Preserve Yosemite’s Horse & Mule Tradition - 2015

A Ranger leads pack horses over Yosemite’s back country trails

Yosemite’s historic and cultural legacy would not exist without the important contributions of horses and mules. The horses in the Mounted Patrol and Color Guard carry out ceremonial duties and park patrols, a legacy that dates back to the Buffalo Soldiers at the turn of the 20th century. Mules make it possible for supplies to reach backcountry trail crews and High Sierra camps.

Versatile and easily adaptable, horses and mules can traverse physically taxing terrain as varied as campgrounds, parking lots, rugged trails and even streams. This project helped celebrate and support Yosemite’s long-lived stock tradition by bringing in seven new horses and mules, which allowed older animals to retire; by installing 10 new corral feeders to replace damaged ones; and by installing signs to educate visitors about the valuable role that these hardy four-legged Yosemite ambassadors have long played in the park.

Your support helped keep important park traditions alive, so future visitors can experience an important connection to Yosemite’s past.

Completed in partnership with Yosemite National Park.

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Project Notes
Rangers in the Color Guard ride horses at Yosemite’s Law Day.
Yosemite National Park’s stock program is the service-wide model for stock use and upholds a tradition dating back to the park’s conception.

Justin B. Fey
Acting Mounted Patrol Coordinator
Yosemite National Park