Where to see wild burros in AZ: Lake Pleasant HMA

The Lake Pleasant Herd Management Area (HMA)

The Lake Pleasant HMA takes its name from the well-known body of water found here, the HMA lies northeast of Lake Pleasant. This HMA is 103,000 acres in the Sonoran Desert.

How to get there:

This HMA is located just 25 miles northwest of Phoenix, Arizona, west of Interstate Highway 17 and north of State Highway 74.

About the burros:

Today, the population of burros remains fairly constant within the HMA at about 357 animals. The burros in this area weigh about 425 pounds and stand about 40 inches high. The majority of the burros living within the HMA boundaries congregate in or around Lake Pleasant Regional Park as a result of abundant food and water.

Information gathered by the Bureau of Land Management