Colorado Trails Ranch

Barns at entrance to the ranch
Horses coming into the barns
Dining room
Exercise Room
Hay ride
Hike to the top of Baxter's Knob
Our western town with the Trading Post and Ruckus Room
Showing the young fishing at the pond
Soda Fountain in the Trading Post
Staff lounge
Swimming Pool and whirlpool
Team Penning
The Lodge and dining room
The office and part of our western town

Beautiful mountain scenery, rewarding work, adventure, new friends and happy trails await you!

Colorado Trails Ranch is a full service guest ranch located 12 miles northeast of Durango, Colorado. We have been in operation since 1960, and have a tradition of treating our guests not as customers but as members of our ranch family.

Bordering the San Juan National Forest in the San Juan Mountains and near the Four Corners area.

About Colorado Trails Ranch

Beautiful mountain scenery, hard work, and fun are just a few of the elements that our guest ranch crew experience every summer. If you have a ready smile, are willing to work hard, love the outdoors and enjoy working with people, we may have a job for you.

As an employee of our ranch, you will become an extension of our family. We strive for excellence and the best service in the industry. We look for these same qualities in our staff. If you are willing to make this commitment, we invite you to submit your application.

The Employee Experience

Colorado Trails Ranch is in a beautiful location in the San Juan Mountains. No traffic noises, traffic jams, crowded streets. We are nestled in our own little valley and feel like we have our own fantasy land. However. we are not isolated as we are just 12 miles from the town of Durango which has the necessities (a super WalMart, Starbucks, movie theater and some shopping). Durango also has many wonderful art galleries. We are near the Durango and Silverton train and the Million Dollar Highway to Silverton and Ouray. We have lots of hiking nearby as well as Mesa Verde National Park. Our staff takes themselves on many little excursions on their time off to see what the Four Corners area has to offer.

We have very new dorm facilities for our staff and our food is wonderful! Our staff eats with our guests and gets the same food. Our staff is welcome and encouraged to join in our guest activities on their time off. Horseback riding, rafting, shooting sports, hiking, and swimming, to name a few.

The very best part of being at Colorado Trails for the summer is the people we meet each week. They are very special people with a love of the outdoors and the activities we offer. They feel like longtime friends just after a week being here. Staff also form lifetime friendships with their co-workers. While working at Colorado Trails Ranch, the staff has virtually no expenses so they have an opportunity to save some good money. Great people, beautiful location, new friends and earn money….how can you beat that?

Ideal Candidate

Team players who love to meet new people with a ready smile and not afraid of hard work.

Room and Board

Colorado Trails Ranch provides housing and meals at no cost to our staff members. Housing is dormitory style, we have limited housing for those requiring private quarters. New dorms were built in 2014 and 2015 with living rooms and laundry rooms in each building.

Staff members eat all of their meals with the guests unless they are involved in preparation or service of that meal.

Employee Perks

Staff are paid an hourly wage plus time and a half for all hours worked over 40 in a week. Employees are paid every two weeks.

Staff also receives an end of season bonus as long as the dates outlined in their employment agreement are completed.

One of the privileges we offer our staff is the use of the Staff Lounge. This is available to all staff, and guests are not permitted in the Lounge. We expect you to respect this building and keep it clean. There is a TV monitor (although no television reception) with DVD player available in the Lounge along with a telephone, computer, and printer. Wireless connection available for your laptops. Cell phone coverage is spotty.

Getting Here and Getting Around

For those staff members who have vehicles, there is a designated staff parking lot and we will provide specific information upon your arrival.

If you are not driving to the ranch we will be happy to pick you up from the Durango, Colorado bus station or airport.

For Fun

Staff members are welcome to horseback ride and participate in other activities (rafting, shooting sports, lake trip, fishing) with our guests during your time off. Participation in these activities is on a space-available basis and must be scheduled at least a day in advance. Staff members interested in riding must complete our riding orientation, follow the guidelines of our riding program and help in the barn with grooming, saddling and mucking stalls.

How to Apply

Please read through the employment information on our website. From there you can apply online.

Please send in all the required information and a COMPLETE application. We do request that you provide email addresses for your references, if at all possible. We are finding that folks prefer to respond to a reference request at their leisure rather than us calling at an inopportune time.

Also, If you're applying for our counselor or wrangler positions, please submit a short riding video demonstrating your riding skills. We ask the video to show you catching a horse, grooming, saddling and bridling it. Then mounting and riding a short distance at a walk, jog and a lope. Lastly, dismounting and untacking the horse.

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