Yosemite’s historic and cultural legacy would not exist without the contributions of horses and mules. For more than a century, horses have helped rangers carry out patrols and ceremonial duties, while mules have played a vital role in transporting supplies to the backcountry. Yosemite’s hardy stock animals easily and quickly traverse varied surfaces, such as parking lots, rugged trails and even streams.

This grant enabled the park to welcome five new patrol horses in 2016. Adding new horses helps ensure the long-term resilience of the stock team and gives older animals the chance to retire after years of hard work on taxing terrain. One of the new horses bears a Mongolian name, Darkhad, in honor of Yosemite’s sister-park relationships in that country.

As part of this project, the park also purchased eight new corral feeders to replace existing heavily used, worn-out models, and printed trading cards highlighting the new horses. The fresh corrals help keep the animals and their handlers safe, while the cards serve as a tangible tool for educating visitors about the role horses and mules in the park.

Your gifts helped ensure that Yosemite’s horses and mules, and the rangers who work with them, can continue to uphold a rich cultural history while providing essential services. Thank you for supporting your park!

Completed in partnership with Yosemite National Park.


Justin Fey

Mounted Patrol Program Manager, Yosemite National Park

Project Notes

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.