Early morning drive north on SR-160 to US-95 in Nevada
My daughter’s number one wish for this road trip (every family member got one) was to see wild horses.
I was nervous about that – after all, they are wild, and you can’t schedule seeing a wild being. I did a lot of research: Nevada seemed promising to spot wild horses. But where to go? Blogger Kellee @ Vegasjuhl helped me out. Responding to my email, she described exactly where to possibly find them at Wheeler Pass, off US-95. This was “just” on the other side of the Spring Mountains from where we were staying in Pahrump.
Joshua trees grow abundantly in the higher altitudes on the road to Cold Creek off US-95.
This sign is promising! As were the frequent horse droppings on the road.<br
Success! We spotted these wild horses after turning right on the dirt road by the ponds where all the Cold Creek mail boxes are.
The dirt road winds around a bunch of private properties. We saw this herd right after the fences end, and before the road leads higher onto the mountain. The wide grin on my daughter’s face was priceless. I was plain happy that this excursion had met with success. We were all surprised to see how healthy those horses looked – judging by their shiny coats and muscled bodies, life in the mountains must be good.<br
And then, unplanned, the gift of spotting wild burros off route 156!
Goes to show you can plan to see wild animals in the mountains around Las Vegas.
I was really impressed by how easily you can get away from it all so close to a major city. The wilderness seems untouched, and far from human habitation. There is one resort in those mountains. Other than that, trails are virtually empty. ATV and horseback riders gallantly share them, and views are wide open. That is quality of life!