Rushmore/Rapid City, it is well worth the trip to Hot Springs to visit the Sanctuary. Thank you all for the wonderful experience. I will be back!!

3  Thank raven_lover
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

We had a fantastic morning with Betsy on the 2 hour tour. She is a wealth of knowledge about these amazing horses and the beautiful land. She is a great story teller and made the 2 hours fly by!! We saw hundreds of horses and a couple of them even let us pet them....we got to "hug a mustang"! This is definitely something we will do again. Seeing the horses run free touches something deep in my soul. It's something I will never forget.

4  Thank grizabella
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