Hunting with Ute Trail Guide Service

Three generations of Everetts. From left to right: McKenzie, Casey, Glenn, Jeanie.

Hunts take place in the Ute Trail area, 18 miles northeast of Salida, Colorado. Our rustic and comfortable cabins at "cow camp" are surrounded by 10,000 acres of private ranch property, with very little pressure from other hunters. One guide is provided for every two hunters, unless other arrangements are made prior to the hunt. We primarily rely on 4WD vehicles, but we do keep a few horses handy "just in case."

We offer 5-day single species and combination hunts. The property you will hunt is located in Game Management Units 57 and 58. This area is by drawing only, with applications due the first week of April.

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A 50% deposit will book your trip. The deposit for hunts is refunded or held for the following year if you do not draw an elk license from the Colorado Division of Wildlife and you notify us by August 1 that you were unsuccessful in drawing a license.

Contact us to make a reservation.

Ute Trail Guide Service provides:

  • Transportation to and from hunting camp from Salida, Colorado
  • All meals and lodging while on your hunt
  • One hunting guide for every two hunters
  • Delivery of game to Salida (processing and taxidermy are the responsibility of the hunter)

Our hunting camp includes two very comfortable and rustic cabins. The main cabin serves as kitchen and dining room, and is also a great place to relax. The other cabin is our bunkhouse. There is no electricity, telephone or running water.

You'll need to provide the proper hunting license for the season and species, weapon, sleeping bag, and personal gear.

We'll do all we can to get you as close as possible to your chosen animal. However, sometimes the shot may be longer than what was originally planned. We will try to get you into your "comfort zone", and if we can't, we will pull away and try again, either on the same animal or a different one, whichever you chose. To increase your chances of taking your trophy of a lifetime, we recommend that you come prepared to shoot to 300 yards comfortably. This takes practice and stability, but also a caliber big enough to handle this distance.

During your hunt, if you wound an animal and blood is drawn, that is your animal. Your remaining time may be spent trying to locate that animal, but you will not be allowed to harvest another animal to replace the wounded one. This is at the discretion of the guide and/or outfitter. We always try to get our clients into a range where they feel comfortable, but this situation can happen to any of us. This policy is in place out of respect for the animal, and to keep our herds healthy. Thank you for understanding.