||Nearest CPW Office:|
|28507 Highway 40 Dinosaur, CO 81610
||P.O. Box 1181 Meeker, CO 81641|
Location: Three Springs Ranch is located from the west approximately 30 miles east of Dinosaur on Hwy 40, then approx. 14 miles northwest on Co. Rd. 16. From the east Co. Rd. 16 is located approximately 30 miles west of Maybell on Hwy 40.
Three Springs map
Area Maps: USGS Quads: Haystack Rock, Tanks Peak, Skull Creek, Lazy Y Point
National Forest: None
Species Available: Elk, Deer, Pronghorn
Terrain and Access: Elevations vary from 5,000 to 9,000 ft. The ranch is located in the Wolf Creek valley. This drainage flows east and the valley slopes relatively gently to low rides. The primary vegetation is sage flats and pinyon juniper with some mountain browse. Ranch roads provide adequate access to main areas of the ranch. Due to lack of cover, skill at stalking is required. This ranch is located in a remote part of the state that has few services. Hunters should have a fully equipped 4 wheel drive in excellent condition and supplied with emergency equipment.
Average Success Rates: Please see Participating Ranches.
There are no antler-point restrictions for any of the ranches. No over-the-counter licenses are offered on these properties. Ranching for Wildlife licenses are open to Colorado residents only. Licenses are only for the season and ranch on the license. For more information on season dates and application deadlines, see the Big Game Hunting Brochure.
Ranch rules from previous seasons are provided for a general perspective. Ranch rules are negotiated annually and some rule changes may take affect this year.
THREE SPRINGS RANCH
Ranch Hunting Rules
- Hunters must check in/sign in at the check in point (Karrin House) every day before hunting. Directions are provided with information mailed to successful applicants. Check in no earlier than 5:30 am on opening morning and no earlier than 5:45 am each day thereafter. Each hunter must check out/sign out at the Karrin House at the end of each hunting day. Emergency personnel will be dispatched the next morning if a hunter does not check out.
- Hunting is closed in areas around dwellings for safety. Areas where cattle are highly concentrated are also closed. Hunters will be notified of these closures at check in.
- All hunters and non-hunting guests must sign the liability release. This must be submitted to the ranch at check in before access can be granted.
- Ranch property – No unauthorized overnight camping, fires, woodcutting, construction of buildings, blinds, platforms or other structures, gathering of artifacts, or target shooting. A limited number of campsites on Ranch property are available on a first come, first served basis. Camp fires are not allowed, so we encourage camping in fully contained campers/trailers. Camping is allowed on BLM – the BLM "Rangely" surface map shows the location of BLM property near the Ranch.
- In order to protect habitat, reduce erosion and repair costs vehicles are not allowed off of established roads except for parking immediately next to the road. Hunters will be notified of any road closures at check in. Four-wheel drive vehicles are strongly recommended.
- ATVs are permitted off road only for retrieval of killed game.
- No dogs, liquor, or illegal drugs shall be allowed on the Ranch.
- Prior approval for more than one non-hunting companion must be obtained in writing from the Three Springs RFW manager. No access to the ranch is allowed except for licensed hunters and one non-hunting companion.
- No littering.
- No killing of small game.
- Do not cut, remove or alter fences and please leave all gates as you found them.
No phone service is available at the Karrin House – cellular service only for this area.
Motels are located in Maybell. Camping permitted at town park in Maybell. Massadona has campgrounds with camper hook ups, a few cabins, and a restaurant. There are limited accommodations and services in Dinosaur.
Hunters are responsible for retrieval of game.
This ranch is located in Game Management Unit 10. This unit is managed as a quality unit for elk and deer by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The conservative management of this unit enhances the opportunity to harvest older age class bulls and bucks on this ranch. Consequently, it may require a high number of preference points to draw.