OutWest Guides is one of the only Colorado outfitter to offer this unique horseback upland bird hunt for blue grouse and ptarmigan in the Colorado Rockies.


Horseback adventure in the wilderness

Our blue grouse hunts are conducted in the wilderness surrounding Marble, Colorado on horseback. We access the wilderness whichever way is most productive–by vehicle, horseback, or by hiking. This is truly a unique wilderness adventure that is very limited in scope. We have only a few days a year to offer this special hunt, so book early if you’re interested.


Top-notch gun dogs

We select only the finest pointers to guide our high-country upland bird hunts. You’re welcome to bring your own dog, but realize that your dog will probably run out of steam halfway through the first day. Our dogs are superbly conditioned and used to running hard at 11,800 feet in elevation. Not every dog can find blue grouse, either. Sometimes these birds confuse even experienced upland bird dogs from lower elevations.


Who else does it?

There are a couple of other outfitters who mention blue grouse hunting on their websites. We’ve been seriously hunting blue grouse with upland gun dogs and shotguns since 1986. Very few if any other outfitter in Colorado offers horseback blue grouse hunts, and no one else combines the serious knowledge of upland bird hunting, horsemanship, and outfitting in the Colorado high country like OutWest Guides. OutWest Guides was featured in the March/April 2006 issue of Shooting Sportsman magazine, considered one of the premiere sporting magazines published today.




Walk-in Day Hunts

We offer everything from walk-in day hunts to multi-day overnight pack trips and three-day lodge hunt packages. Blue grouse and white-tailed ptarmigan upland bird horseback hunts with OutWest Guides are a truly unique wilderness adventure.


BLUE GROUSE Day hunts (clients provide lodging, 2 gun minimum, lunch included) Vehicle hunts or Horseback hunts $650 per gun per day.

3-Day Wilderness Hunts

3-day wilderness hunt, including tent accommodations, horses, dogs, meals, and guides. $2,850 per person (2 person minimum)


3-Day Lodge Hunts

3-day lodge hunt, including lodge accommodations, horses, dogs, meals, and guide. $2,850 per person, no minimum. Lodge hunts allow our hunters a variety of choices. We are able to hunt a number of different areas which can increase your chances of getting your limit of Blue Grouse.



2018 Bird Hunting Seasons West of I-25
  • Colorado blue grouse season begins on September 1 and goes through mid-November.
  • Ptarmigan season usually begins between the 9th and 12th of September and goes through the first week in October in this game management unit.


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