Circle K Ranch

Staff Photo Spring of 2020
Circle K Ranch Lodge - Lounge area
Circle K Ranch Lodge

Come Work and Play in the Mountains With Us!

Circle K Ranch is family owned and operated since 1982. It is our desire to provide a wholesome, family-oriented experience that fosters greater connection with ourselves, each other and with God. If you have a desire to serve, grow and be a part of a caring community, we invite you to learn more!

We are located in SW Colorado, along the Dolores River, between Cortez and Telluride in the midst of the beautiful San Juan mountains at an elevation of 8000'.

About Circle K Ranch

Our team of outstanding staff at Circle K Ranch serves guests from all walks of life including youth groups, family reunions, vacationing families, hunters and fishermen. Together, we provide our guests with western style lodging, home cooked meals, horseback riding and one on one experiences with horses that help our guests connect on a deeper level with their horses and each other! It is a highlight of each summer to serve groups of inner city youth, wounded warriors and more.  Our fall season takes on a new feel and focus as we begin serving and outfitting elk and mule deer hunters, September through Mid November.

We are located along the Dolores River in the beauty of the San Juan National Forest. What an amazing playground it is, offering great opportunities for enjoying the outdoors, including hiking, fishing, rafting, 4 wheeling, horseback riding and more!

We are family owned and operated for 39 years now and strive to create a great experience for our staff and guests.... One in which you will feel like family as well. We are unique in that we offer our staff and guests fun and awesome opportunities for personal growth and development. As part of the Circle K Family our staff have the opportunity to participate in all ranch activities, a non-denominational Sunday service, staff game nights and more.

We are faith-based and are looking for people who have a desire to make a difference in the world while they also help create a great ranch and outdoor experience for themselves and others. It takes a team of awesome people with like hearts and minds, working together to make an impact. If you want to help change lives and be a part of a growing, dynamic team, we would love to hear from you. Hiring a head wrangler, wranglers/packers, housekeepers, front desk/reservations, maintenance and generals who help out in all areas. 

If you love people, being in the mountains and part of a community of people with a heart to serve and you possess the required skills and experience, we'd love to consider you for our 2021 season. 

The Employee Experience

If you love the mountains, enjoy a wholesome family atmosphere, are passionate about your own personal growth and development, and want to make a difference in the lives of those you work with and the guests you serve, we invite you to consider being part of our team. Living and working at Circle K Ranch is like being part of a large, caring family. We work, eat, learn, grow and play together. We value hard work, honesty, integrity, compassion, teamwork, and personal growth and development. Staff members have the opportunity to share in fun and enriching activities together throughout the season.

Ideal Candidate

We place a high value on quality of character, including good disposition, honesty, integrity, and a strong desire for personal growth and excellence. Our goal is to provide a warm, friendly and caring atmosphere, always doing our best to assure our guests have the best experience possible. We are looking for staff members who are passionate to do the same....Individuals with a friendly, outgoing personality and a willingness to go the extra mile in their service to others. Working at a guest ranch requires hard work, dedication and desire to work together to do what it takes to get the job done. We are looking for team players who are passionate about serving others and making a positive impact in the world.

Room and Board

  • Most staff housing is very basic with shared bathrooms. It is possible that some staff will have roommates. Staff members are responsible to provide their own bedding, toiletries, and bath linens.
  • FHU RV site is available for those staff who have their own RVs.
  • Our staff eats the same meals as our guests. Meals are provided at various times throughout the summer when we are serving groups. All meals are provided through the fall hunting season. 
  • Laundry facilities are available for the staff during non-Ranch use hours. Our staff also enjoys FREE WIFI and cell service, though it is somewhat limited and spotty at times, due to our location.
  • Staff have opportunities to ride horses during their time off

Employee Perks

  • A monthly salary paid twice monthly.
  • Use of guest facilities and activities on time off.
  • Discounts for immediate family members.
  • Circle K merchandise at cost.

Getting Here and Getting Around

  • Hired staff are welcome to drive their own vehicle. This has many advantages and is encouraged.
  • We are located within an hours drive of the Cortez and Telluride Airports and will pick up staff at those locations.
  • Sometimes carpool options become available for individuals to ride out with another staff person from the same general area.

For Fun

There are many fun adventures for staff both on and off the ranch. Right from the ranch, there is horseback riding (no charge!), hiking, fishing, river tubing, and mountain climbing. Off the ranch, activities include rafting, rock climbing, Jeeping, and mountain biking as well as road trips to fun spots such as Telluride, Mesa Verde, Durango, Ouray Hot Springs, the Grand Canyon and Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Thirteen of Colorado's 54 highest peaks, those taller than 14,000 feet, can be found here in the San Juan Mountain Range of Colorado.

How to Apply

Click on APPLY HERE to fill out our online application. You are welcome to attach a current photo and any other information that you feel would be helpful for us to get to know you better. (Ex.: Resumes, Reference Letters, a statement telling us why you would like to work at Circle K Ranch and why you feel you would be an asset to our team.)

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