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“Beautiful, off-the-beaten path Wyoming”

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Owner description: Located in the southeastern portion of the Pryors, a federally-designated area for the protection and management of wild horses, wildlife and archaeological sites.
Reviewed September 13, 2012

After having spent a few days traversing back in forth in majestic, but congested Yellowstone National Park, it was a giant gulp of fresh air to find ourselves in the Pryor Mountains in north central Wyoming, having what seemed like the place to ourselves.

Granted, the Pryor Mountains aren't for everyone. Lodging properties and restaurants are limited and those available are small town affairs. Or, if you're camping (we camped and rented rooms), you've got to have a high-clearance 4WD to travel the Pryors successfully. But, when was the best you ever had the easiest to get to? And if it was, then everyone would be there and then you wouldn't want to go, right?

So while you can't explore them in a Volkswagon Beetle, the Pryors offer miles upon miles of beautiful Big Sky country to explore, with territory roamed by genuine wild horses and---best of all---wild, untamable you.

4  Thank Rhonda M
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Reviewed June 18, 2012 via mobile

Beautiful park with amazing scenery. Not crowded either. A few of the horses are tamer than others and meander up by the roads. Keep your speeds in check though as we were surprised by a horse in the road around a sharp corner in the bluffs! Can't beat $5 entry fee.

3  Thank Nellchichi
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Reviewed March 21, 2012

If you are headed to WY or MT, don't miss the Pryor Mtn. Wild Horses. This was the first wild horse range protected by Congress in 1971. I would recommend your taking one of 2 routes to the top of the mountain--Crooked Creek Road, from Lovell, WY or the road east out of Bridger, MT through the Crow Reservation lands. Both roads are definitely 4-wheel drive roads and slow, but the 20-mile trip to the top is never to be forgotten. Wild horse ranges are on BLM-managed public land, and there is no fee to enter and no fee to camp on top. There is a Forest Service campground on the Bridger Road on the way to the top, however. If we don't camp, we stay at the Horseshoe Bend Motel in Lovell, WY. Make sure you have plenty of card space on your digital camera to take lots of photos, take water and food, and plan to do some light hiking to see the horses. It's a high elevation--8000'--so wear layers for all weather and good shoes. This is a great family trip, as we have taken young kids with us, as well. Just remember, these are wild horses, so stay back at least 50'. They aren't going to attack, but in sometimes the stallions get very involved with their sparring matches and aren't aware of your being there. You don't need a tour guide, but if you don't see horses at first, just stop and ask others who are there--they can tell you where they have seen them. The sceney is spectacular from the mountaintop where the horses live--in all directions-- and the high mountain meadows are lush with wildflowers all summer. The best time to go is from mid-June to late September--when the road is open and passable. We love to camp on top, because we get up at dawn to watch as the horses begin moving around the mountaintop, heading to water holes. The other good time of day to see the wild horses is late afternoon and early evening- - again at the water holes and in the big meadows, like the one in front of Pen's cabin. You can also see a few horses and big horn sheep along the road next to the Big Horn Canyon. Don't miss this opportunity--less than 1% of all Americans will ever see our wild mustangs. For more information, check out www.thecloudfoundation.org.

11  Thank Doughgirl81
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Reviewed August 12, 2011

By the time we got to the range, it was mid afternoon on a hot day, which means the conditions were less than ideal for spotting mustangs. Fortunately, we managed to see four in spite of the weather. Even if we hadn't seen any, the drive was more than worthwhile - it's stunningly beautiful. We drove all the way to the end of the road and back, and took the road to look at the canyon at Porcupine Creek (I believe). Although it's much smaller, I thought it was more beautiful than the Grand Canyon. Throughout the drive, we kept saying "This is what I expected the west to look like." On a lovely summer day, the scenery and views can't be beat.

7  Thank cshunt312
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Reviewed September 3, 2010

I went to see the horses on the wildflower season, and it was AMAZING, the road up is brutal, and you should think twice about taking your own vehicle. I went with a pro photographer from Billings, Michael Francis, he offers guided trips, and looks after everything, check out his website..Michael Francis Nature Photo. You can see some of my images at www.livingskiesphotography.com, in a gallery called Wild Horses.

6  Thank livingskiesphoto
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