Guide to Viewing the Wild Horses
The wild horses of Sweetwater County are proof that the American spirit still thrives here. These majestic and free horses wander through the beautiful high desert of Sweetwater County seeking food, water, shelter and room to roam. There are many ways to interact with the wild horses that call Sweetwater's stunning landscape home; we recommend following our guide for viewing Wyoming's wild horses.
A Quick View at the Rock Springs Wild Horse Holding Facility
If you don't have a lot of time but still want to see Sweetwater's wild horses, visit the Rock Springs Wild Horse Holding Facility. This federal facility is used for short-term holding and preparation of wild horses as they are gathered from Wyoming herd management areas or being transported eastbound from western states. If you want to observe at your own pace, a viewing kiosk overlooks the facility and is open year-round. Tours are also available if you'd like a more guided experience. Springtime is the best time to visit and watch the foals come out to play.
From I-80 in Rock Springs, take the Elk Street exit (104) and go north one mile. Turn right (east) onto Lionkol Road and go approximately .5 miles. For more information, call (307) 352-0292.
A Real Wild Experience on the Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Loop Tour
The Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Loop tour allows you to take full control of your wild horse viewing experience. This self-guided tour can begin in Rock Springs or Green River, Wyoming; it takes about 1.5 hours to travel across the 24 miles of gravel road. On this stretch of breathtaking beauty, you will spot an abundance of wildlife – wild horses, desert elk, rabbits, coyotes, hawks, eagles and more. Wildlife is best visible in the early morning or late afternoon, though the vistas and overlooks are always in full view.
From I-80 in Rock Springs, take the Elk Street Exit (104) and go north. Travel 14 miles to County Road 4-14 (Fourteen-Mile Road), then go left onto 4-14 and travel 2.5 miles. Turn left onto Country Road 4-53, and follow for 21.5 miles to Green River.
From Green River, exit I-80 to Flaming Gorge Way, and turn onto Wild Horse Canyon Road.
Preparations for the Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Loop Tour
Before setting out for your wild horse viewing experience, it's best to make sure you're fully prepared to make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime tour. Keep in mind that the roads are graveled and best maintained from May to October. High-clearance vehicles are recommended, and it would be wise to have a full tank of gas and a spare tire before you begin. Bring a cell phone in case of emergency, but reception may be limited. We recommend communicating your destination and planned return time to a friend or family member. Don't forget binoculars for the best viewing and a camera to create memories of your wild experience.
To help guide you on your trip, here is a brochure with a map and information on the Wild Horses of Sweetwater County.