OHV/Hiker Shuttles

The Sportsman offers all types of shuttles for people, gear, and OHVs. Hikers and OHV riders can get just about anywhere by using our shuttle services. We're also pet friendly, so just let us know if you have a furry companion to add to your shuttle. All of our shuttle services are permitted through the United States Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service. Our drivers are professionally licensed, bonded, and insured.

Give us a call (970-944-2526) if you need a lift. We'll work with you to set up times, pick-up/drop-off locations, and so on.

For Hiker Shuttles
If you prefer to hike on your own (rather than go on one of our awesome guided hikes), but need a ride, The Sportsman offers shuttle services for you and your gear to any local trail head. 
We're pretty flexible to meet your needs, and can:

  •  Meet you at our store and leave you at your trailhead (most commonly used)
  •  Meet you at your destination trailhead where you will leave your car, and then drive you to the start of your hike.
  •  Pick you up at a trailhead at a specified time and drop you off back at your car or at our store.
  •  Pick you up from your hotel, drop you off at a trailhead, and pick you up and take you back to your hotel when finished.
  •  Transport your car to your destination trailhead.
  • Use SPOT capabilities to track your progress and pickup
  •  Store supplies while you are on the trail.

Because we are guides in the San Juan Mountains, we do not just play taxi when we shuttle you. We give all of our shuttle customers up-to-the-minute information about the area, including weather, animal alerts, and trail conditions. We offer advice on what to bring and what not to bring. We can also show you how to adjust your pack for a perfect fit, unlock the mystery of those puzzling trekking poles, offer strategies on covering miles pain free, and answer any questions you might have to help make your trip perfect.

Shuttles start at a designated place and time agreed upon when you reserve the shuttle. We try to take walk-ins when possible, but cannot guarantee a ride without a reservation.

We will ALWAYS be at a designated destination when we say we will! We are starting our 18th year of operations, and we have never been late for a shuttle. We are also incident free. If we arrive at a destination and you are not there, we wait 30 minutes before we return to the store. Upon return, we alert the authorities as to your missing status. That's because our area is so remote, so wild that accidents can and do happen. We are your link to the outside world when you are hiking and have reserved a shuttle with us, thus we take all late and missing situations seriously.

Shuttle fee is $40 per car load per hour from the time we leave our store until we arrive back at our store. We have big vehicles though, so more than likely you and your group will fill one vehicle. (We will not fill a vehicle to over-capacity.)

Shuttle fees do not include shuttle gratuity (which is discretionary), but it averages about 15 percent.

For OHV Shuttles
If you have an OHV (off highway vehicle) of any kind, we can shuttle you; the people in your party; and your machines to any local trail head. Again, we’re permitted, licensed, and insured for this activity.

Alpine Loop OHV Shuttle
The most common request for our OHV shuttling is for the Alpine Loop, where we can
take your ATVs, OHVs, and other vehicles from one end of the Alpine Loop to the other. Pickups/Dropoffs are as
follows:

  • Engineer Side (CR20): At the entry to Lake City, where the gravel turns to asphalt and a sign indicates that No Unlicensed Vehicles are allowed in the town.
  • Cinnamon Side (CR30): At the south side of Lake San Cristobal, where the gravel turns to asphalt (by the bridge and junction of CR33).

The Alpine Loop service runs daily (7 days/week) throughout the summer and goes from noon to 6 pm. It costs $15 per  vehicle. Just give us a call when you see our signs at the above locations. We are usually on one side or the other anyway. (Roundtrips take about 45 minutes.)

Other OHV Shuttles
We can also take your machines anywhere in the area. Again just give us a call (970-944-2526) so that we can set up times, pick-up/drop-off locations, and so on.

 

Hiker Shuttles

We offer shuttles to trailheads throughout our area for you, your gear, and your pets to get to and from our local trails! Shuttles cost $40 per carload and you are welcome to fill our vehicles up (but not to overcapacity). We have large vehicles, so more than likely you and your group will fit in one car.

The Sportsman Outdoors & Fly Shop offers several hiker shuttle options. We can:

  • Meet you at our store and leave you at your trailhead (most commonly used)
  • Meet you at your destination trailhead where you will leave your car, and then drive you to the start of your hike.
  • Pick you up at a trailhead at a specified time and drop you off back at your car or at our store.
  • Pick you up from your hotel, drop you off at a trailhead, and pick you up and take you back to your hotel when finished.
  • Transport your car to your destination trailhead.
  • Use SPOT capabilities to track your progress and pickup
  • Store supplies while you are on the trail.

Because we are guides in the San Juan Mountains, we do not just play taxi when we shuttle you. We give all of our shuttle customers up-to-the-minute information about the area, including weather, animal alerts, and trail conditions. We offer advice on what to bring and what not to bring. We can also show you how to adjust your pack for a perfect fit, unlock the mystery of those puzzling trekking poles, offer strategies on covering miles pain free, and answer any questions you might have to help make your trip perfect.

The easiest way to set up a trip is just to call us (970-944-2526) and that way we can go over your particular needs.

OHV Shuttles

We can take your ATVs, OHVs, and other vehicles from one end of the Alpine Loop to the other, or anywhere else in the area you desire! We pickup/drop off on each side of The Loop where the gravel turns to asphalt before hitting the County and Town roads.

  • To go from one side of The Loop to the other, it is $15 per machine. (You can ride in our vehicles too!)
  • If you are wanting to go to other trailheads, the cost is $40 per trailer or car load per hour.

The easiest way to reserve a shuttle is to call us (970-944-2526). That way we can go over your particular needs.