Rio Blanco Ranch

Work & Play in the Colorado Rockies


Rio Blanco Ranch is a private guest ranch and fishing lodge that was started in 1920. The ranch is very remote, about 45 miles from the closest town.


It is in the Flat Top Mountains, and is completely surrounded by the White River National Forest. The ranch is not open to the public; it is privately owned by about 20 shareholders, who each come during the summer, bringing their own family and friends. We have a maximum capacity of about 35 guests, who come mainly for fishing and riding the ranch’s 30 horses.

Summer jobs at Rio Blanco Ranch

Our Jobs

Housekeepers, Wranglers/Horse Instructors/ and a Dishwasher

Our Ideal Candidate

The best candidates are the ones who can commit to the full season dates.  If you are not available during these dates, please do not apply.

Room and Board

You will live in one of the three dorms on the ranch. One or two people live in each room, and two or three people share each bathroom. You’ll have your own chest of drawers and a closet. The dorms each have free laundry facilities and a downstairs living area with satellite TV and basic kitchens. The dorms also share an outdoor fire pit. There is a separate phone line for the dorms. The dorms are furnished, including linens but please feel free to bring with you anything that will make your room feel more like home. Keep in mind that we have no private housing for employees. This situation works out much better for those used to living with roommates.

All of your meals are provided by the ranch and will be prepared by the ranch chefs. For employees, breakfast is at 7:00, lunch is at noon, and dinner is at 6:00. On Saturday nights, guests and staff all eat together at the picnic. Please note that dietary needs such as vegetarian, gluten free etc. cannot be accommodated.

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Employee Perks

You’ll get paid at the end of each month. You can be paid by check or direct deposit. If you wish to be paid by direct deposit, please bring your account number and a routing number.

Everyone gets one day off per week. You’ll work out days off within your department, so that only one person in each department is off on any particular day.

If tips are given they will be dispersed evenly among all employees. Each persons salary depends on experience and job applied for. A fair and competitive salary will be discussed during the phone interview process.

Getting Here and Getting Around

You are encouraged but not required to bring your own vehicle to the ranch. Please be aware that all of the roads leading to the ranch are dirt roads with washboard areas; these roads can be tough on cars. If you bring your vehicle, please be prepared to provide proof of insurance upon your arrival.

Directions from I-70: Take exit 90 for Rifle and head north on Hwy. 13 for about 40 miles. Once you pass through Meeker, you will go another 2 miles before taking a right on County Road 8, toward Trappers Lake. You’ll go 40 miles on County Road 8, the last 10 miles of which is dirt road. Then take a right onto Trappers Lake Road. You’ll drive another 3.5 miles, and turn right at the mailbox for RBR.

Directions from I-80: Take Exit 187 and turn left onto WY-789 South/Baggs Road. Continue on 789 for 91 miles. In Craig, turn right on W. Victory Way/ US-40/CO-789 S, and drive about a mile and a half through town. At the edge of town, turn left onto CO-13/CO-789. Stay on 13 for about 40 miles, and then take a left on County Road 8 toward Trappers Lake. Go another 40 miles on County Road 8, the last 10 miles of which is dirt road. Take a right on Trappers Lake Road. You’ll drive another 3.5 miles, and turn right at the mailbox for RBR.

We can also arrange transportation from airports, train stations, and bus stations—please let us know a head of time if you will need us to pick you up. If you are making flight arrangements, try to fly into Grand Junction, Eagle/Vail or Hayden, and if you will be arriving by bus or train, you should come to Glenwood Springs.

For Fun

During your time off, you will be able to take advantage of our wilderness setting. There are lots of hiking trails and spots for camping, and plenty of water for fishing. You will also be able to ride the ranch horses and hunting is always an opportunity in the fall. With a little driving, you can also go caving, rafting, or tubing.

How to Apply

Please complete our job application. Applicants who also send their resume will be screened first. We will only review applicants who can commit to our entire season from June 1st to October 1st.

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Season: Summer and Fall

Housing: Dorms

Staff Size: 20

Age Requirement: 18

Location: Colorado