An Old Time Ranch Adventure
The Circle Z Ranch is situated on 6,500 acres at 4,000 feet altitude. We have entertained guests at our ranch every winter since 1926. Guests ride ranch-bred horses through the foothills of the historic Santa Rita Mountains and under huge cottonwood trees along the ever-flowing Sonoita Creek. As a quiet, family oriented ranch, we put emphasis on riding and down-home hospitality.
About Circle Z Ranch
Welcome to Circle Z Ranch, an intimate guest ranch nestled in the desert oasis of Patagonia. The climate on the ranch is mild with warm sunny days and surprisingly cool nights. The town of Patagonia is 4 miles away and Nogales, Arizona is 12 miles away. Tucson is just a short one-hour trip, as is Sierra Vista. While living the ranch life can be challenging, the rewards are numerous and many of our employees of all ages come to the ranch for their first season and return year after year.
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The Employee Experience
The weather in Patagonia is beautiful and perfect for outdoor activities. Some crew members like to go hiking, running, swimming, or biking. Tennis is also available. You are welcome to join a trail ride during your time off with the permission of the Foreman. Visits to the surrounding towns like Nogales, Sonoita, Tubac, Sierra Vista, Tucson, as well as excursions into Mexico are also fun activities to partake in on days off.
Employees at Circle Z Ranch are provided with housing as well as meals throughout the entire season. The accommodations provided are a private bedroom with a desk, sink, and a shared bathroom with up to 2 other employees. We also have a staff break room with a television with basic satellite service, refrigerator, microwave, bathroom, and sink. Laundry facilities are available at no charge. Our employees will be served the same delicious meals as our guests and will have access to the staff pantry.
The culture at Circle Z Ranch is guest oriented and staff members will be asked to accommodate their needs in a friendly and helpful manner. Everyone is expected to work as a team to keep our ranch clean, organized, and running smoothly. We assign a lead team member for every department and expect all staff members to respect and follow their instruction. It is a casual work environment and we will provide you with a list of assigned tasks and instruction of how to perform them. You may consult your department lead or manager on duty with any concern, comment, or suggestion. Each team member is expected to stay on top of his or her assigned tasks. The typical work week is 5 1/2 days. The holidays are particularly busy, but that is balanced with a bit of extra free time during off peak weeks.
Candidates for employment at Circle Z Ranch, should be amiable, engaging, hardworking, and enjoy interacting with guests from around the world. Being an intimate guest ranch, it is necessary that all staff members provide extraordinary customer service both on and off duty. Crew members are expected to take initiative to handle or report any maintenance, or customer service issues as they may arise. We pride ourselves in proving outstanding customer service and an employee that can go the extra mile will thrive at Circle Z Ranch.
Room and Board
All housing and meals are provided at no charge. Ranch meals are hearty and delicious. We have a wide variety of choices at each meal. In addition, the staff pantry is available at all times. Staff members are provided with his or her own room that includes a sink and mirror. Bath facilities are shared with up to two others of the same sex. Bedrooms are approximately 130 to 150 square feet, therefore storage is limited. The room also includes a dresser and desk. We provided linens if needed, but you are welcome to bring your own. There is a staff lounge in the bunkhouse that is equipped with a television, microwave, toaster oven, and washer and dryer. All ranch facilities are smoke-free. Sorry, no pets allowed.
At Circle Z Ranch, we treat our employees as our family. Crew members enjoy having meals together, going out to karaoke, bowling or the movies. Periodically, throughout the season, the ranch hosts staff parties. Holiday meals are celebrated with staff and guests dining together. Steep discounts are provided at the gift shop and for immediate family to stay at the ranch. Access to all amenities including, pool, tennis court, game room, hiking, and horseback riding are available at no cost.
Getting Here and Getting Around
Being located in a remote town in southern Arizona, public transportation is not readily available. Patagonia is 65 miles south of Tucson on State Highway 82. Staff members may prefer to bring their own vehicle to take advantage of the many things to do in our area such as shopping trips to Nogales, Sonora; visiting Tubac and the old missions; visiting Tombstone and Bisbee for a taste of the Old West; enjoying our regional state parks - Lake Patagonia and Kartchner Caverns. A bike also comes in handy as the ranch is just four miles from Patagonia and an easy bike ride.
There are many activities to enjoy in beautiful Patagonia. The weather is mild with cool mornings and sunny afternoons. All crew members have access to the Ranch's amenities including the pool, tennis court, game room, and horseback riding. The weather is perfect for those who enjoy outdoor activities like running, hiking, birding, and mountain biking. Stargazing in Patagonia is a mesmerizing sight! For those who enjoy fishing, swimming or kayaking, we are located 4 miles from Patagonia State Park. You could stroll around the small town of Patagonia and visit the local shops, restaurants and bars. Many of our staff enjoy going to karaoke at the Wagon Wheel saloon. Just 16 miles away are the towns of Sonoita and Elgin, Arizona's most popular wine tasting destination. Movies, bowling, shopping, and dining are available in the border city of Nogales which is a 15 minute drive from the ranch. Other popular destinations are Tombstone, Bisbee, Benson, and Tubac. Bring your passport if you would like to experience the culture, restaurants, festivities, and shopping across the border in Nogales, Mexico.