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Saddle Up for Your Colorado Dude Ranch Vacation.

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:  2015 (Summer)


Majestic Dude Ranch

Majestic Dude Ranch is looking for counselors, servers, housekeepers and a mountain bike guide. Please email to apply.


Laramie River Ranch

Now hiring for summer 2015: (Updated 3-19-15)Year-round Crew Supervisor/Guest Coordinator position now available! Also, wranglers, guest services staff, kitchen team, children's counselor, nanny. 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 fun as crew participate in ranch activities and explore the surrounding Rocky Mountains of northern Colorado. Learn more & download an application at

North Fork Ranch

Experience a summer in the West where the lifestyle of the American cowboy still lingers!  In the heart of the majestic Rocky Mountains, resting on the peaceful banks of the North Fork of the South Platte River, just one hour SW of Denver, Colorado emerges North Fork Ranch.  Our small family run and family oriented ranch offers seasonal job opportunities that are fun filled and rewarding leaving you with memories for a lifetime! Whether working as a cook, wrangler, or a housekeeper/wait staff our summer staff are the backbone of making guests feel right at home.  Along with a nice monthly wage, you will receive tips, housing and great home-style meals.  Your days off will be filled with all the amenities the ranch offers… horseback riding, fly fishing, white water rafting etc.We are currently hiring our summer staff. We are looking for dedicated, honest, hard working and genuinely enthusiastic individuals and are anxious to tell you more!  We invite you to complete our application at or contact us at , or call us at 303-838-9873 with any questions!  We are looking forward to a fabulous Colorado ranch summer…and getting to know you!

4UR Ranch

The 4UR Ranch in Creede, Colorado is seeking a full-time Property Manager.  This ranch is a premier resort offering a high level of service and attention for our guests. We seek to hire an individual with a strong work ethic and skilled in all aspects of ranch property and equipment maintenance.  For more information please contact 4UR Ranch at 719-658-2202 or


The High Lonesome Dude Ranch:

Horse minded ranch hand position to fill at high end guest ranch:Seeking responsible, self starter, horse and livestock minded individual with ranch caretaking and guest industry knowledge.  Responsibilities would include: colt starting and training, irrigation, fence repair and replace, building and ranch maintenance, horse barn duties(cleaning stalls, feeding, vet), ranch caretaker duties, wrangler and guest responsibilities, assist manager in daily and seasonal responsibilities.  Welding, carpentry, equipment operating, and weed knowledge skills a plus. Drugs and alcohol free environment.  Salary based on experience.  Benefits and housing to be discussed.  Please send resume and references to: or call 970-283-8924 for more info.

C Lazy U Ranch:

C Lazy U Ranch is now accepting applications for Dish Washers, Housekeepers, Bartenders, Servers and Kids Counselors for Holiday Season 2014 (December 15th – January 5th).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 8,500 acres.  During the winter we enjoy horseback riding, snow-mobiling, snow shoeing, cross country and alpine skiing, ice hockey, sledding and tubing.We provide an hourly wage that includes housing and meals as a benefit.  All staff are eligible for an End-of-Season Bonus as well.Please forward a letter of interest and resume to Teresa Lara Marks or call (970) 887-5909.


Sundance Trail Ranch (970)-224-1222

The Winter Dude Ranch caretaker/ Guest Ranch Wrangler is a nine month position (September through May) that usually takes a leadership position the next summer. We are hoping to find someone to take leadership in next summer’s ropes program. During the fall/winter/spring months the ranch is open as a Red Feather Lakes Pet Friendly Bed & Breakfast with daily horseback riding.Typically we have no more than 10-14 guests on Friday through Monday, and usually no guests Tuesday – Thursday. The pace is a bit slower most days, and then very, very busy on weekends and holidays, with B&B guests, Murder Mystery Guests, “Wild Women’s Week-ends,” Elopement Weddings, troops of scouts, you name it! There will be four people who run the ranch, Ellen, Dan, our Barn Manager Justin, and the Winter Ranch Caretaker/Wrangler. All four of us do everything needed: wrangling, housekeeping, maintenance, cooking, teaching scouts, stage managing Murder Mysteries, and yes, even conducting weddings! Be aware that life in the mountains is very quiet (boring) when you are living with two middle aged people and there is no TV! The Responsibilities include ALL of the responsibilities listed in all of the summer job descriptions:

