Rainbow Trout Outfitters

Rainbow Trout Outfitters is an outfitting company that offers drop camps and freight services for hu Contact us if you are interested in learning more.

RTO offer hunting and fishing trips in the South San Juan National Forest, Unit 81. Our camps are secluded, our views are incredible, and the people are unmatched. We operate under License #3160.

Operating as usual

09/23/2022

Heaven on earth for sure.



09/19/2022

The fall colors are starting to make their appearance.

09/13/2022

How’s this for a Monday afternoon ride?
Second Meadows is just about as pretty as it gets!


Photos from Rainbow Trout Outfitters's post 09/13/2022

The fall colors have started to make their appearance, and it made for a beautiful ride in today to pack out this bull.
Congratulations to Brock on a successful hunt!

09/01/2022

The first set of hunters is in.

Let the fun begin!


Photos from Rainbow Trout Outfitters's post 08/18/2022

We have begun setting camps for the impending hunting seasons! It is going to be a busy fall, and we can’t wait to have everyone here.

Photos from Rainbow Trout Outfitters's post 08/18/2022

We have begun setting camps for the impending hunting seasons! It is going to be a busy fall, and we can’t wait to have everyone here.

07/24/2022

Second Meadows is as tranquil as it gets!





Photos from Rainbow Trout Outfitters's post 06/29/2022

Special thanks to David Perez for sharing these pictures from his fishing trip with us.

We really couldn’t do it without our wonderful clients!

06/20/2022

Gotta love those Rocky Mountain thunderstorms!

This is the first real rain we have had this summer! We are so grateful for the moisture, and hope it keeps coming to alleviate fire risks.

06/20/2022

Gotta love those Rocky Mountain thunderstorms!

This is the first real rain we have had this summer! We are so grateful for the moisture, and hope it keeps coming to alleviate fire risks.

06/18/2022

We love our horses!
We really couldn’t do it without them, and they get all the credit.
Today we had Horton, Apollo, Bonanza, And Dixie, followed by Woodrow, Clifford, Molly, and Budweiser.


Photos from Rainbow Trout Outfitters's post 06/18/2022

A beautiful day for a pack trip!

Photos from Rainbow Trout Outfitters's post 06/14/2022

We were grateful to have Bart Crawford, of Conejos Canyon Outfitters, help us set up the Fish Camp today.
It is always nice to have good neighbors who will help each other out.
We owe CCO a days work now!

06/14/2022

The Second Meadows Fish Camp is set and ready for business, with the first group of fishermen going in this week.

Due to the beetle kill, there was extreme danger of a tree falling down on top of the tent at the previous camp location, which we had used for years.

Spade rode the whole of Second Meadows, looking for a suitable alternative, and selected this spot as the new location. Take a look at the map on our website, rainbowtroutoutfitters.com, to see the new location on the map.

Photos from Rainbow Trout Outfitters's post 06/10/2022

We had a cancellation for the second week of July.

The Second Meadows Fish Camp is available!

Come ride, fish, and relax with us!

05/26/2022

There’s still time to book a summertime camp with us for plenty of fishing, relaxing, and fun!

~ Veritas

03/28/2022

There is only one week left to apply for big game licenses for GMU 81!

April 5 is the deadline.

Don’t wait until the last minute!




03/07/2022

‘Many men go fishing all their lives,
without knowing it’s not the fish they are after’
~ Henry David Thoreau

03/05/2022

Throwback to archery season 2021.

Big game applications are now available through the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website (cpw.state.co.us).

Applications close April 5, 2022. Don’t wait until the last minute to get yours in!

02/12/2022

ATTENTION HUNTERS:

New this year, GMU 81 is now a draw only unit for archery.

We are offering hunts for the archery and first rifle seasons. Both of these are now by draw only.

Apply online at cpw.state.co.us by April 5, 2022.

Don’t wait until the last minute to apply, as the system often gets bogged down during the last day or two.

We are excited about these changes, and hope to offer even better opportunity and experiences to our clients!

01/25/2022

Second Meadows is one of our most beautiful destinations. It is the perfect place to go for a pack trip, and the fishing only adds to the excitement!

01/01/2022

Happy New Year!

We have published a completely renovated website. The most exciting feature, perhaps, is the new map of our area, with our camps listed for easy viewing. It is perfect for the hunters that want to view where the camps are, and do a little scouting of the area via Google Earth.

Check us out at rainbowtroutoutfitters.com.

We will now begin taking deposits for the 2022 season for pack trips, fishing trips, archery, and the first rifle season.

With half a dozen groups already booked, don’t wait too long to solidify your spot!

Contact Spade Crawford at 719-992-8196

12/13/2021

It’s National Day of the Horse.

We so much appreciate our wonderful string of horses. Without them, we really couldn’t do it!


11/25/2021

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours! We hope you have a fun, food filled day!
Here, 2021 Wranglers Wyatt and Julia enjoy a feast at our Third Meadows camp.

