BLM to Host Wild Horse and Burro Adoption in Fruita

FRUITA, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is holding a wild horse and burro adoption event on March 29 – 30, offering 26 wild horses gathered from the Little Book Cliffs Herd Management Area (HMA), two wild horses from the Piceance-East Douglas HMA, and two burros.

The adoption will be held at Rimrock Adventures, 927 Highway 340 in Fruita. The first day involves a training demonstration and clinic from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Horses and burros will be available for public viewing on the second day from 8 – 10 a.m., with a silent auction from 10 – 11 a.m.

“Our partners, the Friends of the Mustangs, the Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary and the Piceance Mustangs have been invaluable in helping manage wild horses and burros in our HMAs and helping with adoptions,” said Katie Stevens, Grand Junction Field Office Manager. “We want to see these animals find good homes.”

Interested adopters must fill out an application, conform to the BLM’s minimum adoption requirements and have applications approved by the BLM before the silent auction begins. BLM staff will available to answer questions and assist with the adoption applications.

The BLM is working to find new solutions to ensure healthy wild horses and burros on healthy rangelands. The new Adoption Incentive Program, announced earlier this month, encourages more people to give these animals a good home and reduce capacity pressure on holding facilities. The program provides adopters $500 within 60 days of adoption and $500 upon title issuance for an untrained wild horse or burro. The minimum adoption fee has been lowered to $25.

To learn more about BLM Colorado’s wild horse and burro adoption program, visit or call (866) 468-7826.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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