Outdoor Life has dubbed the area "Elk-town USA" because Craig, Colorado, sits between two of the largest herds in the world: Bears Ears herd, estimated at 23,000, and White River herd, estimated at more than 41,000.
Because of our carefully-stewarded Ranching for Wildlife efforts at Morgan Creek Ranch, more than 5,000 elk winter on our 41,000 acres while upwards of 3,000 mule deer live onsite year-round.
Your hunt team
Our staff looks forward to meeting you and ensuring that you are pleased with your Elk Ridge Outfitters hunt and accommodations in the Elkhorn house on the Morgan Creek Ranch.
Tonia started with Colowyo in 2003 and she has developed her knowledge on the Morgan Creek Ranch and adjoining properties, as well as livestock and hunting which made her a natural choice for our outfitting operations. Tonia graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor Science degree in Animal Science and has lived in northwest Colorado for more than 25 years with her husband Courtland and their two sons Triston and Talus, Tonia and her family regularly hunt and fish in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.
Juan started with Colowyo in 1991 in the environmental/engineering department and he has developed his knowledge of the Morgan Creek Ranch and adjoining properties having worked property wide in all aspects of environmental and mining engineering, hydrology and water pumping systems, land reclamation and hunting. Juan graduated from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering. Juan has lived and hunted in northwest Colorado for more than 27 years.
Rod grew up in Meeker, CO and has been hunting and ranching in Northwest Colorado all his life. He spent his youth on the family ranch running cattle, cutting hay, and hunting. He owned a custom hay business for over 10 years and owned a livestock trucking company. He has been in the guide-outfitting business for more than 40 years now, including over 4 years of exclusively guiding mountain lion hunts for the owner of Remington Firearms. He has been with us at ERO since our start up. If he is not out guiding or hunting, he is out on a snowmobile or ATV exploring the Colorado wilderness with his wife Rebecca and his children.
The family of Thomas Hallowell Iles were the first owners of Morgan Creek Ranch, Iles Mountain is named after the family.
1854 Future owner of the ranch, Thomas Iles born in Midway, Kentucky.
1874 Iles settled in Colorado when he was 20 years old. Thomas and his wife Cora raised two sons, George and Thomas, who were born at the ranch.
1890 Axial post office established.
1908 City of Craig, Colorado, incorporated in 1908.
1910 Loper House built.
1913 Thomas Iles elected to Colorado's state senate.
1977 Surface coal mining commences at Colowyo Mine.
1986 Colorado Parks and Wildlife Ranching for Wildlife program launched.
1989 Colowyo establishes Morgan Creek Ranching For Wildlife.