Yes, anyone can visit Sand Wash Basin. The horses live on public BLM land. The BLM does require that you keep your distance from the horses a minimum of 100 feet. When you enter the basin on CR 67, you will see an information kiosk on your left that the BLM maintains. We encourage all first time visitors to stop and review the guidelines.
Yes there are. Since the roads are unimproved and unmaintained, the roads become very muddy and slick during the spring rains. Once the snow arrives in the winter, it can be impossible to drive into the basin due to drifting and deep snow. It's advisable to always check the weather before entering the basin. Summers are prone to flash floods during heavy rainstorms.
Several places in Craig and Maybell, Colorado have maps. The Craig Chamber of Commerce, Little Snake BLM office during business hours, Moffat County Tourism, Maybell Store, and brochure racks in various locations have free maps.
A real 4x4 (not AWD) with high ground clearance is recommended. The roads in the basin are rough and do not have culverts, so you will be driving down and up steep "washes." Even long wheelbased vehicles like trucks can have problems with the washes due to the steepness.
Closest lodging is in Maybell, Colorado, the Victory Hotel and campground with amenities. Maybell is about 17 miles from the basin. Craig, Colorado has the most choices in lodging, offering a variety of motels/hotels. Craig is about 47 miles from the basin.
The majority of the basin fenced, so to move from one area to another, there may be gates or cattle guards. If you should find any gate open around the perimeter of the basin, please close it and let us know via our Facebook page that you found open gates. Taking a photo is helpful. It's important to try and keep the wild horses in Sand Wash Basin. Once the horses leave the basin, they are not protected and subject to being removed.