Wildlife Tours in the Sierra Madre Mountains | Three Forks Ranch

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Wildlife Tours

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Wildlife Tours

Bask in Nature

Nestled in the Sierra Madre Mountains, Three Forks Ranch is a sanctuary for thousands of species of wildlife, birds, trees, and flowers. Our wildlife tours are hands-down the best way to experience both the beauty of the property and the diversity of flora and fauna that call it home.

We have 2 types of wildlife tours — on foot and behind the wheel! Our hiking tours get you up close and personal with Three Forks Ranch, as you travel in the footsteps of humans who called this land home for millennia while listening to the bull elk bugle and the birds sing. Our Polaris Ranger tours enable you to survey the vastness of Three Forks; our geological diversity lends itself to stunning vistas around each turn.

Three Forks Guide Dave Clements compiled this list of all the animals our guests may see on our wildlife tours:
  • Mule deer
  • Whitetail deer
  • Elk
  • Pronghorn antelope
  • Moose
  • Red fox
  • Coyote
  • Black bear
  • Mountain lion
  • Bobcat
  • Muskrat
  • Beaver
  • Mink
  • Ermine
  • Badger
  • Wyoming ground squirrel
  • Pine squirrel
  • Gold mantle ground squirrel
  • Chipmunk
  • Sandhill crane
  • Blue heron
  • Kingfisher
  • Magpie
  • Raven
  • Crow
  • Numerous waterfowl
  • Numerous songbirds
  • Dusky (blue) grouse
  • Sharptail grouse
  • Sage grouse
  • Bald eagle
  • Golden eagle
  • Numerous hawks and falcons
  • Cattle of all ages

No matter what tour mode you choose, do not forget your camera!
(And if you do, no worries — your guide has one!)

Elk

Native Americans call elk “wapiti,” meaning “light-colored deer.” While related to deer, elk are much larger — the bulls range in weight from 650 to 900 pounds and the cows 450-550. Elk were once found across much of North America but now take refuge in more remote locations. Northwestern Colorado boasts one of the largest and healthiest elk populations in the world — and Three Forks Ranch happens to be right in the middle of it. Three Forks Ranch’s free-ranging elk herd swells to nearly 6,000 head in the Fall.

Pronghorn: Antilocapra Americana

Pronghorn: Antilocapra Americana

About three feet tall at their shoulders, Pronghorn are among the speediest animals in the world, coming in second place only to the cheetah— clocking rates of more than 53 miles per hour. Pronghorns are also great distance runners that can travel for miles at half that speed. Their impressive backward-curving horns are found on both males and females. Male horns can reach lengths of more than a foot long, while female horns grow to about 4 inches. As herbivores, they prefer to eat grass, sagebrush, and other vegetation. Their diet in our landscape consists of 60% forbs, 25% shrubs, and 15% grass. Pronghorns mate each fall — sometimes in dramatic fashion. Bucks gather harems of females and attempt to jealously protect them, sometimes battling rival bucks horn-to-horn. In the spring, females give birth to one or two young, which can outrun a human after just a few days. Three Forks Ranch is home to about 600 Pronghorn, who roam freely across the 200,000-acre landscape.

The Red Fox

The red fox is one of the smaller members of the Canidae family, with top weights ranging between only 8-15 pounds and a length of only 3-4 feet. They tend to be loners, traveling solo and sticking to a range of about 5-10 square miles. Although commonly red in color, they can also sport shades of silver and black — but the white tip of their tales remains a most telling feature. Watching one scamper across a pasture graced with fresh snow is a magical sight. Nestled in the Sierra Madres of the Rocky Mountains, Three Forks Ranch is a sanctuary for hundreds of species of wildlife, birds, trees and flowers. Let one of our guides pick you up in one of our Polaris Rangers with hot coffee and pastries and take you on an early morning adventure that rivals an exotic safari.

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT

Spectacular Views

Our expansive acreage offers you infinite opportunities to view the wildlife that call Three Forks Ranch home. Your guide takes you off the beaten path to show you our Ranch’s hidden treasures — stunning natural beauty, rich historical details, and vistas that will linger in your mind’s eye for years to come.

Wildlife in Sierra Madre Mountains

In any season

Breathtaking Terrain
No matter the season, our corner of the Sierra
Madre Mountains offers completely breathtaking views.


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