A hunter's paradise, Steamboat Springs has access to some of Colorado's best grounds, including the elk and deer herds of the remote northwestern mountains and the eastern plains, hiding their treasures of game birds.
- Head out to Mount Zirkel with a drop camp to get into the thick of it!
- Trophy elk and deer hunts become lifelong stories to share for years.
- Guided tours can be as simple or as comfortable as your budget can afford.
- Hunts are available on private or BLM land, National Forests and Wilderness Areas.
Going back to their roots as cowboys, miners and general rough hands of the west, Steamboat has never lost its love for the outdoor sports, especially hunting. Locals take pride in a certain sense of self-reliance and know-how, something that every hunter can relate to.
There are a number of different areas around the town of Steamboat Springs, each with a specific hunt that it's known for. Visitors can stay close, exploring the area around Clark and the Routt National Forest. Another great option is to go more remote and search for the intense feeling of being deep in the wilderness.
Where to go Hunting
Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area
Part of the Routt National Forest, Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area is restricted to non-motorized travel, meaning access is on foot or horseback. Drop camps are a popular method to hunt the trophy elk and mule deer of the area, with the quiet and calm of nature surrounding you at night.
Located north of Steamboat Springs, the area surrounding Clark, specifically Game Management Unit #214, has one of the few opportunities to search out the Colorado black bears. In addition to the popular game bird hunts, elk and mule deer are also common in this area.
Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge
Located in the far northwest corner of Colorado along Hwy 318, Browns Park is popular for mountain lion and trophy elk hunts. This remote wildlife refuge is located along the Green River, providing a great opportunity to bring home a great story and hopefully more!
Guided Tours and Rentals
There are many different guiding styles available in and around Steamboat Springs, starting from basic drop camps and going to full-service luxury hunting, so make sure to explore the choices below to find what suits your needs.
Licenses are required for hunting, as is the hunter education course. It is also advised to be aware of environmental "leave no trace" practices. Contact the Steamboat Springs Forest Service Office at (970) 870-2299 for more information about hunting licenses and practices.
Tags are available for elk, deer, and fowl. Although it may take years of waiting and a hefty price, tags are also available for mountain lions and bears.