Sand Wash Wild Horse Area

SAND WASH BASIN HMA
Horses within the HMA exhibit many different colors, although the most common are gray and sorrel. Based on genetic analysis, the herd’s highest similarity is to Iberian Spanish breeds, followed by gaited breeds, North American breeds and Arabian breeds.


LOCATION
The Sand Wash Basin HMA is in northwest Colorado, about 45 miles west of Craig.


SIZE
57,730 acres, including 154,940 acres of public land, 1,960 acres of private land and 840 acres of state land.


TOPOGRAPHY/VEGETATION
The HMA’s ridges and mesas are covered in sagebrush and bunchgrass, saltbush and pinon-juniper woodlands. The climate is typical of the Rocky Mountain region’s cold deserts, with warm summers and very cold winters.


WILDLIFE
Elk, mule deer, Greater sage-grouse, pronghorn, white-tailed prairie dogs.


AML:
163-363

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