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Windcross Conservancy

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End of the Road West Main, Buffalo Gap, SD 57722
+1 605-833-2336
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Loved our tour! Excellent tour guide who gave great explanations!

We stopped at Windcross after seeing the info on our tourist map. We were able to get a tour right... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
tee5
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Needham
Amazing place to visit and learn about these beautiful horses.

We recently had the pleasure of visiting this conservancy. The owner took us on the tour, and... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2017
danieledwardaz
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Lake Saint Louis, Missouri
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Windcross Conservancy's Spanish Mustang Preserve is located in the southern Black Hills of South Dakota. SD HWy 79 1.5 Miles it is just a 15 minute drive for Hot Springs and 40 minutes from Rapid City. A family friendly attraction. The management strives to make sure that every visitor gets to experience the Spanish Mustang horses Windcross. *Please be aware that it is a walking tour amongst the horses. Accommodations can be made for those unable to do the walk. * This is a hands on history and educations experience with an endangered historical horse breed. Reservations are required although docents are accomodating as availability of staff allows. Docents reserve the right to make tour judgements for the safety of the party. No exceptions. Bus, large group, school and photo tours are available by special arrangement.
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End of the Road West Main, Buffalo Gap, SD 57722
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped at Windcross after seeing the info on our tourist map. We were able to get a tour right away. The guide was excellent and explained everything very well and answered all questions thoroughly!

Thank tee5
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Windcross, Owner at Windcross Conservancy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

So glad that you enjoyed your time with us!

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Reviewed 16 September 2017

We recently had the pleasure of visiting this conservancy. The owner took us on the tour, and explained the history of these beautiful horses. We were able to walk in and around the horses while he pointed out their unique characteristics. We also learned about...More

1  Thank danieledwardaz
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Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Windcross! Please note that this isn't a huge Conservatory and the horses are extremely tame and people friendly! This is truly a horse sanctuary where the horses are taken care of, nursed back to health, bred in a very...More

Thank Familyof4fromChicago
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Reviewed 17 February 2017

This wonderful conservancy is a 45 minute drive south of Rapid City, South Dakota and about a mile off the main freeway. It's very easy to find. There's around 40 horses, 7 cats, and a few geese and chickens on the property - all the...More

Thank ficara_travel
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Windcross, General Manager at Windcross Conservancy, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2017

Thank you so much! I am glad that you enjoyed your visit with us!

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Reviewed 6 October 2016

Visited the Windcross Conservancy late September. Had no trouble getting an appointment for a tour. You have to be able to walk among the horses so leave the flip flops in the car. Boots or just good walking shoes will do. Beautiful horses and quite...More

Thank Excelemv
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Windcross, Manager at Windcross Conservancy, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2016

I am so glad you enjoyed your visit with us! I hope you have time to visit us again sometime. It was fun for us too.

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Reviewed 21 September 2016

Visited the Windcross Conservancy...but they were closed when we got there. Tried to call ahead of time to schedule a tour but no call returned. There were a few horses there that we could pet & see that were by the front entrance. The horses...More

Thank JstLv2Crz
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Windcross, Manager at Windcross Conservancy, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2016

I am so sorry we missed you. I am not sure what happened but our inbox never posted a message from you. I do apologize.

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Reviewed 19 September 2016

The women who runs the conservatory and lives there is extremely knowledgeable She is so dedicated to keeping her lines pure of the Spanish mustangs

Thank CarolynCavalieri
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Windcross, Manager at Windcross Conservancy, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2016

I am so glad that you enjoyed your visit with us and the horses! Please stop by again if you are out this way.

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Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

The lady who manages the place is extremely knowledgeable about the breed. The horses live in a pasture and you need to be able to walk quite a distance to interact. This is a walking tour. Definitely not what we expected. Again the manager gives...More

Thank L6400VErichardd
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Windcross, Manager at Windcross Conservancy, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2016

I am so sorry that we were not as expected. We work very hard in having our horses well socialized i.e. "tame" as the true wild experience is not what it is in the movies. It is true that it is a walking tour and...More

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Reviewed 26 October 2015

Up close and personal experience with these amazing animals, Lucy and the crew at Windcross do such an incredible job showcasing the horses. Their true love for these horses is apparent. Plus the historic schoolhouse tour was icing on the cake of our tour of...More

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Reviewed 18 October 2015

Visited today. This place is just great. Great family, Great tour and of course just great horses. Learned so much.......you HAVE to visit this place......Sue and Rob

Thank Rob S
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Windcross, General Manager at Windcross Conservancy, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2015

We enjoyed your visit so much and had a great time! I am very pleased you enjoyed the horses. Hope the rest of your trip goes well! Lucia

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Angelagf2016
29 July 2015|
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Response from Windcross | Property representative |
Tours are $20 for adults $15 for seniors over 60, children as $5 age 12 and under. I hope this helps.
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garry5253
1 June 2015|
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We suggest a reservation as the season progresses tour get full. We like each tour to be a personal experience and hate for people to have to wait in a line. The horses at the preserve are the results of 75 years of... More
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garry5253
28 May 2015|
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Response from Windcross | Property representative |
Yes we do. Tours are available 9-5 everyday of the week. Last tour leaves at 4 p.m. Tours are between 45-minutes to an hour. Tennis shoes at least are suggested as some walking is involved.
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