The last year has been a year full of reflection. Last year with the gather and the resulting death threats I decided to reduce the number of tours I conducted. Then both my brother-in-law and sister -in-law became seriously ill. I missed a trip to see them due to tours. They have both improved and I could have canceled, and it was a tough choice not to cancel. Then on Sept 5th I lost my oldest son. My world has been shattered, and it was a rude awaken to how short life can be. For all the above reasons I have decided to close Wild Horse Warriors Tours. I will not be reopening in 2023. I absolutely LOVED conducting the tours and I met many amazing people. I want to Thank all of you that toured Sand Wash Basin with me. I hope it was a tour you will never forget. I am not going anywhere, nor is Wild Horse Warriors for Sand Wash Basin. I will just be spending my volunteer time in different ways. Currently Aletha and I are working with Rachael Paulson with How GLOBAL on grants for developing and repairing water sources in Sand Wash Basin. Rachael and her husband flew out to the Basin a year ago and since then we have stayed in touch looking for ways to work together. I think we are on our way to a great partnership. I am still just a phone call or a message away and am more than happy to help you find your way around Sand Wash Basin. Thanks Again. It was an amazing few years. Sand Wash Basin is truly a Magical Place. https://www.howglobal.org/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/123174377746955
Cindy 970 819-0500
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I am currently the only permitted tour guide in Sand Wash Basin, and limited to one tour per day. If the day you choose is not available please contact me, we may have options.
There have been lots of changes in the COVID requirements. I am fully vaccinated but I will continue to carry a mask with me and if you are more comfortable wearing yours and having me wear a mask that is fine.
Please contact us if you have any questions.
To ensure we have availability please make your reservations at least 3 days in advance. If that is not possible contact us and we will try to meet your needs.
All tours will start at the Kiosk in Sand Wash Basin.
Please be sure to be there at least 15 minutes before scheduled departure time.
There is limited cell service in Sand Wash Basin.
We strongly recommend stopping at the Maybell Park to use their restroom. It is the last public restroom you will see until you return to Maybell.
The Maybell General Store has fuel and snacks.
Allow 1 hours from Craig, Colorado to arrive in Sand Wash Basin, excluding any stops.
We hope that taking a Tour with Wild Horse Warriors Tours of Sand Wash Basin, will be one of those days you never forget.
Your Tour Guide knows the basin and the wild horses well. We have spent many days in the basin documenting the wild horses and the conditions of the range.
The tour is yours and we try to let you guide the tour. We will always have suggestions on where the wild horses were last seen, and where we would like to go, but it's your nickel and your tour.
We do not have a set route and we do not normally follow the same route two days in a row. The wild horses move around and therefore so do we.
We know the landmarks and lots of the history of the Basin and love sharing that information with you while we drive through the Basin.
Seldom do we set very long at a location, unless the wild horses continue to appear.
The Basin is 225 square miles and we try to show you as much as we can.
Sand Wash Basin is so much more than just the wild horses. To really understand the challenges the wild horses face it is important to see first-hand what those challenges are.
We provide water and some snacks.
All tours are reservation only.
“All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management”. Permit #CO-1000-19-128. Issued by The Little Snake River Field Office.
We will be offering:
Individual, 6 hour tours, Family, Group or Custom Tours.
All tours will be 6 hour tours, unless you book a custom tour.
Spring/Summer Tours would run from April 1st to Nov 1st.
Winter Tours from Nov 1st -March 31 and are by appointment only and dependent on the weather.
All tours will be dependent on weather and road conditions. With a full refund if we have to cancel due to weather.
All tours will meet in Sand Wash Basin at the first Kiosk.. At the completion of the Tour we will return to the Kiosk.
Wild Horse Warriors Tours will provide snacks and bottled water. Please advise
us of any allergies to food products, or special diet requirements.
The Basin is a “Tread Lightly No Waste Left Behind” recreation area. Each person will be asked to bring a Zip-lock bag for their own personal “paper products” and a back pack or fanny pack to carry their own out. Wild Horse Warriors will provide a shovel if it is needed for solid waste to be buried.
