Trapper Divide Elk Hunting Ranch: Those who know elk hunting like the backs of their hands have little dispute with Craig, Colorado’s claim as the “Elk Hunting Capital of the World.” Northwest Colorado in general is elk paradise, with good water, unspoiled habitat, moderate elevations and hundreds of square miles of virtually unpopulated country. In the heart of this unspoiled territory lies Trapper Divide Ranch, with over 3000 nicely-blocked acres of prime elk country, and only five miles from Craig itself. As a family or hunting retreat, Trapper Divide Ranch is “good to go” for a wildlife experience to equal any in the West.
On the western edge of the Williams Fork Mountains, the Trapper Divide Ranch is nestled among rolling hills from approximately 6800 to 7900 feet, which is ideal for growing stands of oak brush and aspen, which occur throughout the property. Sagebrush and grasses grow where the oak brush does not, and this mix is perfect for large herds of elk and mule deer year-round. Elk tags are available over the counter, and the ranch qualifies for landowner deer tags. Mountain lion, pronghorn, and black bear are also frequently seen on the ranch. Rifle, archery and black powder hunters will be equally delighted with the big game opportunities here.
Water resources in Northwest Colorado are as cherished as a reliable .30-06, and Trapper Divide Ranch is blessed with springs, small reservoirs, and seasonal creeks distributed among several major drainages. The largest reservoir is approximately three acres in size, and can be deepened to support trout, which could grow to lunker size in a few seasons.
A 2700 square foot lodge is located on a ridge with outstanding views, and includes a soaring great room and fireplace. It can serve either as a large family home or a lodge capable of supporting large hunting parties. An historic barn with corrals makes the ranch serviceable as a small seasonal livestock operation as well.
Trapper Divide Ranch is currently operational as a hunting and seasonal livestock ranch. In the longer range, it has potential as a conservation easement property, perhaps coupled with additional resource-friendly development. On the other hand, maintaining it as-is as a family retreat and investment property remains a simple and attractive option.
Proximity to Craig, the Moffat County seat, is a real plus for the Trapper Divide Ranch. Craig is only a few miles away on good County roads, and as a small city of 10,000 persons, provides shopping, dining, and all services, including a hospital and municipal airport. For even more cultural amenities and downhill skiing, Steamboat Springs is less than an hour distant via US Highway 40.
Indeed, the “Elk Hunting Capital of Colorado” is an alluring title. Those who love elk and other wildlife, and who just generally appreciate the unspoiled West should find Trapper Divide Ranch alluring too, and could easily find a reason to put down roots in the “Capital” themselves.
Trapper Divide Ranch
Trapper Divide Ranch