Wilderness Drop Camp

Wilderness drop camps provide an outstanding approach to get out west and experience the ultimate thrill of big game hunting. Drop camps afford hunters the opportunity to pack deep into wilderness areas without the fatigue, small weight constraints, and lack of amenities associated with backpacking. The lower price tag is also very appealing and another reason hunters opt for a drop hunt instead of a guided hunt. To be a successful DIY (do it yourself – no guide is provided) drop camp hunter you must spend a great deal of time planning your adventure and preparing yourself and your gear. Action Adventures offers numerous drop camp opportunities where you will be set up to be successful on your hunt.

For hunters purchasing the Drop Camp with Meals and Transportation package, Action Adventures will provide transportation for you and your gear to and from camp.  You will be picked up in Montrose, Colorado and driven to the trailhead. Once at the trailhead, you and your gear will be packed into camp on horseback.

Hunters not choosing the Meals/Transportation option must  drive to the trailhead, a high clearance four wheel drive vehicle is recommended. Once at the trailhead, you and your gear will be packed into camp on horseback.

Camps are located within the Uncompahgre Wilderness. Action Adventures will provide a wall tent camp, cots, wood or propane for heat, cook stove, complete portable kitchen, dining table and chairs, axe, saw, shovel, and water container. You are responsible for your weapon and personal gear, see provided checklist for recommendations and restrictions.

Meal packages are available. This is a great option for hunters flying into town, or for hunters that don’t want to have to plan meals, grocery shop, and pack food. Menus, recipes, and ingredients for two hot meals, and one sack lunch with snacks, per day, are provided. You are responsible for preparing the meals.  If no meal plan is chosen, you are responsible for bringing your own groceries and/or meals.

Action Adventures provides you with topo maps and pointers to hunt the area. You are left to navigate the hunting area using your own hunting tactics and methods for the duration of your scheduled hunt.

If you harvest an animal, you are responsible for field dressing the animal and making it ready for transportation. Quartered game and trophy must be brought to the nearest horseback accessible trail. Action Adventures will transport meat and trophy to a taxidermist and meat locker in Montrose, Colorado. The meat can be hung to cool or cut, wrapped, and frozen for you to take home, or ship.  Any third-party processing or taxidermy fees are your responsibility.

There is no cellular phone service in our hunting areas. There will be a satellite phone in camp to notify Action Adventures of emergencies and downed game. Satellite phone usage will be billed at $2.00 per minute.

A refundable deposit of $750 is required for possible damages to camp and/or supplied gear, and satellite phone usage.

Drop Camp

ARCHERY – 7 DAYS – $1,950 / HUNTER

ARCHERY – 8 DAYS – $2,150 / HUNTER

MUZZLELOADER – 7 DAYS – $2,150 / HUNTER

RIFLE – 7 DAYS – $2,150 / HUNTER

Drop Camp w/ Meals & Transportation

ARCHERY – 7 DAYS – $2,350 / HUNTER

ARCHERY – 8 DAYS – $2,600 / HUNTER

MUZZLELOADER – 7 DAYS – $2,550 / HUNTER

RIFLE – 7 DAYS – $2,550 / HUNTER

hunting for elk in Colorado

East Creek Camp

Quick Facts:

  • Unit 65
    • Archery Elk - Over-the-counter (either sex)
    • Muzzleloader Elk - By application - typically draws with 2 points
    • 1st Rifle Elk - By application - typically draws with no points (either sex)
    • 2nd Rifle Elk - Over-the-counter
  • Horseback Pack-in (3 hour ride)
  • Elevations range from 10,000 ft to 13,000 ft
  • Accommodates 2 to 6 hunters
East Creek Camp is one of our longest established over-the-counter elk camps. Camp sits along a creek bottom with tall ridges and peaks running both sides. Creek bottoms, avalanche shoots, and high basins make up the topography. The camp
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Merino Mountain Camp

Merino Mountain Camp

Quick Facts:

  • Unit 65
    • Archery Elk - Over-the-counter licenses (either sex)
    • 1st Rifle Elk - By application - typically draws with 0 points (either sex)
    • 2nd Rifle Elk - Over-the-counter (bull or cow)
  • Horseback Pack-in (2 hour ride)
  • Elevations range from 10,000 ft to 13,000 ft
  • Accommodates 2 to 4 hunters
Merino Mountain is known for consistently producing quality bull elk. Typography is diverse and it includes lush creek bottoms, open avalanche shoots, high benches, dark timber, and above timberline alpine tundra. This camp offers some of the best elk hunting in over-the-counter unit 65.
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timberline mule deer hunting

Timberline Mule Deer Camp

Quick Facts:

  • Limited Mule Deer Unit 65
    • Archery Deer - By application -typically draws with 1 point
    • Muzzleloader Deer - By application - typically draws with 5 points
    • Early Rifle Deer - By application - typically draws with 10 points
  • Horseback Pack-in (3.5 hour ride)
  • Elevations range from 11,000 ft to 13,500 ft
  • Accommodates 2 to 4 hunters
This camp is where the big bucks call home for the summer and early fall.  These groups of bucks love it at timberline and above. This hunt should offer a great opportunity to harvest a P&Y buck
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colorado elk hunting

Boulder Basin Camp

Quick Facts:

  • Limited Unit 66
    • Archery Elk - By application -typically draws with 6 points (either sex)
    • Muzzleloader Elk - By application - typically draws with 15 points
    • 1st Rifle Elk - By application - typically draws with 3 points
    • 2nd Rifle Elk - By application - typically draws with 1 point
  • Horseback Pack-in (3 hour ride)
  • Elevations range from 10,000 ft to 13,000 ft
  • Accommodates 2 to 6 hunters
Boulder Basin is a wilderness pack-in elk camp located in limited draw Unit 66. We have been operating this camp for more then 30 years,
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Wilderness pack-in elk hunting

Robins Creek Camp

Quick Facts:

  • Limited Unit 66
    • Archery Elk - By application - typically draws with 6 points (either sex)
    • Muzzleloader Elk - By application - typically draws with 15 points
    • 1st Rifle Elk - By application - typically draws with 3 points
    • 2nd Rifle Elk - By application - typically draws with 1 point
  • Horseback Pack-in (3 hour ride)
  • Elevations range from 10,000 ft to 13,200 ft
  • Accommodates 2 to 6 hunters
Robins Creek Camp sits perched high on a ridge with infinite elk habit in every direction. Oftentimes you can glass up a herd of
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Wilderness pack-in elk hunting

Wapiti Ridge Camp

Quick Facts:

  • Limited Unit 66
    • Archery Elk - By application - typically draws with 6 points (either sex)
    • Muzzleloader Elk - By application - typically draws with 15 points
    • 1st Rifle Elk - By application - typically draws with 3 points
    • 2nd Rifle Elk - By application - typically draws with 1 point
  • Horseback Pack-in (3 hour ride)
  • Elevations range from 10,000 ft to 13,200 ft
  • Accommodates 2 to 6 hunters
Wapiti Ridge is a high elevation elk camp that sits nearly at timberline. Herds of elk frequent the nearby creek bottom and open basins.
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