Experience a True Cattle & Guest Ranch In The Rockies!
Focus Ranch has remained a traditional cattle ranch since homesteaded in the 1890’s and continues to be privately owned and operated by the owners. We offer you a true ranch work experience with both guests and livestock! Proud member of the Dude Ranch Association
We are located on the western Colorado and south - central Wyoming border in a section of the Northern Rocky Mountains called the Sierra Madres.
About Focus Ranch
Focus Ranch is a traditional working cattle ranch that invites guests to share in the day-to-day operation of the ranch. It was homesteaded in the late 1890’s and became a dude ranch in 1938. It is family owned and operated.
National Forest lands (Medicine Bow) join the northern border of the ranch and is the area where our 1300 plus head of yearling cattle spend most of the summer. Our guests and employees enjoy riding both in Colorado and Wyoming.
In 2009, we placed a conservation easement on the ranch in order to preserve it as open space and protect it from development.
The ranch elevation is approximately 7000 feet and the surrounding peaks soar to 10,000 feet. Guests and employees from all over the world join us every season for a unique, non-mainstream experience. Guest capacity: 14 or less is the target except for reunion weeks.
The Employee Experience
Our employees have a passion for learning and adding to their life's skills. No matter what the age there is always something to learn from the job or each other. The work is not always easy and some days are longer than others but we function as a team to get the jobs done. As owners and operators of the ranch, we have done all aspects of every job over the years and will never ask our employees to do anything unreasonable. We have high standards and seek to hire individuals with the same. At the end of the workday, we enjoy seeing the employees relax and perhaps get together for some fun or sit with the guests and visit. The atmosphere is a family setting and we like to share our home with those who like the remoteness of a cattle ranch tucked into the Rocky Mountains...where wildlife is abundant and people are few!
Are you someone who looks for non-mainstream opportunities with meaningful impact? Here at Focus Ranch we are looking for individuals who will take the initiative to get the ball rolling on the job, can problem solve, lead or be a team player when needed. If you are hard working, enjoy people, have a good attitude while working and strive for doing a job well...then we would like to hear from you. Perhaps you are considering a career in agriculture, ranching or hospitality - we will do our best to give you additional support on the job to attain your goal.
Room and Board
Housing is provided and is a condition of employment. Rooms are semi-private with generally 2 people per room. Limited private rooms available. Each bedroom has a private bath. Towels and bedding are provided. Laundry facilities are available in the employee building. No pets are allowed.
The meals are home-cooked from scratch and wholesome. Our employees eat the same food as our guests and I like to describe it as “high-end family style”.
All positions include a base salary, bonus, room and board. Most positions include 1.5 days off per week. Most positions include tips. The employee facility includes a staff common room with a TV (satellite), DVD player, high-speed wireless internet connection and laundry facilities. There is a land line phone for use by guests and staff. Cellular phones with some exceptions, do not work well on the ranch. The staff has access to all ranch activities.
Getting Here and Getting Around
Focus Ranch is in both Colorado and Wyoming. To find us on a map, look in the NW corner of Colorado and south-central part of Wyoming. Slater, Colorado is our mailing address. We are 50 miles northwest of Steamboat Springs, Colorado and 30 miles east of Baggs, Wyoming on Colorado County Road 129. You need to arrange for your own transportation. We will provide transportation to and from Steamboat Springs upon arrival and departure. There is public transportation between the Denver Airport and Steamboat Springs, CO. The most reasonable flights are into Denver and then continue with an airport shuttle to Steamboat Springs where we can meet you. There is also a regional airport that major airlines use: Steamboat Springs/Hayden. This is usually more expensive but employees have found some good deals to make this option reasonable.
After arrival and during your stay, other employees and employers occasionally will provide transportation off the ranch. If possible, we recommend having a vehicle as this is a wonderful area to explore on days off. There is no public transportation in the immediate vicinity of the ranch.
Most popular is the horseback riding. For non-riders, there is hiking, fishing, mountain biking (bring your own) swimming and pretty much anything you want to do that wide open spaces allow. Throughout the summer, employees enjoy exploring some of the national parks and local museums. There are also opportunities to attend rodeos, barbecues, and songfests. Every season is different, but evening soccer, ping pong, volleyball games are not uncommon. Town is 50 miles away making it important for employees to be content in nature and the outdoors rather than shopping and nightly entertainment in town. If you need the activities of city life, then you will not be happy here.
How to Apply
Please complete an application available on our website, or you can email us and request it. Since we hire based on your application and the information given, please include anything that might distinguish you from other applicants. You are encouraged to enclose a personal note and to use this as a way of introducing yourself to us! It is optional but including your picture would be appreciated. We are also available for a personal interview if you are ever in this area.
Our recruitment process goes quickly, so the sooner you apply, the better!