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About the Montezuma Peak and Paymaster Herd Management Area (HMAs)

The Montezuma Peak HMA is located west of the town of Goldfield, 26 miles south of Tonopah in Esmeralda County, Nevada. The area is approximately 9 miles wide and 21 miles long, and encompasses approximately 77,931 acres. The majority of the HMA is dominated by shrubs with little grass. The area receives only three inches of precipitation in the valley bottoms and 12 inches on the mountain tops. This HMA is in the transition zone between the Great Basin (cold desert) and the Mojave Desert (hot desert). Habitat in the Montezuma Peak HMA is well suited for wild burro use, but contains little forage suitable for wild horses.

The Paymaster HMA is less than five miles north of the Montezuma Peak HMA and seven miles west of Tonopah in Esmeralda County comprising approximately 100,500 acres. Few fences exist across much of the area, which allow the wild horses unrestricted movement areas outside the HMA boundaries as well as the adjacent Montezuma Peak HMAs. Because of steep terrain, limited forage, and few accessible perennial waters, wild horses generally reside in the Montezuma Allotment outside the boundaries of the HMA.

Click on the links below for the different Question and Answer Pages:

Q&A Introduction

Q&A Gather Process

Q&A Summer Gather

Q&A Adoption

Q&A Population Management

Q&A Range and Grazing 

Last updated: 09-17-2010