Wild horses standing in a pen at the Ridgecrest facility

Ridgecrest Regional Wild Horse and Burro Corrals

Established in 1982 in cooperation with the China Lake Naval Weapons Station and Death Valley National Park, this facility supports wild horse and burro management activities throughout the three-state region of Southern California, Nevada and Arizona.  There are twenty-two wild horse and burro herd management areas located throughout California.

At this facility, captured animals are prepared for adoption which includes vaccinations, deworming, blood tests and freezemarking.  On an average year, the corrals will prepare more than 1,000 animals.  

The corral facility is located on 80 acres of withdrawn Navy and BLM lands, four miles east of Ridgecrest on the Randsburg-Wash Road off California Highway 178.  The facility is available for individual and group tours and has a two-track dirt perimeter road allowing visitors a quality view of the animals. If driven, a vehicle with high clearance is recommended. 

Adoptions are by appointment or during scheduled open house events, typically 7-9 a.m. July-September, and 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. October-June, on the second and fourth Fridays of each month. Check the event schedule for dates and times. From June to August, animals can be loaded only in the mornings due to summer temperatures.  Completed applications can be emailed or faxed to our office.

Contact us for more information about the Wild Horse and Burro program or to make an adoption appointment.

Contact Information

Ridgecrest Regional Wild Horse and Burro Corrals

Mailing Address:

Ridgecrest Field Office
Wild Horse and Burro Program
300 S. Richmond Rd.
Ridgecrest, CA 93555

Physical Address:

Ridgecrest Regional Wild Horse and Burro Facility
3647-A Randsburg Wash Road
Trona, CA 93562. 

Toll-free:  800-951-8720
Fax:  760-384-5767
E-mail:  blm_ca_ridgecrestcorrals@blm.gov

Hours of Operation:
Currently closed due to the pandemic; available to answer questions via phone call or e-mail