Viewing the Horses
The Pryor Mountain Wild Horses can be found throughout the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range. Regardless of where they are in the range, they are all the same Pryor Mountain Wild Horses.
Some of the wild horses live in the desert lowlands of the range, and many of these can be seen along Highway 37 in Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. Because of the landscape and behavior of these horses, it is often difficult to find them. Bighorn sheep, mule deer, coyotes, and other birds and animals can also be seen in this area. Highway 37 is a well maintained, paved highway that any vehicle can easily drive on.
Most of the wild horses live on East Pryor Mountain, and they are relatively easy to find. As in the lowlands, other wildlife, such as black bears, mule deer and possibly mountain lions, can be seen in the area as well. However, it can be difficult to access these horses as available roads require a vehicle with good four wheel drive, low range, and tires.
It is highly recommended that visitors wishing to view the Pryor Mountain Wild Horses come to the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center first. We can provide maps and directions showing current options for viewing the horses. Because we frequently monitor the horses, we are able to give current information on the status and location of them. We are also more than happy to provide further information on the wild horses that visitors do see as we know information about each individual.
Once the wild horses are found, visitors must be respectful of them. Like other wildlife in the region, the wild horses have become more docile around humans than they once were due to the number of visitors to the range. The Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center and the Bureau of Land Management ask that visitors never get closer than 100 feet to the wild horses. We have found that this is a generous distance for viewing and photographing the horses. However, situations may arise where a distance greater than 100 feet is required as care must be taken to not disturb the wild horses. Do not do anything that will change their behavior. Making noise, rapid movements, and the like may seem like ways to get the horses’ attention; but this is a disrespectful practice. Similarly, there should be no attempts to feed or lure the wild horses in closer. We have found that patiently and quietly watching the horses from an appropriate distance will yield the best viewing and photographing of them.
Proper respect of the wild horses is not only important to their long-term survival; it is also required by law, so please show your care and appreciation for the Pryor Mountain Wild Horses by practicing proper etiquette around them.