Rio Blanco Ranch

Work & Play in the Colorado Rockies

Rio Blanco Ranch is a private guest ranch and fishing lodge founded in 1920 located in the Flat Top Mountains and completely surrounded by the White River National Forest.

Our lodge is located in the Flat Tops Wilderness, 50 Miles outside of Meeker, Colorado.

About Rio Blanco Ranch

The ranch is not open to the public; it is privately owned by about 20 shareholders, who each come during the summer, bringing their own family and friends. We have a maximum capacity of about 35 guests who come for fishing, horseback riding, sporty clay shooting, mountain biking, hiking, and all around mountain vacation experience.

The Employee Experience

RBR has an over 50% employee return rate. Staff keep returning year after year as they gain a sense of investment in the Ranch and it's culture.  Each department head has been with RBR for at least 5 years and the General Manager has been with the Ranch for 23 years.  RBR has changed a lot of people's lifestyles, interests and relationships. 

Being as private as we are, very few people get to experience the Rio Blanco Ranch lifestyle. We are a unique property, and given that from June to October our staff lives, eats, works, and plays as a team, many great, life-long personal and professional relationships are made.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate would be someone excited to live in a group environment, has an open schedule from June 1 through October 1 and loves the outdoors and everything it has to offer

Room and Board

You will live in one of the three dorms on the ranch and have your own room. Bathrooms are shared. The dorms are furnished, including linens but please feel free to bring with you anything that will make your room feel more like home. There are free laundry facilities and a downstairs living area with satellite TV and basic kitchens. The dorms also share an outdoor fire pit. There is a separate phone line for the dorms.

All of your meals are provided by the Ranch and will be prepared by the Ranch chefs. Our chefs are very busy providing the best possible experience for our guests, and also take great pride in their employee meals.  Therefore, special diets and restrictions are hard to accommodate. There are set hours for employee meals. On Saturday nights, guests and staff all eat together at the picnic.

Employee Perks

We are very competitive in our salaries. We expect the best from our staff and compensate appropriately. Year-end bonuses, tips, and seasonal raises are given to those who make it clear they are here for the team, and for whom the team could not do without.

On your time off you can enjoy our gold water fishing, our first class equestrian program, miles and miles of beautiful trails, nearby summer music festivals and all the fun that Colorado has to offer.

Getting Here and Getting Around

You are encouraged to bring your own vehicle to the Ranch. Keep in mind the Ranch is remotely located, and having use of your own vehicle is necessary.  Please be aware that all of the roads leading to the ranch are dirt roads with washboard areas; these roads can be tough on vehicles.

For Fun

During your time off, you will be able to take advantage of our wilderness setting. There are lots of hiking trails and spots for camping, and plenty of water for fishing. You will also be able to ride the ranch horses, and hunting is always an opportunity in the fall. With a little driving, you can also go caving, rafting, or tubing.

How to Apply

Please complete our job application. Applicants who also send their resume will be screened first. Our season runs June 1st to October 1st.  Please don't apply if you cannot stay the whole season.  We do receive many applications.  A photo to put a face with a name helps our hiring process move more efficiently.  Thank you.


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