Experience America’s Western heritage and see wild horses in their natural habitat without roughing it at this upscale eco-resort, which shares 630,000 acres with 1,000 free-roaming horses.
Businesswoman, animal welfare activist and philanthropist Madeleine Pickens started the National Wild Horse Foundation, now named Saving America’s Mustangs, in 2008, after working for several years to end the slaughtering of horses, including retired thoroughbreds. Shifting the focus of her work to wild horses, Pickens purchased land where 600 wild Mustangs lived in northeastern Nevada. Since then, the foundation has saved 1,000 wild mustangs and now operates the not-for-profit eco-resort to fund the horses’ care and to preserve America’s equine heritage.
Guests can stay in one of 10 cottages, 10 teepees or two homes, one with four bedrooms and the other with seven. Stays include food and drink prepared by Michelin-star chefs and served at the on-site dining room, on the terrace or in a tractor shed that has been revamped into an upscale saloon. Activities include wagon rides, horseback riding atop broken mustangs, archery, guided hikes, roping lessons, rock climbing and more. The eco-resort is open June through September.