Taylor Park Trading Post

Spend the summer with us and see why families have been visiting this Mountain Oasis for generations!

Originally dubbed the Colorado Dream Ranch, Taylor Park Trading Post was established in 1940 and is still run by the same family that started it all. The Trading Post, Nugget Cafe and all cabins were personally built by the family. That in itself is a bit of Americana history!

Our unique, family run destination is nestled high in the mountains at an elevation of 9400 feet on the Taylor Park Reservoir. Not only is it set against a stunning Rocky Mountain backdrop, but its location is centrally located amongst the some of the state's most stunning wilderness, making it the perfect base camp for exploration!

About Taylor Park Trading Post

The Ranch is located 1/2 mile from the east shore of Taylor Reservoir (a 2,040 acre mountain lake that is deep, clear and full of fish!) and abounds with magnificent views of the Sawatche Range. The area around the resort is ideal for camping, hiking, backpacking and ATV's, fishing, hunting, photography, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling. This is an excellent place to come to get away from it all, relax in the great outdoors and enjoy the endless possibilities for outdoor recreation. 

Taylor Park Trading Post includes a General Store, Gift Shop, Rental Cabins, Full hook-up RV sites & a Restaurant. The general store offers a variety of convenience items (i.e. groceries, ice, gas, air, water...) as well as all the necessary camping supplies, fishing tackle, and other miscellaneous items needed to enjoy all the recreational activities in the area.

We are an outpost of comforts in a wild, beautiful and remote section of the Rockies!

The Employee Experience

At Taylor Park Trading Post, you will have a great opportunity to explore the outdoors, our location allows you to experience 100% pure Colorado. 

Ideal Candidate

We are a family owned and operated organization, and a teamwork attitude is a necessity. Successful candidates understand the idea of working when you work, and playing when you play. Preference will be given to individuals who can stay the whole season. We depend on you.

Room and Board

Individuals are placed in housing around the property free of charge.  We have apartments above the cafe and a separate bunkhouse with shared living spaces. Employees are placed two to a room.  

Shared kitchens are provided, and you are responsible for making your own food.  

Shift meals are provided for cafe workers only.

If you have your own RV, we have full hookup RV sites. Ask about details.

Because of the shared living spaces, cooperation is appreciated.

Getting Here and Getting Around

The Taylor Park Trading Post is located 34 miles northeast of Gunnison, Colorado.  We are 38 miles west of Buena Vista by way of Cottonwood Pass, CR-209, and east of Taylor Reservoir at the junction of CR-742 & CR-765.

For Fun

  • Fishing
  • ATV-ing
  • Camping
  • Motorcycling
  • Backpacking & Hiking

The mountain towns of Crested Butte, Gunnison, Salida and Buena Vista are all nearby. 

Our Jobs

Taylor Park Trading Post is an equal opportunity employer offering seasonal employment from early May through October. ​We seek the following for our 2017 summer season. 

Dishwasher

Nugget Cafe

A great entry level opportunity to gain experience in a kitchen. Wash clean and put away dishes and cutlery. Clean kitchen and help out where needed. All restaurant staff are asked to help out in any and all necessary roles and duties to help the cafe run smoothly and efficiently.

General Store / Maintenance

Trading Post

A job with diversity is the best of two worlds! Visit with and serve our friendly customers in our general store. Use your jack of all trades skills to help out with some maintenance projects around property.

Housekeeper

Trading Post

Cleaning cabins, bathrooms, kitchens, doing laundry, etc. Housekeepers average about 40 hours a week, some days are heavy and some days are light - give you lots of time to explore the area in the afternoons!

Line Cook

Nugget Cafe

Fast paced grill and saute line cook work. Previous kitchen experience is incredibly helpful. All restaurant staff are asked to help out in any and all necessary roles and duties to help the cafe run smoothly and efficiently.

Server

Nugget Cafe

Deliver great customer service and a pleasant dining experience to our cafe patrons. Previous waitstaff experience is helpful. All restaurant staff are asked to help out in any and all necessary roles and duties to help the cafe run smoothly and efficiently.

How to Apply

To apply for food and beverage jobs, please send us your resume via email to Chris at yoho77@live.com.

To apply for all other positions (housekeeper / store clerk / gift shop / RV Park staff) you can contact Bruce at tptp545@hotmail.com.

We're not very tech savvy (truly) so phone is best. We'd love to speak with you directly. Alternatively, email us your resume or use the contact form provided below via the apply now link. 

Thank you, and we very much look forward to speaking with you!