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Our Team

We currently are accepting applications for our 2024 seasonal positions.
Our Mission

The mission of Colorado Trails Ranch is to provide an exceptional experience for all who step onto the property. From guests to staff members to vendors, our goal is to create positive interactions that each individual will find enriching and inspiring. Utilizing our animals and the natural world around us, every person should leave feeling more refreshed, educated and confident in themselves and the direction of their lives.

Working at Colorado Trails Ranch

Beautiful mountain scenery, hard work, and fun are just a few of the elements that our guest ranch crew experience. If you have a ready smile, are willing to work hard, love the outdoors and enjoy working with people, we may have a job for you.


Colorado Trails Ranch is a full service guest ranch located 12 miles northeast of Durango, Colorado. We have been in operation since 1960, and have a tradition of treating our guests as members of our ranch family. As an employee of the Ranch, you will become an extension of our family. We strive for excellence and the best service in the industry. We look for these same qualities in our staff. If you are willing to make this commitment, we invite you to submit your application.

What We Expect from You

We expect our staff to work hard with lots of enthusiasm and the desire to get the job done right. We also want our employees to have fun. During your free time, we encourage you to participate in ranch activities such as riding, fishing, rafting, hiking, and swimming. Please remember, working at a guest ranch is not a summer vacation – it can be strenuous, physical work that often requires long hours.

Our staff is very important to us – and to the success of the ranch.

All working members of the Colorado Trails Ranch community have the same goals in mind, which is 1) to work together as a unified team, and 2) to provide the best experience possible for our guests, their co-workers and themselves.


Working together and living together on a 24-hour basis is not always easy. This type of communal living requires that certain policies be observed out of respect for fellow employees. You are living and working at our home; therefore, we expect you to abide by our guidelines, which are included in the Colorado Trails Ranch Policies and Procedures.


Our peak guest season is Summer (June through mid-August). Most staff will arrive in May to help get the ranch ready. After our Summer Season, we will be operating as an a la carte guest ranch with cabin rentals, day rides and activities through the end of Fall (October). Some positions will be for the Summer Season only and some through Fall.

Staff Housing and Meals

Colorado Trails Ranch provides housing and meals at no cost to our staff members. We have male and female buildings (built in 2015) with shared 2-person bedrooms. Some staff may have a room to themselves, but it is not guaranteed. There are a limited number of private apartments for senior staff and couples. During peak season, staff members are encouraged to eat meals with guests as much as possible. 


Applicants must be at least 18 year of age and show proof of citizenship or immigration status. Some positions require applicants to be 21.

Please apply online. You may also email your resume or any questions to

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