Tarryall River Ranch

"You may come as a stranger, but you'll leave feeling like family!"

A historic Colorado “dude ranch turned guest ranch” operating since 1927, Tarryall River Ranch offers rest, rejuvenation and fun for all ages.

We are a small Colorado guest ranch nestled in a gorgeous green valley with craggy peaks that tower on all sides and Tarryall Creek running through its property. We are surrounded by both Pike National Forest and Lost Creek Wilderness, and sit at an elevation of 8,600 feet.

About Tarryall River Ranch

Tarryall River Ranch is located in the Rocky Mountains, in a beautiful part of the country that boasts 300 days of sunshine. Because of its unique location, Tarryall's visitors not only have private fly fishing access to the creek that flows through the property but to multitudes of hiking and horseback riding trails, as well. Such trails are peppered with pines and aspen groves and often lead to stunning vistas which put the state’s famous 14ers (including Pikes Peak) on display. Our employees, like our guests, come for an unforgettable western experience, discover genuine hospitality, and leave feeling like family.

Ready to spend your days surrounded by Colorado's beautiful mountain scenery? Want to meet new people and making lasting memories? Apply today! This is the kind of job that everyone wishes they had pursued when they had the chance!

The Employee Experience

Tarryall River Ranch is a privately owned guest ranch in the Rocky Mountains offering overnight stays, horseback riding, fly fishing and hiking to guests who are looking for a refreshing and restorative environment away from the busyness of normal life. Our summer staff has the opportunity to build an incredible sense of teamwork and camaraderie with each other as they gain experience in a wide variety of skills, all while living at an elevation of 8,600 feet and surrounded by the rugged beauty of Colorado’s peaks and valleys.

  • We aim to create a welcoming, professional, and community-oriented atmosphere for guests. Our summer staff aids us in this mission by bringing assistance and support to the ranch’s various departments and daily operations.
  • Our employees enjoy being a part of “ranch life,” where they have the opportunity to interact with so many different people and animals, live a rural area, and gain a wide range of skills in the hospitality/tourism industry.

Ideal Candidate

The staff at Tarryall River Ranch is a close-knit, team-oriented community. The nature of the work requires all staff to be willing to pitch in and help wherever needed, regardless of the task or the department it falls under.

All employees are expected to maintain a high level of integrity and interpersonal skills both with fellow employees and TRR customers. 

We look for employees who display a positive and willing attitude toward extravagant hospitality.

Room and Board

Shared housing is provided for all summer staff, so it is important that our employees respect each others space. Towels, pillow, and bed linens are provided.  Storage space is small so please pack appropriately.  We can supply you with a list of items we feel are important for you to pack.

A laundry room is available.

Some supplementary meals are provided throughout the summer, however staff is largely responsible for their own meals.

Employee Perks

Pay depends on your position and does not include tips. Housing is included, not deducted, from your pay.

Tarryall River Ranch is about an hour and a half from Colorado Springs and about two and a half hours from Denver. The closest towns are Lake George and Woodland Park, where there are a limited number of restaurants, grocery stores, and other places to eat, explore and shop.

In addition to hiking, fly fishing and horseback riding available on the ranch’s property, many employees enjoy the ranch’s proximity to several of Colorado’s famous 14ers and ski towns such as Breckenridge and Vail.

Getting Here and Getting Around

Transportation to and from the Tarryall River Ranch is the responsibility and at the expense of the employee. The closest airports are in Colorado Springs and Denver, however, there is not any public transportation to/from the ranch, so a car is necessary. Once you've arrived at the ranch, housing is in walkable distance from where you'll work and the use of a car is optional at this point.

For Fun

You will have one day off per week. There are many places to go sight-seeing near the ranch and in Colorado Springs. As explained elsewhere, the ranch is about an hour and a half from Colorado Springs and about two and a half hours from Denver. The closest towns are Lake George and Woodland Park, where there are a limited number of restaurants, grocery stores, and other places to eat, explore and shop. In addition to the hiking, fly fishing and horseback riding available on the ranch’s property, you may enjoy the ranch’s proximity to several of Colorado’s famous 14ers and ski towns such as Breckenridge and Vail. We encourage the staff to go see more of Colorado while here at the ranch for the summer.

Also, keep in mind that you will be able, and sometimes expected, to participate in the activities planned for the ranch's guests. 

How to Apply

Our high season runs from mid-May through September, however, due to the fact that many of our summer positions are filled by college students, we can be somewhat flexible with the start/end dates of our staff.

Please email us letting us know which position you are interested in. Your email should include a letter of interest/introduction as well as a resume.


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