The mission of the Wild Horse Warriors is to work together with other individuals and organizations to ensure the freedom, safety, and the well-being of the Wild Horses of Sand Wash Basin Colorado, while improving the range.
A Healthy Range for Healthy Wild Horses
"All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management."
Sand Wash Basin is a 155,000 acre Herd Management Area (HMA). It is a fenced HMA where the Wild Horses run free. Sand Wash Basin is a multi use area, with public access. The Wild Horses share the HMA with Sage Grouse, Elk, Deer, Pronghorn, Coyotes, Mountain Lions, Badgers, Golden and Bald Eagles, along with Dirt Bikes and ATV Riders.
Sand Wash Basin is a Special Draw area for Elk and Deer Hunting.
Sand Wash Basin is located Northwest of Maybell, Colorado, on CR 318. The Wild Horses in Sand Wash Basin are protected by the Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971.
. The Wild Horse Warriors for Sand Wash Basin are working to make the HMA a safer area for our Wild Horses. Three sides of the HMA are fenced, however the southern edge along highway 318 is not. Each year we lose Wild Horses to vehicle accidents. We would like to put an end to these accidents, and protect the Wild Horses and visitors traveling this area.
Our primary goal will be to work with Colorado Department of Transportation and the BLM to fence the southern section of the HMA along Highway 318.
Who are the Wild Horse Warriors of Sand Wash Basin? We all are! Every time we go to the Basin, we are watching for open gates, down fences, picking up trash, reporting injured horses, new foals, or the occasional deceased horse. The point is we are all watching over the Sand Wash Basin Wild Horses. Wild Horse Warriors for Sand Wash Basin came about because of the fence project that Aletha Dove started in 2017 to get Highway 318 fenced. The more we learned, the more we discovered what was going to be involved. The decision to have a 501(c)(3) came about after we started talking about the tax hit that we could be responsible for if we went forward with any fundraisers for the fence project. . We are presently working under The Community Foundation of Northwest Colorado's 501(c)(3). They will continue to be our fiscal agent, until we have our own 501(c)(3).
As our fiscal agent, The Community Foundation of Northwest Colorado receives 4% of the donations that we receive. That is their fee to provide our bookkeeping services. There are some exceptions to that.
Please check out the links on the top of this page to see our projects:
-Fencing Highway 318
-Adopting a Wild Horse
-Products for Sale
-Wild Horse Warriors Tours of Sand Wash Basin
-The First Known Public Documentation and Naming of the Sand Wash Basin Wild Horse: Sand Wash Basin Through the Eyes of Nancy Roberts
· Sand Wash Basin DNA Project
All this and more. These sections will continue to be updated and others will be added as we see the need.
TOGETHER, WE CAN GET IT DONE