RENO — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is offering public tours of its Indian Lakes Road Short-Term Holding Facility in Fallon, Nev., Friday, March 30, and Friday, April 27. There will be two consecutive tours each day that last one and one-half hours each and can accommodate up to 15 people each. The first tour will begin at 11 a.m. and the second tour will begin at 12:30 p.m. Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The public can sign up to attend and get driving directions to the facility by calling the BLM at (775) 475-2222.
The facility is located at 5676 Indian Lakes Road, Fallon, and is privately owned and operated. Those attending the tour will be taken around the facility as a group on a wagon so visitors can hear information about the facility and program, ask questions, and to provide safety for visitors, since the facility is quite large to walk around by foot.
About a one and one-half hour drive from Reno, the Indian Lakes Road Facility is the BLM’s newest contracted short-term holding facility, and provides care for up to 2,850 excess wild horses that are removed during gathers. The facility encompasses 320 acres and contains 36 large holding pens that are 70,000 square feet per pen and can hold approximately 100 horses safely per pen. The horses are fed an abundance of feed tailored to their needs each day, and a veterinarian routinely inspects the horses and provides necessary medical care.
Once preparation for adoption is completed, and the animals have fully transitioned to a diet of domestic feed, they are ready for shipment to adoption venues and may be available to the public for adoption through the BLM’s Adopt-A-Horse or Burro Program.
Information about the Indian Lakes Road Facility and the public tours can be found at the BLM Nevada website at www.blm.gov/nv/.