Join us on a tour of McCullough Peaks Wild Horse Management Area, located about 25 minutes east of Cody, WY. This landscape is a vast, high-desert environment marked on the edges by rocky badlands and views of the Bighorn and Absaroka Mountain Ranges in the distance. Our journey here will pass through expansive sage fields, wind along small springs and creeks, set up viewing stations at ancient watering holes, and traversing rolling grasslands where wildlife such as pronghorn, coyotes, hawks, eagles and songbirds are all present. Our main goal is to find and observe a unique wild mustang herd, with horses ranging in color, size and personality who form fascinating family units living off the land in their wild and untouched state.
- Sunrise or Sunset in the Wyoming Badlands
- Wild Horse Viewing Opportunities
- Immersive Prairie Ecosystem Tour
Your exact route and itinerary will be determined by your interests, current wildlife sightings, current weather and road conditions. Our guides are all highly experienced, with thousands of hours in the field, and will expertly tailor your safari to you and your group.
McCullough Peaks Wild Horse Management Area is overseen by the Bureau of Land Management and comprises over 100,000 acres of land where a herd of Wild Mustangs roam free and wild. Wild Mustangs are remnants from the time of Spanish re-introduction of horses back to the Americas in the 1500’s and 1600’s. Horses were native to North America prior to this, but had been killed out and overtaken by other megafauna and more successful grazers about 10-11,000 years ago. This habitat has always been theirs, and they thrive in what seems to be sparse and uninhabitable terrain. Their herds are comprised of feisty mares, dominant mustangs, and charming young foales who are raised within group dynamics of care, protection, and reciprocity.
This half-day tour begins in the town of Cody,WY in either the morning or evening, and heads east on Highway 14 toward McCullough Peaks. Along the way your guide will offer an orientation to the area, including describing the high desert ecosystem, the mountain ranges we can see to the east and west, and cadence of Wyoming culture and its management of wildlife. We have the chance to see public and private lands and we offer a look into the current events of the Rocky Mountain West, as well as share the story of how we got here, and where we are going.
Wildlife is abundant in the high desert, and with the use of our optics such as high-powered spotting scopes and binoculars, our guides will help point our guests to see everything from a tiny mountain bluebird, to a harrier flying low over yellow-tipped rabbitbrush, hunting, to pronghorn speeding through the sage. We will stop for every wildlife or bird encounter to showcase the diversity on the landscape, and draw your attention to the interplay between these unique animals, birds and plants.
McCullough Peaks is a limited maintenance area, so our tour involves some highway time, but also lots of time in the wilds of dirt roads, crouching in sage brush, and under the gaze of a huge sky. The beauty of Wyoming sunrises and sunsets will astound you and provide memories and photograph opportunities to last a lifetime.
Professional naturalist guide
Assorted snack basket
Non-alcoholic beverages (hot and cold)
Use of UHD binoculars and spotting scopes
This is a private safari.
For all private tours, all of our guests are picked up (and dropped off) at their lodging location. We pick up in Cody, WY. At the time of reservation, we’ll confirm your exact pickup time, based on the season, as well as your exact pickup location.
Please allow your guide an additional 5-10 minutes before and after the scheduled pickup time in case of weather delays or traffic conditions.
Approximate pickup times include:
- 6:00AM Cody
- 4:00PM Cody
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Where is the McCullough Peaks Wild Horse Management Area?
The McCullough Peaks Wild Horse Management Area is located in Wyoming, USA. Specifically, it lies about 20 miles east of Cody, near the towns of Powell and Lovell. This area is known for its rugged terrain, which provides a natural habitat for a notable population of wild horses. Managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the McCullough Peaks area offers visitors a unique opportunity to observe these wild horses in their natural environment, roaming freely across the picturesque landscape.
What is unique about the wild mustangs found in Wyoming?
The McCullough Peaks Wild Horse Management Area, located near Cody, Wyoming, is a remarkable habitat for wild mustangs, offering a unique glimpse into the lives of these majestic animals. These mustangs are descendants of horses brought to North America by Spanish explorers and have lived in this region for centuries. The area itself, characterized by its rugged terrain, semi-arid climate, and sparse vegetation, provides a challenging yet suitable environment for these horses.
The wild mustangs in McCullough Peaks are known for their hardiness and ability to survive in the relatively harsh conditions of the Wyoming landscape. They are often spotted in bands, consisting of mares, foals, and a few stallions, roaming across the vast open spaces. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oversees the area and implements programs to ensure the health and sustainability of the horse population, which includes measures like population control to prevent overgrazing and maintain a balance with the ecosystem.
The wild horses in this area exhibit a variety of coat colors, including bay, black, grey, and pinto, and are admired for their beauty and spirit. They have become a symbol of the American West’s wild and untamed nature. For visitors and wildlife enthusiasts, the McCullough Peaks Wild Horse Management Area offers a unique opportunity to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural setting, a truly unforgettable experience that highlights the importance of conservation and respect for wildlife.
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