Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Tour

Total Miles
25.8

Elevation

2,314.09 ft

Duration

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Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

The Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Tour is a backcountry drive that features numerous high overlooks and the probability of spotting wild horses that roam the rangelands of southwest Wyoming. The drive takes you along the rim of White Mountain and past Pilot Butte where you'll get unobstructed views across the high desert. Interepretive signs along the way explain the area's features, importance, and history. Of the estimated 6,000 horses that freely roam Wyoming, hundreds of them live here in the White Mountain Management Area, giving you good odds of a sighting. To increase the chances, the BLM recommends visiting the area between sunrise and mid-morning or in the evening hours. Aside from the horse herds, you can spot rabbits, pronghorn, coyotes, and raptors. A few side tracks, including one that leads to Pilot Butte, can be followed to extend your exploration.

Photos of Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Tour

Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Tour
Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Tour
Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Tour

Difficulty

This wide gravel road is easy to drive, but may be difficult in the off-season when wind drifts snow across the high desert. Side roads off the main route are narrow and much rougher.

Technical Rating

2

Status Reports

Emily P
May 09, 2024
2021 Toyota 4Runner
Open
Normal
Muddy/Wet
Snow/Ice
Stunning stuff. Saw several sets of horses (from a respectful distance, drone shots were taken from afar to not startle horses), as well as wild antelope herds. Windy and cold. Bring binoculars. Got stuck once in deep mud on a side trail, but were driving in the dark, and missed that there was a full bypass about 1 foot from where we had driven so still an easy trail if you stay on the main path. You could still see wildlife from the main road.
Jeff Egbert
Apr 20, 2024
2022 Jeep Gladiator
Open
Normal
Road was in great shape, dry and recently graded in spots. Side trip to Pilot Butte where we hiked up the East side.
Kayde Blake
Sep 05, 2023
4x4
Open
Muddy/Wet
Bj Easton
Jul 18, 2023
4x4
Open
Dusty

Access Description

From Rock Springs, take I-80 to Exit 104. Drive north on HWY 191 for 14 miles and then turn west onto CR 14.

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