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High Desert District
Release Date: 01/19/12
Contacts: Serena Baker,    

Rock Springs Wild Horse Holding Facility Reopens
with Expanded Adoption Event

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Desert District (HDD) is reopening the Rock Springs Wild Horse Holding Facility (RSWHHF) with an expanded adoption event, including a drawing contest, elementary school field trips, preview day and an adoption featuring curly horses.  

Fourth grade students from Rock Springs and Green River, Wyo. school districts are invited to submit original drawings of a wild horse to the BLM HDD Office at 280 Hwy 191 N., Rock Springs, during normal business hours by Friday, Jan. 27. All entries will be displayed in the lobby and the public is encouraged to stop by to vote for their favorite. Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce gift certificates, accepted by most Sweetwater County businesses, have been donated for first, second, and third prize to the drawings receiving the highest number of votes. 

On Thursday, Jan. 26, more than 300 Rock Springs and Green River fourth graders will be taking a field trip to the RSWHHF learning about veterinary care given to wild horses, freeze branding, different breeds of horses, history of wild horses, and why BLM gathers wild horses. 

On Friday, Jan. 27 from noon-3 p.m., potential adopters will be able to preview the wild horses available at the RSWHHF, ask questions of BLM specialists, and fill out the adoption application. Adoption requirements and applications are available on-line at:

On Saturday, Jan. 28 from 8 a.m.-noon, the HDD kicks off the first wild horse adoption of the year. The adoption showcases curly horses which will be offered for silent bid. All remaining horses will be available on a first come, first serve basis for the standard adoption fee of $125. Untrained weanlings, geldings, and mares gathered from the White Mountain/Little Colorado, Great Divide Basin and Red Desert Complex herd management areas will be available for adoption. 

The RSWHHF has been temporarily closed since August 2011 so all animals gathered from the range could be evaluated by a veterinarian, dewormed, Coggins tested, and given their booster shots. A complete listing of 2012 adoptions can be found at: For more information contact Kathi Fine, 307-352-0292 or 1-866-4MUSTANGS. 

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

High Desert District   280 Hwy 191 N.      Rock Springs, WY 82901   

Last updated: 01-19-2012