Colorado Trails Ranch

Summer Jobs with Colorado Trails Ranch


Beautiful mountain scenery, hard work, and fun are just a few of the elements that our guest ranch crew experience every summer. 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.


Riding at the ranch

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 not as customers but as members of our ranch family.

As an employee of our 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.

Our Jobs

  • Maintenance - Basic carpentry, electrical, plumbing, vehicle maintenance skills
  • Wranglers - Very strong horse background, previous trail guiding experience preferred
  • Fishing Guide - Previous fly-fishing guide experience
  • Culinary - Experienced Prep Cook/Baker, Kitchen Assistant
  • Children's Program Counselors - Must have a strong horse background
  • Housekeepers/Servers

If you're applying for our counselor or wrangler positions, please submit a short riding video demonstrating your riding skills. We ask the video to show you catching a horse, grooming, saddling and bridling it. Then mounting and riding a short distance at a walk, jog and a lope. Lastly, dismounting and untacking the horse.

Our Ideal Candidate

Team players who love to meet new people with a ready smile and not afraid of hard work.

Room and Board

CTR provides housing and meals at no cost to our staff members. Housing is dormitory style, we have limited housing for those requiring private quarters.

Staff members eat all of their meals with the guests unless they are involved in preparation or service of that meal.

Employee Perks

Open range

You will be paid an hourly wage plus time and a half for all hours worked over 40 in a week. Employees are paid every two weeks.

You will also receive an end of season bonus, if and only if you work the dates outlined in your employment agreement.

One of the privileges we offer our staff is the use of the Staff Lounge. This is available to all staff, and guests are not permitted in the Lounge. We expect you to respect this building and keep it clean. There is a TV and DVD player available in the Lounge along with a telephone, computer and printer. Wireless connection available for your laptops. Cell phone coverage is spotty.

Getting Here and Getting Around

For those staff members who have vehicles, there is a designated staff parking lot and we will provide specific information upon your arrival.

If you are not driving to the ranch we will be happy to pick you up from the Durango, Colorado bus station or airport

For Fun

Dancing the night away

Staff members are welcome to horseback ride and participate in other activities (rafting, shooting sports, lake trip, fishing) with our guests during your time off. Participation in these activities is on a space available basis, and must be scheduled at least a day in advance. Staff members interested in riding must complete our riding orientation, follow the guidelines of our riding program and help in the barn with grooming, saddling and mucking stalls.

How to Apply

Please read through our employment information on our website. From there you can apply online.

Please send in all the required information and a COMPLETE application. We do request that you provide email addresses for your references, if at all possible. We are finding that folks prefer to respond to a reference request at their leisure rather than us calling at an inopportune time.

Also, If you're applying for our counselor or wrangler positions, please submit a short riding video demonstrating your riding skills. We ask the video to show you catching a horse, grooming, saddling and bridling it. Then mounting and riding a short distance at a walk, jog and a lope. Lastly, dismounting and untacking the horse.

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Season: Summer

Housing: Dorms

Staff Size: 30

Age Requirement: 18, wranglers, counselors, fishing guides and maintenance must be 21

Location: Colorado