Game On: Hunting In Glenwood Springs

Come fall, the aspen trees shimmer gold, the air turns as crisp as an apple and hunters flock to game-friendly Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Located at the center of Colorado’s 23 million square miles of public lands, Glenwood Springs is a sportsman’s paradise, and according to the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife, close to 25 percent of hunters are successful each year.

Big Game
Colorado is the elk hunting capital of the world. Known as wapiti, these stately animals prefer the higher elevations around Glenwood Springs, but seasonal snows push herds to lower, more accessible locations. Some other big game in the area are mule deer, Colorado bighorn sheep, mountain goat, black bear, mountain lion and even moose.

Go Prepared
Whether you’re headed out for a day or a week, find everything you need for your next hunting excursion in Glenwood Springs. Purchase over-the-counter licenses and shop for groceries, gear and ammunition at multiple locations in town. Find the answers to important back country questions and obtain detailed maps from the Colorado Division of Parks & Wildlife and the White River National Forest, both of which staff offices in Glenwood Springs. There are also several experienced outfitters that can lead trips, provide meals and take visitors to areas that might otherwise be off-limits to the general public. Taxidermy and meat processing businesses offer post-hunt options.

Where to Go
There are a number of Game Management Units (GMUs) around Glenwood Springs, but GMU 24 which encompasses much of the Flat Tops Wilderness Area in the White River National Forest, offers excellent prospects for elk hunting especially if hunters are willing to get away from the main trails and camps. Check with the Colorado Division of Parks & Wildlife for other outstanding hunting locations before applying for a license.

Elk Hunting Tips from the Colorado Division of Parks & Wildlife
• Learn all you can about elk and why they do what they do. Consider their patterns, habits and the habitat they use.
• Make contact with the people who can help you the most like area biologists, district wildlife managers, Forest Service biologists/managers and even the locals at the coffee shop or diner where you would like to hunt.
• Find the food, find the elk!
• Bring the best optics you can afford and let your eyes do much of the walking.
• Understand what elk do in response to hunting pressure and use that knowledge to your advantage when planning your hunt. Go where others are not willing to go—that's where the elk are!

Colorado Parks & Wildlife
50633 Highway 6
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

White River National Forest
900 Grand Avenue
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

High Canyon Adventures
66418 Highway 6
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: 970-945-9773

AJ Brink Outfitters at Sweetwater Lake Resort
3406 Sweetwater Road
Gypsum, CO 81637
Phone: 970-524-7344

Avalanche Outfitters at Redstone Stables
373 Redstone Boulevard
Redstone, CO 81623
Phone: 970-963-1144