Wild Horse Warriors working toward a healthy range for healthy wild horses.

Tours Offered by Wild Horse Warriors for Sand Wash Basin

1/2 Day or Full Day Tours

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1-3 People 

Half Day 115.00 per person, min of 2 people. For large groups the amount will stay the same even if we need two vehicles.

   Full  Day $225.00 per person, when booked individually.


If the date you are wanting to reserve is already booked, please contact us to see if there is a seat available.

Group Tours

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 1 person  $225.00

2  or more $175.00 per person, even if we need to take two vehicles.  With the driver, we can  comfortably fit 3 other adults in each vehicle.   We can generally take two vehicles for groups larger than 4, at no additional cost.

Children under 12 are free 

 12-18 with an adult $50.00 for each child, the adult would be $175.00 per adult.

If the tour is booked as a group and the group status changes to a single person the cost would revert to the $225.00 per person.

Private Tours

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Drop us a line and we can work together to develop a private plan that works for you.

Wild Horse Warriors Tour Schedules and Waiver

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General Tour Informatoin

 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-1000-18-128.  Issued by The Little Snake River Field Office.

We will be offering:

2 Sunrise Tours daily one leaving from 67 and one leaving on 75.

2 Sunset Tours one leaving from 67 and one leaving on 75.

2 Daily tours starting at 9 am, one leaving on 67 and one on 75.

2 Daily tours starting at noon that would be ½ day tours, one leaving on 67 and one on 75.

Spring/Summer Tours would run from April 1st to Nov 1st. 

Winter Tours from Nov 1st -March 31 would be 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.

We will also offer private tours and private photography tours,  which would be in addition to our scheduled group tours.

All tours will meet in Maybell. Tour customers would then drive to the Basin, park their personal cars at the Kiosk, then complete the tour in the touring vehicle. At the completion of the Tour we would then return to the Kiosk and they would leave the Basin in their personal vehicles.

Wild Horse Warriors Tours will provide a BLM brochure to each visitor listing the guidelines for watching the wild horses and a BLM map of the area, or a brochure that combines both.

Wild Horse Warriors Tours will provide snacks for guests and bottled water. Each guest will be asked to provide their own lunch and other drinks if they prefer something besides water. 

Wild Horses Warriors Tours will also supply an information pamphlet that explains that the Basin is a “Tread Lightly and 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 Sunrise Tours between March 15 and May 15th, due to nesting of protected birds in the area. All morning tours during this time will start at 9:00 AM.


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Waiverof Liability

 

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, and the Bureau of Land Management, (BLM), entirely free from any liability, including financial responsibility for injuries incurred, regardless of whether injuries are caused by negligence.

 “All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management”. 

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.

By signing below I forfeit all right to bring a suit against Wild Horse Warriors Tours for any reason. 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.

(Participant)

Date

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What You Should Bring

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.

Sunscreen

Hat

Insect repellent

Car charger for your cell phone

Camera

Binoculars

Rain coat

Medication, bring at least one day of extra meds, just in the event we are stuck in the basin, due to flash flooding

Snacks

Drinks

Do not wear sandels , wear comfortable shoes that you can walk in

Snake Guards if you have them




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Directions to Sand Wash Basin

                                               Sand Wash Basin, Colorado. 

Take HWY 40 West, from Craig, Colorado to Maybell, Colorado.  Turn onto 318 just west of Maybell. Take 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. 

Allow 45 minutes from Craig, Colorado.

Maybell has the last fuel, snacks and public restroom.


Emergency Information

Emergency Plan

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 in each vehicle 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: Flashlights, rain jackets, emergency rations, ie protein bars, jerky and blankets.

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Payment and Refund Information

Reservations are required and a 50% deposit is required to book the date. The remainder must be paid in full 14 days in advance. Canceled tours will be refunded -100% if canceled by Wild Horse Warriors Tours -90 % if canceled 30 days in advance -75% if canceled within 7 days of the tour. No refund if you are a no show.

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Reservation Payments

Click on the link below to make your payment.  The link will take you to Paypal.  Unfortunately the button will say Donate, Paypal will not allow me to edit the button to say Payment. Sorry if this causes any confusion. 

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Reviews

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 I have had the privilege to tour the basin 3 times. Meeting Cindy Harms Wright 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

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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! 

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 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. 

Statement of Transparency

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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 paid the minimum  Colorado wage of 11.10 per hour. Although our guides will be contact labor. The guide may then choose to donate their wages to Wild Horse Warriors for Sand Wash Basin, but that is entirely their decision. 

We will pay our tour guides for the cost of fuel and maintenance of their vehicle while giving a tour. These will be  negotiated with each tour guide, as different vehicles will use a different amount of fuel per trip.


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. 


We will produce brochures for Wild  Horse Warriors Tours.


 In preparation to open our tours the costs have been paid for by private individuals. Wild Horse Warriors 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.   


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On October 2 I had the most wonderful experience of a Sand Wash Basin Tour with Cindy Harms Wrightand Aletha Dove. 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.

And, your donation to the Wild Horse Warriors, for taking your tour, is used to protect and advocate for the horses you are going to see. 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


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Wild Horse Tours of Sand Wash Basin

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Wild Horse Warriors Tours of Sand Wash Basin

PO Box 871 Hayden, Colorao 81639

(970) 819-0500