Morgan Creek Ranch, northwest Colorado's paradise for elk hunters

Elk Ridge Outfitters

11123 State Highway 13
Craig, CO 81625

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 20,000 acres while upwards of 5,000 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 Loper House at 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.


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.

1958 Axial post office closed.

1986 Colorado Parks and Wildlife Ranching for Wildlife program launched.