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Come nestle in the Eastern Sierra where the sagebrush meets the pine at Wild Burro Rescue and make an impact on over 200 rescued animals

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  • DescriptionThinking of visiting Death Valley or the Eastern Sierra? Come stay with us at Wild Burro Rescue and Preservation Project. This gorgeous 140+ acre property sits 4800 feet up in the foothills of the Eastern Sierra with over over 200 rescued burros, 8 horses, 6 mules, 10 dogs, a few ranch cats, and 1 cow. Retreat in a charming little off the grid cabin that sleeps 2 (we have two cabins) in exchange for 4-5 hours of work that directly benefits the animals or the sanctuary overall. Work may include but is not limited to: ensuring all the animals living at the sanctuary have enough water and food throughout the day, cleaning troughs, raking hay, offloading hay when deliveries are made, providing general care, loving pets and ear rubs, and other tasks that may arise.

    This opportunity is perfect for animal lovers, photographers, hikers, outdoor adventurers, travel bloggers, nature lovers, bird watchers, stargazers, off grid wannabes, dreamers, boondockers, writers and just about any other type of person who loves working in the great outdoors and making a difference in an animals life. There are lots of incredible hikes and great photo opportunities in and around the property that will also be available to you during your stay. Nights at the sanctuary are even more spectacular, with dark skies perfect for stargazing and capturing glimpses of the Milky Way. Owens Valley, where our sanctuary is located, is full of cool places to explore and the Eastern Sierra and Death Valley National Park are both just a short hike or drive away.

    Nearby Points of Interest’s include:

    23 miles to Fossil Falls
    31 miles to Cerro Gordo Ghost Town
    37 miles to Manzanar National Historic Site
    40 miles to Mt. Whitney Portal
    51 miles to Darwin Falls DVNP
    53 miles to Death Valley National Park
    103 miles to Owens River Gorge
    123 miles to Wild Willy’s Hot Springs
    123 miles to Benton Hot Springs
    127 miles to Mammoth Lakes Ski Resort
    137 miles to Obsidian Dome
    170 miles to Tecopa Hot Springs
    176 miles to Travertine Hot Springs
    181 miles to Bodie State Historic Park and Ghost Town

    For more information regarding the above POI’s and other unique California locations to add to your bucket list, please visit

    Bathroom Amenities: We have a Washroom cabin a few steps away from yours. Complete with compost toilet and solar heated shower & tub.

    Cooking: There are no fires allowed on the property. We do have propane heaters in each cabin, a propane stove and some basic kitchen essentials. Each cabin also has a Large cooler to keep your perishables.

    Sleeping: A cot is provided along with a sleeping loft. May provide two cots if there is availability.

    Convenience: We have a Mobil Mart just 10 minutes away for any last minute items like food, snacks, beverages, ice, etc. The Ranch House Cafe and Olancha Cafe are also 10 minutes way to grab a bite. For groceries, the quaint western town of Lone Pine, CA is just 30 minutes away.

    Have a small RV or Camper? No problem! You may park it on our property. Same expected work hours of course :)

    About our sanctuary: In 1990, Diana Chontos quit her job and took her six burro rescues on a 500 mile wilderness trek to educate the public about the issues that threatened their existence. Towards the end of that trek they learned that 14 wild burros on US Fish and Wildlife Service land were designated for removal and slaughter. And thus began, Wild Burro Rescue and Preservation Project. From 1987 through 1994 the National Park Service at Death Valley admitted to shooting over 400 Death Valley wild burros using a removal policy called "direct reduction." Thousands were routinely shot by NPS rangers, contract hunters or placed into congested adoption facilities where many died in the process. Who knew living was a crime? Diana negotiated with NPS to suspend burro shootings annually, so long as, Wild Burro Rescue successfully conducted live-capture rescues, on her dime. Diana has helped rescue, preserve and re-home thousands of wild burros from roundup, slaughter or neglect. Located 30 minutes off the grid outside of Lone Pine, CA, the sanctuary is now home to 200 burros, horses, mules, dogs and one cow. We have no employees and we would not be here today if it were not for our dedicated volunteers and donors.

    Ready for an experience like no other? Email to our Volunteer Coordinator, Cash Autrey (Mr. Straynger Ranger himself) at
  • LocationUnited States, California, Inyo County, Olancha

  • Work
  • Type of work Animal care
    Charity work
    Help with eco project
  • Hours per day 4-5 hours of work per day, usually early mornings. (you may potentially negotiate to move your hours around with Diana if you have a whole day trip planned, so long as no emergencies arise, she may need your help)
  • Work requirements: Work may include but is not limited to: ensuring all the animals living at the sanctuary have enough water and food throughout the day, cleaning troughs, raking hay, offloading hay when deliveries are made, providing general care, loving pets and ear rubs, and other tasks that may arise.
  • Host's preferences
  • Availability: Anytime. Contact to schedule your stay
  • Duration of stay: 1 week minimum
  • Maximum number of helpers: 1
  • Last minute requests: Okay
  • Host
  • Languages:English
  • Has pets? none in your cabins
  • Smokes at home? No
  • Accommodation: Cabin with loft
  • Additional info
  • Terms: Length of stay is a 1 week minimum with 4-5 hours of work per day. Each potential applicant(s) will be interviewed, must pass a background check and will be required to sign a waiver and contract that outlines what will be expected during their stay.