Hunting

First Rifle Season October 2008Wilderness Trails Ranch has been owned and operated by the Roberts family since 1970, and we have provided quality Colorado elk hunts and Colorado deer hunts for over thirty years, we offer guided lodge hunts and non-guided, drop camps for archery, muzzle loader and rifle seasons. Our outfitter license is #661 and our hunting area is unit 751.

"Thank you again for your superb hospitality and planning.  The hunt exceeded our expectations.  If I ever go Elk hunting again, it will be with Wilderness Trails."  -Emory, October 2008

We set our standards high with exceptional guides and accommodations.   Enjoy one of our area's largest elk and Mule Deer herds!  We often awake and retire to the chorus of bugling bulls.

Wilderness Trails sits 35 miles northeast of Durango. Our hunting area is Unit 751, located in the Piedra Wilderness, bordered by the Weminuche Wilderness, the largest roadless area in Colorado.  The Roberts family has owned and hunted off of this land for 40 years!  We are intimately familiar with the best methods to hunt this terrain.

We offer a true mountain hunt.  Our lodge and base camp rest at 7800 feet in the Upper Pine River valley, with the surrounding mountains rising an additional 4000 feet and taller.  The terrain is very rugged, though our trail system is not exceptionally steep; we suggest you take the elevation into consideration as you prepare for your hunt.  Most shots are well under 100 yards, as the majority of hunting during rifle seasons is below timberline.  Good physical health is critical. Previous hunters have found that staying in Durango for a couple days before hunting has helped them acclimate.

We offer several types of hunts: 1) A guided deluxe camp for archery and muzzle loading seasons and 2) a non-guided, deluxe drop camp for all seasons.  Additionally, we offer packing services to set up your own private camp.

  • Please email or call us directly for information on specific  2012 Hunting opportunities.  A non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your hunt.  We strongly encourage travel insurance to protect your deposit and other non refundable cost of your trip.

Licenses

Please visit the Colorado Division of Wildlife website for updated information and to draw for a license:   http://wildlife.state.co.us.  Applications are due by April 1, 2012, and are best completed online.  Understand that hunters applying for a license will most likely obtain a tag.  Any leftover tags will be sold over the counter in mid-August.  Remember hunter safety cards are required if you were born after January 1, 1949.  Call the DOW Durango office at 970-247-0855 for more info.

2011 Non-resident Fees:

Elk--Bull or Either Sex—$554

Elk--Cow—$354

Deer--Buck or Doe—$334

Fully-Guided Drop-Camp Hunt: $3650/person

Available: Archery Season August 29-September 27, Muzzleloader, and First Rifle Season

Hunter: Guide Ratio is 2:1

Capacity: 4 hunters

Hunt Length: 5 days

Our camp is located near the head of East Creek in the Piedra Wilderness Study Area.  It is a 2 1/2 hour ride from our base ranch, and is near 9000 feet in elevation.  The surrounding area is excellent hunting with multiple watering holes, creeks, meadows, benches, and alternating aspen and pine stands.

Experience true camaraderie and take full advantage of our guides experience as you hunt, camp, and dine with them.  Enjoy a hot breakfast and dinner and packed lunches and snacks.  We provide a fully stocked camp including wall tents, a wood stove, cots, and groceries.  Hunters provide their own sleeping bags. Hunters utilizing our drop camp should have a basic level of fitness.

Cost includes packing in and out of camp, camping and meals for 6 nights, 5 days of guided hunting, saddle horses, field dressing, game packing, and transporting meat to the processor.  Meat processing is not included.

Non-Guided Deluxe Drop Camp: limited - $1500/per person - 3 person minimum

Available: Archery, Muzzleloader, and First Rifle

Capacity: 6 hunters

Hunt Length: 3-7 days

Our fully stocked camp boasts an exceptional location near the head of East Creek, allowing hunters to access the vast upper East Creek and upper Mosca Creek drainages.  A wide variety of game-filled terrain includes large meadows, waterholes and lakes, dark timbered slopes, and aspen forests.  This access allows for ideal hunting during every season.

Enjoy the spectacular ride to camp as we pack your personal gear and food.  You can focus all of your energy on the hunt, as your sturdy and warm camp is already set for you.  We provide you with radios to contact our base, and we will also ride in to check camp intermittently.

You should be capable of field-dressing your kill and transporting it to camp for us to pack.  You will need to provide your own game bags.

Cost includes packing you and your gear in and out of camp, packing game from camp and transporting to the processor, heating and cooking stoves, cooking gear, wood, wall tents, outhouse, an ax, fuel, and lanterns.  You provide your own food and bedding.  Personal gear should not exceed 50 1bs/person.  Field dressing, if necessary is $200/elk and $150/deer.  Packing game from anywhere but camp is a minimum of $200.

Personal Drop Camps: Contact us for availability - limited.  Minimum $2000

Available: late August-October

We can pack you and your gear into most locations in the East Creek, Lion Creek, or Pine River drainages.  Each job is bid individually depending on distance, terrain, and loads, but baseline prices follow:

Saddle or Pack Horses: $200/day

Wranglers: $250/day

Game Packing (skinned/quartered): minimum $350

Pack Horse Load Limit: 140 lbs

Saddle Horse Load Limit: 230 lbs.

*Horses are not available for rent without a guide or wrangler.

Reservations and Deposits

For guided hunts, we require a $750 non-refundable deposit per person.  The remainder of payment is due in full by August 1 and is non-refundable.  For non-guided drop camps or packing services, a 50% non-refundable deposit on the estimate secures your dates.  The balance is due upon the arrival at the ranch. 

If you fail to draw a tag, we will reimburse you 90% of deposit paid and apply 10% to a future year.  To avoid loss of deposits or monies paid or other cost involved in travel delay, cancellation, emergencies, etc., we highly recommend travel insurance!  Please ask us for details or visit www.travelguard.com.

Gratuities are not included and are appreciated.  

Please don't hesitate to give us a call with any questions you may have. We're dedicated to assuring a safe and exciting hunting experience, with every possible opportunity to take home some game.  Colorado Hunting License Information

Applications become available the last week in February--- Remember hunter safety cards are required if you were born after January 1, 1949.

Click http://wildlife.state.co.us/HUNTING/Pages/Hunting.aspx for additional information or, 

Call the DOW Durango office at 970-247-0855 for more information.

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