Guest Services
Trappers Lake Lodge

Guest Services at Trappers Lake Lodge in the beautiful Flat Tops Wilderness of Colorado!

Remote Lodge in the White River National Forest

  • summer
  • fall

Guest Services

Trappers Lake Lodge
Meeker, Colorado
$11,000.00 - $15,000.00 / season + tips
No experience required
Start Date:
Starts in 4 months. (May 22, 2023)

Trappers Lake Lodge is a seasonal mountain resort with a full service restaurant & bar, a general store, 15 cabins, boat rentals, horseback rides, fishing, hunting, wilderness camps, and an outdoor recreation paradise. We are a mile away from the Trappers Lake Campgrounds and host mainly summer/fall outdoor enthusiasts looking for a wilderness getaway!

The Lodge boasts an elevation of 9600 feet located 40 miles from Meeker, Colorado in the heart of the Flattops Wilderness area of the White River National Forest. From the Lodge there is access to hundreds of alpine lakes, hiking trails, and priceless memories.

About Trappers Lake Lodge

A hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation lodge since 1883, Trappers Lake Lodge offers late May to end of October recreation in a one-of-a-kind wilderness. If you want to unplug and work in a vacation destination, we offer seasonal experiences. We understand that our employees are adventure seekers! In order to keep your work interesting and to provide you with the time to explore and escape to the wilderness, our positions include time in the cabins, the restaurant (serving & bartending or cooking), and the general store (clerk).

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Our Season Dates

Our full season runs late May through October and the part season runs early June through Mid September.  Our staff arrives in mid-May. We consider applicants who can stay our full season or until mid September ONLY. We are seasonal and extended vacations during the season are not available.

Pay comes from a monthly salary and from a share of gratuities as well as a bonus only if you finish your contract.  As a result, total gross wages for an average, first-year full season staff member is estimated between $11,000 to $15,000.   
All staff live on the ranch for the season- full room and board are part of the contract.

The Employee Experience

Apply now for the 2023 season!  We have a high staff return rate and positions fill quickly! Summer and Full Season Positions available.
We are a family owned and operated resort so this is so much more than a job. We have a high return rate for employees which makes our job openings very competitive. During the interview process, we try our best to describe our off-grid lifestyle, the environment, the job, and the connections that staff form; however, we have found that this experience goes far beyond a typical job: Team members work hard, alongside the owners, colleagues, and managers to provide our guests with the most incredible experience possible in the Flat Tops Wilderness, while enjoying the opportunity to play hard, and make lifelong friends.

Ideal Candidate

Our guests are here to connect with a staff member. They will ask to hear your story, laugh with you, and expect wholesome, country hospitality.
Since we are a small staff of 16-18, we are looking for personable, adventurous, hard-working, honest folks with a willingness to learn.   Staff interaction with our guests is the single most important ingredient to our success. We’re looking for people who can learn about the history of Trappers Lake Lodge and share it with new guests; likewise, welcome back the 62% of our returning guests- many guests have been vacationing at Trappers Lake Lodge for over 60 years through the generations of their families.  We value a wholesome lifestyle and are looking for others who want the same lifestyle. Since many of our team returns, most new staff enter as Guest Services which allows the opportunity to experience a  variety of jobs in order to gain a better understanding of the operation as a whole and return the next season in a managerial or departmentalized role. 
If you are looking for a party place with a crazy night life…. Look on past us!  We have very strict drinking, drug, and quiet-time rules on our property for employees and quiet time for our guests, as well! When our power is off—NO Loud voices or parties are tolerated!  Our guests are true outdoor enthusiasts who want to UNPLUG FROM THE CITY LIFE!

