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BLM-Managed Wild Horse & Burro Herd Management Areas:
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The Southern Nevada Office District
includes the following Herd Management Areas
(Click brown links to go to official BLM page about each HMA, or scroll down to read this website's coverage of the HMA:)

Gold Butte (NV502)

Muddy Mountains (NV502)

Red Rock (NV504)

Johnnie (NV510)

Nevada Wild Horse Range (NV524) - aka Nellis

NV524 Nevada Wild Horse Range
Nellis Air Force Base

The Nevada Wild Horse Range on Nellis AFB has a special history. It was set aside in 1967 as the nations first Wild Horse Preserve  - several years before the Wild Horse & Burro Protection Act of 1971. It was chosen since it was a huge tract of undeveloped land, and already off limits both to the public and to livestock grazing, due to being an Air Force testing bombing site - so the horses could live in peace. This area was a nuclear and other bombing test range during the Cold War, and is also the location for "Area 53" which is popularized by folks who are into extraterrestrial and paranormal ideas. So far no radioactive horses have shown up, nor any who claim to have been abducted by UFOs. The horses lived, at the time the reserve was created, in a buffer zone between active test operations and the highways - particularly US 6 - a popular tourist highway - so the horses were not affected by Air Force operations.

The original planning for the Nellis Preserve was quite extensive and forward-thinking. There were several plans to add land from outside the AFB and to relinquish some of the AFB land to Air Force activities; to build a tourist center with interpretive installations, similar to a National parks' Visitor Center; to be a showpiece for good management, with a plan to rotate the horses through three pastures; There were plans to maintain stable population numbers, through "gentle" bait traps, as well as through surgical fertility control.

The original 1965 Plan maintained that there were no cattle on Nellis, but in fact there was a lot of trespass grazing. Originally after the 1971 Act, the plan was to eliminate the trespass cattle. But trespass grazing continued, pushing the horses out of their designated range and into Air Force activity zones. Naturally, The Air Force didn't like this. The result was that wild horses were gathered and the trespass ranchers were issued grazing leases, under the idea that by issuing grazing permits, the ranchers could be regulated and controlled.

Once protected, the Nellis herd grew from about 200 in 1971 to over 1000 by 1976.

Alyssa Weytjens and Dixie from Nellis:

Dixie excels at the sport of Endurance

"This is my mustang mare, "Nevada Sweet Pea". I adopted her Aug. 1, 2004 at a BLM Adoption in Ocala, FL. She is from the NV Wild Horse Range NV0524, near Tonopah (Nye County), Nevada.  She was foaled in 2002.  She is a bay, about 14 hands.  I have trained her myself.  Just this past weekend, I had her on exhibition at a BLM Adoption in Jacksonville, FL.  This was her very first outing!  To think that just six months prior, she was a wild and unhandled mustang!  Everyone was very impressed with her.... The picture is from Sat. Feb. 19th, 2005 when we were visiting with folks at the BLM Adoption in Jacksonville, FL."

Rhonda Serr & Caesar, a Reno Rodeo drill team star in the late 1990's.

Sandi Bartolotti & her Nellis horse, Live Oak, FL

Amy Spivey:
DNA Test Results are in!My almost 16 hand Nevada Wild Horse Range Gelding Tavaci was: (shocking)

1st was Nordic, (Icelandic of Fjord)
2nd was Welsh Pony (explains why he is so round)
3rd was Shetland Pony or Hackney

I would have never guessed those in any part!! Photo is him next to my good friend Madi 2 years ago. . He's bigger now. He's my mutant mustang pony!!!!

These pictures were taken by Cathy Barcomb on February 6, 2004, at Palomino Valley BLM Wild Horse & Burro Center:

 John at PVC reports that the Nellis animals are curious, calm, & very friendly. Some were so curious that it was hard to take their photos - they kept coming in too close!

Solid Bay colt

A White (or pale palomino?) & Wide-Blazed Buckskin

Dappled Palomino Filly

Nellis babies

Matched Trio

Nellis mare at Palomino Valley

Nellis babies at Palomino Valley

Nellis mare at Palomino Valley


Nellis mare at Palomino Valley


NV525 Spring Mountain

NV526 Lucky Strike
part of NV 525

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Non-BLM Wild Horse Areas:
Atlantic Coast  Central USA 
State of Nevada Dept. of Agriculture (Reno-Area Comstock/Virginia Range "Estrays")
US Forest Service Wild Horse Territories  Sheldon USFWS 

NV527 Last Chance