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: 2022

Majestic Dude Ranch

(Updated 9/30/21)

Summer Seasonal Employment – Multiple Positions Needed

Family owned dude ranch, with strong Christian values, seeking hardworking individuals to help make the guest experience exceptional. Positive go getters with a desire to put guest needs first. Genuine care and compassion for people and animals. Must be available for the entire season. Drug and alcohol free environment.

Date of Employment: 5/21/2022

Apply at:

Sylvan Dale Ranch
(Updated 9/30/21)

Maintenance Manager

The maintenance of buildings, vehicles, and grounds are critical to the success of a first class outfit! If you have experience in building trades, we welcome your application. Part time or full time positions available. Start immediately. Local applicants only.

Dates of Employment: Year round – starting now

Apply at:

Elk Mountain Ranch
(Updated 9/30/21)

Summer Seasonal Employment for 2022 – Multiple Positions

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

Dates of Employment: Mid May to Mid August and some until Mid September

Apply at: 

Black Mountain Ranch
(Updated 9/30/21)

Summer Seasonal Employment – Multiple positions needed

If you would like to apply for a position at Black Mountain Ranch please complete and submit the following online employment application. Feel free to include a photo and video to introduce yourself! We are a family owned and operated guest ranch located high in the Rockies between Vail and Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Employees are provided lodging (private rooms), meals (staff enjoy eating in the dining hall with our guests), as well as gratuities.

Dates of Employment: May – September

Apply at:


Rawah Guest Ranch
(Updated 9/30/21)

Summer Seasonal Employment – Multiple Positions Needed

The Rawah Guest Ranch team is dedicated, hardworking, enthusiastic, and takes pride in providing the highest quality service in the guest ranch industry to each of our visiting clients. If you have these qualities, dream of a season immersed in the spectacular Colorado wilderness, and want to spend your days sharing your passion for the great outdoors with others, we’d love to speak with you about joining our team. We’re looking for qualified, driven, and service-oriented individuals to staff the ranch from early May to early October.

Dates of Employment: 5/1/2022-10/15/2022

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