GETTING THERE: The Wild Horse Sanctuary is in Shingletown, Calif., about a three-hour drive from Sacramento. Round-trip fares from D.C. to Sacramento begin at about $230. United and JetBlue fly to Sacramento nonstop from Dulles, and numerous airlines have connecting flights.

The sanctuary is about a four-hour drive from San Francisco and 40 minutes from Redding, Calif. Connecting flights from Washington to Redding generally cost more than $400.

SANCTUARY RIDES: Two- and three-day rides operate from May through mid-October, with up to 10 guests, unless special group arrangements are made. Rides, including good grub and accommodations, cost $295 for two days, $395 for three. Accommodations are in a clean but rustic cabin. Only one cabin and the cookhouse have electricity. There is indoor plumbing with flush toilets in an outhouse-like building, and hot showers in a separate shower room. Beds with sheets are provided, but bring your own sleeping bag and a canteen with all the water you can drink and, on hot days, to pour over yourself. Children under age 14 participate only with special management approval. Info: 530-335- 2241,

SANCTUARY EVENTS: The annual open house, including a barn dance, barbecue and free rides for kids, is slated for Aug. 21. The sanctuary will also be sponsoring four- and six-day cattle drives at the ranch of a benefactor. Visitors who call ahead will usually find someone on-site to show them around, but Wednesdays and Saturdays are official visitors' days.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS: Major attractions within a short drive of the sanctuary include Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mount Shasta, Shasta Lake, Turtle Bay Exploration Park and Sundial Bridge (see story, Page P6). Contact the Redding Convention and Visitors Bureau, 800-874-7562,

-- Cindy Loose