11/10/2021

Fishing in the high country is paradise!

As winter approaches and cold weather sets in, we are already missing those glorious summertime days.

Special thanks to Bill Lemon for sharing this amazing shot.


Photos from Rainbow Trout Outfitters's post 10/23/2021

One last camp came out today, and that wraps up our 2021 season!

We miss our dear friend Ronnie Landers every day, but know he has been with us in spirit all year.

A huge thank you to everyone who supported us this year and used our services. We truly can’t do it without you!

Photos from Rainbow Trout Outfitters's post 10/14/2021

Winter decided to make an appearance yesterday.
A group of first rifle hunters packed in today, to spend a couple days around camp getting acclimated before the season starts.
There was around 12 inches of the white stuff at camp, and though it was sunny, it was a cool day.

10/14/2021

Riding through a winter wonderland.

Photos from Urban Outdoorsman's post 10/09/2021

Photos from Urban Outdoorsman's post

Photos from Rainbow Trout Outfitters's post 10/05/2021

Another home, sweet home set and ready for first rifle next week.

Photos from Rainbow Trout Outfitters's post 10/03/2021

Archery season has wrapped up, and we spent the day pulling one of the hunting camps. There was a couple inches of snow yesterday, but fortunately it melted off quickly and we had a mostly dry day.

How fun are these bear tracks, and the bald eagle in Second Meadows?!

09/24/2021

We had the good supervisors along the other day to keep us in line.




09/20/2021

Rocky Mountain gold in full swing

09/11/2021

Another beautiful fall day in Colorado

09/06/2021

Yesterday was something quite spectacular: five moose were spotted in one day!
Two bulls, two cows, and one calf. The bull that didn’t get on film, was much bigger than this one.
Moose were re-introduced into the Creede, CO area in 1986. Over the years their population has expanded, and we have been having moose sightings in our unit for the past five years or so. A lone moose, or a momma with a baby or two is not necessarily uncommon, but to see five in one day, that is bizarre.
Excuse the wobbly footage- my horse didn’t want to stand still.

Photos from Rainbow Trout Outfitters's post 09/04/2021

The ‘office’ views were pretty good today.

Photos from Rainbow Trout Outfitters's post 08/31/2021

We are gearing up for archery hunters, and have been busy getting camps set and ready to go.

Photos from Rainbow Trout Outfitters's post 08/25/2021

Another fishing pack trip in the books.
The weather has turned, and while it is so pleasant right now, it is definitely feeling like fall.
We saw three moose, and the very start of the fall colors.

Photos from Rainbow Trout Outfitters's post 08/15/2021

Fishing pack trips provide endless fun and adventure.
We saw two different black bears, a cow moose and calf, and caught as many fish as we could handle.

08/11/2021

Second Meadows is a ride into paradise. It’s almost like stepping back in time to the 1800s, and one can imagine how the trappers and mountain men felt as they went about their days.

Photos from Rainbow Trout Outfitters's post 08/09/2021

Pack trips with good friends, good horses, and great country provide memories that last a lifetime.



07/16/2021

Take a peek into one of our camps. It’s got all the amenities you could ask for out of a back country camp.
Just because you are ‘roughing it’, doesn’t mean you have to be uncomfortable!
Third Meadows is all set up and ready for fishermen, pack trips, and later on, hunters!

Photos from Rainbow Trout Ranch's post 02/06/2021

Photos from Rainbow Trout Ranch's post

Ronnie's Parents - Harry and Sara Jean Landers, organized by Jane Van Berkum 02/03/2021

Ronnie's Parents - Harry and Sara Jean Landers, organized by Jane Van Berkum

It is with great sadness that we tell you that Ronnie, our great friend, outfitter and integral part of the ranch, died on Friday afternoon of a heart attack. It was very quick and final and we were with him. It is a terrible shock and we and his parents and local friends are all still coming to terms with it. Ronnie was larger than life, and he loved life. He had a great sense of humor and he was a brilliant welder, big machinery operator and fixer-of-everything and anything. We know he is up there riding the mountains, and making everyone around him happy - but we will miss him terribly. Happy Trails Ronnie - we love you.

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04/05/2019

2018 was quite the season. We are excited to see what 2019 holds for us and our clients!

04/06/2018

All in a good day's work up in the mountains for Travis Hargrove, a couple of seasons ago. It'll be here again before we know it!

04/01/2018

Happy Easter from our family to yours!! Easter is here, which means Spring is here, which means we are that much closer to getting into the mountains!
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03/29/2018

It's only a few months away until we start taking people in for incredible fishing along Elk Creek! June can't come soon enough. We still have some availability, don't wait to call! Thank you to Sean Patrick for this great photo from his trip last August.

03/26/2018

Can’t wait to see what 2018 brings
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1484 FDR 250
Antonito, CO
81120

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