Visiting the Salt River Wild Horses
I first wanted to visit the Salt River horses in Arizona two years ago, but that was the winter it rained and rained. So going down strange dirt roads with a big RV, seemed a really bad idea. Then last year, Al was back and forth to Seattle, I was in Palm Springs, and we spent the rest of the winter in our usual places.
So this year, I got more information and made a solid plan for visiting the Salt River wild horses. And I am so glad we did.
First, this area is beautiful. I had no idea what wonderful scenery there was in this part of the valley. We don’t usually like to hang out near the Phoenix valley, but you would hardly know you are 20 miles from such a large metropolitan area. And second, the horses are gorgeous.
Arizona is the forth state I’ve photographed wild horses in, and probably the most challenging. There are tall creosote bushes, mesquite forests, and so many places for the horses to hang out, and hide.
Sometimes I can just catch a glimpse of swishing tails, or back ends moving through. It does create some fabulous photos though once you get close enough to them.
This little band had a couple of yearlings. This guy knew dad was getting the best stuff, and pushed his nose under his.
I have had some great tips from local photographers too, and that has helped a ton. One woman that I know from Instagram messaged me the other afternoon about a small group she was seeing. We drove there, and found some very nice horses.
This gorgeous mare has the cutest foal in all the world.
I was obsessed with this cutie.
Seriously, how could you not be.
We hung around that evening waiting to see if they would go to the river. Horses in the river shots, is one reason I wanted to come here. The light wasn’t very good because the sun was down, but still…….
We have been seeing other wildlife too, and I will share that in another post. We were originally only going to stay here for a few days, but we love it so much we decided two weeks would be better. There are still more places to explore around here.
And Happy Winter Solstice Everyone!