Forever Free

The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in Hot Springs, South Dakota is the realization of one cowboy’s vision. When visiting Nevada to buy cattle in 1987, Dayton Hyde was deeply impacted by the site of unwanted wild horses corralled by the federal government. He decided to create a place where such horses could live forever free. []


The Sanctuary provides 11,000 acres for wild horses to roam freely.


Today, over 500 horses roam the Sanctuary’s protected land.

A reminder of their previous trauma is evidenced by the brand marking them as unwanted horses.


Visitors can see the horses up close on one of the Sanctuary’s guided tours, but reservations are required for all tours.


For those guests who desire a more extended experience, cabins are available.


These comfortable cabins are decorated in a rustic western style, and offer a fantastic view of the hillside.


“Freedom lies in being bold.”  Robert Frost

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