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: 2020

Cherokee Park Ranch
(updated 1-20-20)


May 17-September 12, 2020

  • Catch & grain 140 horses daily
  • Saddle 50+ horses daily
  • Safely & happily guide trail rides
  • Have a sense of comfort navigating miles of wilderness
  • Administer first aid care when needed
  • Assist in doctoring sick/hurt animals
  • Teaching basic riding skills & horse care to guests
  • General ranch chores: fencing, picking up rocks, loading hay, scooping poop, etc
  • Assist with the Kids Program
  • Teach & facilitate cattle team penning
  • Entertain/Interact with guests in all settings
  • Participate in hayrides, square dances, and staff shows
  • Deep clean cabins on Fridays
  • Tell good stories, riddles, jokes, etc
  • Serve lunch during lunch rides
  • Work proficiently & kindly with your team
  • Help in other departments when needed
  • Salary + Room/Board + Tips + Professional Laundry Service + 1.5 Days off a week


May 17-September 12, 2020

  • General Ranch chores: fencing, raking, mowing, fixing fishing poles, fixing bikes, etc
  • Clean pool/hot tub daily
  • Safely drive departing/arriving guest into town
  • Deliver coffee to guests daily
  • Safely & happily drive guests to offsite activities
  • Organize & pack out for lunch rides, hayrides, square dances
  • Teaching & facilitating skeet shooting
  • Trash disposal
  • General upkeep on vehicles, cleaning them once a week
  • Entertain/Interact with guests in all settings
  • Fix minor wear & tear issues that arrive in guest cabins
  • Tell good stories, riddles, jokes, etc
  • Serve lunch during certain lunch rides
  • Work proficiently & kindly with your team
  • Help in other departments when needed
  • Salary + Room/Board + Tips + Professional Laundry Service + 1.5 Days off a week


May 17-September 12, 2020

  • Serve 3 meals daily, happily & efficiently- genuinely caring about each guests dining experience
  • Provide daily housekeeping to each cabin with attention to detail
  • Entertain guests in every setting
  • Keep guest snack table stocked 24/7
  • Wash & fold napkins, guest towels, pool towels, kitchen rags/aprons daily
  • Prepare fresh fruit trays each morning for breakfast
  • Prepare & pack all lunch trail rides each morning
  • Water flowers daily
  • General upkeep & cleanliness of all ranch common areas
  • Keep waitress cabin organized: sheets, towels, cleaning supplies
  • Inventory paper goods, lunch ride supplies, cleaning supplies, etc
  • Deep clean cabins & common areas on Fridays
  • Telling good stories, jokes, riddles, etc
  • Participate in hayrides, square dances, and staff shows
  • Help in other departments when needed
  • Salary + Room/Board + Tips + Professional Laundry Service + 1.5 Days off a week

Kids Counselors

May 17-August 15, 2020

  • Organize/Facilitate daily crafts & activities for the kids program
  • Safely & Happily guide kids trail rides (2-5yrs pony rides/6-12yrs trail rides)
  • Teach kids general riding instruction & horse care
  • Feed & clean pens/cages of all kids program critters
  • Provide a safe & fun environment for kids ages 2 & older
  • Be enthusiastic, warm, & genuinely care for the wellbeing of kids in program
  • Deep Clean cabins on Fridays
  • Inventory craft supplies & feed for critters
  • Participate in hayrides, square dances, and staff shows
  • Serve lunch & facilitate games during kid lunch rides
  • Safely drive kids to lunch on specific days
  • Help in other departments when needed
  • Salary + Room/Board + Tips + Professional Laundry Service + 1.5 Days off a week

Kitchen Crew

  • Prepare 3 hearty meals daily for 50+ guests and 20+ staff members
  • Organize & Clean kitchen daily
  • Be flexible & willing to make additional meals during service
  • Wash & put away all pots & dishes after each meal
  • Not only create delicious meals but plate them creatively
  • Deep Clean kitchen on Fridays
  • Inventory & order all food products weekly
  • Work efficiently & kindly with your team
  • Entertain guests in all settings
  • Participate in hayrides, square dances, and staff shows
  • Help in other departments when needed
  • Salary + Room/Board + Tips + Professional Laundry Service + 1.5 Days off a week

Devils Thumb Ranch
(updated 1-7-20)

Devil’s Thumb Ranch is the choice Colorado employer you have been searching for!  We are a career company you can grow with offering Seasonal, Part-Time and Full-Time opportunities in over 15 departments.  Visit our website at and navigate to the Careers Link at the far right bottom of the homepage to see all of our current postings and apply.  Now hiring for both Winter and Summer 2020 employment!



