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Planning Your Trip

Trip Planning

Whether this is a trip of a lifetime or an annual adventure, choosing an outfitter is just the first step.  Planning and preparing for your trip is even more important. You will want to ensure you have the details completed, the information for what you need to bring, and even how to prepare yourself mentally and physically.  We are here to help.  We have put together some helpful information and resources to make sure you are ready for your trip to Colorado Outfitters.  

Resources for Your Trip to Colorado Outfitters

Season Dates

See the various season dates and the hunt codes published by the Colorado Department of Wildlife.  

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Training Advice

Don’t forget your most important piece of equipment for your trip - your body.  Here is some advice for getting in shape!

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Rates and Booking

Ready to book your hunt with Colorado Outfitters?  Check here for our most current rates and booking information.  

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Rifle Checklist

Coming on a rifle hunt with us?  Here is a helpful checklist of the gear and other items you will want to make sure and bring. 

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Contact Us

Do you prefer to speak in person?  So do we!  Give us a call or shoot us an email and we can arrange a time to speak one-on-one. 

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Archery Checklist

Coming on an archery hunt with us?  Here is a helpful checklist of the gear and other items you will want to make sure and bring. 

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Season Dates

Archery Season

Hunt

Season Dates

Moon

Week  1 Elk and Mule Deer Aug 26th – Aug 30th 1st Qtr – Aug 29th
Week 2 Elk and Mule Deer Sept 2nd  –  Sept 6th Full – Sept 6th
Week 3 Elk and Mule Deer Sept 9th –  Sept 13th Last Qtr – Sept 13th
Week 4 Elk and Mule Deer Sept 20th  –  Sept 24th New Moon – Sept 19th

 

  • All Archery Hunt Tags are over the counter (except trophy units 1, 2, 201 – see trophy unit hunts section).

Early High Country Mule Deer - Rifle Season

Hunt Season Dates Moon
Week 1 Mule Deer Sept 2nd –  Sept 6th Full  – Sept 6th

 

  • Early High Country Mule Deer Rifle Tags are draw only (see hunt codes section).

Muzzleloader Season

Hunt Season Dates Moon
Week 1 Elk and Mule Deer Sept 9th –  Sept 13th Last Qtr – Sept 13th

 

  • Muzzleloader Tags are draw only for both elk and mule deer (see hunt codes section).

Rifle Season

Hunt Season Dates Moon
1st Rifle Season Elk only Oct 14th – Oct 18th Last Qtr – Oct 12th
2nd Rifle Season Elk and Mule Deer Oct 21st – Oct 25th New Moon – Oct 19th
3rd Rifle Season Elk and Mule Deer Nov 4th – Nov 8th Full Moon – Nov 3rd
4th Rifle Season Elk and Mule Deer Nov 15th - Nov 19th Last Qtr – Nov 10th

 

  • 1st Rifle Season Elk Tags by draw only (no deer tags this season)
  • 2nd and 3rd Rifle Season Bull Elk Tags are over the counter; Mule Deer tags must be drawn (see hunt codes section)

Hunt Codes

Elk – 1st Rifle Only (2nd and 3rd seasons are over the counter)

Destination Hunt Type Hunt Code Minimum Points to Draw in 2016
Steamboat Lake Base Ranch E-M-003-O1-R Zero
Steamboat Lake Pack-in E-M-014-O1-R Zero
Summit County Pack-in E-E-028-O1-R Zero
Trophy Units Ranch Please call us 23-25

Mule Deer

Destination Hunt Type Season Hunt Code Minimum Points to Draw in 2016
Steamboat Lake All Early HC Rifle D-M-014-E1-R 3
  All Muzzleloader D-M-003-O1-M 2
  All 2nd Rifle D-M-004-O2-R Zero
  All 3rd Rifle D-M-004-O3-R 1
Summit County Pack-in Muzzleloader D-M-018-O1-M Zero
    2nd Rifle D-M-018-O2-R Zero
    3rd Rifle D-M-018-O3-R Zero

 

  • To apply for preference points, use the following codes: for Elk E-P-999-99-P for Deer D-P-999-99-P
  • Please contact us prior to applying for specific hunt codes so we can assist / provide advice and ensure availability for the hunt / destination you desire!

Rates and Booking

Hunting Rates and Booking

Ranch House Hunts

$4900 / person
  • Five full days of hunting!
  • Ranch House Accomodations
  • Fully Guided Hunt
  • Archery or Rifle Hunts
  • 2 Hunters per Guide
  • Steamboat Lake Destination

Wilderness Guided Hunts

$ 4500 / person
  • Five full days of hunting!
  • Wall Tent Accomodations
  • Fully Guided Hunt
  • Archery or Rifle Hunts
  • 2 Hunters per Guide
  • Steamboat Lake or Summit Co.

