Wild Horse & Burro Watching in Elko District
Antelope Valley and Spruce-Pequop
- Nearest towns: Elko, Wells, Wendover and Ely, NV. These towns have all amenities.
- Driving directions from Interstate 80:
- Spruce-Pequop HMA: From Interstate 80, take the highway 93 exit toward Ely. Approximately 40 miles south, turn into the Goshute Valley turnoff and head east.
- Antelope Valley HMA: From Interstate 80, exit at West Wendover to the Alternate 93. Take Alternate 93 South to the Kinsley Mountain turnoff and head east.
- Driving directions from Highway 93:
- Spruce-Pequop HMA: Take Hwy 93 north to Lage’s Junction. At Lage’s Junction, turn left onto Hwy 93 toward Wells, NV. Approximately 60 miles north, turn into the Goshute Valley turnoff and head east.
- Antelope Valley HMA: Take Hwy 93 north to Lage’s Junction. At the Junction, stay straight on Alternate 93 toward Wendover. Approximately 45 miles north, turn into the Kinsley Mountain turnoff and head east.
- Viewing: Both HMAs are located in valleys and horses can be seen anywhere within these valleys. It is best to bring binoculars for spotting. There are many access roads to roam the valley and hills, but a 4-wheel drive vehicle with all terrain tires is highly recommended. Roads are very dusty in the summertime and muddy and rutted in the fall and spring. Wintertime brings snow to Northeastern Nevada and winter tires or chains are suggested.
- History: The herds of these areas are comprised of ranching horses that were turned out for better breeding. In-the-wild horses have been part of the range environment in the Great Basin since contemporary livestock grazing began in the mid 1800’s. The wild horses are descendants from horses used by homesteaders, ranchers and miners. There is some evidence that the Army Remount Service was active in at least part of the area during the early 1900’s to the early 1940’s. The dominant colors are bay, sorrel, black, brown, buckskin, gray and dun.