The Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center is dedicated to preserving the future of the wild horses of the Pryor Mountains.
The Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center is a public, not-for-profit 501c3 educational institution whose purpose is to:
- Inform visitors of the historic significance of the local mustang herd.
- Provide visitors with an unforgettable experience, viewing live mustangs in a magnificent setting.
- Educate visitors to learn about the dynamics of a mustang herd, the social interactions within individual bands, and the mustang’s place alongside other wild species.
- Work collaboratively with the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service to preserve and promote a genetically viable herd of wild horses in the Pryor Mountains.
The Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center is currently housed in a 30′ x 40′ log building located in the northeastern corner of the Center’s 12 acre property. At the Center, visitors can learn about the color, conformation, and behavior of the Pryor Mountain Wild Horses as well as the history of the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range. Visitors can learn how and where to best view the wild horses as the Center keeps track of the current location and status of individual horses. The Center also offers a selection of items for sale in the gift shop related to the Pryor Mountain Wild Horses with several of the items sold exclusively in the Center.
Hours & Location
The Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center is located just east of Lovell, Wyoming on Highway 14A.
The Center is east of the Cal S. Taggart Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area Visitor Center.
Update on Fall/Winter Hours: During October, we will be open Monday-Saturday from 9:00-12:00 and Sunday from 10:00 am -1:00 pm. Beginning in November, the Mustang Center will be open to the public only on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. If you are planning on being in the area at any other time, email us for information on where you are most likely to see the Pryor Horses: firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer hours at the Center will be Mon-Sat, from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM and 10:00 AM-2:00 PM on Sunday. These hours will go into effect after Memorial Day.
For more information on visiting the Center, please call us at (307) 548-9453 or use the “Contact Us” page on the website to let us know your travel plans.
Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center Board of Directors
Joann Almlof – President. Cody, Wyoming.
Living in RI, Joann and her husband John first visited Wyoming in 2016 and immediately fell in love with the landscape, wildlife, and way of life. A horse lover since she was a little girl, Joann’s first visit to the McCollough Peaks brought that love to a whole new level. Returning the following year and visiting the Pryor Herd cemented her passion for these incredible animals, and she continued visiting until moving to WY in 2021. Joann has stayed close to the work being done by the Mustang Center, their passion to educate visitors from around the world, and their dedication to preserving this special herd of mustangs. Joann is excited to be a part of their future
Jason Beal – Vice President. Fairbanks, Alaska.
Jason is a native of Lovell, Wyoming and has always had an interest in the Pryor horses and has enjoyed many travels into the Pryor Mountains to view them. Jason has served in various capacities in both Lovell and Big Horn County. Jason has served the area as a teacher, coach, deputy sheriff, emergency management coordinator, and chief of police. He recently has moved North to Fairbanks, Alaska and is serving as the Fairbanks North Star Borough Emergency Operations Director. Although he has moved out of the area, he continues to stay active on the Board of Directors and maintain his close ties to the area.
Georgette Lewis-Secretary/Treasurer. Lovell, Wyoming
Georgette Lewis was born and raised in Lovell, Wyoming and continues to call Lovell home. Georgette and her husband, Nick, have been married for forty-eight years, raised six children, and have eight grandchildren. Georgette was a “stay-at-home mom” and an active volunteer at her children’s school and in her community. It was a school field trip to Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area that she first became interested in the wild horses, and it so happened that Nancy Cerroni was their guide! Georgette recently retired from Big Horn County School District #2 and is excited to continue learning and experiencing the wild horses and becoming a part of preserving their future.
Amanda Bennion is a Lovell native who has deep roots in the community. She has always had a great interest in the local area and its history. In the past she has worked for Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, and currently serves as a volunteer board member for the Lovell-Kane Area Museum. Amanda resides in Lovell with her husband and two children.
Matthew Dillon. Lander, Wyoming.
Matthew Dillon was born and raised in Lovell, Wyoming. After receiving his B.S. in Environmental Science, he started working as the first Director of the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center. Matthew lives in Lander, WY with his wife and two young sons. He works for the Department of Environmental Quality.
Nancy Cerroni-Director of Operations. Lovell, Wyoming
Nancy Cerroni is the Director of Operations at the Mustang Center. This is a perfect fit as she can continue her efforts, which began in the early 2000’s, to actively observe and document the Pryor Mountain Wild Horses. As director, Nancy oversees operations of the Mustang Center. She attends board meetings as a non-voting member. Nancy and her husband, Steve, share the Pryor horses with their tour business, PryorWild.
The Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center (PMWMC) Advisory Council is a group of individuals who serve in an advisory capacity to the Board of Directors. These individuals have the local knowledge and experience to advise the Board of Directors on strategies for promoting and supporting the PMWMC. These individuals are called upon informally to participate in discussions based on their knowledge of the community and/or the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range. They are a valued and trusted group who support the mission of the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center.
Christine Reed, PhD. Omaha, Nebraska
Dr. Reed is an Emeritus Professor of Public Administration University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has published many articles about public law and policy governing the management of wild horses. In 2009, she joined a photography workshop led by Lynne Pomeranz on the PMWHR, and she has returned every year since then. She spent several summers in Lovell working on her book, Saving the Pryor Mountain Mustang: A Legacy of Local and Federal Cooperation, about the fifty-year history of cooperation between the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center and the Bureau of Land Management.
Dr. Phillip Sponenberg, DVM, PhD. Blacksburg, Virginia
Dr. Sponenberg is a professor of Pathology and Genetics at Virginia Tech. Dr. Sponenberg has written many articles and books about wild horses and has studied the Pryor horses for many years. Dr. Sponenberg continues to provide help with identifying the horse coloration of individual horses.
Life-Time Board Member
John T. Nickle-Vice President. Lovell Wyoming
John Nickle is a former mayor of Lovell and President of the Wyoming Association of Municipalities with years of experience in oversight of municipal and regional construction projects. John has been supporting and observing the wild horses since the mid 1960’s.