Room and Board

We offer full room and board to all Trappers Lake Lodge staff members. The accommodation is a large house with 8 identical bedrooms, a common living area with a living room, big screen TV, and a full kitchen.  Each bedroom has its own private shower, sink, and toilet. Most new staff will share a bedroom with a bunk bed. Private rooms are reserved for managers, returning senior employees or elder staff members. There is sufficient storage space in the rooms for limited belongings. A staff laundry room is provided. Staff meals are provided up to 3 times per day at our restaurant. Our hearty morning buffet, a sandwich/salad station, and/or order off of the staff menu provide a wide variety of options. A refrigerator in the staff housing is available for your personal snacks, missed meals, and for the storage of specialty food items that the kitchen prepares a few times a week. There are no monthly rental fees as we calculate salaries based on lodging and meal credits. The credits include private bathrooms, internet(limited to off shift), utilities (water, sewer, power, heat, and trash).  Our location is REMOTE and truly off grid. We do not have electric lines to our resort….so we produce our own power.  We power up at 6:30 am and POWER DOWN at 8:30/9:00 pm. There is NO electricity at night!!!  We are the second darkest public place in Colorado for stellar photographers and seekers of peace and quiet!  There is no cell service at the lodge but full LTE within a 15 minute drive. We have a repeater phone that is accessible after business hours in the restaurant.  The property does have satellite internet for limited use when off shift. The closest town is Meeker, Colorado, over 50 minutes away. 

Employee Perks

A competitive seasonal salary with resort sized tips, free room and board, a beautiful mountain environment, discounts on merchandise in our general store and discounts on specialty meals(for example: prime rib, BBQ ribs, trout, elk burger), are just the beginning of the perks.  Team members can also use any of our remote summer camps(if they are available on days off) to hike and stay on their own!  We have a screened in porch on the staff house for morning yoga or evening sunsets, two firepit options for employees, and use of our boats on the lake when they are available!
If you are looking for a career in hospitality at 9600 feet, we offer incentives and training for returning team members!

Our Location-Getting here!

Located over two hours from the nearest airports(Hayden or Grand Junction) it is required that you have your own vehicle for town supply runs and to access local recreation areas.  We do NOT have employee vehicles to drive.  You must provide your own transportation to and from the lodge. During your shifts, everything on the property is in walking distance(less than 100 yards)

From Meeker, Colorado(fewer gravel roads)
Exit I-70 at Rifle, Colorado and head North on Highway 13 towards Meeker, Colorado. Continue through the town of Meeker, be sure to have PLENTY OF FUEL before you leave Meeker. Then turn right on to County Road 8 (about a mile outside of Meeker). Travel on County Road 8 for 40 miles, then turn right on to Trappers Lake Road. Travel on Trappers Lake road for about 10 miles until you see our sign on the left hand side of the road.
From Yampa, Colorado(faster but more gravel roads)
Exit I-70 at Wolcott, Colorado and head North on Highway 131 towards Yampa, Colorado (you will pass through the towns of Bond, McCoy, and Toponas). Be sure to have PLENTY OF FUEL before you leave Yampa. From Hwy 131 take a left hand turn on County Road 17. Continue on County Road 17 until you come to a 3-way intersection and continue straight on to County Road 132. Travel County Road 132 (once in Rio Blanco County it turns to County Road 8) for about 45 miles. Take a left on Trappers Lake Road towards Trappers Lake (just past Ripple Creek Lodge). Continue on Trappers Lake Road for about 10 miles and we are on your left hand side.

For Fun

WE ALL LOVE THE MOUNTAINS so we enjoy: backpacking, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, hiking, paddling on Trappers Lake, and evenings by the bonfire just to name a few. Since we are located in the heart of many hot springs and trendy mountain towns, an hour or two drive will get you: concerts, restaurants, hot spring soaks, river floats, ropes courses, zip-lines, and miles and miles of more Colorado High Country to explore.

How to Apply

Please send your resume and introduction to:

Please tell us a little bit about yourself, why we should hire you, what you're looking for, if you want full-time (May 25- October 31) or part-time (May 29- September 15) employment, questions that you have, a summary of what skills & experiences that you bring to the table or if this is your first adventure into seasonal resort work!  We love to introduce new folks, as well as welcome the experienced seasonal folks!

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