What Hunting in Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest is Like

Wild Elk in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest

When you decide to hunt elk with Samuelson Outfitters, you’ll find yourself in the Troublesome Basin, which is part of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest. All sorts of animals call this area home, from coyotes to mountain lions, beavers to bears, moose to deer, and, definitely, elk.

Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest

The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. It encompasses more than 2 million acres! It’s so big that it spans two states: Colorado and Wyoming. The region is made up of three sections, really: the Medicine Bow National Forest in southeast Wyoming, the Routt National Forest in northwest Colorado, and Thunder Basin National Grassland in northeast Wyoming. All three of these areas combine to form the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest. And within these wild areas you’ll find Medicine Bow Peak (at 12,013 feet!), Steamboat Ski Resort, and many diverse areas, some of which are used for cattle interests, rock climbing, camping etc.

Elevations in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest range from 5,500 feet to 12,940 feet. At low elevations, the climate is semi-arid, while at higher elevations you get colder and more humid conditions. You could expect to see snow at higher elevations, even in the summer months. Winter sports like downhill skiing are popular in this part of the country. When the weather’s warmer, people come to this area for biking, boating (there are several nice lakes), hunting and fishing purposes.

One of the unique things you could do is apply for a permit that allows you to cut down a Christmas tree within designated areas of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest. More info about that is here.

If you’re excited about the idea of hunting elk in The West, then Samuelson Outfitters is the company to connect with– please call 970-726-8221 to plan your guided elk hunting trip today!