Things to Do — Hunting

This is a popular hunting destination due to the healthy population of elk and the vast and pristine areas in which to hunt. Access to the National Forest is simple, though the terrain is steep and difficult, with lush meadows scattered all around--perfect for wildlife. We are located in Hunting Unit 77, with access to Units 78, 771, and 751. Big Game Season Dates are listed below. Tags are also available for birds (turkey, grouse, pheasant), Mountain Lions, Bears, Bighorn Sheep, and Moose. All mule deer tags are by draw only. Call (303) 297-1192 to receive a free big game brochure from the Colorado Division of Wildlife, or view their website for more information on hunting in this area.
Crazy Horse Outfitters & Guides, operating out of our campground, specializes in guided hunts and full-service hunts in the Wilderness. They also offer pack-out services should you get an animal. There are several meat-processing services in Pagosa Springs to properly process any game. We recommend The Buck Stops Here, located in Aspen Springs, a 5 minute drive from Pagosa.

2014 Big Game Hunting Season Dates

  • Archery: Deer/Elk, West of I-25 (and unit 140). August 30th-September 28th
  • Muzzleloading Rifle: All deer/elk licenses are by draw only. September 13th-21st
  • 1st Rifle Season, Draw only. October 11th-15th
  • 2nd Rifle Season: Over-the-counter bull tags available at our store. October 18th-26th
  • 3rd Rifle Season: Over-the-counter bull tags available at our store. November 1st-9th
  • 4th Season: Draw only. November 12th-16th


***Don't forget your HUNTER'S SAFETY CARD! This must be presented at the time of purchasing your license and carried with you throughout your hunt.***

Each year we give away a commemorative gift (a t-shirt, mug, or hat) as a thank-you for purchasing your license with us!