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The sense of discovery and freedom that existed in the Colorado Rocky Mountains centuries ago still lives on today.

Ranch Jobs

Thank you for your interest in working at one of our all-inclusive Colorado Dude & Guest Ranches!

The dude and guest ranch members of our Association collectively hire 800 to 1,000 employees each summer. Our staff members are an important part of the guest ranch experience. Ranch staff members provide exceptional guest services and Western hospitality that make our ranches some of the best in the West.

Listed below you will find positions that are typically available at each ranch:

  • Cooking and Kitchen Staff
  • Wait Staff, Housekeeping, and Maintenance
  • Horse Care and Wrangling
  • Babysitters, Kids Counselors, Teen Counselors
  • Office and Marketing positions

These ranches offer good jobs, good pay and great places to meet new people, not to mention a wonderful place to spend the summer. Our ranches typically do most of their hiring for summer employment December-March.

So What’s Next?

  1. We encourage you to contact the ranches that interest you directly as soon as possible.  To download a brochure with contact and web information of all 27 of our ranches, please CLICK HERE.
  2. Once you have narrowed down your search, the next step would be to contact the individual ranch and request an application. (Some ranches even have an application you can download online!)
  3. Each ranch has a slightly different application process. So be sure you have all the information necessary to apply with your ranch(s) of choice.

a. What kind of interview would the ranch prefer to do? Phone? In Person?
b. What information needs to be sent back to the ranch along with the application itself?
c. What are the ranches deadlines for seasonal hiring and be sure to ask when you can expect to hear back from them on their final decisions.

We wish you the best in your search for a ranch position that is just the right fit for you!

If you have any additional questions, please email the office at

Current Ranch Position Openings: 2014


Drowsy Water Ranch:

Drowsy Water Ranch is currently hiring for a head cook/chef position.  The ranch is family operated and accommodates 50 guests with 30 employees all living on site.  Our head cook is responsible for lunch and dinner service for both guests and staff utilizing an existing menu.  Our head cook has two assistants who typically handle the baking and assist in food prep.  We offer competitive pay, family work environment, energetic employees, beautiful setting and fantastic guests all wrapped around a western guest ranch experience.  Typical menu items utilize family friendly meals served either buffet or family style with a few platted meals.  Housing is provided on site. Visit our website at and check out the employment link or give us a call at 970-725-3456!


Elk Mountain Ranch is hiring for the 2014 season

Small, family-oriented ranch located in the heart of the Colorado Rockies.. Looking for exceptional folks to join our ranch family. Now accepting applications for the 2014 season (begin mid-May): Wranglers & Sport/Maintenance. Please see the employment pages on our website. From the site, you can submit an online application.More Info:

Zapata Ranch

Maintenance and Facilities Technician~Job Description:This full time position will be in charge of multiple facets around the lodge and ranch that will help maintain the smooth running of operations. You will ensure that all grounds, facilities and vehicles are operating to their full potential.As Facilities Technician, you are a primary contact for guests at Zapata Ranch, therefore you must present an authentic western appearance, be warm and gracious. It is critical that you are flexible, organised, a self starter, efficient and have strong people skills. To Apply, please email your resume and a cover letter to Also Looking for:  culinary interns to work within the busy hospitality operation. We have a very busy guest ranch operation and food is a huge part of the guest experience. We are looking for individuals that are passionate about food, willing to learn,  flexible, hard working, responsible and great team players.  You must be able to take instruction as well as work independently. 3 month minimum commitments. Beginning March 1st 2014 through October 30th. Some culinary experience is required. Lodging, food and training from our professional chef included.Please send your resume, a recent photograph and a cover letter to


4UR Ranch

4UR is hiring waitstaff and housekeepers. Great pay, bonus, and a fun work environment.  Join our ranch family and you’ll be glad you did.  See our website at and read our employment blog and staff testimonials. You can also find us on Facebook. It’s truly an experience of a lifetime.


Laramie River Ranch

Laramie River Ranch has a typical occupancy of 25 guests. Our small size allows us to give each guest our personal attention as they ride, fish, and hike. We have high expectations for the quality of service our guests receive and therefore have high expectations of our staff. Employment at Laramie River is lots of work and lots of fun as crew participate in ranch activities and explore the surrounding Rocky Mountains of northern Colorado.  Now hiring for the 2014 summer season: wranglers, guest services staff, kitchen team, and nanny.  Learn more & download an application at

Tumbling River Ranch

Tumbling River Ranch is a second generation, family owned and operated guest ranch resort located in central Colorado.  Currently we have the following positions available: We are seeking a full-time Head Wrangler.  Must have extensive experience with horses, teaching riding.  The responsibilities for the horses would include all aspects of feed, health, rotating pasture, assigning riders to horses, all that goes with keeping our herd healthy and happy. We are also seeking male (due to housing restrictions) wranglers for our summer season. Finally, we are looking to add some wonderful culinary students to our team. If any of these jobs are of interest to you, please see You can get more details about our operation and you can print off an application.  We prefer if application are sent postal mail.


C Lazy U Ranch

C Lazy U Ranch is now accepting applications for a Bakers, Line Cooks, Wait Staff, Spa Coordinator and Life Guard for Summer Season 2014.The C Lazy U Ranch is Colorado's premier guest ranch, located just outside Rocky Mountain National Park in the beautiful Colorado Rockies. The ranch lies on 8,400 acres with a herd of 180 horses, Orvis endorsed fly fishing, archery, trap shooting, tennis, swimming, spa treatments, etc.  From two fully equipped kitchens, a mountain top grill/picnic area and on-the-trails meals, our food service operation serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. When fully booked we entertain and feed up to 105 guests as well as 125 staff members three times each day. We provide an hourly wage that includes housing and meals as a benefit. Come get a 'taste' of the Colorado Rockies.  Please forward a letter of interest and resume to Teresa Lara Marks or call (970) 887-5909.


North Fork Ranch

North Fork Ranch is currently hiring our summer staff!  North Fork Ranch is a small family owned and operated dude ranch sitting in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, just one hour west of Denver.  We are looking for dedicated, hard-working, honest, and genuinely enthusiastic individuals that help our guest have a vacation of a lifetime.   We are currently hiring the following positions: Wranglers, and housekeeping/wait staff.  For more detailed job descriptions or an application please or give us a call at 303-838-9873!

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