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airport travel

This will be my first trip to elk country as everyone who reads all my questions knows, but i have another one!! What does everyone do who is flying in to elk country to get to the trailhead? Does everyone rent a car? or is there a service that will take you to your trailhead for a fee, instead of wasting a 500-600 dollars on a car only to let it sit at the trailhead for 8-10 days. THAnks for all your help

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Re: airport travel

Is it a guided hunt or not? If guided they may pick you up at the airport or if here in Colorado there is a transportation companies that may get you a lot closer. If you are doing it on your own then the rental may be the only way that you can go.

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I'm assuming it is a DIY hunt. I've always rented a vehicle from Denver but I like to drive and see new country. I don't know of any business that will pick you up and deliver you to the trailhead. I would start now researching the diff discount travel sites for rates.

How accessible is the trailhead you plan on using? Hard surface road/gravel road or do you need 4 wheel drive to get to it? Depending on what you need for a vehicle, you can get small AWD vehicle fairly inexpensive($200 & up). I rented a full size SUV last year for around $450 for 9 days. I started early with my search and found good deal less than 2 months before I left. Good luck

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Re: airport travel

What do you know about the roads you will be travelling on?

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The road leading to the trail head is a 4x4 road, and last that i talked to the ranger in charge of that area he said that a stock four wheel drive truck could make it, but i have not talked to him since winter so i'm not sure of the condition after the melt. I am actually going to email him next to find out exactly the condition that they are in because i am taking a scouting trip out there in a month or so.

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Now that I know what road you're talking about, I'd contract with an outfitter to either drive you up there, rent you an ATV or take you up and drop you off with horses.
No rental pickup or SUV can handle that road.

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Airport travel

I know you mentioned before about backpacking. Check and see if there is an air strip that you can fly into and have them pick you up. Then you can forgo the car if you can't find someone to shuttle you back and forth

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