The Sanctuary is rich in Indian and pioneer history. There are remnants of homesteads, Indian camps, arrowheads, and petroglyphs. The existing ranch house is the site of a past circuit court, complete with hanging tree!
In the spring and summer months, to raise money to support the horses, the Sanctuary offers picnic rides, 2 & 3 day overnight rides. Each day, ride the trails created by the wild horses and burros through pine and oak-studded hills and Volcanic Rock out croppings--a bit of paradise dotted with meadows, woods, creeks, and ponds.
Whether riding the valley floor or the rugged, rock-strewn ridges of the Sanctuary, visitors enjoy the excitement of wild herds grazing and running free in their natural surroundings. They share their natural setting with black bear, deer, quail, dove, wild turkey, gray fox, coyote, raccoon, badger, bobcat and mountain lion; also hawks, owls, bald eagles and 150 varieties of song birds.
Rides go out rain or shine.
Note: If you have a group that would like to book a ride exclusively, minimum of 6 guests with $150.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit per guest, please call 530-474-5770 to make arrangements.
The Wild Horse Sanctuary welcomes everyone to experience the beauty of the wild horses. Due to the nature of the rides, there are some rules and conditions we must abide by to ensure the safety of both horse and rider, as well as, provide an enjoyable experience for all.
All riders must be in good physical condition and able to independently mount and dismount their horses.
Open to all riders from novice to experienced. However, please be honest about your experience level so that we can match you with a horse to suit your skills. The following definitions should be used as a guide when filling out the trip application form:
- Beginner: "Never been on a horse." "I ride 2 or 3 times a year."
- Novice: "I ride 5 to 10 times a year." (And have for several years)
- Intermediate: "I ride once a month." (And have for 5 years or more)
- Advanced: "I ride once a week." (And have for several years)
Due to the fact that the trip includes a saddle weighing approximately 50 lbs., we must limit rider weight to 205 lbs. for the safety of both horse and rider. (Trip participation of riders exceeding the weight limit will be subject to management approval.)
Participation of children under the age of 14 will be subject to Sanctuary management approval.
The Sanctuary offers a unique opportunity to those who would like to help in the care of a particular horse or burro. By sponsoring a horse or burro, it becomes "yours." You will be providing food, minor veterinary care, etc., for as long as you continue your support.
In appreciation for helping the Sanctuary save a horse, a picture and a description of the animal are sent to the donor. As a sponsor, you are invited to visit the sanctuary and your horse or burro at any time.