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

Sundance Trail Ranch

(Updated 7/27/22)

Job Type: SeasonalHours Per Week: 40
Shift: FirstJob Classification: Full Time
Contract/1099: No
Close Date: 11/30/2022OJT Interest: Not stated


Minimum Age: 18 Driver’s License: None
Endorsements: NoneBackground Check: Yes
Education: NoneDrug Test: Yes


Paid Holidays/Year: Not statedHealth Insurance Available: No
Paid Vacation Days/Year: Not statedIncentive/Profit Sharing: No
Paid Sick Days/Year: Not stated

Job Description

Currently seeking both a cook and housekeeping staff. To begin work immediately.


Apply by emailing .

Devil’s Thumb Ranch

(Updated 2/14/2022)

The Director of Catering & Events primary responsibility is to manage the operations of the Events Services Management Department & Team that plans, coordinates, and manages every aspect of the execution of group events from an operations standpoint once the Sales Team has contracted group events. They will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Events Services Management Department including assigning group events to an Events Services Manager to be planned down to the detail with the group contact or contacts from the point the group is contracted up until and through execution of the event with an emphasis on client and guest satisfaction and increased efficiencies and productivity working with the full Operations Team at the Ranch. They will work closely with the Sales Team, Food & Beverage Team, Group Lodging Coordinator, Reservations, Lodging, Grounds, Facilities, and Activities Teams to foster a cohesive and communicative working environment to create a seamless experience for group events contacts, third party planners, and participants according to the contracted event agreement that exceeds expectations from a customer experience perspective. Experience in banquets and catering facilitating successful high-end weddings and corporate group events at resort properties is required. Click here for more info:

Zapata Ranch

(Updated 2/7/2022)


Seasonal: March – October or May – October

This is an opportunity to join the Ranchlands team to help us provide the vacation of a lifetime to guests at the Zapata Ranch. Applicants must be lifelong riders with a passion for education, people, and the outdoors. A background or proven interest in ecology, geology, conservation, education, biology, or a related field is a bonus, but not required. As with all positions at Ranchlands, an outstanding can-do and solution-oriented attitude is of the utmost importance. No pets allowed.


Seasonal: March-October

Zapata Ranch is seeking a third chef to join our team for the 2022 guest season. The right candidate will ideally be a trained chef with experience in restaurants or culinary school, present a high standard of cleanliness, organization, and creativity, and be able to work independently and within the team. As with any role at Ranchlands, this person must be a joy to work with, unquestionably reliable, and ready to bring their best to contribute to a quickly growing guest program. A strong interest in locally and ranch grown produce and meats is a plus and open fire cooking. Housing on the ranch provided, and no pets allowed.

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

Apply at: