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.
Take a quick break in your day, and live the CMR experience.
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.
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.
Once you’ve chosen your perfect package, simply fill out our Plan Your Hunt form and we’ll be in touch for final details.
Download our official Cotton Mesa Ranch gear list and packing guide. Pack, get ready, and we’ll see you at the ranch.
I truly felt like I was leaving a group of my long-time friends when we pulled away from the lodge. My hat is off to Travis and the crew! Truly incredible operation that you folks are running! I hope you’ll have me back in the future, I can’t wait to make it back. You all helped fulfill my hunting dreams, THANK YOU!
I just wanted to send a note and thank you for an outstanding trip! My family had a wonderful time at Cotton Mesa! You and your team provide a 5 star experience that is second to none. You know my story about my dad and I am so thankful he got to fill a bucket list item... Your staff is the best I have ever worked with. They were tireless, polite, and cordial while they worked so hard and were exceptional. I was amazed. It did not matter if we were hunting, eating, lounging, or on a buggy ride. It was all exceptional with guides and staff that made the client experience exceptional. It was clear that exceeding client expectations are the top goal.
I wanted to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude for the amazing experience on your property. Your well-maintained facilities and knowledgeable guides made for an unforgettable adventure. The thrill of the hunt, the beauty of the surroundings, and the camaraderie of the group made for a truly remarkable experience. Thank you for providing such an exceptional hunting opportunity. I look forward to returning to Cotton Mesa Ranch in the future.
I have had the opportunity to hunt around the world, and I can confidently say that my recent experience with the Cotton Mesa team was second to none. The attention to detail and level of service provided was truly exceptional. Thank you for providing me with memories that will last a lifetime...
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.
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.
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.
Carter’s Country purchased our first 4,000 acres of Sombrerito Ranch in 1978 and have continued to add to it through various purchases until 1984. Sombrerito now spans 11,000 acres right in the heart of the Golden Triangle, Texas’ most sought after whitetail hunting destination.
Apache Springs Ranch is a slice of heaven nestled in the Texas hill country, well known for producing some of the finest trophy whitetail in Texas.