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River Canyon Ranch
River Canyon Ranch

​​​​​​​​​​​​​County: Las Animas

GMU: S61

Ranch Contact:

Nearest CPW Office:

Mike Powell
719-859-3207 (office)

Pueblo Office
600 Pueblo Reservoir Road
Pueblo, Colorado 81005
(719) 561-5300

Location: Located east of Trinidad with accessible via US Highways 160 and 350, the  ranch stretches some 35 miles with twelve along the Purgatoire River.

Acres: 45,000

Species Available: Bighorn Sheep

Elevation: Aprox 5,500 ft.

Terrain: Ranch terrain consists of deep river canyons, rolling grasslands, plateaus and mountain tops. Vegetation varies depending upon site. Cottonwood, willow, tamarisk, and box elder are dominant in riparian areas. Mesa tops are mainly juniper and shortgrass prairie. Depending upon aspect, canyon sides contain juniper, sumac, and mountain mahogany.

Access: Bighorn Sheep Access Program license holders will have an entirely guided hunt. Lodging, transportation to and from hunts and food will be provided. Hunters will need their personal hunting gear, rifles and ammunition. River Canyon Ranch also provides hunting access for mule deer, elk and antelope during their respective seasons.

Camping: Lodging is provided, thou camping may be necessary as part of the hunt. Hunt guides will determine when and where to camp.

Game Retrieval Services: Provided by guide.

Guiding Services: The BSAP hunt is an entirely guided hunt.

Nearest Overnight Accommodations: Trinidad.

Season Dates: Aug. 1-30; Oct. 1-10

No over-the-counter licenses are offered on these properties. Bighorn Sheep Access Program licenses are open to Colorado residents only. Licenses are only for the season and ranch on the license. For more information on season dates and application deadlines, see the Sheep and Goat Guide.