Boulder Basin Camp
- 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, and historically it has offered the highest success rate for bull elk. Camp sits at 11,300 feet, and you can often glass herds of elk right from your tent. Lush creek bottoms and above timberline alpine tundra comprise the majority of the typography. Game trails wind through the timber between feeding and bedding areas making for ideal ambush setups. Bulls are usually very vocal in this area during September, giving archery hunters ample opportunity. Rifle hunters have had an average of 85% success rate over the last 10 years.
Hunts & Rates
Calendar & Availabilities
9/8 – 9/14 9/17 – 9/23
9/24 – 9/30
10/11 – 10/17
10/19 – 10/25
9/19 – 9/24
9/25 – 10/1
9/11 – 9/17
10/8 – 10/15
Waiting for Colorado Parks and Wildlife to set season dates.
So far this winter has been one of the mildest I can remember. Winter kill has not even been given a thought at this point. The 2017 tag cuts look like they will be kept in place, so herd numbers should be on the upswing for 2018. Cuts didn’t seem to have much effect on points taken to draw. In 2017 we took fewer then average number of hunters in this camp. 2018 looks to be a promising year for Boulder Basin.
2017 was an average to sightly below average year. Archery opportunity ran at 70%, Muzzleloader at 75%, and Rifle came in at 50%, which is is quite a bit lower then our 10 year average of 90%. Elk were active early in the archery season and were bugling heavy during muzzleloader season. The last week of archery had three days of wind storms that kept elk bedded in the dark timber. After the wind subsided and the elk started moving again, we missed a few shots on some good bulls. Rifle season was warm and snowless. As always, opening morning was good to us. The elk were still in big herds and we even bugling. We shot one bull while it was locked up fighting with another. After the opener the elk retreated to the tops of the ridges and stayed. When they get above timberline they get harder to hunt as they can see you coming for miles. Last minute cancelations left 2nd rifle vacant.