I'm assuming youre talking about Derby Mesa loop between Meeker/Yampa, cause google earth says there's 2.
I hunted just north of there 2 yrs ago around Orno peak to the north and to the south. I had an option to spend the 2nd 1/2 of my trip around Derby Mesa loop, but I blew 2 tires trying to access the road that I was headed up and had to abort.
I'll say this, there's a ton of people hunting from RVs from the road so everything a mile in from any road is very pressured.
The 5 mile mark in seemed to be the magic spot for the drop camps which are plentiful up there. I found the most solitude between 2.5 to 3.5 miles in from the nearest trail head.
The elk were quiet, but there's a ton of them there. You'll be walking over tons of old sign the entire time. Just keep moving and you'll find fresh sign. All the fresh sign I found was at 10.5 to 11k ft, but that could mean jack and squat so take it with a grain of salt.
It absolutely is some of the most beautiful country, but I won't be headed back there ever unless it's just to backpack. For me, solitude while elk hunting is more important than elk numbers, so I'd pick a low pressure Idaho OTC unit before I'd go back to Routt or White River.
Get at least a mile, preferably 2+ from the nearest sheep.