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The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, Hot Springs

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  • Pricey for adults, but very reasonable for kids under 13. Tour guide was informative. Property is gorgeous and horses were easy to find and watch. Some were friendly and came right up to tour vehicle ...  more »
  • It's clear these people are here to help the horses. I showed up at 4 pm on a Saturday in February during the off season and they left me in the gift shop (which is pretty small and not much to it, bu...  more »
  • I had a wonderful visit with the sanctuary. The staff is friendly and very informative about the horses, the mustang story, the founder Dayton O. Hyde's story, the indian story and the local area. It ...  more »
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  • A must visit in South Dakota! Fantastic group of devoted horse lovers working really hard to protect one of America's most important treasures. My eyes were opened to not just the beauty of wild horses but also to the sad truth they are disappearing very quickly in the wild. This sanctuary is so important for education about and protection for these amazing animals.
  • My fiancĂ© (not a horse person) treated me (horse nut) to a horse filled pre-birthday day starting with the Wild Horse Sanctuary! We did the 3 hour private ride and it was worth every penny! We got to interact up close with the wild horses and loved it. Yes, as some have commented the horses you see on this aren't truly wild. (they have a wild side with the real wild horses) but these horses you interact with live just about as close to wild as you will get. As much as a horse lover as I am, I really didn't know much about the situation with the Wild Horses and the BLM. Our trail guide (I wish I could remember her name, blonde super bubbly super sweet!) started in with a tour of the ranch and history of the founder Dayton and how he came to establish the sanctuary. The views are spectacular especially the lookout over the Cheyenne River. We learned that that particular spot was very important to the Native Americans as the river runs east west north and south in that location. There are carvings made by the Native Americans that are so interesting to see on the tour as well! The horses are so well cared for and we loved seeing the interaction between the groups. We had horses right in the windows of the SUV. Even my non-horse crazy fiancĂ© had a great time. The bets part of the whole tour had to be seeing our guide and hearing about Dayton and his assistant Susan and everyone else on the ranch. To be witness to a group of people with such passion and truly selflessly helping these horses was an amazing energy to be around. For an authentic tour of the Black Hills and to help our a great cause, don't miss this while in the Black Hills!
  • Amazing experience. One of the coolest horse tours I have been to. Its amazing to see wild horses and learn about the history of the Lakota here. Absolutely worth the two hour tour. Next time we come back we will do the three hour. Also the gift shop has very cute souvenirs. Please come here and support their mission!
  • My group did the private tour and enjoyed every minute of this fantastic spot in South Dakota. These horses are very well cared for and are living as close to the wild as man can give them. very informative and interesting tour. I highly recommend a visit or sponsorship of this organization.
  • It was an amazing experience with the the 3 hour private tour which is so worth the donation fee of $150.00. You are giving back to the sanctuary and getting an amazing experience!! I had Gary as a guide and he showed us spots I did not even know existed plus, the best part - was able to interact with the wild horses which said hello to me. It is a wonderful place to visit for all horse lovers and environmentalists as Dayton cares deeply for the environment (not only horses but birds too). Kudos to all involved who run this sanctuary and donate their time, God bless.