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Sand Wash Basin

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Address: Highway 318, Maybell, CO
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Horses in the wild

This little out of the way destination is well worth the drive if you are looking for wildlife and wild Horses, I recommend you look into a map of the area as some of the dirt... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2017
Stu M
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

This little out of the way destination is well worth the drive if you are looking for wildlife and wild Horses, I recommend you look into a map of the area as some of the dirt roads take off in all direction. the wife and I like to do this as a day trip with a packed lunch and all... More 

1 Thank Stu M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

Sand Wash Basin is a great place to get lost! (literally, when you're coming down from Lookout Mountain you can very easily get lost off trail). When not driving on the Horse Loop be very aware of road signs and write down visible numbers on posts when you see ANY that aren't faded to dust. I highly recommend Lookout Mountain... More 

4 Thank Than B
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22 reviews
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Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

We were staying the week in Craig and had already planned to drive out and see the horses. We ended up going twice in one week to see the horses because it was so amazing! My 12 year old niece was in heaven. Our 4 year old daughter and 2 year old son enjoyed it just as much! Definitely a... More 

3 Thank mlb5817
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016

Be prepared to deal with no amenities! Now that that's out of the way, this is an amazing place. We saw 5 bands of horses and one lone stallion as well as burrowing owls, a bald eagle, a golden eagle, antelope and of course, prairie dogs. The roads are not paved but are well marked and if you pay close... More 

4 Thank lakotamom
West Chicago, Illinois
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931 reviews
353 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 316 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2016

The Sand Wash Herd Management is a 156,000 acre high desert about 45 miles west of Craig, CO. There are about 600 wild horses in the area, of various colors and ages. The elevation in the area ranges from 5800 - 8200ft.ft and the vegetation includes sagebrush, bunchgrass, saltbush, and pinyon-juniper woodlands. It is easy to travel in the area... More 

4 Thank sue o
Grand Junction, Colorado
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181 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2016

Planned an anniversary trip here with my wife, hoping to catch a glimpse of some wild horses at the Sand Wash Basin Wild Horse Area (WHA) along Hwy 318 west of Maybell, Colorado. We based out of a hotel in Craig, Colorado. Was it ever a success! We must have seen sixty wild horses at various places in the management... More 

7 Thank R S
Aurora, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2015

Sand Wash Basin is magical. To come around a curve and to see a band of wild horses, is unbelievable, beautiful and will be fill your heart with joy. The colors of the SWB wild horses varies from pure black, to paints and palominos. It is a trip of a lifetime. Personally I visit the basin several times a year.... More 

3 Thank Stormybear
Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2015

We drove from Phoenix, Arizona to photograph the wild horses of Sand Wash Basin. There is such a gorgeous assortment of colorful horses and bands to watch and photograph!!! One of the most incredible experiences of my life! I am a wildlife and sports photographer. There are little to no trees to obstruct your views. There is a wild horse... More 

2 Thank Lori W
Globe, Arizona
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38 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2014

The sand wash basin mustang herd lives free on 160000 acres of BLM land 20 minutes north of Maybell Colorado. The herd is about 400 strong. There are several roads crossing the area that you can drive looking for the horses. The best way is to find the many waterholes and wait for them to come to you. There always... More 

6 Thank michael c
Canyon Lake, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2014

The Sand Wash Basin HMA has approximately 500 wild mustangs that live on the horse management area. It is incredible to watch these horses living free and observing their interactions with each other. What I don't like is that the BLM is planning on removing a large number of these horses next May - depriving them of their freedom (and... More 

4 Thank akphotolife

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