Onaqui Herd: Great Basin Desert

The Onaqui wild horses live in Northeast Utah on the Great Basin Desert (40 miles southwest of Salt Lake City) in August of 2016. This herd of wild horses are referred to as the Onaqui herd because their habitat covers the Onaqui Mountain range. These wild horses have occupied the Onaqui Mountains since the late 1800s. The herd is large, approximately 200 horses in all but generally consists of many smaller bands (or families) that graze and travel together (the photo shows one such band or family). The original historic Pony Express Road runs through their rangelands. These horses remain healthy and in good physical condition with 43,000 acres of grasslands to graze on and ample water supplied by well stocked reservoirs and streams fed by snow runoff and rain.  The horses are considered smaller in size with dominant colors within the herd of brown, bay and white. They are currently under protection by the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM).