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Return to Freedom, American Wild Horse Sanctuary

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Address: Jalama Road, Lompoc, CA 93436
Phone Number: 805-737-9246
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Return to Freedom is dedicated to preserving the freedom, diversity and...

Return to Freedom is dedicated to preserving the freedom, diversity and habitat of America's wild horses through sanctuary, education and conservation while enriching the human spirit through direct experience with the natural world.

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A beautiful and rare opportunity to see wild horses. Prepare to be filled with awe from these beautiful creatures.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 16, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

A beautiful and rare opportunity to see wild horses. Prepare to be filled with awe from these beautiful creatures.

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Thank Kent H
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I had the opportunity to participate in a 3 hour sunrise photo workshop this August with Roy. We were able to get close to a group of mares, as well as stallions. Seeing these magnificent horses up close left me speechless. The work RTF is doing is wonderful and I applaud all their efforts. By visiting and paying for a... More 

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5 Thank odh88
Newport Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

It was a wonderful experience to visit herds of wild mustangs in their natural setting. This sanctuary is dedicated to the protection and preservation of America's wild horse herds. Horses are such magnificent animals who deserve better treatment than they have received from the US government. I highly recommend visiting the sanctuary. Our guide, Kelsey, was friendly and extremely knowledgeable.... More 

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2 Thank wcarlson
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This was a fantastic hike through the beautiful wild horse sanctuary. Our guide was super friendly and knowledgeable about the history of the sanctuary and plight of wild horses in the U.S. You get to see the horses up close and hear stories about why many of them arrived at the sanctuary. Some of these stories are shocking! This tour... More 

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3 Thank JV31
Buena Park, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

I drove up from Calabasas and the traffic was worse than rush hour on a weekday! I was about 30 minutes late but both the staff and the other guests were extremely understanding and kind enough to wait for me to arrive--thankfully they had other activities to do before my arrival. The tour was a blissfully leisurely hike, interesting, and... More 

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5 Thank laura_ONE
Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

This is the most amazing hands on learning experience about our Horses running wild in the United States. There is so much to learn & do to save them. Return to Freedom has dedicated their lives and countless hours trying to preserve all breeds of horses and group them together to live a healthier life. They cannot do this alone.... More 

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orange county, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

We had the opportunity to visit this wonderful place - they are doing such great work to help save America's wild horses! It is a very enjoyable hike, not strenuous at all. You get to see so many herds and the beautiful land that they are lucky to have been brought to! You first get to watch a short video... More 

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6 Thank taragrl
San Diego, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

It was very disappointing to see horses but not a blade of grass on the ground. There were three or four pens that there was not grass and little bit of shelter. The tour was overpriced. I wish I had walked away after using the outside portable toilets.

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ReturnToFreedom2013, Manager at Return to Freedom, American Wild Horse Sanctuary, responded to this review

Thank you for the input about your tour at Return To Freedom. California is currently experiencing (September 2013) one of the worst droughts on record and it has severely impacted our pastures. You may want to revisit the Sanctuary after the winter rains when the visual aesthetic is at its peak. When traveling through the high desert of California and... More 

Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Before I visited the famed wild horse sanctuary last August, I came to know Return To Freedom as an 10 year old who fell in love in an animated character named Spirit, a cocky mustang from a child's film. Little did I realize there was a real life Spirit in California. After searching the internet, I came across this beautiful... More 

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2 Thank Jamie C
Goleta, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

It was amazing and I learned so much about Wild Horses and what has been happening to them. It is so sad and it makes you want to save and protect the horses and stop the government from taking away their land and killing them off. The people there were very friendly and informative. My grandkids loved seeing the horses.

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