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Return to Freedom, American Wild Horse Sanctuary

Jalama Road, Lompoc, CA 93436
805-737-9246
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Ranked #3 of 16 activities in Lompoc
Type: Farms
Owner description: Return to Freedom is dedicated to preserving the freedom, diversity and habitat of America's wild horses through sanctuary, education and conservation... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 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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San Diego, California
2 reviews
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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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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Goleta, California
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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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Mission Viejo, California
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

We made the trip up from Mission Viejo to attend Return to Freedom's End of the Trail Closing Day event, and it was more than worth the drive! The horses are gorgeous, and theirs is such a worthy mission, to preserve the last of an American Icon - the American mustang, before they're driven to extinction by the greedy cattle... More

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Simi Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

We took my Mother up to Lompoc, as she was visiting from Europe. This was a bit of a commitment with a drive at 2 hours+, but well worth it. It is a neat ranch and amazing how few people are running the place with such efficency. The surroundings are beautiful, even though the relentless Summer sun had turned all... More

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Just loved this place! The area is pretty and the horses are gorgeous! If you love horses you have to stop by here! Is it nothing less than awesome!!!

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Santa Maria, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

What a great facility! What a brilliant idea! An organization and cause worthy of support. The tour was led by a well-versed, animated young lady. The interns and volunteers were happy to share their knowledge and experience. The resident cats were an added bonus!

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Santa Barbara
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

Oh, my, what can I say that can possibly capture the essence of this beautiful, educational, and emotional experience? Our trip from Santa Barbara for the Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary Tour was a top highlight of the summer for myself, my daughter-in-law, and my two grandchildren, ages 6 and 9. In the short span of 2 hours we learned so... More

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