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

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!

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,

Sundance Trail Ranch

(Updated 3/30/2021)

Head Cook
As Head Cook, you will be responsible for feeding up to 24 hungry Dude Ranch guests and 12-15 staff members! This job is
fast-paced, hot, and cramped! We have hired both culinary professionals and self-taught home cooks for this position, both
with great success! Our kitchen is small so you must be able to work efficiently and maintain cleanliness. You will have
an assistant cook to help you execute all three meals, or you can delegate any meals, as long as quality and timeliness
are not sacrificed. We do not micro-manage, which is why we require employees who have the ability to self-start. This
means seeing what needs to be done and accomplishing it without any outside assistance (when applicable).
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Wranglers (both Full Time Summer Seasonal & Full Time Permanent)
We have two positions open immediately and two positions open May 1st.
Some of the most important memories that we want to create for our guests are from horseback.
Good candidates for barn positions will have both horse & people sense. This is NOT a horse job, it’s a people job that includes horses. You must be safety-conscious, hospitality-minded, and not one to cut corners.
Barn positions require long hours in the elements working at high elevation. You’ll want to be physically fit and prepared to work one of the hardest summers of your life – but also the most fun summer you’ve ever had!
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