I would look around Red Feather, Wellington and Masonville. They are all west or north of Fort Collins. I have a buddy that works for a guide that has a lot of luck north east of Wellington. It's in the foothills that they are getting a lot of Elk.
Have you had any luck getting a lion on your land? I've been looking near Red Feather and no luck yet. Found tracks but they were 2 or more days old. I do have a good lead on where I can find a few but they are pretty far in and I'm having trouble getting some one to hike in with me.
Hope all is well and don't forget that I would love to go to your land with you. I still have that guy out of Wellington that has dogs.
Out here in Colorado, and in the units that I haunt, it is a tricky game to figure out how far to pack in on a rifle hunt. You want to get away from the masses that have moved game away from the roads but might want to stay close enough that you are taking advantage of the animals forced movements. There is no universal distance but I like the 1.5 to 4 mile range for day hunts where I am not planning on bivying out. This keeps you in that productive buffer zone where the animals are really...