  • Affordable furnished housing
  • 128 hours of Paid Time Off annually, plus Paid Sick Leave–if FT, Year-Round status
  • Health, Dental & Life Insurances, plus 401k Employer Match of up to $4,000 annually–if FT, Year-Round status
  • Overtime for hours worked over 40/week
  • Employer-sponsored monthly events such as Avalanche, Rockies & Nuggets games, Zip-lining, Snow-tubing, Hiking, Bowling, Recreation Center, etc.
  • Employer-sponsored Softball (summer) and Hockey (winter) leagues
  • Wellness Program opportunities including meditation, complimentary daily Yoga, trail running & mountain-biking workshops
  • Referral bonus of $250 if we hire someone you refer
  • 25% discounts at all Devil’s Thumb Ranch restaurants, activities including Trail Rides, and Spa Treatments
  • 1/2 price Winter Park Ski Resort Season Pass discount (available November through mid-December 2020)
Reach out directly to Shana Roehrs, Recruiting Manager, to inquire further. or 970-722-1193

Badger Creek Ranch
(updated 1/16/2020)

Summer Semester Culinary Apprenticeship in South Central Colorado

Enjoy the summer cooking wholesome meals for an intimate group of guests and ranch
crew, while supporting our mission of regenerative agriculture and conservation!
Part of our mission at the ranch is to raise, serve and market to the public healthy, organic, food. We are well on our way with beef, pork, chicken and eggs and look forward to adding vegetables to the list.


Badger Creek Ranch is a working cattle and guest ranch in the Badger Creek Basin, at about 9,000 feet elevation. Badger Creek is a model of sustainability and connection to the land.  We live on the land with our animals and practice regenerative agriculture, a philosophy based on the integration of human goals and the understanding of the long-term impact of our activities on the environment and on other species.  We use holistic management in our decision making and planning in order to improve the health of the land for future generations.

Room, board, and a stipend are provided!

For more information and to apply, email or call 719-837-2962.

Sundance Trail Ranch
(updated 12-16-19)

Marketing and Events Manager Position available for immediate hire.  We hope to find someone looking for a long-term position. Sundance Trail Guest Ranch is a small family owned business in operation 20 years. We also have a small event center, called Aspen Grove at Sundance Trail. It is a great setting for small weddings and events. We’ve done elopements for many years and added the event center 3 years ago. This marketing job is to promote both the Guest Ranch and the event center.

  • Market the Dude Ranch and The Event venue – through website, social media, and networking with local vendors, businesses, and associations.
  • Develop and Promote events, special weekends or packages. These items can be held jointly between the Aspen Grove venue area and the Sundance Trail Guest Ranch. Aim is to enhance ranch reservations during slower months:
    • Corporate retreats or team building retreats
    • Yoga weekends or Wellness weekends
    • Destination Weddings
  • Event Planning – working with Bride/Groom or event organizer
    • Determine what they want for their event
    • Create agreeable and Clear price
    • Plan and oversee the event.
  • Communicate and Team with ranch owners for marketing efforts.
  • Team with other ranch personnel to ensure smooth functioning of ranch and events.
  • Office work will be expected and specified hours maintained, those duties will include
    • Answering Phones, emails and sending out brochures or other literature to promote the ranch or events
    • Developing marketing materials as needed
    • Attend/participate in daily/weekly management and marketing meetings
    • Give ranch or event venue tours
    • Will need to track and report your time
  • Networking – going to Fort Collins, or other places for meetings or events where you can meet other people involved in event planning and weddings.  Promoting the ranch and the event venue.

To apply at Sundance Trail please fill out the application listed here:

Tumbling River Ranch
(updated 4/5/2019)

Looking for a fun summer job in the CO mountains? Tumbling River Ranch is a ranch/resort seeking a front desk/office and position. This position starts early May and runs through late August.

Looking for a smiling face that has the following skills: Great people skills, at least 19 years old, phone skills, must be very organized, a self-starter, and look the western part!  Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs and be active and on feet for hours at a time; housing is shared dorm style. Both the bedroom and bathroom would be shared with other staff members. Enjoy working on a team and jumping to help the collective team flexible/able to adapt activities to the needs of guests.

