The White River National Forest, the Bear's Ear region of the Routt National Forest and The San Juan National Forest are some reviewed locations for Colorado big game hunting. The state's 23 million acres of public lands are home to elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose and black bears, among others.
The White River National Forest's 2.3 million acres hosts one of the highest elk populations in the world and is considered the best hunting area by many. The Bear's Ear region of the Routt National Forest stretches from the continental divide west to the Little Snake River and from the Yampa River in the South to the Wyoming state line. The San Juan National Forest is in the southern part of the state on the western slope of the continental divide.