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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 waiters/housekeepers.  The ranch is family operated and accommodates 50 guests with 30 employees all living on site.    Housing is provided on site. Visit our website at and check out the employment link or give us a call at 970-725-3456!


4UR Ranch

4UR is hiring waitstaff, ranch hands, & fly fishing guides for the 2014 season. 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:  kitchen team.  Learn more & download an application at


C Lazy U Ranch

C Lazy U Ranch is now accepting applications for a Line Cooks, Wait Staff, & Landscaper 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 housekeepers.  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!


Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch

Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch is hiring wranglers for the 2014 summer season. If you have horsemanship skills, a strong work ethic and enjoy sharing your knowledge with others, we would look forward to your application. A background in working with kids and past wrangling experience is a plus. First Aid and CPR certification is required. References are requested. Must be 18 years of age and possess a valid driver's license. Youth Counselors are also needed.  Our Program provides a wide variety of age-appropriate activities designed to re-awaken creativity, boost self-confidence and help develop awareness of the wonders of the natural world. Salary includes Housing and Meals. First Aid and CPR certification is required. Experience working with groups of kids, above average horsemanship skills and a love of the outdoors are required. References are requested. Must be 18 years of age and possess a valid driver's license. If working in a peaceful mountain setting, just 15 minutes west of Downtown Loveland and less than a half-hour from Fort Collins appeals to you, we would like to accept your application for employment. We look forward to hearing from you. or call (970)667-3915 and ask for Susan Jessup.  An application is available on our website: under “employment”.


Rainbow Trout Ranch

Looking for a wrangler who is available to work from the end of May through the end of September. Go to for more info.


Home Ranch

Home Ranch is currently hiring housekeepers and servers. Please go to for more information.


Vista Verde Ranch

Vista Verde is hiring culinary staff as well as fly fishing guides. Please go to for more information.


Smith Fork Ranch

Smith Fork Ranch is hiring for a Head Wrangler, Wranglers, and Head of Housekeeping for the 2014 guest season. Please visit, employment opportunities for full job descriptions and seasonal employment application. Return the application to along with resume.

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