North America’s Premier High Fenced Elk Hunting Destination

Cotton Mesa Trophy Elk Ranch

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Why Choose Cotton Mesa

Welcome to Cotton Mesa Trophy Elk Ranch, 10,000 acres of prime elk habitat deep within the canyons and mesas of Southeastern Colorado. CMR is home to a diverse range of topography, coupled with a dense population of wild game. Combining these elements, provides the opportunity to fulfill every client with an individualized hunting experience. Lacking no comforts known of a modern day hotel, our spacious log cabin will feel like home. Our unique location and ranch allows for guests to experience real wilderness hunting with a touch of luxury.


Spanning 10,000 acres across breathtaking scenery of prime Colorado country, makes this a healthy slice of hunting heaven. Under Carter ownership/management since its purchase in 2007, the family has put every effort into being true stewards of the land and game. We pride ourselves on our commitment to strict management programs that aid in producing a truly incredible private herd of elk. Cotton Mesa Ranch is proud to have bulls ranking amongst the highest scoring B&C/SCI bulls taken in the country consistently, year to year.


Immerse yourself in world class hunting with our experienced and dedicated guide staff. Here at Cotton Mesa we take great pride in our knowledge of the game, territory, and history of the land. Our team’s dedication to your success remains unrivaled in the industry.

An Immersive Experience

Take a quick break in your day, and live the CMR experience.

How It Works

Cotton Mesa Ranch offers a variety of hunting packages to accommodate all potential hunters. Take a look at the range of classes, choose your desired package and fill out the form & we’ll take it from there.

Choose Your Package

When it comes to hunting packages, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Here at CMR we offer a wide variety of hunting packages to fulfill every hunter's dream.

plan your hunt

Once you’ve chosen your perfect package, simply fill out our Plan Your Hunt form and we’ll be in touch for final details.

pack your gear

Download our official Cotton Mesa Ranch gear list and packing guide. Pack, get ready, and we’ll see you at the ranch.

What our past clients are saying

Carter's RANCHES

With the purchase of their first ranch, Sombrerito circa 1978, founders Bill and Ellen Carter discovered their passion for land stewardship and wildlife management.


Welcome to Cotton Mesa Ranch, where our reputation is your assurance. We take pride in the quality of the land and game management that have helped define us here at CMR. With a client driven focus, team atmosphere, and strong core work ethics, we deliver a hunting experience of a lifetime for every client, period.

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Apache Springs Ranch is a slice of heaven nestled in the Texas hill country just north of Kerrville, in Hunt, TX. Under Carter ownership and management since 1990, Apache Springs is one of the most beautiful hand crafted pieces of property in Texas,  and well known in the industry for producing some of the finest trophy whitetail in the state.

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With the first 4,000 acres of Sombrerito Ranch purchased in 1978, Bill Carter knew that he had his first slice of whitetail heaven. Through various purchases, the Sombrerito Ranch was completed in 1984. Spanning 11,000 acres across the heart of Texas' Golden Triangle, some of the most sought after whitetail soil in the country.

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