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“Highlight of the Black Hills”

The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary
Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Hot Springs
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This 11,000-acre ranch breeds wild horses, letting them run free and unbroken.
Reviewed September 13, 2013 via mobile

We took the 2 hr bus tour (small school bus) where we each had our own seat for better viewing. Keep in mind we could have been squeezed into a smaller bus as many tour operators do to exploit tourists and optimize profits. Thank you Betsy, for moving us to the bigger bus!

Betsy knew her stuff, including the names of ALOT of horses, history of the mustang, and bio on the philanthropist who recognized the need to preserve this breed. Pretty amazing guy who knows how to manage a non profit organization.

When you arrive at this modest facility you are assured that the money earned from the tours is spent wisely protecting these beautiful creatures, which we discovered our government attempted to exterminate in their efforts to control Native Americans many years ago.

There are many things to see besides horses including the location of Hildago filming, Indian ritual site, petroglyphs, and more. Betsy had info on each stop.

September was still pretty warm, so if you take this tour in the summer be prepared to sweat!

This tour was the highlight of
the Black Hills for me!

3  Thank STLtravel35
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

From the moment I arrived, and was greeted by Karla I knew that this was going to be the experience of a lifetime. And I was not disappointed. The most affable Betsy was our guide for the tour, and her job suited her perfectly. But of course, the magnificent animals were the highlight. We were fortunate to have come upon so many, or perhaps I should rephrase to say that they came upon us, seemingly from out of nowhere, and in splendid colours of brown, grey, dappled, paint, a remarkable contrast against the pale prairie ground. We walked among them, they approached, sometimes reluctantly, but affectionately. These horses, though wild, seem to have a natural bet toward affection. It was a moving adventure. Don't miss out.

4  Thank Allan503
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

This time i took the longer tour and it was so great as we went driving amoung the horses and then even got out walked around them so came up for a pet but they are wild. So Spainish mustang and there was one new born amoung them. Then into the wild american mustangs which ther are so many of them. They are running free the way they should be and the place is protected for these horse and will be there forever. The story about how this was build and the man that was responsible for all of it. Many of the horse have been named and back two years ago I sponsered three of the horse and we found two of them but one they said she liked to go across the river. It is a place to see and this tour is much better the the bus trip. Also want you pay goes to the care of these horses. I am still sponsering these three horses,

3  Thank Joymay51
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Stopping here was an adventure. Had a great guide, and he told us the history of the place that was fascinating. I am glad that people devote their lives to great causes...

1  Thank raynor911
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

We signed up for the 2 hour tour and since it was just the two of us, we ended up taking the Jeep. The horses were quite a ways away from the headquarters so while driving the pastures to find them, we were filled in on the history of the ranch, their mission and their goals. And then, there they were! Yes, some of them have adjusted to the visitors that come to see them and will allow you to approach them but they are still wild. The countryside is beautiful and so serene. We are seriously considering retiring here...someday. Next visit we'll be doing the 3 hour tour so we can go to "the wild side". And don't forget to stop at the little cafe for some alfresco dining.

3  Thank Lynda W
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