Colorado Dude 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.

  • 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?

  • We encourage you to contact the ranches that interest you directly as soon as possible.  Request a brochure with contact and web information of all 27 of our ranches,
  • 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!)
  • 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: 2021

Sundance Trail Ranch

(Updated 7/14/21)

Hiring for: Lead Cook

Lead Cook prepares 3 meals a day plus snacks/cookies for 30-40 people (guests and staff). Maintains a clean kitchen, assists in menu planning, and food inventory management. Kitchen is staff with 2 cooks and 2 dishwashers/servers. Need to be prepared to do full meal preparation. Someone with baking skills preferred.

Position to start as soon as possible and lasts until September 30 with possibility of extending if mutually agreeable.

Apply online here is the link to our employment pages:

or here is link directly to the application:

Pay includes room/board and tips.

Sylvan Dale Ranch
(updated 6/3/21)

Location: Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch  Loveland, Colorado

Sharing the beauty of Sylvan Dale on the back of a horse—it doesn’t get any better than that!  You have to know your stuff when are dealing with horses and inexperienced riders. Only apply if you have strong horsemanship skills and some experience at a guest ranch, horse facility, or riding stable. Highly physical position requiring strength and stamina and the gift of gab!
1) Full time seasonal wranglers – lodging and meals provided.
2) Part-time year round—primarily weekend hours

Rawah Ranch
(updated 4/13/21)

Rawah Guest Ranch in Northern Colorado has lost two key individuals just prior to our season. As a result, we

have an immediate opening for an experienced guest Ranch Couple: Head Wrangler and Head of Housekeeping.

If interested and qualified please contact Brooks Bradbury, GM at for more information.  

Room, Board and Salary provided. Live and work in the beautiful Rawah Wilderness!

Latigo Ranch

(Updated 4/22/21)

Wrangler position at the Latigo Ranch in Kremmling, CO.  Looking for an experienced rider, well-versed in Natural Horsemanship.  Good at teaching novice adults and children.

Floater position as well: looking for a great attitude to help in housekeeping a few days a week, working with the 3-5 year old children occasionally, and filling in as waitstaff as needed.  Perhaps some barn work as well.  We can teach you everything you need to know for this job, but you must have a willing spirit and positive demeanor.

Please look through our website and focus especially on the employment packet.  Once you’ve read through that information, give us a call if you think you’d like to take the next step.  We will want to talk to you about your work ethic, the dates you are available to work, and your previous job experiences.  We will be happy to answer any questions you might have about our ranch, our hospitality emphasis, our atmosphere of integrity, and what it is like to be a member of the Latigo team.

Speed in responding will be to your advantage. We’re likely to hire the first qualified people who respond. Email to apply.



Elk Mountain Ranch
(updated 3/10/21)

Elk Mountain Ranch – Now accepting applications for the 2021 season.

Open Positions: , Assistant Cook/Swing, Cook, Team Player (Housekeeper/Wait staff/Dish Washer/Food Preparation), Wrangler

If you have a ready smile, are honest and willing to work hard, love the outdoors and enjoy working with people, we may have a very special dude ranch employment opportunity for you! Elk Mountain Ranch is a first-class guest ranch with off-the-beaten-path charm.

Applicants for employment must be at least 18 years of age and willing to live on the ranch. Modest housing and meals are supplied as part of our employment package. Please expect to have roommates. No smoking or drug use is allowed. A neat, clean appearance is necessary. We search for staff who are mature self-starters, who have strong communication skills and are team players.  We are looking for employees who are available for employment from mid-May to the end of August. Some positions extend through the end of September. Tips are prorated among the staff based on the number of days worked. Average compensation is approximately $3000 per month plus room and board.

Please see our employment pages at

Devil’s Thumb Ranch
(updated 3/16/21)

Join the team of our nationally recognized, full-service resort! Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa has a wide variety of job opportunities available across the company. What do you gravitate towards and thrive in? Let us provide you a work environment that allows you to demonstrate everything you have to offer. From Activities, Spa, and Reservations, to Culinary, Event Services, and Groundskeeping, the Ranch is sure to have a position to inspire, challenge, and fulfill your career aspirations. Working here means benefiting from the same special experiences that make the resort an incredible guest retreat—from discounts on activities and retail, spa treatments, delicious food and lodging, transitional affordable housing to free shuttle service. Full-time employees also receive an attractive and competitive benefits package. We are small enough that you can make a name for yourself, yet large enough that you can stay with us and advance. The Winter Park and Fraser, Colorado communities are exceptional places to call home, especially for individuals with adventurous spirits and passion for the outdoors. Our mountain town setting will captivate you and keep you here through four spectacular seasons–we’re a year-round employer waiting to connect with you. Apply today!

View Available Positions & Apply Online:

Shana Roehrs, HR Director,