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Great American Horse Drive rides through Maybell on Sunday

Patrick Kelly

Four hundred domestic horses, driven by authentic cowboys and city slickers alike, will trot their way through Maybell on Sunday.

The process of taking the heard 62 miles from a winter pasture to spring and summer habitat is a popular local affair as well as an agricultural-tourism attraction.

Most importantly, it shows the old West is alive and well in Moffat County.

Rex Walker owns the Sombrero Ranch west of Craig. Each year, Walker and his team — along with paying clientele — herd hundreds of horses from Browns Park back to pasture roughly 12 miles west of Craig.

Clients "experience the spirit of the West… on horseback," according to the Sombrero Ranches' website.

Melody Villard, Moffat County Tourism Association director, said the event is important for tourism and really represents the county's western heritage, which is far from being history.

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"There's still a handful of people who are doing this for a living," said Villard. "I don't think you can do better than to have your office view from the seat of a saddle."

She added that if you make it to Maybell for the horse drive, it is worthwhile to travel west and explore more of Moffat County's natural treasures in the Sand Wash Basin.

"Once the horses have passed and they are headed east — head west," she said. "You're halfway to Dinosaur National Monument…. Right now, it's spring; it's so fresh and green out there. It's just a great opportunity."

Attendees will also have the option of hanging back to check out Maybell Heritage Days in Maybell Park after the horses make their way through town.

"They can stick around and enjoy Maybell a little bit," she said.

Local vendors will be setup to sell their goods and wagon rides will be available as well, said April McIntyre, who sits on the Maybell Park Board.

Horses are expected to start showing up in Maybell around 11 a.m. on Sunday.

For more information on the Sombrero Ranch visit http://www.sombrero.com/.

Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or pkelly@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.