Wild Horse Warriors Tours will have a garbage bag available for all carryout trash, to be dispose of out of the Basin.
There will be no tours starting before 9:00am, unless it is a custom tour.
Waiver of Liability
This agreement releases Wild Horse Warriors Tours, from all liability relating to injuries that may occur during your tour in Sand Wash Basin and/or Vermillion Basin. By signing this agreement, I agree to hold Wild Horse Warriors Tours, entirely free from any liability, including financial responsibility for injuries incurred, regardless of whether injuries are caused by negligence.
I also acknowledge the risks involved in touring the wild horses of Sand Wash Basin. These include but are not limited to, injury by the wild horses, rattlesnake bites, stepping in a badger or prairie dog hole, or other natural wildlife. Sand Wash Basin, is at least 2 hours from any medical help. Please bring with you any medications that you could need if there is an extended stay in Sand Wash Basin, caused by uncontrollable circumstances, vehicle break downs or weather. Flat tires are common and could prevent you from returning at a scheduled time. Please do not tour on a day that you have scheduled other activities that you could miss in the event of a late return from Sand Wash Basin.
I swear that I am participating voluntarily, and that all risks have been made clear to me. Additionally, I do not have any conditions that will increase my likelihood of experiencing injuries while engaging in this activity.
Sign here to acknowledge you have read and understand the above procedures.
_____ On the day of the tour I agree to take my temperature today If I have a fever I will cancel the tour for a full refund.
_____I have not had contact with anyone known to have Covid-19 in the last 14 days.
_____I do not have any other Covid-19 Symptoms.
By signing below, I forfeit all right to bring a suit against Wild Horse Warriors Tours for any reason including, but not limited to contracting Covid-19. In return, I will receive a tour of Sand Wash Basin and/or Vermillion Basin. I will also make every effort to obey safety precautions as listed in writing and as explained to me verbally. I will ask for clarification when needed.
I, _________________________, fully understand and agree to the above terms.
I, __ Do ___ Do Not consent to my photo being used by Wild Horse Warriors Tours.
Be prepared for quick changes in weather and dress is layers. Mornings can be cool and the high for the day could be over 100 degrees.
Please do not pack a suitcase , a backpack should hold all you will need, except your camera equipment. Storage space will be limited.
Car charger for your cell phone
Medication, bring at least one day of extra meds, just in the event we are stuck in the basin, due to Flash Flooding
Do not wear sandals , wear comfortable shoes that you can walk in
Snake Guards if you have them
Wild Horse Warriors Tours guides are not EMT’s and medical help is at least 2 hours away. Please bring any medication you made need for an extended stay, in case of an unexpected stay in the Basin. Please see the Liability Waiver
Wild Horse Warriors Tours will have basic medical supplies, band aids, ice packs, along with extra sunscreen, insect spray and a fire extinguisher.
Wild Horse Warriors Tours will stay in communication with someone, either within the Basin or outside or the Basin, via cell phone. Each car will have a cell phone with charger. We may also use a walkie talkie if that has more coverage. Each phone has installed emergency numbers for the fire department, Moffat County Sheriff, and The Memorial Hospital.
Wild Horses Warriors Tours will carry an emergency “box” in each vehicle which will include: CPR supplies, flashlights, rain jackets, emergency rations, ie protein bars, jerky and blankets.
6 Hour Tours 175.00
This pricing is designed for a single person booking a 6 hour tour.
If there are 2 or more in your group please look at the Family / Group Tour Pricing
All tours will start and end at the Kiosk in Sand Wash Basin.
Booking and Payment information at bottom of page.
If the date you would like to tour with us is booked full please call us and we can try to make arrangements to fit your needs.
Group Booking Together
6 Hour Tour for 2 or more $175 per person, With the driver, we can comfortably fit 3 other adults in our vehicle.
12 and under are free
12-18 with an adult $50.00 for each child, $175.00 per adult.
