Indian Peaks Wilderness, Grand Lake, Colorado, 80447
This Colorado wilderness outfitting business for sale is based in Grand Lake, Colorado, on the southern border of Rocky Mountain National Park. The wilderness business operates on a US Forest Service Special Use Permit in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, bordered by Rocky Mountain National Park to the north and the Continental Divide on the east, and Lake Granby and the Arapaho National Recreation Area on the west and south. Of course, hunting is not allowed in Rocky Mountain National Park and the Park Service struggles with an overpopulation of elk within its boundaries, so naturally many elk migrate out of the park onto National Forest lands within this permit area. That means BIG BULLS. It is not uncommon to take 330-350 class bulls in this area, with some bulls going even bigger than that. A special bonus is the quality herd of Shiras moose in the area, with big bulls in the permit area. Hunters that draw that special tag are keen to book with an outfitter to ensure success.
Arapaho Wilderness Outfitters comes with an EXCELLENT set of camp equipment and tack—plenty of gear to run the business. Tents, saddles, packsaddles, cooking equipment, rifle scabbards—we can provide an inventory list of the gear that goes with the business. The equipment included with this business is above and beyond what you’ll see with most outfitting businesses. The camps are even rigged up with solar lights and hot-water showers. The business has a brand-new 30’ enclosed trailer set up as a tack shed and a pontoon boat to access hunting land on the far side of Grand Lake.
Arapaho Wilderness Outfitters has excellent bookings for the 2019 hunting season and is almost fully booked. The owner promises to stay on and help run the 2019 hunts. The business has been profitable from Year 1 and consistently shows a profit. The website is well written and well indexed and a list of current and past clients is included with the business.
US Forest Service wilderness outfitting permit with 160 fall service days for elk, deer, bear, and moose hunting, overnight pack trips, and game retrieval. It has a dedicated 3-acre base campsite and two drop campsites. HOWEVER, the outfitter operates during the later seasons on a day use basis and books many more additional hunters, lodging them in a comfortable mountain home and using vehicles and pontoon boats to access the hunting areas by traveling across a large lake. It is truly a unique hunting situation.