Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area and Yellowstone

When my parents started planning a trip to Yellow stone I asked if we could go to the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range also. They agreed and we started our trip by learning that four wheel drive was needed to reach the top of the mountains, but the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area is a part of the horse range that is accessable.

Mountains

horse range

While at the Devil’s Canyon over look we did not see Wild Horses, but we did see Bighorn Sheep.

overlook

sheep

After we watched the sheep for a bit we left the overlook area and searched the rest of the range for horses. Our first band to see was Admiral’s band. He is the most commen to see in that area and we saw his band every day that we were at the horse range.

Admiral's band

The next band we saw was Fiero’s band and I felt privileged to see them. We only saw them once and briefly. Also from what I learned after contacting the Pryor Mustang Center it was a fairly new band when we saw them. Two things that was stricking about the band was the two apricot dun roan horses, a rare color in Wild Horses.

left to right: Fiero, Strawberry, Kokopelli, Jemez

Strawberry, Kokopelli, Jemez

2-month-old Kokopelli, yearling Jemez

apricot dun roan brothers

Fiero, Strawberry

Fiero, Strawberry, Kokopelli

Fiero

Fiero

The next day we found Admiral’s band a lot closer and resting.

Left to Right: Hightail, Climbs High, Seneca, Admiral

Soon, Admiral’s two mares Hightail and Seneca moved into the trees and Admiral’s one-month-old colt followed his mother Seneca. This forced Admiral to wake up his sleepy yearling colt Jesse James.

Climbs High

Jesse James, Admiral

Jesse James, Admiral

Jesse James, Admiral

Jesse James, Admiral

Jesse James, Admiral

Jesse James, Admiral

Soon the mares came out of the trees, mostly to graze, but also to drink and play.

Seneca

Climbs High, Seneca

Climbs High, Seneca, Hightail

Admiral's band

Climbs High plays

Admiral

Admiral B & W

Jesse James

Admiral and mother Hightail

Climbs High scratching

On our way to Yellowstone we tried stopping at another Wild Horse Range, however it required four wheel drive, so we couldn’t go into the main part of the range. Even though we didn’t see any horses we saw an impressive mountain, pronghorn, and a rainbow.

mountain

Pronghorn

rainbow

When arriving at Yellowstone I did not know what to expect. I knew that the scenery would be fantastic, but I wasn’t sure how much wildlife to expect. It was amazing when we saw a grizzly bear and cubs.

view

view

view

view

bear and cubs

view

bison and pronhorn

view

We had a few daysbefore we had to leave, so we went back to the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range. I knew we had been extreamly lucky to see horses at all, so when we saw Admiral’s band again almost exactly where we found them the last time it was a serprise. While we were there it rained and it was fun to see the horse range become green. If anyone is thinking of going to Yellowstone I would recommend stopping at a horse range, even if you don’t see horses the scenery is worth seeing.

Hightail, Seneca, Jesse James, Admiral

Admiral's band

Climbs High, Seneca

Admiral's band

Admiral

Admiral

Seneca, Climbs High

Jesse James

Admiral

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