You can feel the remoteness out here. For miles around, there is not a tree in sight, only sagebrush. Water is scarce in this high-elevation cold desert. The sparkling mountains that seem so close on every horizon are actually some distance away. But the horses love this place, where they have 120,000 acres to themselves. Numbering about 180, the McCullough Peaks Mustangs are 1 of 2 wild horse herds living in northern Wyoming. There is a certain amount of luck involved in getting to see them up close, especially during winter. The first spot where I’ve seen them in the past was empty. After locating the first band, a large drift over the road prevented me from getting any closer. If it’s not snow making the two-tracks impassable, it’s often mud. But after continuing on, I finally found this band of 30 horses and was able to approach them. This cream-colored horse was my favorite because of the way its coat shimmered in the bright sunlight.