Address: 25570 RCR 67
Hamilton, CO 81639
From Craig, Colorado:
Telephone/WI-FI CALLING (at Ranch):
*Please note there is no cell service at the Ranch or once you leave Craig. We now have Viasat Internet for your use. If you wish to make phone calls from your cell phone using ‘WI-FI calling’, you must activate this on your cell phone while in a cellular service area. Once you get to the ranch you cannot activate ‘WI-FI calling’ while out of a cellular service area.
(if you arrive early before you can come to the ranch)
Hampton Inn - (970)-826-9900
Clarion Inn - (970)-824-4000
Candlewood Suites - (970)-824-8400
Best Western - (970)-824-9282
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is provided at the ranch?
Bedding, food, snacks, fruit, beverages (BYOB), bottled water, towels are included.
What can I bring on the horse?
There is a saddle bag provided to fit your sack lunch and a bottle of water and other small items. The gun scabbard (to hold your gun while riding) is provided. Avoid large backpacks they make mounting and dismounting the horses difficult. Small ones are ok.
What do I wear?
We suggest layers. It can be 70 degrees or below zero, raining, snowing or sunshine. Bring sunscreen if you burn easily. Bring 2 pairs of boots, one for warm and one for cold (they must fit in a stirrup so please don’t bring big fat pack boots). Make sure your gear is QUIET. Every so often someone brings outerwear that is noisy…if you can hear it, so can the elk.
How do meals work? What is the typical day like?
Bow Season: Cold breakfast is provided: cereal, muffins, doughnuts, toast, fruit, juice, coffee, etc. Lunch is served when you return from the morning hunt (11am-12pm) and is typically hot soup, sandwiches, hamburgers, simple meals. Around 4:00pm, all head back out to hunt and you are welcome to grab an apple or granola bar, etc. After dark, come back to camp for appetizers while we wait for all hunters to come in and then dinner is served. (You may bring your own alcohol but none is provided).
Rifle Season: Hot breakfast is served: bacon, eggs, sausage, gravy, pancakes, oatmeal, a variety of hot breakfast. Sack lunch is provided and you will usually stay out during the day unless you kill. Around 3:00pm all head out who have come into camp. No hot lunch is provided typically unless everyone kills and is in camp all day. After dark, come back in to camp for appetizers while we wait for all hunters to come in and then dinner is served. (You may bring your own alcohol but none is provided).
Gratuity, how much and who to tip?
You are encouraged to tip your guide directly (we don’t pool tips, if you tip your guide or cook they get it all). 10-20% of your booking fee is customary. Our guides work hard for you and they genuinely want to see you succeed. Cook can also accept tips directly. Please consider how much this person has added to your experience while in camp. This person cooks, cleans and runs errands, builds a fire and does whatever it takes to enhance your experience.
Need a ride?
We can pick you up from any Craig hotel or from the Hayden/St airport at no charge. Please email us your itinerary and confirm with us that you need a ride and we will gladly pick you up and take you to the ranch. The guides will take you to the airport when you leave; just let them know you need a ride.
What happens after I kill out?
Your guide will field dress (gut) your animal and get it to camp. Most hunters take their animal to town to the processor immediately the same day. We provide a truck to get them to town so you keep your vehicle clean. Usually the hunters want to go with their animal and they take the truck themselves so they can be a part of the process. The meat processor has a very nice selection of retail meats and cheeses to take home if you like. Jerky, etc. Processing fee is paid directly to the processor of your choice. Please don’t ask your guide to quarter or process your kill, this is not included in your hunt. If you want your elk ivory(teeth), make sure your guide knows and he can remove them for you.
How do I make final payment?
Please make final payment by cash or check.
What if I have special dietary needs?
Please let us know prior to your hunt so we can accommodate you.
I am overweight can I still ride a horse?
Please let us know if you are over 300# so we can make arrangements.
I have never ridden a horse before, is that ok?
Yes! Most of our hunters are inexperienced or have never ridden horseback. Our guides are professionals and they can show you how to manage your new furry friend.