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The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary

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Address: Hot Springs, SD
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This 11,000-acre ranch breeds wild horses, letting them run free and...

This 11,000-acre ranch breeds wild horses, letting them run free and unbroken.

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It's clear these people are here to help the horses. I showed up at 4 pm on a Saturday in February during the off season and they left me in the gift shop (which is pretty small... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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New York City, New York
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42 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's clear these people are here to help the horses. I showed up at 4 pm on a Saturday in February during the off season and they left me in the gift shop (which is pretty small and not much to it, but still) and told me I was welcome to explore the grounds unattended as long as I didn't... More 

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Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

I had a wonderful visit with the sanctuary. The staff is friendly and very informative about the horses, the mustang story, the founder Dayton O. Hyde's story, the indian story and the local area. It is amazing to experience the beautiful horses relatively close. So many horses with each their own story. You just fall in love with them. I... More 

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Aarau, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

I went on a two hour Bus Tour, but since it was only three of us we were able to take a 4x4. Rick, our guide, was very considerate of our wishes and adjusted the tour acordingly. He was very knowledgeable and answered questions patiently. The scenery itself would have made the tour great, but the horses made it awesome.... More 

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

The sanctuary was one of the highlights of our trip to the Black Hills. My daughters (12 & 15) and I were enthralled by the horses and information shared by our wonderful guide, Dave. We were there off season, so were able to reserve a tour just a day before. We ended up being the only visitors at that time,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

If you are in the Black Hills area, this place should be added to the Must See list. It is off the beaten track, but what you find when you experience the sanctuary makes it magical. Dayton Hyde founded this horse sanctuary in 1998. You need to make a reservation prior to arriving and there is a fee ($50/$45 seniors),... More 

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milwaukee,wi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

We were lucky to be able to go on the bus trip, even though we didn't have advance reservations. We were gone over 2 hours and it seemed like minutes. My 12 year old granddaughter was enthralled the entire time. It was my 2nd visit and I enjoyed it just as much if not more than the first time, as... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

In my research prior to a vacation to South Dakota, I read about this place and viewed the documentary on the founder, Dayton Hyde. We paid for a one on one tour which was not inexpensive, but it was worth EVERY PENNY AND MORE-- plus it's a tax deductible contribution. We had the most INCREDIBLE guide, Mark, a retired rancher... More 

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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Outside of Keystone off a long gravel road but totally worth the trip. the horses are well cared for and treTed humanely. The horses are approachable and love to be shown affection. The setting is beautiful, the horses are beautiful and the people who care for them are wonderful. An amazing learning experience I. The middle of nowhere.

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Westminster, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

This place keeps on changing and many new horses. It is the most wonderful feeling to see these beautiful horses running free. I got to walk among them and found one of my horse and she let me touch her. You have to take the three hour trip which takes you more right in with the horses and you can... More 

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Bloomington, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Home to 500 or so wild Mustangs saved by one amazing individual using contributions. You can get up close & personal with many of the animals. Site is on a fairly well mantained gravel road about 2 miles off the paved highway. Tours are available once you reach the site.

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