  • Feeding and daily care of horses.
  • Exercising and training horses
  • Leading Guest Trail Rides; safety officer, story teller and teacher
  • Teaching beginner and intermediate riders
  • Housekeeping – beds, bathrooms, vacuuming, laundry (all the romantic stuff!). Be aware! Vacuuming at this altitude tends to generate HUGE amounts of testosterone in young healthy men, causing HUGE muscle development and the need to buy new, larger cowboy-ugly shirts. Healthy young cowgirls, on the other hand, just get brighter smiles (being smarter than cowboys, they know horse-feathers when they read them)!
  • Cooking – assisting with meal preparation, serving, busing, and washing dishes and pots & pans
  • Maintenance – fixing the long list of things that got broken the previous summer, plowing snow, fixing fence.
  • Telephone – answering phone, helping prospective guests with their questions and booking reservations (these skills will be taught to you)
  • We will be planning expansion of our top-ropes climbing program this year. If you have background and skills in top ropes, low ropes, challenge courses and via ferata experiences, we want to talk with you!

For more information, first read ALL of the information listed here, and then call Dan with your questions. Dude Ranch Job Requirements include:

  • Strong wrangling skills
  • Good teaching skills (lots of beginner riders)
  • Good telephone skills
  • Willingness to do lots of dishes and housekeeping
  • The ability to drive standard transmission vehicles (jeeps and trucks) is required.
  • Ability to enjoy folding laundry for hours while watching Netflix videos with two middle-aged people.
  • Physical requirements as listed in all other job descriptions (able to repeatedly and continuously lift & carry 85 pounds at least 300 feet at an altitude of 8,000 feet).


Smith Fork Ranch - 970-921-3454 ext 100

Beautiful upscale guest ranch in the Colorado Rockies. Looking for amazing people to join us for the summer of a lifetime! WANTED! Motivated, fun, talented people wanting to spend their summer working hard and playing hard on a one-of-a-kind ranch in the mountains.

Smith Fork Ranch is an intimate guest ranch that focuses on horseback riding, fly fishing, and fine dining and cuisine - along with many other outdoor adventures!  We provide guests with a high level of service and flexibility, and need people that have experience interacting with people and working in a fast paced environment.  Come and enjoy a very rewarding job, terrific long lasting friendships, and a summer to remember!

POSITIONS AVAILABLE (Updated 3/14/15): Housekeeper, Ranch Hand, and Wrangler

How To Apply: Here's how to apply or get more info about this job posting: Please check out our website’s employment page, for more info! Submit Seasonal Application, resume, and photo to, 970-921-3454 ext 100


Elk Mountain Ranch

In Buena Vista, Colorado is now accepting applications for the 2015 season.  Please our employment pages on online application at Housekeeper/Waitstaff/Dish Washer/Food Preparation, Wrangler, Children’s Counselor, Maintenance/Sports/Utility, Cook, Assistant Cook/Swing

Zapata, guests services is looking for a chef to start immediately.  Two hot meals and a sack lunch served daily, high quality home-style meals, cooked from scratch, featuring fresh local ingredients, including bison produced on the ranch.  Chef must be able to manage kitchen, including meal planning and ordering supplies.  Having consistent quality, good work ethic and be a good team player is a must. Meals are served buffet style, 10-25 people per meal, up to 30 on occasion.Salary, housing, and utilities included. Contact or 719.378.2356  Send complete resume and a paragraph telling what is important in your life. Will consider young, ambitious cooks with minimal professional experience.

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