Native Americans discovered long ago that Conejos County offered an abundant amount of wild game. The South San Juan Wilderness Area and the San Luis Valley offer a wide variety of hunting opportunities. Due to the varied habitats and terrains Conejos County has almost any type of hunting you are interested in.
There are several State Wildlife Areas in the valley that provide premium waterfowl, turkey, deer, elk hunting and small game hunting. Duck hunting is also very popular and rewarding in the area. Conejos is Spanish for “rabbit”, and they live here in abundance.
If you are looking for larger game, try the La Jara State Wildlife Area and the La Jara Reservoir State Trust Lands. With over 32,000 acres of prime elk hunting terrain it is the biggest State Trust Land in the State of Colorado. You can hunt elk, deer, big horn sheep, black bear, antelope and mountain lions by limited license. Hunting in this area is considered best during the latter part of the season when less hospitable weather forces game down from their summer habitats and into the lower lying areas.
Because of the remote areas offered in the La Jara Lands and Rio Grande National Forest, Conejos county offers some of the most premier elk hunting in the western United States. Elk hunters travel from all over the nation each year to partake of the rugged wilderness and the abundant wildlife.
We invite you to visit during the hunting season and partake of all the county has to offer. Please refer to the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife website for more information on seasons, costs and regulations. Hunting and fishing licenses can be purchased at the following locations (please note locations are subject to change):
Shamrock Gas Station: Main Street, Antonito
Conejos River Anglers: 34591 State Hwy 17, Mogote, 719-376-5660
Fox Creek Store: 26573 State Hwy 17, Fox Creek, 719-376-5881