Trip Planner:   USA  /  South Dakota  /  Hot Springs  /  Sightseeing  /  The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary
The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, Hot Springs
(4.3/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary is located in Hot Springs. Work out when and for how long to visit The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary and other Hot Springs attractions using our handy Hot Springs trip builder.
Create a full Hot Springs itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Hot Springs

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Hot Springs by other users

14 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, outdoors, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, teens, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 20 days in Hot Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: January, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, kids, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 6 days in De Smet, Hot Springs & Keystone BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 6 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Washington DC & Hot Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: May, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • I went on a two hour Bus Tour, but since it was only three of us we were able to take a 4x4. Rick, our guide, was very considerate of our wishes and adjusted the tour acordingly. He was very knowledge...  more »
  • The sanctuary was one of the highlights of our trip to the Black Hills. My daughters (12 & 15) and I were enthralled by the horses and information shared by our wonderful guide, Dave. We were there of...  more »
  • If you are in the Black Hills area, this place should be added to the Must See list. It is off the beaten track, but what you find when you experience the sanctuary makes it magical. Dayton Hyde found...  more »
Google
  • 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.