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State Herd Area: Onaqui Mountains (UT)

The Onaqui HMA is located 40 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, UT. It extends from Johnsons Pass south to Look Out Pass. Wild horses can be seen on the bench and flat areas along the east and west sides of the mountain range. The HMA contains 43,880 acres of Federal, State, and private land.

The vegetation on the upper elevations of the Onaqui Mountains is comprised of mountain brush and scattered stands of conifers. The foothill area is vegetated by stands of juniper trees. Areas that have burned or have been mechanically revegetated contain bunch grass. The valley areas are comprised of sage brush and annual cheatgrass.

Wild horses have occupied the Onaqui Mountains since the late 1800's. Most are descendants of horses that escaped from local ranches. The dominant colors within the herd are brown and bay. Other colors found include sorrel, roan, buckskin, black, palomino, and gray. The horses are good to average in conformation and generally remain healthy even during periods of drought. They usually weigh 900 - 1000 pounds. The BLM management goal for this herd is to maintain a population of between 70 -120 animals.

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