Trip Details

Planning, Preparing, and Packing for your hunting trip

Recommended travel time-frames: For out-of-town guests, we recommend a layover night at a local hotel in Telluride, Montrose or Cortez to rest and clean up after your hunt. If desired, we’ll be happy to arrange these accommodations.

Package options:

      1) Stay in camp or stay at home. If you prefer to stay in Telluride, we’ll pick you up each morning and drop you off in the evening with no extra charge.
      2) Hunt or fish. You may substitute a day of fly fishing for a day of hunting at no extra charge, as long as your hunt is still in progress. If your hunt ends successfully in the first two days, we’ll offer you one free day of guided fly fishing and additional guided days at a discount. Telluride Outside operates a renowned fly fishing guide service that caters to anglers of any ability, including beginners. All fly fishing equipment is provided.


Reservation policy: All hunts are prepaid and non-refundable. Hunters may find their own replacement in the case of cancellation but are responsible for full payment without refund as of the moment the reservation is booked.

Weather Policy: If extreme weather blocks access to camp or otherwise physically prevents us from hunting, guests receive a full credit for a date to be named later. Partial hunts are not refunded. Traveler’s insurance is highly recommended for all customers.

Wounded Animal Policy

Wounding of game is an unfortunate and many times avoidable aspect of big game hunting. The ability to use your weapon (rifle or bow) safely and proficiently is the most important requirement when hunting with Telluride Hunting Guides. In the event an animal is wounded, both hunter and guide will work tirelessly to retrieve the animal. Guides and hunters are required to spend at least 24 hours in the recovery process. If an animal is wounded but not recovered, the hunt will be terminated.

How to prepare for your hunt

Most of our hunting will take place at high altitude (9,000 – 12,000 feet) with extreme elevation changes. A hunter will be expected to spend the greater part of every day on foot, whether stalking or moving to new ground. Your chances of success will greatly increase if you arrive in camp physically prepared for the challenge. We describe our experience as an athletic hunt; it will be just that. We hunt entirely on foot in the Lizard Head Wilderness. We cannot place enough emphasis on the importance of practice when it comes to your preferred weapon. We recommend honing your skills starting at least six months before your scheduled hunt, increasing your chances of a successful, clean, humane harvest.



  • Hunting license
  • Hunter’s safety card (if born after Jan.1, 1949)
  • Flashlight (headlamp-extra batteries)
  • Hunting knife
  • Gun, bow, ammunition
  • Hunter's orange for rifle hunts (500 sq. inches-hat & vest or hat & coat)
  • Camouflage for archery
  • Layered clothing for a wide array of weather conditions
  • Warm socks
  • Two pairs of boots
  • Rain gear
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • GPS
  • Elk calls (optional)
  • Personal items

Processing and shipping of your harvest: Meat processing and shipping are not included in the hunt package, but customarily arranged on behalf of clients. After field dressing the harvest, your guides will transport your meat to a local processor and arrange for shipping on your terms.

Links: Telluride Outside, Colorado Division of Wildlife

Contact us/book a hunt:

Telluride Hunting Guides/Telluride Outside
Phone: 1-800-831-6230
Fax: 970-728-2062
Email Us