Colorado Mountain Ranch Summer Camp

Smiles at the Peak!
Beautiful Riding Country!

Venture ahead in Your Life's Quest this summer!

Colorado Mountain Ranch: a place with a family feel & residential staff community. Programs for people to connect with others, nature, & authentic self while actively having fun outdoors. Day Camp engages youth ages 7-17 in a large variety of fun outdoor learning activities, including Western horseback riding. Groups also enjoy Team-building on the low ropes course & beautiful mountain Weddings.

Colorado Mountain Ranch features views of the snow-capped peaks of the Continental Divide from its ridge of wildflower meadows and forests at 8500' elevation, ten miles above Boulder, Colorado. The Walker Family established the children's summer camp and horse ranch in 1947 on the property bordering the historic gold-mining town of Gold Hill.

About Colorado Mountain Ranch Summer Camp

Look ahead! See yourself living, learning, and working in the Colorado Rockies this summer, making a meaningful forward move in your life's quest to better yourself and others. Camp will change your life as you open to the joys of children and working hard, nature and all its wonders, adventure, friends, and outdoor fun.

Connections. The Colorado Mountain Ranch staff team comes together to share common interests in children, stay active in the outdoors, and make a positive impact on the world. Each summer a unique congenial community builds. Friendships begin and last a lifetime! CMR is a place to make connections - with peers, children, the outdoors, the mountains, nature, your true self... 

Build Skills along with the Campers. Group Counselors and Activity Instructors lead and participate along with the campers. There are many Camp Activities - from Western Horsebackriding to High-country Exploring, Gymnastics and Trampolines to Native American Indian Lore, from Dramatics to Mountainboarding (envision snowboarding on wheels) and the Team-building Low Ropes Challenge Course.  From Nature Immersion to Horse Care and Arts & Crafts. The list goes on and on.

Innovation. Usually about half of the staff members are new to the Ranch every summer, equalizing the balance of old and new. Each year,  staff members bring in fresh ideas for improving organizational aspects, adding activities, and doing projects to make it all go, too! Yoga. Earth Sustainability. Organic Gardening. Goat Milking and Grazing. Novel ideas for large themed events. You share it, we'll listen! 

Variety. On weekdays, CMR serves a general population, ages 7 to 17 in our Day Camp programs, with a one-night-a-week children's overnight in camp and out-trip overnight campouts, too. Evenings and weekends, we meet, plan, share, spruce up the place, put on a Family Camp Day, and sometimes attend to groups for retreats, weddings, company picnics, and team-building Challenge ropes course experiences.

Paid Internships. Design an internship with your professor for us to consider.  There are so many fields of study which lend well to positive growth via a Camp working experience - all realms of Education, Parks and Recreation, Psychology, Sociology, Ecology, Equine studies, Communications, Culinary, Hotel and Institutional Management...

Tradition. For generations, Colorado Mountain Ranch campers have sung “You’re the Best in All the World!” to celebrate Camp Spirit and the winning Place, People, and Programs!  About 45 residential staff members open  their home in the mountains to up to 175 campers each week. The Colorado Mountain Ranch is independent and family-owned and operated by the same Camping Family since its founding in 1947. 

The Employee Experience

So many Colorado Mountain Ranch campers and staff members reflect on their summers at the Ranch as the best summers of their lives.  A close-knit community grows.  Friendships often last forever!

The residential staff community lives and works together, giving each member of the team the chance to build connections with each other and the natural surroundings. Staff being in residence on-site for children's day camp programs allows for staff members to identify with the beauty and magic of the place that is the Ranch.  As the core of the experience develops, staff members reach out to include the campers in the growing feeling of a cooperative upbeat community.  Living in Camp gives the staff time to meet, share, and plan to enrich the program and give individual support for each child and group.

Each group of children has a counselor and each activity has a specialized instructor or instructional team working together to provide every child with experiences to build skills physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially.  Staff members serve as coaches to help children build confidence to strive toward taking risks and trying as hard and long as it takes toward successes. 

The Walker Family loves kids and staff members alike.  We all aim to listen to each other with respect.  Occasions abound for positive interactions and loads of fun, both on and off the job!

Ideal Candidate

Qualities we look for:

  • positive attitude
  • enthusiasm
  • genuine interest in children
  • flexibility and adaptability to changing priorities
  • self-motivation
  • superior listening skills
  • appropriate communications
  • personable
  • physical energy and stamina
  • mentally alert
  • good judgment
  • reliability
  • safety-minded
  • honest
  • sincere
  • satisfaction in working hard for rewards beyond financial gain
  • willing to help with daily support crews, general maintenance, and work projects to keep the Ranch in shape
  • open to a Native American philosophy of respect for self, others, nature, and stewardship of the Earth.

Room and Board

Enjoy good hearty home-made meals and bunkhouse style mountain cabin living with the Rockies as your own backyard! These are benefits which make your salary dollars more valuable.

Employee Perks


Opportunity.  To make good friends and to create, contribute and serve in a cooperative, active, supportive, outdoor mountain community while playing with children. 

Location. Rocky Mountains, beautiful trails and surroundings, vistas, pine and aspen forests, wildflowers.  ½ hour drive down to Boulder, ½ hour drive up to trailheads to hike up to and over the Continental Divide.

Small community:  At-home family feel.  Tradition and open-minded innovation. Personal attention to staff and children.

Connection. Unplugged connection with nature & face-to-face with children and Camp friends. (Cell service and Wifi are at least intermittent for off-times.)

Friends. Live & work with peers with similar interests-staying active, outdoors, children, meaningful endeavors.

Day Camp (not overnight camp).  Staff members have evenings and Saturdays without child care responsibilities. 

Time Off Together.  All Staff members are in residence and have time off at the same time Weds nights and Sundays all day and night.

Varied work responsibilities:  Keeps things exciting throughout each week day and for Saturday events and projects.

Extras.  Staff members receive laundry service, leadership training, future personnel references.

Getting Here and Getting Around

On arrival and departure days, we provide transportation to and from the Denver Airport, bus and train stations. Those from out of state may request a travel stipend.  On-site housing is in cabins clustered around the main Lodge in the center of the Camp property.  The walk between activity areas is a maximum of 5 minutes over dirt trails.  Public transportation systems in Boulder and Denver are good. Some staff members bring their own vehicles and are usually generous with ride shares.

For Fun

Our area is honeycombed with trails to explore and patchworked with National Forest lands right nearby.  A camping area with an amazing 360-degree vista of the high peaks and deep valleys is just a mile up from the main Ranch. The historic mining town of Gold Hill once housed 10,000 people during the Colorado Gold Rush. Today 150 rugged folk compose a small mountain community proud of their original general store, cafe, restaurant, and music venue. 

From our mountain location to the west it's just a one-half hour drive to the trailheads which lead up and over the alpine country of the Continental Divide, Roosevelt National Forest, the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, and Rocky Mountain National Park. To the east, it's just a one-half hour drive into the beautiful college town of Boulder. Tubing on Boulder Creek is a staff favorite. From there, the drive is only another half-hour to the excitement and cultural offerings of the big city of Denver.

Generally each summer, a staff committee organizes staff outings for river rafting, a Rockies baseball game, and a show at Boulder's Dinner Theatre.

How to Apply

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