Free range. No reins.
More than 300 wild horses roam the remote, unfenced expanse of Sand Wash Basin. No one should miss the breathtaking sight of greys, buckskins, sorrels and paints running free. Sand Wash Basin holds nearly 155,000 acres of rugged desert beauty, and while the horses have ample territory to roam, most folks find it relatively easy to spot the herd. But remember to respect the horses—they're wild, after all— and view them from a distance.
To embark on your Sand Wash Basin safari, take State Highway 318 north from Maybell for about 15 miles. Cross the Little Snake River and go right on Moffat County Road 67 for an excellent chance of viewing the herd. As with any outdoor adventure, be prepared with a topographic map of the region, water, food, adequate fuel, clothing and gear for the elements. A high clearance four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended and so are binoculars and a telephoto wide-angle lens camera.
Head west from Craig on Hwy 40 towards Utah. Drive through Maybell on Hwy 40 and keep in mind that Maybell is the last stop for fuel, groceries and gas before heading out to Sand Wash to explore.
Just west of Maybell head northwest on Hwy 318 towards Sand Wash Basin, Gates of Lodore, Irish Canyon.
Follow Hwy 318 approximately 17.5 miles across the Yampa and Little Snake river crossings to the entrance to Sand Wash Basin on county road 67.