Keep Horses at the Heart of Yosemite – 2019

Keep Horses at the Heart of Yosemite – 2019

Continue the success of Yosemite’s renowned long-running stock program by bringing in new horses and mules, including adopted wild mustangs. Photo: NPS/C. Fitzgerald

Yosemite’s renowned stock program has roots in the 1890s, when U.S. cavalry soldiers served as inaugural park rangers. Today, rangers use horses and mules to support search and rescue operations, carry out ceremonial duties, deliver supplies over tricky terrain, connect with visitors, and more.

This year, your gifts will enable the park to bring in several new “four-legged rangers,” including wild mustangs adopted from the Bureau of Land Management, through a well-established program that engages incarcerated inmates in equine training. As the new horses and mules begin their service in the park, older ones will be adopted out to new owners ready to provide them with a well-earned retirement.

Your support will help Yosemite’s stock program continue to shine as a leading cultural institution in the National Park System.

Partnering with Yosemite National Park, Bureau of Land Management and Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

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Yosemite's mounted patrol is surrounded by celebrated history and tradition.

Yosemite's mounted patrol is surrounded by a celebrated history and tradition. Continued support from Yosemite Conservancy allows us to secure that legacy for the next generation of rangers and visitors to experience.

Justin Fey
Law Enforcement Ranger
Yosemite National Park