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Maybell to be hub of Moffat County entertainment with bike ride, horse drive, Heritage Days

Craig Press Staff
Riders weave through traffic during the 2018 Sombrero Ranches Great American Horse Drive.
Sasha Nelson/staff

MAYBELL — Sombrero Ranches’ Great American Horse Drive takes place in Moffat County this weekend, as 600 ranch horses through the heart of Maybell.

The horses can come through Maybell anytime between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday, May 5 along US Highway 40, according to a news release from Visit Moffat County.

Parking will not be allowed on the highway between the two Maybell town signs on the west and east end of town.This is a new restriction. Additional parking in the town of Maybell has been arranged, volunteers have stepped forward to help with directing everyone to the best places to park.

“The parking restrictions are needed to ensure safety for all participants” said Tom Kleinschnitz, director of Visit Moffat County. “More people are expected to see the horses than any other year and the new parking provisions will enhance opportunities for everyone to have a great view.”

Visitors are also asked to avoid the use of drone cameras during the drive.

Maybell Women’s Club is seeking additional volunteers to assist with parking during the horse drive.

For more information or to volunteer, call Erin Musser at 970-269-7037 or April McIntyre at 970-985-9924.

Running concurrent with the drive is Maybell Heritage Days, which includes food, vendors, live music and more in Maybell Park starting at 8 a.m.

The park will also be bustling early morning the day before following the 33rd annual “Where the Hell’s Maybell?” bicycle ride.

Craig Parks & Recreation’s yearly event starts at 7 a.m. Saturday, May 4 and runs from Craig’s Northwest Storage parking lot — or 7:30 a.m. at Western Knolls — and cyclists will head 30 miles west along Highway 40 to Maybell for a pancake breakfast provided by Bear River Young Life.

An early morning Sunday event also takes place as Wild Horse Warriors is hosting the Ute tribe’s “Blessing of the Land” ceremony, a free sunrise event.

Organizers will start gathering at 5:45 a.m. with the event officially starting at 6 near Moffat County Road 75 off Colorado Highway 318, the turnoff for which is near Maybell.

Participants are advised to dress warmly for the outdoors.

With many happenings, organizers are expecting one of the largest crowds ever for the weekend.

“Come and have fun,” said Moffat County Commissioner Donald Broom, a major part of the horse drive. “This is a true Western experience, even after all the years that I have been part of the drive I still find it to be quite the sight to see all those horses coming through Maybell.”