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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

The Wild Horses of Pilot Butte

September 6th, 2012 · No Comments

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Pilot Butte is only about 10 miles west of Rock Springs, Wyoming, where I spent the night of August 21. At least it’s only that far if you take a steep, winding, rutted, dirt road, as I did. The usual route is about 30 miles.

At 7,932 feet, Pilot Butte is the highest point on White Mountain and is visible for 30 miles in all directions. The original residents of the area, the mountain men of the 1820s, and emigrants along the Oregon and Overland trails all used it as a landmark.

Today, it’s a part of the Bureau of Land Management’s White Mountain Wild Horse Herd Management Area. This huge area where the wild horses roam on the range includes 392,000 acres, mostly of sagebrush.

A Simple Sunrise over Sagebrush (Canon 7D with 50mm lens, f/16, 1/45, ISO 1600)

A Simple Sunrise over Sagebrush (Canon 7D with 50mm lens, f/16, 1/45, ISO 1600)

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Three Wild Horses Near Pilot Butte (Canon 7D with 100-400mm lens at 400mm, f/8, 1/750, ISO 400)

Three Wild Horses Near Pilot Butte (Canon 7D with 100-400mm lens at 400mm, f/8, 1/750, ISO 400)

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Two of Them Check Me Out (Canon 7D with 100-400mm lens at 400mm, f/8, 1/1000, ISO 800)

Two of Them Check Me Out (Canon 7D with 100-400mm lens at 400mm, f/8, 1/1000, ISO 800)

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Two Other Wild Horses Let Me Walk Close to Them (Canon 7D with 100-400mm lens at 180mm, f/8, 1/350, ISO 800)

Two Other Wild Horses Let Me Walk Close to Them (Canon 7D with 100-400mm lens at 180mm, f/8, 1/350, ISO 800)

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Like the Wild Horses, This Pronghorn near Pilot Butte is Just Looking (Canon 7D with 100-400mm lens at 390mm, f/8, 1/1500, ISO 400)

Like the Wild Horses, This Pronghorn near Pilot Butte is Just Looking (Canon 7D with 100-400mm lens at 390mm, f/8, 1/1500, ISO 400)

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Early travelers through southwestern Wyoming named this area as a sign that they were getting close to the Green River. But they still had a way to go to reach water in this dry land.

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