Job Duties

  • Coordinate all guest activities
  • Work with all departments to coordinate the best guest experience possible
  • Help manage guests’ offsite activities including; fly fishing, massage
  • Works with owner to best handle inquiries and reservations
  • Willingness to learn all aspects of the guest experience, ranch operation & history.
  • Provide only first-class service and hospitality in helping all guests.
  • Manage incoming phone calls and inquiries in accordance with the owner.
  • Handle guest check-ins, welcome packets, arrival and departure coordination.
  • Handle general office duties.
  • Handle all social media-posting on FB, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
  • Work in the TRR website (WordPress)

Location: Tumbling River Ranch is on Guanella Pass. Located in central CO at 9200 feet in the heart of the CO Rockies. Our location gives staff a wonderful mountain experience, yet we are only an hour from Denver, Boulder and other popular CO sites. Please fill out a mobile friendly application at

Cherokee Park Ranch
(updated 4/4/2019)

We are seeking young, enthusiastic adults to join us this summer mid May to mid September. Work as part of crew serving, cleaning, and enjoying the beautiful wilderness of Livermore, CO! Make friendships that will last a lifetime and memories you will never forget! Dates must be: May 19-September 23 Salary+Tips+Room/Board+All meals included. Fill out an application and read full job description at

Rainbow Trout Ranch
(updated 4/4/2019)

Rainbow Trout Ranch (  needs housekeepers/waitstaff. Particularly from mid-August to end of the September, although possibly starting earlier too.  Give us a call! Sure, it is cleaning cabins, serving meals, kitchen clean up and such, but it is also living in the fabulous southern Colorado Rockies. It is riding on your day off if you want to. Or traveling somewhere amazing. Or fishing our excellent stretch of river or nearby creeks and lakes. Or hanging out at the pool, or in the hot tub. It is making good friends and lifelong memories. It is the Rainbow Trout Ranch experience and you’re gonna love it! We’d love to talk to you, so give us a call at 719.376.2440 or fill out the form:

Colorado Trails Ranch
(updated 2/21/2019)

Our application for employment which can be found at You will need to be available to work from May 13th to September 24th. We provide full room and board at no extra charge plus pay an end of season bonus.

Open Positions:

  • Kitchen Assistant – assist chef with meal preparation, some baking and they share dishwashing duties with another kitchen assistant.
  • Maintenance – general ranch maintenance, grounds work, light vehicle maintenance, electrical, plumbing, carpentry. Must be 21 years of age with clean, valid driver’s license. They also help at the shooting ranch and drive guests to activities
  • Fly Fishing guide – Teach guests fly fishing techniques and take them on guided trips. Must have some experience and must be at least 21 years of age with clean, valid driver’s license.
  • Operations – Combination position of housekeeping and serving meals. They also help out in our soda fountain and trading post store.

Elk Mountain Ranch
(updated 11/12/2019)

Open Positions: Maintenance/Sports/Utility, Assistant Cook/Swing, Cook, Children’s Counselor, Housekeeper/Wait staff/Dish Washer/Food Preparation, Wrangler

If you have a ready smile, are honest and willing to work long hard hours, 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.

To apply, please see our employment pages at

Rawah Guest Ranch
(updated 2/12/2020)

Wrangler – 2020 Season

Job Duties:

The Wrangler will work together and with head wrangler and ranch management, to provide the highest quality of horse care and guest experience. He/she will be responsible for helping a team of up to five wranglers. The daily operations of cleaning corrals, doctoring, providing care for a string of approx. 60 horses and maintaining a neat and orderly barn/corral.


In addition to the above, regular tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead twice daily guest rides (walking, trotting and loping rides on various terrains with a broad range of guest experience levels with duration’s of one hour up to overnight trips) with professionalism and positivity
  • Help with managing the rotation and irrigation of pastures
  • Track and keep detailed account of time spent on Wilderness and Natural Forest Land
  • Lead and participate in weekly special riding events (overnight camping trip rides, cowboy breakfast rides, etc.), including set-up, tear down and event hosting
  • Provide general ranch maintenance (fencing, trail clearing, new trail construction, etc.)
  • Work cooperatively with management and team mates to manage horse care throughout the season (feed/water/barn cleaning/grooming, etc.) to include weekends and off-days as assigned
  • Maintain consistent “cowboy/cowgirl” appearance, including proper attire (boots, hats, chaps, uniform shirts, etc.) in order to provide the best guest experience
  • Ability to perform any additional barn/ranch projects as assigned by ranch management

Visit for more information.

Sylvan Dale Ranch
(updated 3/2/2020)

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 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, stamina, and the gift of gab!

Full time seasonal wranglers needed for the 2020 season

Ready for the best Colorado ranch vacation of your life?