Thank you for visiting the web site for the National Wild Horse, Burro and Animal Sanctuary. We are located in the mild four seasons of northwest Nevada County, California. Large Ponderosa Pines, Black Oak, Cedar and Manzanita abound on the Shady Creek Ranch. The ranch is located at a 2000' elevation, so we just get enough snow, now and then, of a short duration to make us in awe of its beauty.
It rains on the average of 55" per winter and spring. This feeds Shady Creek which runs yearlong across the property to the South Fork of the Yuba River, and the three ponds of Bass and Blue Gill benefit from the sub water shed.
Shady Creek has many dislodged stones from the hydraulic mining days beginning in 1849. The historic Empire Mine, which was the richest hard-rock mine in the State of California producing 5.8 million ounces of gold in its operating history of 106 years (1850-1956), is now a state park offering tours and located in Nevada City.
Shady Creek Ranch~ Nevada City, CA
Nevada County is one of the most beautiful areas of the state.
Our goal is to develop a system of trails for trail rides, wagon rides and hiking around the property to view the diverse wildlife of deer, bobcat, bear, mountain lion, blue heron, quail, wild turkey, red tail hawk, turkey vultures, ringtail (miners) cats, and of course the wild horses and burros on the property.
We feel that barbed wire and electric fence are extremely dangerous to their wellbeing, as an animal has no way of knowing it's harmful effects. We have removed all of the electric fence and are now in the process of removing thousands of feet of barbed wire. No animal on the ranch will be placed in a pasture or area that is currently not free of barbed wire.
Please explore our site and feel free to contact us with any questions, comments or concerns that you may have, or how you would like to help or get involved.