Fishing & Sport Shooting

Stream at Vermejo Park Ranch - Fishing and Shooting

Avid fishermen have historically flocked to Vermejo for over a century. Visionary owner, William Bartlett, constructed many of our well-known trout fishing venues in the early 1900’s, which continue to provide unparalleled sport for anglers of all types.

Our diverse property currently boasts 16 trout-rich lakes, great for any style of fishing: walk the river banks and sight cast to rainbow trout, browns and brookies, enjoy world-class dry fly fishing and deep nymphing; or cast from one of our many boats.

If moving water is your game, our 30 miles of stream provide isolated adventure across varying terrain. Reel in wild trout in either high country meandering waters or our iconic southwest setting on the Vermejo River, the truest example of a traditional cowboy ranch.

At 585,000 acres, Vermejo’s fishing venues are spread far and wide; however, most are accessible by vehicle and range from 20 minutes to an hour from lodging. Lower country lakes include Munn, Bartlett, Adams and Bernal ranging from 11 to 75 acres in size with each possessing its own uniqueness and beauty.

Lower country lakes include Munn, Bartlett, Adams and Bernal ranging from 11 to 75 acres in size with each possessing its own uniqueness and beauty.

A guest favorite, Munn Lake, often features lakeside bison, bald eagles and incredible views of iconic Vermejo mountain peaks. Our waters host large populations of rainbow, brook, brown, and Rio Grande cutthroat trout. Most fish average one to two pounds in weight; however, numerous three to nine-pound fish are caught annually. In addition to trout, Munn is a superb location for catching carp!

A tucked away gem, Bernal Lake is a bit smaller in size and home to some of Vermejo’s larger trout. Close to the lake sits historic Bernal Cabin. Located only 15 minutes from Munn, Bartlett, Adams and Bernal Lakes lies the Vermejo River, one of the greatest and most under-fished Rio Grande cutthroat trout venues on any Western ranch, a great opportunity for solace and superb sportfishing.

High country fisheries include two main streams, Costilla & Casias Creeks, as well as a series of lakes: Glacier Lakes, 7 Lakes, Costilla Reservoir, No. 1 Lake, and Vermejo favorite, Casias Lakes. Casias consists of four kettle lakes nestled at tree line and is home to wild Rio Grande Cutthroat trout. While it is just under a mile to hike to this venue, many consider Casias Lakes the “Jewel” of Vermejo. Whichever your preference, high country or low, Vermejo’s fishing-centric ranch vacations provide outstanding wildlife viewing, incomparable scenery, and world-class fishing adventures.

Sport Shooting

All shooting must be led by a Vermejo guide and guests must be at least 12 years of age to participate. Please feel free to bring your own shotguns, bows, and rifles. Vermejo provides all equipment necessary to shoot sporting clays, archery, and rifles.

Vermejo Park Ranch provides three sporting clay games: skeet, sporting clays, and 5 stand.

Skeet involves clays coming from a high house and low house.

Sporting Clays involves walking to 10 different stations, each station with a different configuration.

5 Stand involves a variety of shots from 5 different shooting stands.

If you prefer bow and arrow, experience Vermejo’s 3D archery range, which includes 8 stations of 3D targets along an easy hiking trail. Each station has three different shooting placements, based on skill level.

The rifle shooting provided is with .223 and .17 caliber rifles at our designated rifle ranges.

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