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Public Observation Opportunities

When can I visit?

BLM is setting up four guided-observation days, tentatively set for Fridays, December 10 and 17, and Fridays, January 7 and 14. Interested observers who have made an RSVP through the BLM Battle Mountain District Office number (775-635-4110) can meet BLM staff on those dates at specified times and locations – please call the BLM Information Line stated above or visit for driving direction and maps. The public is encouraged to attend during the set observation days at which time BLM representatives will be available to answer questions on those dates.

BLM recognizes and respects the right of interested members of the public and the press to observe the Rocky Hills, Callaghan, Bald Mountain and New Pass/Ravenswood HMAs wild horse gathers. At the same time, BLM must ensure the health and safety of the public, BLM's employees and contractors, and America's wild horses. Accordingly, BLM developed these rules to maximize the opportunity for reasonable public access to the gather while ensuring that BLM's health and safety responsibilities are fulfilled. Failure to maintain safe distances from operations at the gather and temporary holding sites could result in members of the public inadvertently getting in the path of the wild horses or gather personnel, thereby placing themselves and others at risk, or causing stress and potential injury to the wild horses.

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What are the procedures?

• Call 775-635-4110 for daily updates on the gather, locations and terrain conditions.

• Observers must travel in their own 4-wheel drive high clearance vehicle, and bring appropriate shoes, clothing, food and water. Observers are prohibited from riding in government and contractor vehicles and equipment. Be aware that weather conditions may be extremely cold and rapidly changing, with high possibility for snow, ice and winds. No facilities are available at the gather location to escape extreme weather, and the gather areas are remote and may be 50 miles or more from the nearest gas and convenience facilities.

• Gather operations may be suspended if bad weather creates unsafe flying conditions.

• BLM will establish one or more observation areas, in the immediate area of the gather and holding sites, to which individuals will be directed. These areas will be placed so as to maximize the opportunity for public observation while providing for a safe and effective horse gather. The utilization of such observation areas is necessary due to the use and presence of heavy equipment and aircraft in the gather operations. It is critical to allow BLM personnel and contractors to fully focus on attending to the needs of the wild horses while maintaining a safe environment for all involved. In addition, observation areas will be cited so as to protect the wild horses from being spooked, startled or impacted in a manner that results in increased stress.

• BLM will delineate observation areas with tape and signs. The public is asked to follow BLM representatives instruction for the safety of all personnel, observers and the wild horses.

• Visitors will be assigned to a specific BLM representative on guided-observation days and must stay with that person at all times.

• Observers may also visit gather sites on non-guided observer days, where they will be directed to a designated safety observer area to view operations. Call the District’s Information Line (775-635-4110) for current gather operations information.

• On non-guided observation days, individuals who arrive at the sites will be directed to the designated observation area by BLM personnel and informed of behavioral rules (such as remaining quiet and still to ensure a safe and effective gather operation).

• Visitors are NOT permitted to walk around the gather site unaccompanied by their BLM representative.

• Observers are prohibited from climbing/trespassing onto or in the trucks, equipment or corrals, which is the private property of the contractor.

• When BLM is using a helicopter or other heavy equipment in close proximity to a designated observation area, members of the public may be asked to stay by their vehicle for some time before being directed to an observation area once the use of the helicopter or the heavy machinery is complete.

• When given the signal that the helicopter is close proximity and bringing horses in, visitors must sit down in areas specified by BLM representatives and must not move or talk as the horses are guided into the corral.

• Visitors must direct their questions/comments to either their designated BLM representative or the BLM spokesperson on site, and not engage other BLM/contractor staff and disrupt their gather duties/responsibilities - professional and respectful behavior is expected of all.

• BLM may make the BLM/contractor staff available during down times for a Q&A session on guided observation days.

• Individuals attempting to move outside a designated observation area will be requested to move back to the designated area or to leave the site. Failure to do so may result in citation or arrest. It is important to stay within the designated observation area to safely observe the wild horse gather.

• Visitors who do not cooperate and follow the rules will be escorted off the gather site by BLM law enforcement personnel, and will be prohibited from participating in any subsequent observation days.

• BLM reserves the right to alter these rules based on changes in circumstances that may pose a risk to health, public safety or the safety of wild horses (such as weather, lightning, wildfire, etc.). 

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