A True American Safari at Mustang Monument

The resort blends genuine Western atmosphere with luxurious facilities.

All of it started with a telephone name. “It was simply earlier than Christmas and I obtained a name that there have been 500 mustangs that had been going to slaughter they usually requested if I’d take them,” explains Madeleine Pickens, philanthropist and proprietor of Mustang Monument in Wells, Nevada.

She hung up the telephone, distraught that these stunning creatures can be destroyed, and virtually instantly set about adopting them. “It turned out to be the most effective issues I’ve ever completed in my life. Now, I can share them and other people can come and interact with them.” That place the place folks can expertise these wild horses in their very own habitat is Mustang Monument, a 600,000-acre ranch in Nevada that simply so occurs to be house to 650 mustangs.

Madeleine Pickens could have been born and raised abroad, however this horse lover has all the time been head over heels in love with the American West. The West of cowboys, Indians and wild horses notably captivated her. “I needed to recreate the West I bear in mind from motion pictures. America is dropping its heritage and I needed to recapture that right here at Mustang Monument.

In regards to the Resort

The inside of a custom-designed tipi shares a Western aptitude.

She has certainly, with 10 custom-made tipis and 10 ranch cottages. The property is open seasonally from June by September. The expertise is genuine, albeit with creature comforts and splendid facilities. Assume king-size beds, outsized soaking tubs and excessive privateness. “I needed to design the form of place the place you’ll be able to go spend the day using horses and dune buggies, get actually soiled and dusty, after which come again for a bathe and be prepared for a gourmand dinner.”

In reality, meals is a big a part of the expertise at Mustang Monument. Along with three meals every day, visitors are invited to indulge within the extras, similar to a scenic picnic the place you’ll trip horseback to 9500 ft and picnic within the mountains. Cooking classes are additionally accessible. As could be anticipated, Mustang Monument is a real farm-to-table expertise, even for the horses. Their hay is grown on website.

Inspiring Actions

Morning at Mustang Monument begins with a particular expertise. “After breakfast, visitors go on a hayride and watch because the horses father round. It begins with perhaps 10 horses, then 50, then 100. Finally, you’re surrounded by 650. It truly is a religious expertise. Persons are blown away.” The adventures aren’t restricted to horses or horseback using, although. Spend the times mountain climbing or training yoga. Or, rev issues up with dune buggy rides or capturing on the vary. Paintball targets, archery, rappelling and mountaineering…it’s all right here.

Saving the Mustangs

Madeleine Pickens and her workers are devoted to preserving America’s mustangs.

After all, Mustang Monument just isn’t merely a luxurious ranch resort. It’s additionally a basis. All visits profit the Saving America’s Mustangs basis, established by Pickens. Educating visitors in regards to the mustangs’ plight drives her. “Individuals come right here to trip and get to remain in a luxurious resort however additionally they come to be taught in regards to the West. Most individuals cry after they depart as a result of they’re so mesmerized and moved by the expertise.”

She likens the expertise to an American safari. “You possibly can go to Africa to see wildlife however you’ll be able to’t contact them. You possibly can’t contact a lion or a zebra. However right here, you’ll be able to feed them, and even trip them. We need to share the mustangs.”

“Mustang Monument is really one-of-a-kind. We’re telling a narrative right here and it’s not simply to come back out West and reside like a cowboy.” The story they’re sharing is certainly highly effective and it’s one which Pickens hopes resonates with many. “If visitors go house with a narrative of their expertise they usually inform their pals, then we’re succeeding.”

Getting right here

Fly to Salt Lake Metropolis and it’s a simple 2 1/2 hour drive to Mustang Monument.

Who Goes?

The expertise has wide-ranging attraction from {couples} to households. Whereas most visits common 5 days, there’s a three night time minimal.