I always enjoy a morning when I can wake up and head to the Salt River just outside of Mesa, Arizona and look for the wild horses. The Salt River Horses roam an area of 20,000 acres or so within the Tonto National Forest.

As far as photographing the horses, I usually go with my 24-105 on my Nikon and sometimes even my 150-600mm Sigma lens. Then it’s a fairly easy task getting some tight shots of the horse, even at a fair distance away. I will often look for the wide shot though if I can, because I just love seeing the horses, and all animals, in the desert landscape.

Salt River Horses Four Peaks Background

One of my favorite areas to check for the horses is along the entry road to the Coon Bluff area. When using a wide angle here, you can capture nice shot with Four Peaks Mountains in the background, like pictured above.

Another area I like is between Saguaro River, and the Beeline highway which comes out of fountain hills. You can catch some nice morning light here, and there are some nice hills if you can catch a band of horses, you can frame many in the shot.