The Best Elk, Mule Deer and Pronghorn Antelope Hunting Experience
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Hunting

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Hunting

Surrounded on three sides by National Forest, Three Forks Ranch offers our hunters more than 50,000 acres of epic scenery, unmatched exclusivity, and healthy big-game herds of elk, mule deer, and pronghorn antelope.

Our robust combination of limitless adventure, expansive experience and ultimate luxury is unrivaled in North America and keeps hunters returning year after year. In fact, 85% of our hunting guests rebook for the following season, a true testament to the Three Forks experience and a boon to the camaraderie it fosters.

Your expert Three Forks guide will immerse you in a rare “true hunt” — fair chase, spotting, and stalking — with absolutely no high fences anywhere. We take pride in our status as one of Colorado’s premier Ranching for Wildlife properties, which demonstrates our dedication to wildlife conservation.

When you’re not hunting, try your hand at our other activities, including 3D archery, sporting clays, fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Perhaps unwind and recharge with a decadent treatment at our Roaring Fork Spa or a soak in one of its hot tubs. Finally, retreat to the finest lodging, where you’ll enjoy mouth-watering cuisine from your private chef, ample beverages and snacks, daily housekeeping, and all the comforts of home (and then some).

At Three Forks Ranch, the thrill of the hunt unfolds over each hour of your stay — from the rapid thump of your heartbeat as you’re surrounded by a herd of elk, to the blood-rush of a tug on your fly line, to the slow-down you crave as you land in your luxury lodge for delectable meals and comfortable sleeps that will soothe your soul (and your soles).

Elk Hunting

Unmatched Exclusivity
and Epic Scenery

Elk Hunting

Elk

Northwestern Colorado boasts one of the largest elk herds in the world, and Three Forks Ranch happens to be right in the middle of it. Our free-ranging herd swells to nearly 6,000 head in the Fall. Colorado’s Ranching for Wildlife program allows us to start hunting in early September by any legal method. That’s right: We are hunting bull elk with a rifle during the rut. Usually reserved only for archery hunters, this rifle hunt is filled with bugling bulls, called in by our experienced, elk-hunting guides. This is a license-guaranteed hunt. No draw.

Colorado is home to North America’s largest elk herd, with an estimated population of nearly 300,000. Maintaining the habitat and long-term health of big game herds is a top priority for the state of Colorado, and Three Forks Ranch is happy to assist in that mission by providing hunters with this exceptional hunting experience. Looking similar to moose, elk are identifiable by their reddish, light brown bodies with darker legs, chestnut brown necks, slender snouts and pale yellow rumps. Bulls are notable for their antlers, which aren’t palmated and have obvious brow tines coming off the main beam.

"Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. It will cleanse your soul and make you a better person".

FRED BEAR

Mule Deer Hunting

Mule Deer

Mule deer hunting might well be the crème de la crème of big game hunting. Each year at Three Forks Ranch, we harvest a number of trophy bucks. We offer a very limited number of licenses on our thousands of acres, which has dramatically increased the size of our bucks. Experience the hunt of your dreams at Three Forks Ranch. Your ultimate trophy awaits.

"Hunting is the noblest sport yet devised by the hand of man."

ROBERT RUARK

Pronghorn Hunting

Pronghorn Antelope

The resident pronghorn antelope herd on Three Forks Ranch approaches 600 head. Each year we harvest fewer than 15 bucks. The pronghorn antelope hunt has become a favorite combination hunt, tied to a mule deer or elk hunt. This nomad of the prairie will test your spot-and-stalk skills, as well as your long-range shooting prowess.

Pronghorn bucks are notable for their prominent horns with a prong or point between the base and tip and black cheek patches on their face. Does may also have horns up to 5 inches, but lack the black cheek patches notable on bucks.

“Go afield with a good attitude, with respect for the wildlife you hunt and for the forest and fields in which you walk".

FRED BEAR

Tips for Hunting Success

Of course, while the guides at Three Forks Ranch will do everything they can to ensure your hunt goes as well as it possibly can, there are a few things you can do in advance of your trip to help prepare. Whether you’re new to hunting or a seasoned pro, there are a few things that every hunter should keep in mind when embarking on any hunt.