If you don't see a Tour that works for you drop us a line and we can work together to develop a private plan that works for you.
If the date you are wanting to reserve is already booked, please contact us to see if there is a second tour vehicle available.
All tours will start and end at the Kiosk in Sand Wash Basin.
Sand Wash Basin, Colorado.
Take HWY 40 west, from Craig, Colorado to Maybell, Colorado.
You will turn onto 318 just west of Maybell. Taking 318 about 16 miles to Ct Rd 67, Sand Wash Basin Entrance. About 1 1/2 mile into the Basin is the Kiosk where you will leave your vehicle and ride with us. Just before you reach Sand Wash Basin you will see two State CDOT signs letting you know you are approaching the entrance.
Allow 30 minutes from Craig, Colorado, to reach Maybell, Colorado.
Maybell has the last fuel, snacks and public restroom. It's another 20 minutes to the Kiosk where you will leave your vehicle, and ride with us.
I have had the privilege to tour the basin 3 times. Meeting Cindy the first year was a blessing and spending time with her the other visits made me want to write this. Her knowledge of the horses and the area is amazing. She taught me so much about the herds and the land. When you have a passion for something it shows. Cindy is passionate about the health of the resources in the area and the multiple uses of the Basin and how they work together. It is this broader scope of vision that I believe is the best champion for the wild ones. If you are lucky enough to experience the Sand Wash Basin with this wonderful woman ...you will come home with a new appreciation for all that this vast area has to offer...and...GREAT Horse stories and Pictures!!!!! wild horses tours mustang horse
We had an amazing experience! Thank you for the work you do!
We just arrived home with wonderful memories of Sandwash Basin and the stunning horses!
Cindy's tours are amazing, we saw 100's of horses each day, and her knowledge of the area from a geologic and archeologic standpoint is also amazing. It's not only action packed, but also educational. You get a full understanding of living wild and free. You can't go wrong with this investment, most of your cost goes back to helping the horses too. My experience was life changing and plain and simple a life event.
On October 2 I had the most wonderful experience of a Sand Wash Basin Tour and I can honestly say that it was one of the best days of my life - and I ain't no spring chicken! Each of us has those experiences in our lives that rise above the rest. The ones we never forget. The ones that make us smile when we daydream about them. The ones we hold close and cherish. This is one of those for me.
Cindy and Aletha are so very knowledgeable about the Basin, and the horses who live there. The day was filled with learning and adventure. During our day together we saw more than 150 horses. (They know where the horses are!) We saw Picasso twice! In our 12 plus hour day we pretty much drove and walked the circumference of the Basin, and that is saying something! IT'S HUGE! We went up onto Lookout Mountain and were able to see the Sand Wash Basin on one side, the Vermillion Basin on the other, and mountains all the way into Wyoming! The Basins are so vast that looking out over them, well, it just makes you ponder the significance of things. And there is a lot of history about the Basin that is so interesting to learn about!
We visited many of the watering holes (and tanks, since the Wild Horse Warriors have been bringing water to the horses during this horrible drought). We saw horses patiently, and not so patiently, waiting their turns at the water. Watching their interaction and their communication with each other is like something you haven't ever seen before if you haven't been around wild horses. Trust me on this.
We saw stallions, mares, and foals. We saw families. We saw stallions making sure that other horses kept a wide berth of their families, and others who were much more laid back. It was fascinating.
So please, don't hesitate. If you are thinking of going to see the wild horses of the Sand Wash Basin, book your tour through this group. You won't be sorry, and you will have an experience to treasure for the rest of your life.
Ron Baker Thanks to our horse whisperers, Cindy and Aletha.
I was amazed at the number of wild horses that we viewed on our visit to Sand Wash Basin. We covered an amazing amount of territory and saw over 254 wild horses including around 20 goals. Two of which were newborns, viewed for the very first time.
Our hosts were not only knowledgeable, but truly devoted to the bands of wild horses that they chose to monitor.
