Bar Lazy J Ranch

Work Hard, Meet New People, Have Fun!

Opened in 1912, Bar Lazy J is considered the oldest continuously operating guest ranch in Colorado. With a guest capacity of 42 we strive to provide our guests a week long stay in a friendly, informal atmosphere with a true "western experience.

Our ranch is ideally located just southwest of Rocky Mountain National Park and nestled in a peaceful valley along the banks of the Colorado River.

About Bar Lazy J Ranch

The Bar Lazy J guest ranch is a great place to spend the summer, meet new people, work hard, and have lots of fun. If you enjoy serving people, your time at the dude ranch will prove to be an invaluable experience. Because the dude ranch is a people serving business, we do not hire individuals merely to get a job done. A job on a guest ranch is not a paid vacation.

We will have work available beginning early / mid-May through September. Please do not return an application unless you can begin work by the last week of May and stay at least until late August.

The Employee Experience

Learn all the details about what it's like to work at our ranch by checking out our "So you want to work at a dude ranch" blog post!

Ideal Candidate

Bar Lazy J has a very high percentage of returning guests each year, and a large part of that success is because of our staff.  Our guests stay for a week and therefore have ample opportunity to interface and become familiar with our staff - regardless of their role.  As a result it is extremely important to us that all our staff members are personable, polite, honest, hard-working and know how to smile.  Because all of our staff lives on the ranch, we want them to show the same consideration to our guests as they would in their own home.  They are also host and hostess.

Room and Board

Staff accommodation is mostly communal (shared rooms). The female staff is housed 2 persons to a room with 2 beds, 2 dressers, walk in closet and private bathroom. The male staff is housed in the bunkhouse. Linens, pillows and blankets are provided. Staff meals are provided 3 times per day and is the same quality of food as our guests experience. There is a staff dining area and snacks/beverages are available at all times.

Employee Perks

Staff compensation is based on an hourly wage plus an equal share of gratuities. Overtime is paid for working over 40 hours in a week. Depending on the position, staff will average 45 to 55 hours per week and all staff members work a six day week. Other benefits include, no commute costs, use of ranch laundry facilities, use of the swimming pool and hot tub, meeting new and exciting people (both staff and guests), and living in a beautiful location.

Getting Here and Getting Around

Having your own vehicle is not required. Many staff fly into Denver and use one of several van shuttle services to arrive at one of our local towns. The ranch will gladly pick staff members up at the drop off point. AMTRAK is another option for getting to the ranch. There is a train stop in GRANBY, CO - approx 12 miles from the ranch. If staff does drive to the ranch they can obtain driving directions from our website ; click on the tab "Directions to the Ranch".

For Fun

Our staff is encouraged to use the amenities of the ranch and immediate area on their time off. There is a variety of hiking, horseback riding, quality fishing, mountain biking and easy access to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Our Jobs

Children's Counselor


Will work with the Children's Program Coordinator in the planning and organizing of creative and entertaining morning and afternoon activities for children age groups of 3-6 and ages 7-12.



This position features variety and responsibilities rotate between housekeeping duties and serving meals in the guest dining areas.

Lodge Hostess


Oversee the cleanliness of the lodge/dining room.  Direct staff in preparing and putting out guest meals, communicating guest needs to the kitchen and to organize and maintain the lodge/dining room and related storage areas. Must be available for the entire season.

Wranglers and Children's Wranglers


Come ride the Rockies! Wranglers must demonstrate good horsemanship skills on and off horseback and possess good communication skills. Responsible for leading trail rides, feeding, grooming and tacking the horses, jingling the herd in the mornings and fence and trail maintenance. Wranglers must be able to stay through the entire season and Children's Wranglers must be available until mid-late August.

How to Apply

Please complete and submit our online application.