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Tenderfoot Outfitters

Gunnison, Colorado

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In days past, any activities in the back country were done by packers and strings of horses and mules, which was the only way to access the remote wilderness areas. Today, though things have changed a great deal, the horse and reliable pack string are still the only way to transport campers, fishermen, hunters, and their gear into these wilderness areas.

Tenderfoot Outfitters has been providing horseback expeditions into the Gunnison National Forest and West Elk Wilderness for over 30 years. We take great pride in our image and reputation, the quality of service we provide, and our commitment to customer satisfaction, and believe it is the finest available. It is evident everywhere you look, from our deluxe tent accommodations to our quality horses and tack, from delicious and hearty home cooked meals to our experienced professional guides. Our outstanding staff provides personalized attention to every guest and has a sincere interest in your comfort and success.

A horseback trip is one of the most memorable experiences available, so come climb into the saddle, grab your reins, and follow your guide on a high-country expedition into the magnificent West Elk Wilderness. We offer Trail Rides, Horse Camp Trips, High Alpine Fishing Trips, Tent Bed & Breakfast Trips, Photography Trips, Youth Trips, and Hunting Trips into this spectacular country. These adventures are lead by skilled and friendly guides who are more than happy to share their knowledge of the area as you ride the extensive network of trails along the ridges and through the scenic valleys.

The diehard hunter knows the West Elk Wilderness is prime big game country, and is considered by many to be one of the best hunting areas in the lower forty-eight states. This spectacular country consisting of rugged mountains, thick pine forest, stands of aspen, and open parks is home to an abundance of Rocky Mountain Elk, Mule Deer, Black Bear, and Bighorn Sheep. We offer the ultimate Extreme Fair Chase Hunt with the finest quality outfitting available, and whether you hunt with bow, muzzleloader, or rifle, we want to be your outfitter. So come make some new friends, enjoy some spectacular scenery, breathe some clean fresh air, and experience some outstanding hunting.

Outfitting is our passion and livelihood and we love this business. Since 2005
our clients and friends have voted us the Gunnison Country's Best Adventure Outfitter.



  •  Freshwater  
  •  Horseback Riding  
  •  Photography  
  •  Predator/Varmint  
  •  Big Game  

Clients Stories

Tenderfoot Outfitters Colorado Elk Hunt Besides a healthy elk herd, there is a reason I keep coming back to this professional outfitter team. They are honest and accommodate as needed.


The Company of Good Men Success is not always defined by what is hanging from the meat pole.

Sep 19 2016 - Sep 23 2016  

Spectacular Hunt, Camp and Success 2nd Season gun hunt was everything you hope for but don't always expect to have happen


Colorado Elk Great bunch of guys, they will work hard to give you a shot opportunity and have one of the nicest camps in the business.


Pretty Near Perfect Hunt- 4 men, 4 bulls


Colorado Elk Hunt with Tenderfoot Outfitters Once-in-a-lifetime experience elk hunt. Steak dinner and fresh spring water at camp. Brought home a rare piebald elk. Couldn't have been better.


West Elk Success About 6 miles in with three friends, no contact with the outside world, and day 3 with a 6x6 Bull and a Cow 40 yds. apart. Then the work began.

Oct 16 2015 - Oct 23 2015  

Colorado Elk Hunt WOW….I've never seen a place like this, and to top it off the hunting is great.


Muzzleloader Elk Hunt Priceless experience hunting in the mountains. Made better by a great group of outfitters/guides, and a fun camp. D. Olson MN

Sep 9 2016 - Sep 15 2016  

Colorado pack in elk hunt Tenderfoot outfitters worked extremely hard to set up all four of us to tag out. This is an awesome outfitter and amazing country. First class outfit!

Oct 18 2013 - Oct 26 2013  

West elks rifle hunt First class guide service in the wilderness with unreal views of the castles.


From College to Outfitter My best friend and college buddy Fred Stinson owns Tenderfoot Outfitters. Good guys. Total professionals. Outstanding customer service.

Oct 20 2011  

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