Bar 717 Ranch

Bar 717 Ranch on a summer evening
Working in the garden
Staff conquer Gates Mountain
Campers on an overnight trip
Campers conquer a boulder in the Alps
Backpacking in the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area
Horsing around
Campers on a backpacking trip in the Trinity Alps
Campers in the garden with leek flowers
Loading hay for the animals
Bar 717 Ranch Counseling Staff
Campers in front of Gates Mountain
Counselors and campers
Horsemanship staff 2016
Horses out on the range.
Sunset in the Trinity Alps
The gardens at Bar 717 Ranch
View of the Trinity mountains at sunset
Welcome to the Bar 717 Ranch!

Mountain Ranch Living at Northern California Summer Camp!

For over 80 years the Bar 717 Ranch has welcomed children and families to 450 acres in the beautiful mountains of Trinity County to experience nature, form deep friendships and have big fun. Life on the Ranch is rustic and unplugged: we spend our days swimming, hiking, riding, caring for animals, gardening, and making music and art.

450 acres of beautiful wilderness deep in the mountains of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in Northern California.

About Bar 717 Ranch

Camp Trinity on the Bar 717 Ranch is a residential summer camp for kids ages 8-16 on a working ranch in Northern California. Our mission is to provide an outdoor camp experience where children have daily opportunities to have fun, develop friendships, challenge themselves, learn new skills, gain a sense of community, and make their own choices. Campers choose freely from activities that range from horseback riding, animal care, gardening, crafting, ceramics, and woodworking to backpacking trips, campfires, singing, and much more.

For more than 90 years, the Bar 717 Ranch has welcomed children to the beautiful mountains of Trinity County in Northern California to experience nature, form deep friendships, and have big fun. At Camp, nature is our constant companion. By taking time to appreciate the beauty of the land, by swimming in rivers and climbing mountains, by growing gardens, raising our own food and making compost, we foster in campers a deep understanding and appreciation of the environment.

We pride ourselves on fostering an environment where every kid can create a magical camp experience based on their interests and passions. We believe that children thrive in an atmosphere where both individuality and community are nurtured with warm, seasoned leadership. Campers return home with a newfound sense of self-reliance and a deep connection to community.

Camp and COVID-19:

After a successful summer in 2021, we feel confident that we can run a program in 2022 that provides the magic of Camp while keeping our campers and staff safe. Our first priority is, and always will be, the well-being of our extended camp community, and we will continue to address COVID-19 by following public health guidance in our policies and practices.

As the pandemic continues to evolve, so will the specific details about summer 2022. We developed many policies and practices last year that will help to inform our approach, but we expect to adapt our program to whatever the specific conditions are next summer. We will begin to determine the details around specifics in the spring of 2022.

All staff members for 2022 should be prepared to demonstrate proof of receiving a COVID-19 vaccination. 

The Employee Experience

The staff experience is best captured by our recent staff themselves. Here are a few of the things they had to say about working at Bar 717 Ranch:

"This summer was my first on the ranch, although I know now it will be far from my last. Arriving as a new counselor I was apprehensive at first, but from the moment I stepped foot on the beautiful property and took a deep breath of the fresh air, I knew I had arrived somewhere very special. As I got to know my new Bar 717 family of counselors and staff, I soon came to know the true meaning and feeling of community that so many have come to love and appreciate about the ranch."       
- Alyssa W.

"I spent the summer working with the younger boys, and I got to witness first-hand how camp changed them. I watched them become fine young men, who not only learned new skills like woodworking, but also became more conscientious, sensitive, and responsible. The independence we fostered in them while they were under our watch gave them room to develop themselves and mature, and the close, family-style way of living strengthened their character. These were kids who volunteered to clean up after themselves, who looked after each other if one of them was struggling, and who could hold a friendly conversation with any random person on camp."    - David S.

"The time spent away from the modern day demands of a fast-paced world gave me the chance to dig my hands down into the soil every day, share a living space with interesting people from around the world who I can now call my friends, listen to the sounds of the birds and crickets, and—quite literally—smell the roses. Bar 717 Ranch and the gardens within it hold a warm place in my heart, and I am forever grateful to have had the opportunity to spend my summer as part of such a lovely community."    - Hollyn H.

"The summer that I spent at the Bar 717 ranch has definitely been one of the best of my life. Having grown up in a fairly built-up area in the UK the scale and sheer beauty of the ranch took my breath away from day one, and that was just the start of it. As someone training for a career in education, the ranch changed my perspective on a lot of things. I saw children learn more through the enjoyment of the wonderful environment here than in many classrooms I have been in. It has certainly made a big impact on how I plan to approach my life as a teacher.  More than that, the experiences here changed my outlook on life in general and I have taken the attitude of pitching in and working together as a big family to make things the best they can be back to my home life."    - Alex K.

Ideal Candidate

Our staff are the most important part of Camp. We are eager to hire people who will thrive in a child-oriented, remote outdoor environment. In our small community, people are interdependent and each individual contributes in a meaningful way. Our staff creates a mature and strong, responsible and reliable, sensitive and thoughtful community of adults who are willing and able to work in a way that serves the best interests of the children and the Ranch.


  • Passion for working with youth
  • Quick learner with strong problem-solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and collaborative attitude
  • Accepting of diversity in culture, race, sexual orientation, religion, gender identity, and ethnicity
  • Ability to seek and accept supervision and guidance
  • Enthusiasm, good judgment, patience, adaptability and self-control
  • Minimum age 18 (19 for counseling staff) by June 5, 2022 and completed at least 1 year of college (by start of camp) or have equivalent work, volunteer, or lived experience
  • Counselors must complete Lifeguard Training/CPR and Wilderness First Aid Training (courses are offered at camp prior to staff orientation)
  • Able to be a resident at camp from June 5, 2022 to at least August 7, 2022*

* We have several options for end dates. The earliest end date is August 8th and the latest is August 22rd.

Room and Board

Room and board are included for counselors and support staff. Our campers and staff live on a ‘platform’ that has a floor, back wall, and roof, but is otherwise open to the woods. Each platform has cots, shelves, a sink, and a bathroom. Showers are near platforms. Meals are sit-down and served family style. The food is excellent, with much of what we eat grown or produced right here on the Ranch.

Support staff are not required to live on site, but housing in the area is limited.

Getting Here and Getting Around

We are located in a fairly remote area of Northern California. If you have a car, we recommend bringing it as we have staff parking areas and that enables you to travel freely on your time off. Initial transportation to the ranch can be arranged through carpooling or airport pickup.

For Fun

The Bar 717 Ranch is on 450 acres of beautiful wilderness within the Shasta-Trinity National Forest at an elevation of 2,000 feet. The days are warm, and nights are cool. We are located seventeen miles west of Hayfork, California and are seven miles from the small town of Hyampom. We are surrounded by forests of pine, fir, oak, and madrone. The ranch is comprised of mountains, meadows, pristine creeks, and pastureland.

Trinity County offers beautiful hiking and wilderness experiences and we are just a few hours drive from the coast of Humboldt County. Our staff members spend their days off relaxing by the river, exploring nearby hiking and climbing spots, getting to know the rural communities around us, and yes--resting. 

How to Apply

Apply online or contact Emma Bundy, Staff Director, at or 530-628-5992

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