Swasey Herd Management Area
The Swasey Mountains Herd Management Area (HMA) is located in the Swasey Mountains in north-central Millard County, approximately 30 miles west of Delta. The Swasey HMA contains 120,113 acres of federal, state, and privately-owned lands. The vegetation on the upper elevation of the Swasey Mountains is comprised of mountain brush and aspen groves. The foothill region is predominantly vegetated with shadscale and ricegrass.
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The original source of the animals is unknown. However, many of the horses in the Swasey Herd are descendents of horses that were turned loose or escaped from local ranches.
The Swasey Herd is dominated by gray and light colored horses. Other colors include black, brown, bays, buckskins, and pintos. The average size of herd adults is 14 to 14 1/2 hands. The BLM management goal for this herd is to maintain a herd size between 60 and 100 head.
We Need Your Help
We invite you to view wild horses, however it is unlawful to chase and/or catch them. Foals, pregnant mares and older horses are easily hurt when pursued, so please allow them to live a free and unharassed life.
Help our wild horses by reporting illegal activity. Contact your BLM office or call BLM Law Enforcement at (801) 539-4286.
Best Opportunity for Viewing
Travel west from Delta on U.S. Highway 50 & 6 approximately 30 miles to the signed turnoff to Antelope Spring and Long Ridge Reservoir. Turn north and travel approximately 13 miles to an intersection with a large fenced pond south of the road. Horses may be viewed watering at this pond early or late in the day during the summer. Turn east at intersection towards Swasey Spring. Travel east, then north approximately 13 miles to the signed turnoff to Swasey Spring. Horses may be seen in the foothills and canyons along the east side of the Swasey Mountains.
Wild horses are naturally wary. They are best viewed with binoculars at a distance. When approached, they will normally spook and run for cover. We invite you to view wild horses, however it is unlawful to chase and/or catch them. Foals, pregnant mares and older horses are easily hurt when pursued, so please allow them to live a free and unharassed life.
Special Travel Conditions
The roads to Swasey Springs are maintained roads traversable by passenger cars during dry weather. All other viewing areas in this HMA require high clearance vehicles. Much of the area is within the Swasey Mountain Wilderness Study Area. Vehicle travel within the WSA is restricted to existing roads.
BLM Herd Management Areas
In 1971, Congress passed legislation to protect, manage, and control wild horses and burros on the public lands. The Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act declared these animals to be "living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West."
Congress further declared that "wild free-roaming horses and burros shall be protected from capture, branding, harassment, or death..." and that they are "...an integral part of the natural system of the public lands." Furthermore, Bureau regulation requires that wild horses and burros be considered comparably with other resource values within the area.
The Bureau of Land Management maintains and manages wild horses or burros in "herd management areas" (HMAs).