Hunting the flattops

**NOW Booking for 2021**

Budge's Flattops Wilderness Lodge is located on the south fork of the White River which is home to large, healthy herds of big game including elk & mule deer. Our hunts are situated in the Flattops Wilderness Area of the White River National Forest in Game Management Units 23, 24, 25 & 34. We offer an array of different hunting packages that will suit anyones needs. 

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For those hunters who prefer the comfort of a cabin and the convenience of a central lodge, we offer fully guided hunts. Hunts are completed through horseback, with daily trips into the wilderness area. These hunts are what we consider to be full service that include the wranglers, guides, horses and meals all included in one fee. 

We routinely provide guided hunters with the ratio of one guide per two hunters and two hot meals a day plus a sack lunch for your days out on the mountain. If you desire a one on one hunt, please contact our manager for availability and special pricing. 




Guided Hunts (2:1)- $5,200/Hunter

Guided Hunts (1:1)- $6,500/Hunter

Drop Camps (4+)- $2,400/Hunter


A deposit of 50% is required. The deposit may be made with a personal check, cash or certified bank check. The balance is due upon arrival.

Cancellation Policy: There will be no refunds on deposits made. If you have an emergency, an arrangement can be made to hold your deposit for up to two years to give you time to enjoy your desired hunt or vacation. 



For those hunters who are comfortable with navigating the Flattops wilderness on their own, we have five drop camp locations available. Drop Camp hunters will arrive the day before their hunt begins and we will at no extra charge provide you with lodging in one of our cabins and an evening meal and your breakfast before packing you into your designated drop camp via horseback. Hunters will be familiarized with the hunting area upon pack in. Research ahead of time on the landscape of the hunting area can be accomplished through topographic maps & satellite imagery and is highly suggested. 


Hunters that harvest animals will be responsible for cleaning & quartering your animal for packing out and transporting the meat to an area where it is accessible by horseback. 

We will provide to you a canvas wall tent with cots and foam pads, a wood stove or gas heater, all cooking utensils including pots & pans as well as a lantern and drinking water. 

You should bring with you enough groceries and personal gear, an arctic type sleeping bag that withstands cold temperatures, your hunting weapon, hunting license as well as a satellite phone to maintain communication with base camp. 

To book a hunt & obtain a contract call us at
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September 2 - 30, 2021

Guided Hunts (2:1)- $5,200/Hunter

Guided Hunts (1:1)- $6,500/Hunter

Drop Camps (4+)- $2,400/Hunter



September 11 - 19, 2021

Guided Hunts (2:1)- $5,200/Hunter

Guided Hunts (1:1)- $6,500/Hunter

Drop Camps (4+)- $2,400/Hunter


1st Rifle

October 16 - 20, 2021

Guided Hunts (2:1)- $5,200/Hunter

Guided Hunts (1:1)- $6,500/Hunter

Drop Camps (4+)- $2,400/Hunter


2nd Rifle

Oct. 30 - Nov. 7, 2021

Guided Hunts (2:1)- $5,200/Hunter

Guided Hunts (1:1)- $6,500/Hunter

Drop Camps (4+)- $2,400/Hunter

Colorado Big Game Application Codes:

E-E-033-01-A (Archery)

E-E-033-01-M (Muzzleloader)

E-M-011-01-R (1st Rifle Bull)

E-F-011-01-R (1st Rifle Cow)

Driving Directions:

(Physical Address)

Budges Flattops Wilderness Lodge

Mile Marker 38 Road 600

Dotsero, CO 81637