Our Pati

8 01 2019

Seneca; Temple Butte and McKenna Peak

Check out this wonderful article in the Telluride Daily Planet by writer Katie Klingsporn:


In the photo above, Temple Butte is the prominent promontory behind snow-covered McKenna Peak (shaped like a pyramid).

Seneca is the lovely mustang, walking through her lovely, winter-white-coated world.

Thanks so much to all who contributed to the success of our application to name Temple Butte in honor of Pati (and David) Temple. It’s the least we could do to honor a woman who did so much for the wild she knew and loved.


Temple Butte forever!

19 12 2018

Seneca; Temple Butte

It’s official! Temple Butte IS Temple Butte!

Just last night, we received word that our application* to name Temple Butte, above Spring Creek Basin’s eastern boundary, in honor of our beloved and much-missed Pati Temple was approved by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names.

We are ecstatic. 🙂

Pati was an integral part of NMA/CO‘s long mission to protect and preserve Spring Creek Basin’s mustangs in a way that sustains both the herd and the range upon which they depend. With perseverance and commitment, our partnership with BLM’s Tres Rios Field Office is stronger than ever, and our horses and their range are beautiful and healthy.

We are forever grateful for Pati’s guiding light, and, thus named, Temple Butte now is a testament to her memory.

The formerly unnamed promontory has its forever name. 🙂 Just in time for Christmas!

*Heartfelt thanks to Ann Bond for her diligent efforts gathering and submitting the paperwork for the application!

** Another aside: Pati is responsible for Seneca’s name. 🙂

Blue and grey and white

11 12 2018

Comanche, Aurora and Terra; McKenna Peak and Temple Butte

The snow has soaked in by now, leaving the ground once again brown. But by the mud that came later, moisture was enjoyed. 🙂

Drama girl

8 12 2018

Tesora; McKenna Peak and Temple Butte

It looks like our snow chances have passed by, but there’s still snow on the ground in many places, so that moisture is still soaking in. We’ll take what we can get!

Beauty wrapped in white

7 12 2018

Terra; McKenna Peak and Temple Butte

Fortunately for the sake of this photo, a horse was behind Terra, and when she looked around at him, she paused to look at me as she turned back to her grazing. And shazam: Terra and the icons of Spring Creek Basin.

Glorious. 🙂

It’s beginning to look like …

5 12 2018

Hollywood; McKenna Peak and Temple Butte

… a little drought relief. 🙂

Wishes … fulfilled

4 12 2018

Temple Butte from Spring Creek Basin

We’d like some more of course. But we’re pretty happy with the initial offering. 🙂

This is from the southeastern end of Spring Creek Basin looking toward Temple Butte.