Imagine yourself perched on a hillside behind a tree. Out in front of you, a gorgeous view of the snow-covered Rocky Mountains and sitting in front of you a herd of 50+ elk. Or perhaps there’s a moose walking by not too far from you. Hunting in Steamboat is a great way to experience what we like to call “neature,” because nature really is neat!

Hunting licenses provide substantial funding for conservation efforts and help ensure our wildlife is here for years to come. Enjoy yourself in the wilderness of the Rockies while simultaneously supporting Steamboat Wildlife.

Seasons for hunting do vary, so please contact the Department of Wildlife with any questions you may have. Be sure that if you are hunting on your own, that you fully understand the rules and regulations that come with hunting on public lands in Routt County. If you prefer to have a guide, please contact one of these outfitters to plan your trip.

Colorado Outfitters

Just north of Steamboat about 30 minutes is Colorado Outfitters. With access to the beautiful Zirkel Wilderness, knowledgable guides, and a commitment to excellence in everything, Colorado Outfitters is a great place for the avid hunter. They offer Base Camp Hunts, Zirkel Wilderness Hunts, and Drop Camps. At Colorado Outfitters, they have the formula down for the best hunting experience—prime hunting country, quantity and quality of animals, and experienced guides and packers.

Trips, Pricing And Reservations For Colorado Outfitters

Colorado Outfitters offers a few different trips for some awesome hunting. Each trip is 5 full days of hunting with top not gear. Archery and rifle hunts both allowed. The difference comes when talking about accommodations and hunter per guide ratio.

Ranch House Hunts

  • Ranch House accommodations
  • 2 hunters per guide
  • Fully guided hunt
  • $4900/person

Wilderness Guided Hunts

  • Wall Tent accommodations
  • 2 hunters per guide
  • Fully guided hunt
  • $4500/person

DIY Drop Camp Hunts

  • 4 Hunters per camp
  • Top notch gear
  • Do it yourself hunting
  • $1800/person

Trophy Unit Hunts

  • Ranch house accommodations
  • 1 hunter per guide
  • Fully guided hunt
  • $6500/person

Reservations can be made online. Click here to visit the booking site. All hunts require a 50% deposit at time of booking. For more details, feel free to call Colorado Outfitters at 970.319.4866.

Silver Creek Outfitters

Explore the hunting in the Medicine Bow Routt National Forest with Silver Creek Outfitters! Their horseback guided hunts for elk, deer, and bear are some of the best. Enjoy 5 full days in the Sarvis Creek area with the assistance of the Silver Creek Outfitters knowledgable guides. They even offer transportation to and from the Hayden airport! Here’s what you need to know about the Silver Creek hunt trips.

Trips, Pricing, And Reservations With Silver Creek Outfitters

Silver Creek is currently offering archery muzzleloading, and rifle seasons for elk, deer, and bear. All elk hunts are by horseback only as they are in a rugged area of Colorado. Silver Creek puts hunters in high quality wall tents and all the camping gear needed. Trips are as follows:

Drop  Camps

  • 5 day hunts with all gear delivered for hunters
  • No food provided
  • Cost is $1900

Semi-Guided Hunts

  • 3 days guided, the remaining two self-guided
  • 2 hunters per guide
  • Cook and food provided
  • Cost is $3600

Fully Guided Hunts

  • All food and drink provided
  • Hunters packed in on horseback with 65lb limit for gear
  • 2 hunters per guide
  • Silver Creek will quarter, haul, and pack animals out
  • Cost is $4400

For reservations, call Silver Creek Outfitters at 970.846.5877. There will be a 50% deposit required at the time of booking. Deposits are non-refundable! However, they can be transferred to another person for another year or hunt depending on availability.

Elk Run Ranch

This family owned ranch is located 15 miles northwest of Steamboat Springs. Nestled at the base of the famous Sleeping Giant Mountain, Elk Run borders the Routt National Forest. In total, there’s 2,500 acres of professionally maintained grounds and ranch operations include haying, seasonal cattle, fencing and maintenance, recreation, and wildlife habitat management.

At Elk Run Ranch, there’s a wide variety of wildlife that pass through. Elk are the most abundant, but you will often see mule deer, pronghorn, black bear, grouse, and coyote. It’s really the location of Elk Run Ranch that lends itself to world class elk hunting!

Hunting Trips, Pricing, And Reservations At Elk Run Ranch

Elk Run Ranch is home to up to 500 elk during the fall migration when hunting seasons are in full swing. Hunting on the property is guided by the ranch manager who has over 20 years of backcountry and guiding experience. Archery, muzzleloader, and rifle hunts are all available on property. The cost is $4,500 per person across the board for all trips and the time frame does vary depending on the season. Hunts are limited to 2 hunters per guide.

If you are interested in black bear hunting, that is an option as well. They are typically done in conjunction with another hunt for an additional $500.

For more information, or to speak to someone at Elk Run Ranch, feel free to call 970.871.1850 or email them at [email protected].