Rainbow Trout Ranch

last day at the pool
Staff pre-season raft trip

THE ULTIMATE SUMMER - living and working in the Colorado Rockies

Rainbow Trout Ranch is a family owned and operated guest ranch providing authentic western vacations. We are totally committed to providing a quality western experience for our guests.

Located at 9000+ ft. in the San Juan Mountains of southern Colorado.

About Rainbow Trout Ranch

Rainbow Trout Ranch is a first-class guest ranch creating lifetime memories.  We provide horseback riding, fishing, children's and teen programs and many other activities.    We are very family oriented for guests and staff.  Many of our guests return each year and we have very high expectations of our staff in continuing that tradition. We hire people who are excited about serving people, enthusiastic and who care about their work. 

The Employee Experience

A summer at Rainbow Trout Ranch is a unique experience.  You meet guests and staff from all over the world.  Many of our guests return year after year and our staff plays a key role in their vacation experience.   We work hard, have fun and at the end of the summer you will have made lasting friendships, learned many skills and you will have memories that last a lifetime. 

Ideal Candidate

All positions:  A love of serving people.    Your goal is to provide an amazing experience for the guests, and the reward is in knowing you created that experience and the memories for each of them whether they are three years old or eighty years old.   We require individuals who are dependable, honest, enthusiastic, positive, respectful and who have a strong work ethic.   You must be a friendly person (complete with smile), committed to your responsibilities and a team player willing to jump in and help in any area of the ranch.   Therefore, please note that if partying (drinking, recreational drugs, etc.) is a focus for you, you are not the right fit for us.  

Room and Board

The ranch provides onsite housing and meals for all employees at a nominal monthly fee.  Employee housing is shared with 2 or 3 other employees.  We will provide bedding and you need to provide your own pillow and towels.  You have use of the ranch laundry facilities.   Staff meals are the same as provided for our guests.  As a staff we eat breakfast together so we can review the happenings for the day, and for lunch and dinner you eat with the guests in the dining room unless you are serving.

Employee Perks

All staff work six days a week.  Payroll is based on an hourly wage plus overtime for working over forty hours in a week, plus a share of the tip pool.  The same benefits are paid regardless of position since we believe all staff positions are of equal importance, and it takes everyone to provide our guests with the best vacation.   We truly want you to enjoy your work and have fun doing it.  

Getting Here and Getting Around

You can drive to the ranch or we can meet you at the Alamosa airport with arrangements made in advance.  We will provide information on connections to the ranch.

For Fun

Over the years our staff have had some wonderful adventures and made lasting memories both on and off the ranch.  During non-working hours or days off you are welcome to enjoy the ranch facilities as well as relax, hike or fish the many tributaries in the area.   On days off we encourage staff to ride, or being in southern Colorado you can easily enjoy Taos, Santa Fe and northern New Mexico as well as all that Colorado has to offer.  .

How to Apply

Learn more about us on our website.  Our Trip Advisor reviews and the ranch Facebook are also a great way to get a feel for the ranch.

We are looking for staff with a strong work ethic, with a commitment to hard work, having  fun working with others and serving others. If you feel you are a good fit, please complete our short online application form.  Once we receive the application, we will contact you for an interview.    


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