Trip Planning

Ready to get out of the city and arrive in the Rocky Mountain elk capital?  Here’s how to get here:


Getting to the Ranch:

Below you will find a map that you can use in conjunction with these written directions.  The ranch is located just 27 miles from downtown Steamboat Springs, but you should allow yourself at least 45 minutes to make your arrival to camp.  Four wheel drive vehicles are not required to get into camp, but you will be traveling on 9 miles of county maintained dirt roads that may be a little rough at times.

We begin our mileage count from the West end of town at the intersection of CR 129 and Hwy 40 (use Moe’s BBQ as your landmark).  From here set your odometer and begin your migration West on Hwy 40.  Go West until you pass mm115.  Begin looking for Point of Interest signs for the Mt Harris historical pull out on the South side of the road.  Directly across the hwy is CR 52 that you want to take to the ranch.  The turn is 16 miles from where we set the odometer.

Once on CR 52, it immediately turns to dirt road and you have 9.2 miles to go to the ranch.  The road will curve left and within a 1/4 of a mile turn right at the junction.  Continue straight on 52 winding through the canyon up to camp.  Once you go over the cattle guard, you have 5.8 miles to go to camp and you’re officially on the ranch on both sides of the road. 

As you wind your way through the ranch, you will see a brown barn on your right and then an entrance to the left to the owners quarters located next to a lake.  This is not camp so continue on CR 52 for another 1.5 miles over a small pass to a red gate on the right.  There will be a Vanatta Outfitter sign at the gate and cattle guard.  Turn right over the cattle guard and proceed forward for 1/2 mile up and over a hill until you arrive into camp.  You may park your vehicle on the left behind the bunk cabins as you enter into the complex.  (Don’t forget these directions.  We have no phone lines to camp and cell service is spotty at best – it is in the mountains.)

If you are coming from Hayden, CO, please use the diections from above.  After crossing the Yampa river and a set of RR tracks be looking for the historical site on your right snd CR 52 on your left.





Getting to Steamboat Springs:

YVRA Flight Map 08-09The Yampa Valley Regional Airport is located 22 miles west of Steamboat Springs, near Hayden, and underwent a major face lift in the past 3 years amounting to $18,000,000 in improvements. Daily shuttle services transport passengers between Steamboat and Denver International Airport. The Yampa Valley Regional Airport accommodates jet service with direct flights from Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis, La Guardia, Newark and Salt Lake City during the ski season. Getting here has never been easier through the resort’s nonstop flight program and the recently renovated


From Hayden Airport: The Hayden airport is located just a few miles from the ranch and approximately 22 miles west of Steamboat Springs off Highway 40. From the airport, take the access road about 2 miles out to Highway 40 and turn right. Steamboat is about 22 miles east. There is no public bus service from the airport however, taxis and shuttle services are available.

From Denver: 182 miles Northwest of Denver, an easy 3 hour drive. Take I 70 west through the Eisenhower Tunnel to Silverthorn, Exit 205 (67 miles). Take CO 9 North to Kremling (37 miles), then West on US 40 to Steamboat Springs (53 miles).


From Ft Collins: Take CO 14 West, through Pouder Canyon, over Cameron Pass until Walden, CO. Take CO 14 (toward Steamboat springs) until US 40, and turn right (West) over Muddy and Rabbit Ears Passes to Steamboat Springs.

From Park City/Salt Lake City, UT: Take US 40/UT 189 South to Heber City, UT. Stay on US 40, Steamboat Springs is about 5 1/2 hours from Park City.

From Laramie, Wyoming: Take WY 230 West (Snowy Range exit) through Mountain Home to the Wyoming/Colorado border, the road changes to CO 127. Stay on CO 127 to Walden. Take CO 14 West to US 40 at Muddy Pass and Rabbit Ears Pass to Steamboat Springs.

You can download a PDF of this map here.

Steamboat Springs Airport, aka Bob Adams Field, is three miles west of downtown and has a 4,700-foot runway for general aviation including light business jets and turbo-prop aircraft. Jet fuel and aviation gasoline is available during business hours. Rental cars are also available with prior reservations.