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Wild Horses Loop

Bring binoculars, the horses aren’t easy to spot.

Wild horses near Rangely, CO.
Wild horses near Rangely, CO.

How to get there:

From SH 64/SH 139 St in Rangely, drive east 9.1 miles and turn south on CR 122. Drive 14 miles to CR 103; turn right and continue south on CR 103 for another 11.7 miles to CR 80, Turn left and proceed 9.7 miles to CR 24X and turn left (N). Drive 5.1 miles and continue straight on CR 122 16.4 miles to return to SH 64.

  • GPS
  • SH 64/CR 122
  • 40.1599 -108.6687

In General:4wd high clearance vehicle required

  • Length: 75 miles
  • Driving Time: min. 3 hours

This route is entirely on maintained county roads; most of them are unpaved and in rugged
terrain. A four wheel drive, high clearance vehicle is recommended, especially on CR 103.

Photo Ops:Wild Horses May Be SeenScenic vistas

One telltale sign that horses are in the area is the presence of fresh ‘stud piles’ or droppings along the roadways.

Look for a radio facility on the west side of County Road 103. Immediately after passing that facility watch for wild horses near the top of the Cathedral Bluffs, and on the ridge lines to the east. About four miles down Airplane Ridge Road, scan the country to the north with binoculars and you’ll likely see horses. County Road 24X will take you onto 84 Mesa, a broad plateau dominated by sagebrush. This is an excellent place to see wild horses, particularly in spring and fall. If water is available in local reservoirs, you’ll see horses here during the summer, too.

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