New Mexico Luxury Elk Hunt,Turkey, and Fishing
Nestled in the San Juan Mountains of northern New Mexico, you will find rustic elegance and location beyond comparison. One of the premier outdoor sporting destinations, this lodge is dedicated to providing unsurpassed service and personal attention to their clients. For the discerning hunter looking for a luxury elk hunt, fishing trip, and Turkey hunt this is your destination. This has been home run property for our guests for many years. Everyone returns raving over the staff, experience and of course the hunting!
By taking a magnificent 36,000 acre ranch and combining it with over five decades of innovative wildlife management programs, they are able to present some of the finest recreational opportunities available in North America. The management strategies that have been in effect for decades emphasize quality not quantity.
Fantastic high opportunity hunting experiences including elk and buffalo hunting for bow and rifle hunters.
On the property, you will also find great fishing for rainbow and brown trout, brook trout, cutt’bows, and the rare and elusive Rio Grande Cutthroat. Your fishing will take place on one of a dozen high-country lakes or on over 12 miles of pristine mountain streams.
Your family will feel right at home in this magnificent lodge and setting. This award Winning 27,000 sq. ft. Lodge with its extraordinary Rooms and Suites and world-class Cuisine is the perfect place to experience the great outdoors at its finest.
Elk hunts in particular enjoy high return bookings. This lodge with the luxury setting and high opportunity hunting fills early. In fact, it is not unusual for us to be planning trips two and three or more years in advance. Please plan early when elk hunts are on your trophy list.
With a reputation as one of the very finest in the hunting community, we cannot recommend this experience highly enough for your next Elk hunting adventure.
Accommodations & Meals
The luxurious 27,000 square foot lodge provides for your every comfort. The lodge has 17 spacious guest rooms and 4 large master suites that offer private fireplaces and satellite TV. There are 2 magnificent great rooms, each trimmed with panoramic windows, massive 20 foot wide stone fireplaces and leather appointments, fully stocked bars, satellite TV and comfortable and elegant dining areas.
They have waters ranging from tiny rivulets to spring creeks to high canyon rivers and lakes that hold browns, brookies, rainbows and Cutthroats. This is one of the few places where you can fish for the exquisite and elusive Rio Grande Cutthroat, a very unique trout that has been reintroduced into their native habitat in the San Juan Mountains of northern New Mexico.
From the diminutive upper Poso Creek to the high canyon headwaters of the Brazos River to the broad expanse of the Poso Valley, the opportunities abound for stream fishing. The streams hold brown trout, brook trout, cutt’bows, rainbow trout, and the rare and elusive Rio Grand Cutthroat. Whether you are a seasoned fly fisherman or a relative newcomer to the sport, you can and WILL catch trout here.
There are over a dozen high country lakes which hold heavy bodied 16 to 30 inch trout which will truly test your fishing skills. These trophies are an integral part of why this lodge has earned and maintains a reputation for fishing excellence that is second to none.
Streams: From the diminutive upper Poso Creek to the high canyon headwaters of the Brazos River to the broad expanse of the Poso Valley, the opportunities abound for stream fishing. The streams hold brown trout, brook trout, cutt’bows, rainbow trout and the rare and elusive Rio Grand Cutthroat.
Lakes: There are over a dozen high country lakes which hold heavy bodied 16-30 inch trout.
Free Range and Preserver Hunting for Elk:
This lodge offers elk hunts. Elk may be hunted in the high fenced property or free range. The high fenced property is made up of two 3,200 acre properties. It is a real hunt! The free range hunts for elk cover over 30,000 acres. All elk hunts are for five days and six nights. The lowest elevation on the ranch is 8,000 feet, so we urge you to be in good physical condition. Your guide will tailor your hunt to your physical abilities. Since the terrain varies widely, you and your guide will hunt by four-wheel drive vehicle and on foot. The rut or bugling season is around September 20 – October 10.
Hunts can be tailored to your desires. If you are in top physical condition and want to climb the mountains to pursue your trophy, you can. If you prefer four-wheel drive vehicles combined with a spot and stalk style hunt, they can accommodate that as well. Just talk to your guide and let him know how you want to hunt.
One thing you need to consider is that if trophy size is your primary goal, the better your physical conditioning, the better your chance of success. If you are better condition, you will be able to go the remote areas where the big bulls could be hiding out. That’s not to say that a big bull isn’t just around the corner in your four-wheel drive vehicle!
Turkey Hunting: Mid April – Mid May
For most hunters this lodge offers a totally new turkey hunting experience. The beauty and ruggedness of the San Juan Mountains to the mirror-like trout lakes below add a unique and different visual experience from other turkey hunts. Combine that with the unique experience of being busted by a herd of elk or a black bear and you have a thrilling new adventure.
The lowest elevation on the ranch is 8,000 feet, so we urge you to be in good physical condition. Your guide will tailor your hunt to your physical abilities. Since the terrain varies widely, you and your guide will travel by four-wheel drive vehicle and on foot. The season runs mid-April to mid-May.
Turkey Hunting Daily Schedule:
Get up early for a big hot breakfast and head out in time to arrive at your hunting spot before dawn. Hunt until 11-11:30 and return to the lodge for a big lunch and short break. Head back out around 1:30-2:00 and hunt until you put the birds to roost.
At the lodge:
- Spa with a hydrotherapy whirlpool, a sauna and workout room
- Shooting sporting clays
- Ranch touring Make sure to enjoy the beauty of your surroundings on the large terraces.
This lodge is located about two hours from Santa Fe, New Mexico for a great combination trip!
Length of Stay / Itinerary
6 Nights/5 full days
Travel Details & Location
We suggest commercial flights to Albuquerque, NM and rent a car for 3 hour drive to the lodge or Santa Fe for a 2 hour drive.
Private planes can go to Santa Fe, Taos, NM or Pagosa Springs or Alamosa, CO. You will rent a car for the drive from these locations as well.
Internet & Communications
Wifi and cell service available.
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Elk Hunts: $10,000 – 11,000 for free range or $14,000 – $15,000 for preserve
Mule Deer Hunts: $9,000
Bison Hunts: $7,000
Fishing trips: $615 per day
Merriam Turkey: $3,000
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Trip Insurance & Cancellation Info
Trip insurance is highly recommended to protect your investment on this trip. We will assist you with trip insurance upon booking. See links at the bottom of this page for the two providers we suggest for our clients.
Family Expeditions, LLC confirmation and refund policy:
If your trip is more than 90 days out from date of departure, a 50% non-refundable deposit confirms your reservation and must be received within 10 days of booking to confirm your dates. All trips must be paid in full at least 90 days prior to the departure date. If your trip date is within 90 days, FULL payment for the trip is required. All payments to Family Expeditions are non-refundable. Should you need to reschedule or cancel your trip, we will do everything in our power to assist you in finding a suitable substitute or transferring your dates per the lodge/providers/government requirements. Trip insurance protects your investment!