Red Rock Lakes HMA
The wild horses may have ancestry tracing back to the Spanish mustang. The Spanish bloodlines have been diluted by a large variety of horses brought into the area by pioneering ranchers. These horses tend to be stocky and tall ranging up to 16 hands. The herd has quite a few appaloosas in it, as well as the more usual solid colors.
Location: The Red Rock Herd Management Area is located 10 miles east of Macdoel, CA in northern Siskyou County, CA.
Size: 18,541 acres
Topography/Vegetation: The Red Rock lakes are located at an elevation of 4,600 feet and are the central focus of the wild horse territory. The tope of the ridge, Mahogany Mountain, is 6,250 feet. Vegetation consists of big and lows sage, with an understory of Idaho fescue, squirreltail and needlegrasses. In many areas juniper has increased greatly in density and understory shrubs and grass species are absent.
Wildlife: Wildlife along the ridge includes mule deer, antelope, coyotes, bobcats, hawks, eagles, sage grouse, pheasant, mountain quail and mourning doves. Many waterfowl nest and rest on the lakes during years of adequate rainfall.