Welcome

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Landsend Outfitters is an enterprise of Smith Fork Ranch, a guest ranch nestled in the West Elk Mountains near Crawford, Colorado.  Owned by Marley and Linda Hodgson since 1999, this historic ranch has held a Forest Service outfitting permit for decades.

We offer a full array of customized hunting services that include guiding and packing, drop camps, and guided camps from archery through 4th rifle season.  In addition, we offer custom experiences for anyone interested in learning to hunt.

During the summer season, and between hunting seasons, we guide horse-packing trips into the pristine wilderness.  Drop camps and packing service are available during the summer for a secluded getaway.

We have a pack station base on the Hawks Nest Ranch, which provides secure parking as well as shortcut access to the Forest Service trails into the surrounding Wilderness.  The Hawks Nest is at the end of the maintained road 15 minutes from Crawford.  Rustic cabins are available throughout the summer and fall.

Who We Are

Tony Prendergast- Outfitter, Packer and Guide

Tony Prendergast

Starting in 2013 Marley contracted with Tony Prendergast to run the Ranch’s outfitting business. Tony owns a nearby ranch where he raises grass-fed beef and hay. Born and raised in western Colorado, Tony grew up as an outdoorsman hunting, fishing, skiing, climbing, rafting and always sharing his love of the wild outdoors with people from all over the world.

Tony worked for the Colorado Outward Bound School for 17 years leading wilderness expeditions for young people all over the Southwest. He worked for the Forest Service as the West Elk Wilderness Ranger for six years patrolling half a million acres of wilderness on horseback. And over the years he has worked as a camp cook, packer and guide for outfitters in Wyoming and Colorado. An expert packer and horseman, Tony has extensive experience navigating the rugged, backcountry trails of the West Elk Mountains on horseback. He started hunting as a kid following his dad around, and has missed few seasons since, though his primary goal is usually bringing meat home for the family.