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.
Summer hours at the Center will be Mon-Sat, from 8:00AM – 4:00PM and 10:00AM-2:00PM on Sunday. These hours will go into effect after Memorial Day.
Winter hours at the Center will be daily, from 9:00AM – 12:00PM. These hours will go into effect starting on Oct. 1st, but may vary. We will announce changes in our hours at they occur.
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.
In 2020, the Mustang Center re-organized operations due to the passing of Lynda Nickle. It was essential to utilize board resources in order to maintain effective operations of the Center.
Jason Beal-President. Lovell, Wyoming.
Jason Beal is a native of Lovell, WY and has always had an interest in the Pryor horses. Jason is the Emergency Management Coordinator for Big Horn County. He also works for the Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office as a Patrol Deputy Jason has taught at Lovell Middle School and continues to coach there.
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.
Kate Abbene-Secretary/Treasurer. Laramie, Wyoming.
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.
Operations: In order to maintain the day-to-day operations of the Mustang Center, two board members have opted to move off the board.
Nancy Cerroni-Director of Operations. Lovell, Wyoming
Nancy Cerroni will carry on with the Mustang Center in the capacity of the Director of Operations.This is a perfect fit as she will continue her efforts, which began in the early 2000’s to actively observe and document the Pryor Mountain Wild Horses.. Nancy will attend board meetings as a non-voting member. Nancy and her husband, Steve, share the Pryor horses with their tour business, PryorWild.
Diane Granger. Lovell, Wyoming.
Diane Granger has agreed to shift from board member to Mustang Center employee. Diane starts almost every day out on the Dryhead, monitoring the subgroup of horses that live in the area. She generously shares her experiences with visitors to the Center who want to see wild horses. Diane moved from New Jersey to Lovell in 1993 with her husband Wally. She enjoys hiking in the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range. Diane now owns four Pryor Mountain Mustangs along with other critters.
Board Consultants The Mustang Center draws on the expertise of individuals to carry on the work of the board.
Christine has told the story of the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range and the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center through her book, Saving the Pryor Mustang: A Legacy of Local and Federal Cooperation. Christine provides invaluable support and guidance through her ongoing research on wild horses and wild horse issues.
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.