DIY Drop Camp Hunts

$ 1800 / person
  • Five full days of hunting!
  • 4 Hunters per Camp
  • Top Notch Gear
  • Archery or Rifle Hunts
  • Do it Yourself Hunting
  • Steamboat Lake or Summit Co.

Trophy Unit Hunts

$ 6500 / person
  • Five full days of hunting!
  • Ranch House Accomodations
  • Fully Guided Hunt
  • Archery or Rfile Hunts
  • 1 hunter per Guide
  • GMU's 1, 2, 201

Other Important Hunting Information:

  • All Colorado Outfitter hunts are a full 5 days
  • For Wilderness hunts, please allow an extra day or two on each end for pack-in and pack-out; actual pack-in, pack-out dates will be set and communicated prior to the hunt (generally late summer once our full schedule is set)
  • For those hunters hunting out of the base ranch, please let to arrive mid to late afternoon the day before your hunt begins. After your hunt is complete, please plan to depart early the the next morning as this allows us time to clean and prepare the next group of hunters
  • All hunts require 50% deposit at time of booking

 

Fishing / Trail Rides Rates and Bookings

All prices reflect per person, per day.

Ranch House Fishing Trips

Starting at $300 / day
  • $375 / day for 1 Person
  • $350 / day for 2 Persons
  • $300 / day 3 or More Persons
  • Ranch House Accomodations
  • Meals and Guides Provided
  • Steamboat Lake Destination

Wilderness Pack-in Fishing Trips

starting at $400 / day
  • $450 / day 2 Person (Min)
  • $400 / day 3 People or More
  • Fully Guided
  • Meals Provided
  • Wall Tent Accomodations
  • Steamboat Lake Destination

Multi-Day Ranch House Trail Rides

starting at $300 / day
  • $375 / day per 1 Person
  • $350 / day per 2 Persons
  • $300 / day 3 or More Persons
  • Ranch House Accomodations
  • Meals and Guides Provided
  • Steamboat Lake Destination

Wilderness Pack-In Horseback Trips

Starting at $400 / day
  • $450 / day 2 Person (Min)
  • $400 / day 3 People or More
  • Wall Tent Accomodations
  • Guides and Meals Provided
  • Steamboat Lake Destination

Daily Ranch House Trail Rides

Starting at $150 / half-day
  • $150 per Person for Half-Day Ride
  • $300 per Person for Full-Day Ride
  • Sack Lunch Included on Full-Day Rides
  • Steamboat Lake Destination

DIY Wilderness Pack-in Fishing

starting at $300 / day
  • $300 / day 4 Persons (Min)
  • Smaller groups may be accommodated upon request.
  • Unguided Trips
  • Wall Tent Accomodations
  • Steamboat Lake Destination

Ready to Book?  Let's get started!

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Gratuities

We are constantly asked about proper guidelines for gratuities since it is uncomfortable for hunters to talk about during the hunt. A common guideline for a guided hunt is 15% of the hunt price if you feel you were provided with good service during your hunt, 10% going to the guide and 5% going to a distribution between packers, and camp help. A common guideline for drop camp hunters is 15% of the total price for the packers and their assistants. This amount can obviously be adjusted up or down depending on your satisfaction with your the services you were provided and professionalism of our staff. 

Travel to Steamboat Lake

The closest and easiest aiport is Yampa Valley Regional Airport which is about 40 minutes away in Hayden, CO from the Red Barn Ranch. There also is Eagle County Regional Airport is another option which is about 2 hours and 15 minutes from us. Lastly, there is of course DIA (Denver International Airport) which is about 4 hours from us.

In terms of airport shuttles, this site: https://www.goalpine.com/ is the one many of our clients use. Another option is for a price comparison can be found at https://www.steamboat.com/plan-your-trip/getting-here-and-around/airport-shuttles

Travel to Summit County

For those clients who are traveling via the airlines, they should plan to fly into Denver International Airport (DIA) and then use Colorado Mountain Express: http://www.coloradomountainexpress.com/ to get from Denver to Silverthorne to their hotel. Clients can then make arrangements with us to pick them up at their hotel the morning of pack-in as long as it is done well in advance.

Clients should plan to arrive in Silverthorne, CO by the evening before pack-in for their hunt

Many clients stay at the Quality Inn: https://www.choicehotels.com/colorado/silverthorne/quality-inn-hotels/.  Mention that you are hunting or fishing with Colorado Outfitters, and you may likely receive a better rate.

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P.O. Box 749
Clark, CO 80428
(970) 319-4866
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