This Natural Sanctuary In South Dakota Is Like Something Out Of The Wild Wild West
When the early pioneers set out to tame the west, as they called it, they were met with vast prairies, rugged terrain, mighty rivers, and a plethora of wildlife including everything from massive bison herds to bands of wild horses. South Dakota was part of this untamed west. Today, most of that is no longer the same, but there are parts of our state that have been preserved in time and offer a glimpse into what was.
The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary is one of those places; a hidden gem that looks like something out of the wild west we imagine it used to be. The sanctuary is dedicated to preserving the spirit of the wild mustang and allows the horses to roam on over 11,000 acres of land in the same way they would have over a hundred years ago.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/
The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary has over 600 mustangs happily roaming the land where they will be protected throughout their entire lives. The sanctuary survives on donations from those who visit or donate online. Take a trip yourself or sponsor your own mustang by learning more here.
Wouldn’t it be amazing to see what it was like here when the mustangs were truly wild and free? Though you can’t go back in time, you can revisit it through photographs. Check out these rare, vintage photos of South Dakota back then and see for yourself.
Leah moved to North Dakota when she was 12 years old and has traveled from the Red River Valley to the badlands and many places in between. She loves small-town life and currently enjoys living on a small farm in the ND prairie. She's always had a passion for writing and has participated in novel writing challenges such as NaNoWriMo multiple times. Her favorite part about this job is recognizing small businesses that deserve a boost and seeing the positive affect her articles can have on their traffic, especially in rural areas that might have otherwise gone overlooked.
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