If you’re used to hunting somewhere closer to sea level, be prepared for the changes that can occur when going from low altitude to the high altitude at Three Forks Ranch. Higher altitude levels can put a strain on your body and lungs that you might not be used to. Doing a little more cardiovascular exercise, such as jogging, running or bike riding, before your trip can help you perform at your best.

Making sure your body is in the right condition for hunting includes dressing for your hunting trip, too. You’ll want to be sure to pack layers warm and plentiful enough to keep you warm for whatever weather conditions you can expect during your time at Three Forks Ranch. Wool is a great material for base layers and socks, because it keeps you warm while wicking away moisture, which keeps you comfortable on long excursions.

Proper footwear is also important for your trip to Three Forks Ranch. You’ll want to bring boots that are comfortable and sturdy. They should support your feet during a long day on the trail while also keeping them warm and dry. If you’re purchasing new boots for your trip, be sure to break them in before arriving.

With the help of the guides at Three Forks Ranch and a little bit of preparation and proper packing, you’ll be ready to have the hunting experience of a lifetime.

Pricing

All hunts are six-night, five-day adventures. The dates listed below begin on your arrival day and end on your departure day.

The following hunt rates are per person and include the following:

  • Round-trip transportation from Hayden, Colorado, or Dixon, Wyoming, airports to Three Forks Ranch.
  • Accommodations based on double occupancy.
  • All meals, drinks, and snacks.
  • 2×1 guiding
  • Transportation in the field
  • Field dressing
  • Complimentary day of fly fishing and complimentary round of sporting clays.
  • Additional activities available at a la carte rates.

THREE FORKS RANCH IS A NON-TIPPING DESTINATION

Elk Hunts

$10,500

/PERSON


Mule Deer Hunts

$10,500

/PERSON


Pronghorn Antelope Hunts

$5,500

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Important Information

*Any double or triple combo hunt entitles you to a one-on-one personal guide at no additional charge.

Non-hunting companions may accompany hunters at either our
All-inclusive rate of $1,895 per person per day.

The following items are not included in the above rates: All airfare, hunting license, taxidermy, meat processing, incidental charges, and customary tax and service charges.

Single occupancy is an additional $300 per person per night. One-on-one guiding is an additional $1,750 per week (unless you have purchased a double or triple combo, which entitles you to one-on-one personal guiding).

A 50% deposit is due at the time of booking to secure your hunting reservation.
Your balance is due 60 days prior to arrival.
All payments are non-refundable, unless a replacement hunter can be found.
All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Hunter Safety:
Critical Information

A Hunter Safety Card is required for all hunters born after Jan. 1, 1949. NO EXCEPTIONS. Hunter must be in possession of his/her Hunter Safety Card at the time of licensing. Photocopies of Hunter Safety Cards, course completion certificates, or out-of-state hunting licenses are not acceptable substitutions.


  • 3D Archery


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  • Sporting Clays


    SUMMER - FALL

  • South Fork Shooting Complex


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  • Horseback Riding


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  • Hiking


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  • Mountain Biking


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  • Wildlife Tours


    SUMMER - FALL - WINTER - OUTDOOR

  • Fly Fishing


    SUMMER - FALL - OUTDOOR

  • Ice Fishing


    WINTER - OUTDOOR

  • Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding


    WINTER - OUTDOOR

  • Cross-Country Skiing


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  • Snowmobiling


    WINTER - OUTDOOR

  • Snowshoeing


    WINTER - OUTDOOR

  • Tubing


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  • Wellness Essentials


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  • Spa Services


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  • Wellness and Fitness Activities


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  • Healthy Dining/Cooking


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  • Shopping in Steamboat


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  • Hunting


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All Activities

Activities

Fly Fishing

AMERICA'S FINEST TROUT STREAM is here, waiting for you. On our pristine Little Snake River, catching a perfect cutthroat, tiger, brown, or rainbow trout is just one cast away.

We pride ourselves on offering guests expert guiding and instruction for all our outdoor and wellness activities.

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Ice Fishing

If you can dream it, you can likely do it here at Three Forks Ranch — and ice fishing is no exception. Originally just a hobby of some of our winter guides, guest interest inspired us to offer this thrilling activity throughout the season. We’re happy to accommodate your deepest fishing desires — even in the deepest of winter.

