Photo Stories

Cold Creek Wild Horse Herd

The horses at Cold Creek are the descendants of escapees from the 1800s horse trade, abandoned by Native Americans and settlers coming to the Las Vegas valley and turned loose in the mountains and the valleys of Southern Nevada. Ranchers also lost more horses to the wild bands, so those bloodlines have been mixed. The horses are relatively small, but very hardy and have now been habituated to humans by grazing alongside the highway.

The Spring Mountains area is also home to elk, mule deer, coyotes, bobcats, jackrabbits and mountain lions.

A wild horse trying to get to food under a dead plant.
A Wild horse eating snow at Cold Creek, Nevada at the base of the Spring Mountains.

When visiting Cold Creek, we 4-wheeled up part of the Spring Mountains and the hiked for a distance. We saw signs of the horses, such as tracks in the snow and dung, but sighted no horses. I was rather disappointed, as we headed down the mountain. Then, we saw several grazing near the homes at the base of the mountain. There were a few pregnant mares and a mix of different sizes and ages.

Four horses roaming the small town of Cold Creek, Nevada.
A wild horse checking out some trucks parked at a home in Cold Creek.
A very pregnant wild horse and her mate in Cold Creek, NV.
A male elk (buck) with a broken antler.
A female elk with her calf.

To view more images of the wild horses and wildlife of Cold Creek, Nevada, visit this gallery at

To find out more about this wild herd or to donate for the care of these wild horses, visit