We offer a variety of camps, all in the White River National Forest, famous for its great recreational options.  Located in unit 24, the home base for JML is a private cabin at 7600 feet, adjoining the national forest, near the Flat Tops Wilderness area.   Our camps are all drop camps either in or near the Flat Tops, with our highest camp at 10,500 feet.  It’s rugged terrain: rock slides, steep mountains, and LOTS of black timber, with small, medium, and large open parks.  Weather during rifle season is often cold and snowy but days may be quite comfortable, followed by cold and sometimes bitter cold nights.  There has been a 4 point restriction on elk since 1985, allowing for a larger, mature herd of animals.

Our drop camps are all located close to known elk trails, and have their own hunting area.  The tents have 5′ walls and are furnished with a wood heat stove and a starter supply of wood.  Hunting from the camps is all done on foot, horses are used only to bring you and your gear in and you, your gear, and any game out.


Rifle hunts are 5 days long, starting on opening day and going to noon the following Wednesday.  To allow you to scout things out and to get used to the area we will pack you in 1-3 days before opening day.

Archery and muzzle loading hunts are tailored to the group hunting but are usually 7 days long.

Our hunters enjoy above average success and both deer and elk are within easy walking distance of the camps.  JML packers will come to visit on a regular basis and animals are packed out as weather and time permits.


JML drop camps are available for archery, muzzle loading, and Colorado’s four rifle seasons.  Space is limited in each camp so reservations are taken on a first come basis and a 50% deposit is required.

2023 Season

Drop Camps

Archery – September 2 to September 30 (by drawing only) $2800 per person.

Muzzleloading – September 9 to September 17 (by drawing only) $2800 per person

1st Rifle – October 14 to October 18 – (Elk by drawing only) $3000 per person

2nd Rifle – October 28 to November 5 – $2800 per person

3rd Rifle – November 11 to November 17 – $2800 per person

Non-resident license fees: Elk – Bull $700.98 / Deer (by drawing only) $420.23