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Surrounded by the White River National Forest, home to thriving herds of elk and deer, Glenwood Springs is a big game hunter’s paradise. Plan your next hunting trip today! Colorado is the elk hunting capital of the world. Known as wapiti, these stately animals prefer the higher elevations around Glenwood Springs, but seasonal snows push herds to lower more accessible locations.

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Other big game in the area includes mule deer, Colorado bighorn sheep, mountain goats, black bear, mountain lions and even moose. Visitors will find everything they need for their next Colorado hunting excursion in Glenwood Springs. Purchase over-the-counter licenses and shop for groceries, gear and ammunition at multiple locations in town. Find the answers to important back-country questions and obtain detailed maps from the Colorado Division of Parks & Wildlife and the White River National Forest.

There are also several experienced outfitters that can lead trips, provide meals and take visitors to areas that might otherwise be off-limits to the general public. Taxidermy and meat processing businesses offer post-hunt options. There are a number of Game Management Units (GMUs) around Glenwood Springs, but GMU 24 which encompasses much of the Flat Tops Wilderness Area in the White River National Forest, offers excellent prospects for elk hunting especially if hunters are willing to get away from the main trails and camps. Check with the Colorado Division of Parks & Wildlife for other outstanding hunting locations before applying for a license.

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Colorado Hunting License Info

Hunting Contacts & Information

Colorado Parks & Wildlife
88 Wildlife Way
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601


White River National Forest
900 Grand Avenue
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601


High Canyon Adventures
66418 Highway 6
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601



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We are pleased to announce the US Forest Service rebuild of the Hanging Lake Trail that is set to begin this spring will allow for hiking on a limited basis through the construction period. Reservations will be available weekly, with available hiking dates and times released every Tuesday at 8:00 am MDT. This system aims to streamline access to the trail during construction, while ensuring a smooth and enjoyable experience for all visitors.

 Visit the Hanging Lake page HERE for more information and the booking portal.