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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Watch Our 3 Part Video Series on What to Bring and How to Pack

Season Dates

Archery Season


Season Dates


Week  1 Elk and Mule Deer Sept 1 – Sept 7 First Qtr - Sept 3
Week 2 Elk and Mule Deer Sept 9  –  Sept 15 Full Moon – Sept 10
Week 3 Elk and Mule Deer Sept 17 –  Sept 23 Third Qtr – Sept 17
Week 4 Elk and Mule Deer Sept 25  –  Oct 1 New Moon – Sept 25
  • 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 10 – Sept 18 Full Moon – Sept 10


  • 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 10 –  Sept 18 Full Moon – Sept 10


  • 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 15 – Oct 19 Third Qtr - Oct 17 
2nd Rifle Season Elk and Mule Deer Oct 29 – Nov 6 First Qtr - Nov 1
3rd Rifle Season Elk and Mule Deer Nov 12 – Nov 18  Third Qtr - Nov 16
4th Rifle Season Elk and Mule Deer Nov 23 - Nov 27 New Moon - Nov 23
  • 1st Rifle Season Elk Tags by draw only (no OTC deer tags this season)
  • 2nd and 3rd Rifle Season Bull Elk Tags are over the counter (OTC); 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 2019
Steamboat Lake Base Camp E-E-003-O1-R Zero
Steamboat Lake Pack-in E-M-014-O1-R Zero
Summit County Pack-in E-E-371-O1-R Zero
Trophy Units Ranch Please call us 26-28

Elk – Muzzleloader

Destination Hunt Type Hunt Code Minimum Points to Draw in 2019
Steamboat Lake Base Camp E-E-014-01-M 1
Steamboat Lake Pack-in E-E-014-01-M 1
Summit County Pack-in E-E-028-01-M Zero 

 Mule Deer

Destination Hunt Type Season Hunt Code Minimum Points to Draw in 2019
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

Base Camp Hunts

$7500 / person
  • Five full days of hunting!
  • Cabin Accommodations
  • Fully Guided Hunt
  • Archery or Rifle Hunts
  • 2 Hunters per Guide
  • Steamboat Lake Destination

Wilderness Guided Hunts

$ 6500 / 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

$ 2500 / 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

  • 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 camp cabins, 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
  • All rates are per person, subject to change without notice.
  • Pack In/Out and Game Pack Out services available.  Please contact us for details. 


Fishing / Horseback Rides Rates and Bookings

All prices reflect per person, per day.

Guided Wilderness Fishing Expeditions

$550 per person / day
  • Premier Wilderness Camps Available
  • Fully Guided
  • Meals Provided
  • Wall Tent Accomodations
  • Steamboat Lake Destination

Unguided Wilderness Pack-in Fishing

Starting at $400 / day
  • $400 / day 4 Persons (Min)
  • Smaller groups may be accommodated upon request.
  • Unguided Trips
  • Wall Tent Accomodations
  • Steamboat Lake Destination

Wilderness Pack-In Horseback Trips

$450 per person / day
  • $450 / day 2-3 Person (Min 2)
  • $400 / day 4 People or More
  • Wall Tent Accommodations
  • Guides and Meals Provided
  • Steamboat Lake Destination

Local Horseback Expeditions

Starting at $200 / half-day
  • $200 per Person for Half-Day Ride
  • $300 per Person for Full-Day Ride
  • Customizable Trips Available
  • Steamboat Lake Destination

Watch our "How To" Video on Packing for a Wilderness Fishing Adventure

Ready to Book?  Let's get started!



A common question we are asked by many clients whether it be hunting, fishing or horseback is what about gratuity and how much? In support of this, our suggestions on gratuity are as follows:

Gratuity is not built into the price of your trip and is also not automatically expected. Gratuity, from our perspective, is earned based on your experience of the services provided. Therefore, if for some reason, you decide not to leave gratuity, it is your choice. However, given we are a services business and if you are not satisfied with something on your trip, we would like an opportunity to fix it during your trip and certainly want to know about anything you feel that should be improved in the interest of being the best we can be. We prefer this be a discussion with your guide or the owners, preferably before you go home rather than by a bad review on a website. We value your opinion and your business so we DO want to know about the good and bad of your experience!

Another key point is gratuity should be based on the professionalism and services provided by our staff and not necessarily on the hunt success or not, although we do understand for some this may affect how and whether you leave gratuity. For example, did our staff do everything they could to ensure you had a great and fun experience within their ability to control? Did they cater to your desire and abilities as best they could?

With the above as some background, here are some suggested guidelines. A common or average guideline for gratuity is 15% based on the cost of your trip. The 15% should then be divided as follows assuming you are happy with the entire staff (or you may decide to break it out differently based on services of each or lack of service): 10% to the guide and 5% going to a distribution between packers / wranglers, and cook. You can of course decide to tip more or less based on your experience. One last point here is if you are in a remote camp and your guide is playing the role of guide, cook and perhaps more, you might consider tipping them more than the 10% and closer to 15%.

Lastly, in the case of “unguided services” the 15% of the total trip cost would still be the guideline with the tip being divided among the packers.

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: is the one many of our clients use. Another option is for a price comparison can be found at

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: 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:  Mention that you are hunting or fishing with Colorado Outfitters, and you may likely receive a better rate.

Colorado Outfitters, LLC
19495 County Road 17
Craig, CO 81625
(970) 319-4866

What Our Clients Say

Myself, Mike Cigich and Marty Moyer would like to thank you for an awesome experience!

Thanks again for the experience!

Your satisfied client - Adam Walker

I waited 25 years to draw this tag and I can't say enough about how Colorado Outfitters made my dream come true!

Ricky Taaffee

Our wilderness pack in trip with Colorado Outfitters was top notch from beginning to end. The quality of the Guides, horses, meals and accommodations were superb.

The Reid Family

I had the good fortune to choose Outfitters as the professional guide service for my Colorado Moose hunt. I can recommend Colorado Outfitters with the highest confidence.

Mark Sampson

I had a great time fishing at Colorado Outfitters last summer! This was my first time here. Needless to say, I'll be back as fishing, scenery and horses were great!

Paul Winterman

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