From island ponies to mustangs, there’s something majestic about the free roaming horses of North America. Wild horses can be found in dozens of areas. Many are located in tourist spots that allow visitors to enjoy the surrounding area, as well. If you’re planning your next vacation, you might consider adding these places to your list!
- Outer Banks, North Carolina: Travelers can see horses from the Shackleford herd in the southern region or the Corolla herd in northern portions of the island. Guided tours and wildlife sanctuaries help people locate the horses.
- Assateague Island, Maryland and Virginia: Divided into two herds with about 300 ponies total, the island has become a popular spot for travelers. Each year a select number of ponies are rounded up and auctioned off to homes.
- Sable Island, Nova Scotia, Canada: This remote wild horse colony is accessible only by boat or plane. A few tour companies have begun offering excursions to the island. The horses can be spotted roaming along the sand dunes.
- Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Loop, Rock Springs, Wyoming: Take a 23 mile drive on country roads to witness some of Wyoming’s wild horses. The loop takes you through the home of more than 2,500 horses.
- Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Watford City, North Dakota: Home to between 100 and 200 wild horses, this park is a great place to visit in the summer.
- Onaqui Herd Management Area, Utah: Mostly descendants of escaped ranch horses, visitors can drive along the roads to see them grazing freely. Take the opportunity to enjoy a part of the American West.
Wild horses are a sight to be seen by every equestrian. From flat grasslands to sandy shores, North America has many places for travelers to catch a glimpse of these tranquil creatures!