Make your way to the sun-soaked, rugged corner of northeast Nevada and you can vacation among the fast and the beautiful in the state's newest tourist attraction.
Mustang Monument, an eco-resort where guests share the land with the legendary horses of the West, officially opens this month, the brainchild of Madeleine Pickens, the glamorous, 60-something philanthropist and former wife of energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens.
It's a labor of love years in the making.
In 2008, when the Bureau of Land Management announced it was considering euthanizing some of the wild horses held in federal pens, Pickens adopted 600 of the mustangs and purchased 900 square miles of land outside Wells, Nevada, as a sanctuary for the animals. She considers it one of the greatest and most massive animal rescues ever.
"It's wonderful to see them out here in the open," Pickens told NBC News. "When some of them arrived here, they had babies by their sides. They've all grown up now and they're living healthy lives."
Next, she wanted to create a resort where guests could immerse themselves in the culture of the West—including Native American and cowboy experiences—and get closer to the wild horses in their natural habitat.