Wild horses in Sand Wash

Staff writer

Hundreds of wild horses roam free in the Sand Wash Herd Management Area, one of four established in Colorado under the provisions of a 1971 federal law and run by the federal Bureau of Land Management.

Visitors can observe the horses from Wild Horse Loop, which runs through the heart of Sand Wash Basin, or from Sevenmile Ridge off Moffat County Road 75. A four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended, particularly off county roads.

The horses come in a variety of colors. Grey and sorrel are common, but buckskin, dun and paint horses also can be seen.

BLM officials ask that visitors respect the horses, view them from a distance, refrain from chasing them and steer clear of their water sources.

The herd management area was established with 65 head, and a goal of 163 to 363 horses was set in 2001. In recent years, there have been more than 400. Most of the horses that are removed because of overpopulation are adopted.

From Craig, take U.S. 40 for about 30 miles to the town of Maybell, then turn onto Colorado 318 for 15 miles. Turn north onto Moffat County Road 75 to head up the eastern edge of the herd management area or onto Moffat County Road 67 for access to the Wild Horse Loop.

Sand Wash Herd Management Area
48 miles northwest of Craig on Coloarado 318
(970) 826-5000
Brochure and map (PDF)