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Sand Wash Basin

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Beautiful scenery and great wildlife viewing

This was a lovely stop on our road trip. It's a low key, no frills place. Secluded from crowds... read more

Reviewed 22 October 2018
Valerie D
Orlando, Florida
Roads are impassable when wet!

A sign at the entrance of the area reads "Roads are impassable when wet." They aren't kidding. My... read more

Reviewed 12 March 2018
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Highway 318, Maybell, CO
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Reviewed 22 October 2018

This was a lovely stop on our road trip. It's a low key, no frills place. Secluded from crowds. We enjoyed a lovely picnic lunch, tailgating style (no actual picnic facilities on site). We had a great time and just wish we had more time...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

A sign at the entrance of the area reads "Roads are impassable when wet." They aren't kidding. My husband has jeeped and 4 wheeled for years...he said he thinks if someone got stuck they might be stuck for days. These are dirt roads, not maintained...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank misspWestSlope_CO
Reviewed 24 July 2017

This is my second trip to Sand Wash and it is always a fun time. I saw a coyote, badger, hawk, chipmunk, pronghorn, prairie dogs, jack rabbits and plenty of wild horses. The views are gorgeous and having a vehicle that can go on dirt...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Pat B
Reviewed 5 June 2017

It takes awhile to get to San Wash Basin outside of Maybell, Colorado, but it's worth it if you are a photographer (or anyone) who wants to see wild horses. I went in early June and the little colts and fillies were growing fast. The...More

Date of experience: June 2017
3  Thank ColoradoHappyhiker
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...More

Date of experience: March 2017
7  Thank StuM210
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...More

Date of experience: September 2016
7  Thank ThanB12
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...More

Date of experience: August 2016
6  Thank mlb5817
Reviewed 25 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...More

Date of experience: July 2016
8  Thank lakotamom
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...More

Date of experience: July 2016
6  Thank westchicago
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...More

Date of experience: May 2015
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wallace s
27 May 2017|
Response from StuM210 | Reviewed this property |
Something with a little clearance is recommended, but the wife and I have been through the area in our Ford Escape as many times if not more than our 4X4 truck. Hope this helps and have an awesome time!
17 March 2017|
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Response from ancient_travels |
Is it too cold in late March? Is it too hot in late July? I’m 65 and trying to plan trip with my granddaughter. Thank you.