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The South Fork Shooting Complex

The South Fork Shooting Complex is located in an amazing setting under a covered shooting house that offers fun, rain or shine. It has rifle targets from 50 to 1000 yards and an exciting and interactive handgun range. We provide a variety of rifles and handguns and give our guests a comprehensive lesson in the operation and safe use of firearms, from our professional and knowledgeable guide staff. It’s a fantastic way to be introduced to the shooting sports for beginners and a challenge for the seasoned shooter.

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Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding

Your Private Mountain in Colorado

Private Skiing. You read that correctly. Our mountain is your mountain. We limit the “crowd”. Three Forks Mountain, blanketed by hundreds of inches of snow every year, boasts 1,100 vertical feet with 20 runs for every level. Its natural cruisers, bumps, steeps, open meadows, and majestic tree lines make for a world-class experience. During the design phase, former Olympians “tested” the mountain for us — and it left them breathless and begging for more.

While some might consider snowboarding a hybrid of skiing and skateboarding, at Three Forks Ranch we just call it awesome. But the real game changer? Snowcats - our heated snowcats will whisk you to the summit in no time. No lifts, no lines, no hassle. It’s your private mountain to conquer.

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3D Archery

Our Antler Ridge 3D Archery Course has 13 stations, which are an easy walk along the trail from the instruction station, where you can learn archery for the first time or hone your skills with our expert guides. The course was designed and constructed by Three Forks guides, so it’s especially customized for the ultimate ranch experience. We offer compound bows and recurve bows — and plenty of arrows.

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Sporting Clays

Nestled in a picturesque Aspen valley, the Elk Ridge Sporting Clays course offers 12 shooting stations designed for the novice to expert. When your guides have fine-tuned your shooting, and you have a sufficiently bolstered ego from training on the Boone and Crockett Course, your personal guide will give you a tour through the 50-shot or 100-shot Pope and Young course to test and strengthen your abilities.

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Snowmobiling

If there ever was five-star snowmobiling, this is it. Thousands of private acres, no crowds, many miles of guided trails and acre after acre of pristine powder. Our guests love taking a snowmobile tour to Godfather Lake, where they enjoy ice fishing, a hearty cooler lunch, and steaming hot chocolate. It’s a unique experience that really represents the best of Three Forks. All rides are privately guided, using environmentally-sound, four-cycle snowmobiles.

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Tubing

Lodge & Spa guests consistently rank Thrill Hill, our tubing hill, as a favorite winter experience. As you fly down the slope in an inflated tube, you’ll scream like banshees — without fail, no matter whether you are 22 or 72. The best part? You don’t have to trudge back to the top! We drive you and your tube up the incline on a snowmobile. Pro tip: for the ultimate bonding experience, create a circle of tubes, hold on tight to your neighbors’ handles, and let the guides push you over the edge!

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Horseback Riding

It’s your turn to take the reins. Three Forks Ranch has a fine complement of horses for your riding pleasure no matter your level of experience. Trail riding is always an option, and our miles of scenic trails offer insider-only access to this stunning part of the country. Our wranglers take you off the beaten path to show you our Ranch’s hidden treasures — stunning natural beauty, rich historical detail, and vistas that will linger in your mind’s eye for years to come.

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Mountain Biking

Whether you crave the rush of speeding down the mountainside on your bike, or you prefer a quiet afternoon cruise to spot flora, fauna, and wildlife, a ride with one of our experienced guides is sure to show you a side of Three Forks Ranch that you can only get on two non-motorized wheels. We offer wide open roads for the novice and experienced alike. If it’s exercise you’re craving, you have plenty of road to conquer. If it’s a relaxing afternoon you desire, we can do that, too. Remember, you choose your adventure here at Three Forks Ranch!

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Hiking

Perhaps the best way to experience the natural beauty of Three Forks is on foot. A guided hike, completely personalized to your abilities and goals, enables you to step back in time at the historic homesteads of South Fork Road, hear elk bugling during their late summer mating season, and scan stunning 360-degree views with no human development in sight.

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Hunting

Surrounded on three sides by National Forest, Three Forks Ranch offers our hunters more than 50,000 acres of epic scenery, unmatched exclusivity, and healthy big-game herds of elk, mule deer, and pronghorn antelope.

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