Great Divide Outfitters | Colorado Elk Hunts in the San Juan National Forest

A Note From Dan

I have very much enjoyed the outfitting business for many years and want to thank everyone for their support.  However, the time has come for me to retire.  A friend of mine, Preston Goetzke of Bugle’em Up Outfitting, LLC is taking over the business.  I wish everyone happy hunting in the future.  — Dan Newman


Our goal here at the Great Divide is to do the very best we can to see that your camp and hunt is exactly what we say it is. We will try to make this one of the most memorable trips you’ll ever have, whether you’re stalking a big Colorado bull elk or outmaneuvering an elusive Colorado mule deer.


Our hunting camps are at 8,000 – 9,500 feet and are located near Lemon reservoir bordering the beautiful San Juan National Forest and Mountains, 10 miles Northeast of Durango in southwest Colorado. Our hunts include a variety of terrain: deep canyons, dark timber and open meadows, prime locations for southwest Colorado elk or deer hunting, in Colorado hunting areas 75 / 751.

The kill ratio varies from season to season – trying to predict which season is best is like trying to predict Colorado weather. Although we cannot guarantee a game kill, you will be in great elk country. Whether you are hunting elk or mule deer we want to make your southwest Colorado hunting experience a great one!

The area that you will be hunting is accessed from our private property which makes it much more secluded and without the pressure of a lot of other hunters. This prime elk and mule deer habitat offers each of our hunters an excellent opportunity to harvest a quality animal.

We hope to see you in camp!

A little information about Preston:

l have over 25 years experience in the outfitting business, personally guiding hunting and fishing trips and high country horseback trail rides. I was previously an owner/partner in Bugle’em Up Outfitting where I enjoyed some of the best years in my outfitting experience, and also acted as a consultant for new outfitters getting started. I took a few years off to pursue another love of mine: the cattle industry. But outfitting has always been my true passion, so when Dan told me he wanted to retire it seemed like the right time to bring back Bugle’em Up Outfitting, operating out of Bayfield, Colorado.

I love being outdoors in the mountains, scouting game and guiding hunters for that perfect opportunity to harvest top-notch Colorado big game: elk, mule deer, black bear, cougar. One of my goals is to continue the excellent service to clients that Dan Newman has provided for so many years. Operations will still be run from the same location as always. I am looking forward to this great adventure: quality hunting, panoramic trail rides and awesome times around the campfire. I look forward to talking with you.


Preston Goetzke

Please Note:

Anyone born after January 1, 1949 must have a valid hunter safety card.
Great Divide Outfitters, Inc. is an equal opportunity service provider and employer and operates under special use permit # COL 788 from the USDA Forest Service.

Trail Riding in the Rocky Mountains © lolabean/Dollar Photo Club;  all other photos © Great Divide Outfitters, Inc.