These wild horses are carefully monitored and protected within the confines of Sand Wash Basin by the Bureau of Land Management and wild horse warriors for Sand Wash Basin.
Our docents, Cindy and Aleta, went above and beyond the call of duty, providing a professional yet down to earth narrative about the Basin and its residents. The lunch was unexpected, but most welcome.
These warrior princesses, are excellent advocates for the natural preservation of the Sand Wash Basin and its resident band of wild horses.
LynandMargaret Merrick For all who are interested. To book the jeep tour with these ladies is in my opinion the very best way to see this area. They tell you about the Indians, geology, history of the area as well as the horses who all have names and they know approximate ages. It was a wonderful experience and worth more than they charge. They went out the day before and found where most of the horses were. Service way beyond what I expected
My husband and I did a tour with Cindy on 08-23-19 and it was fantastic! We had driven through the basin twice before by ourselves but decided to do a tour to see what we would learn and see. Cindy took us to places we wouldn't have thought of going to on our own and taught us a lot about the land and the horses. We saw many more horses with her than we did on our own and she was very accommodating to our needs and wishes. I highly recommend going on a tour with Wild Horse Warriors!
We had a tour today of the Sand Wash Basin and got to see tons of wild horses. The founder of Wild Horse Warriors, Cindy, was our guide and she was just fantastic. If you get close you have to go see the horses and hear their story.
My friend and I took a tour with Cindy last Thursday, I cannot say enough about how wonderful and knowledgeable Cindy is. We saw many different bands of horses as well as learning about the work that goes into preserving the herds as well as the of the land. I came away with a better understanding and appreciation of both the volunteers as well as the governments efforts to maintain as well as preserve both equine and land. As a amateur rock hound it was very exciting for Cindy to share her knowledge of the stones that we saw. I highly recommend her tour both for the opportunity to see as many horses as possible as well as the knowledge I came away with.
Marilyn and Jill
Parker and I took the all day tour run by Cindy, Manager of the Wild Horse Warriors Tours of Sand Wash Basin and our tour guide for the day was Meg Frederick of Meg Frederick Photography who is very knowledgeable about the SWB and the horses. We had the best time with Meg! Horse lovers or photographers if you're ever in Colorado I suggest you visit the SWB and take the tour. These ladies know the basin and the horses. You will not be disappointed. These ladies go above and beyond for these horses. They document the daily goings on of the horse herds, report to the BLM on injured horses, truck in water when the ponds go dry. These ladies are the guardians of these Beautiful Wild Horses.
There are more Warriors working behind the scenes to keep these horses healthy and I thank All the Warriors for what they do.
Wild Horse Warriors Tours of Sand Wash Basin operates under the 501(c)(3) of The Community Foundation of Northwest Colorado, as a part of Wild Horse Warriors for Sand Wash Basin. The Foundation is our fiscal agent.
As a non-profit we operate under different guidelines and rules than a for profit business. We are not allowed to price with a profit. Our pricing is to cover our costs.
The cost of our tours is laid out below
Tour guides will be reimbursed for their time and expenses.
Each Tour Guide will also be required to carry emergency supplies which will also be paid for by Wild Horse Warriors Tours of Sand Wash Basin.
WHW Tours will also provide a t-shirt to our guides to help insure you they are authorized by WHW Tours to be your guide.
We are required to carry Liability Insurance for our Tours.
Wild Horse Warriors for Sand Wash Basin can not by law spend any of the money donated to them for anything that is not included in the request for donations. Wild Horse Warriors has not used any of the donations received to fund Wild Horse Warriors Tours of Sand Wash Basin.
Donations to Wild Horse Warriors are not built in to our pricing.
The cost of your tour is not tax deductible.
If you would like to donate you may donate here.
If you would like to send a check please make it payable to
The Community Foundation of Northwest of Colorado
PO Box 653,
Craig CO 81626
Please add Wild Horse Warrior in the memo box.