Tumbling River Ranch

Spend your summer in the cool Colorado Rockies!

A second generation, family-run dude ranch, Tumbling River Ranch is a historic Guest Ranch located in the heart of the Colorado Rockies at 9200 feet.  We are known for terrific kids' programs, excellent food, beautiful horseback riding, and fun family activities.  Located in magnificent central Colorado, the ranch is a perfect place to spend a summer filled with excitement and adventure.

65 miles southwest of Denver, CO

About Tumbling River Ranch

Tumbling River is located on Guanella Pass directly under Mount Bierstadt.  We are in some of the most beautiful Colorado mountains yet still close enough to spend a fun day off at all the big CO attractions.  A perfect setting to work hard and enjoy some great Colorado offerings. We are going to be fully operational for the 2022 season.  We will be following the CDC guidelines as well as the Park County Health recommendations for any COVID policies.  We were able to run successful seasons during the height of COVID and feel fully confident and comfortable that 2022 will be a busy and successful summer.  We encourage you to get your applications in!

Our goal every week is to provide our guests with the best family vacation they have ever had. Our guests have very high standards and expectations for the quality of service they want. The work is hard and the hours are long, but the rewards are endless! 

At Tumbling River, we expect our staff to do everything possible to exceed those standards.  We set very high expectations of performance from our employees. We expect our staff to be friendly, warm, outgoing, respectful, and selfless. If you have the opportunity to be part of our team, you will make lifelong friends and meet exceptional families.

Our staff is extremely important to the ranch and our guests.  Our staff is much more important than the scenery, the facility, the horses, or any of the ranch attractions.  This job can be the most rewarding job you’ll ever have!

The Employee Experience

Thank you for your interest in spending a summer with Tumbling River Ranch. TRR gives you a great opportunity to work, live and enjoy one of the best family-run resort ranches in Colorado.

Spend some time looking through our website to get a feel for our family and our business.  Read our TripAdvisor reviews and see how our staff is valued and appreciated by our awesome guest families.  If you value work ethic in yourself and others, if the details matter to you, if you have a strong desire to serve others, and you can’t wait to be a part of our ranch…we are looking for you!

Here are some guidelines and answers to common questions:

  • We are counting on you to stay and fulfill your commitment.  If you have any doubt in your ability to withstand the hard work or being away from home, this may not be the job for you!  Our most successful staff are independent, hard-working, and like the excitement of new experiences.
  • We encourage you to take advantage of the many activities at the ranch.  You are in a beautiful area with many great things to do.
  • Our rules and guidelines have only one purpose- they will contribute to a good operation and will result in providing our guests with a great vacation.  Each hired employee will be required to sign a staff agreement.

We are hiring for our 2022 summer season.  We are hiring for all positions including cooks, baker, wait staff, housekeepers, children counselors, nannies, wranglers, fly-fishing guides, ranch hands, drivers, dishwashers, and office staff.   Most positions do not require experience, but we are looking for staff that are hardworking, love to serve people, and have a positive attitude and outlook.   We make it easy to live and work at the ranch. Your room will be ready with sheets and linens, you'll eat all your meals with our great guests, and you'll get to enjoy living and playing in the cool Colorado mountains!

Your summer spent at Tumbling River will be full of lifelong memories.  Our staff becomes a very close family. Yes, the work is hard, but the team working with you makes it seem easy.  And, getting to know guests and their families is a wonderful experience.  These are leaders in their industry and they can open doors to some incredible internships and interview opportunities.  Don't let another summer opportunity pass you by!

Please visit our website to get a feel for our business and submit an application directly from our site.

Ideal Candidate

All positions require a positive attitude, an excellent work ethic, an outgoing personality, and the physical stamina to work long hours. We are looking for staff that are willing to be an employee of Tumbling River and will help out wherever needed. We are looking for staff members who get along well with others and who are looking for a rewarding summer work experience. We have high expectations for the performance of our employees.  If you are applying for a horse-related position, please be prepared to send a video and more details regarding your skillset.

Room and Board

Our employees are family and the ranch is their home.  We try to make it as easy as possible to come live at TR for the summer season.  You will have everything you need in your rooms...hangers, lamps, and bulbs, tp/tissues, bed linens, pillow, blankets, all you need is your personal stuff!  Rooms vary from dorm-style to ranch cabins.  Everyone has at least 1 roommate and in some cases, 2.      We will supply a suggested gear list to help with packing.  Our food is awesome and our staff eat with our guests at all meals and therefore eat the same awesome menu.  Please note, we are not able to handle a ton of dietary restrictions or allergies as we do serve family style.

Employee Perks

Our compensation package consists of a competitive hourly wage based on your skillset and CO minimum wage requirements.  Raises and incentives are available as the summer progresses. Room and board are provided at a nominal daily rate and for certain jobs and positions, it's not deducted. 

Enjoy recreation on your time off everything we offer to our guests is also available to our staff. Our staff is encouraged to use the amenities of the ranch and immediate area on their time off. There is a variety of hiking, horseback riding, quality fishing, and easy access to great hiking.    The entire team (owners included) all participate in the activities together and the guests love it!  Our staff is a huge part of our culture and success.

Getting Here and Getting Around

The ranch is located 65 miles SW of Denver.  Denver International is a very easy airport to fly into and offers flights from everywhere. Past employees have emphasized that it is advantageous to have your own transportation.  If you do not have a vehicle, we will make arrangements to pick you up in Denver when you arrive at the beginning of the summer and to drop you off in Denver when you leave at the end of the season.  During the summer you must find your own transportation if you are interested in going to town or visiting the surrounding area.

For Fun

On your time off you can enjoy many of the activities our guests enjoy. All facilities are available to staff - pool and hot tub, horseback riding, trap shooting, hiking (we have 3 fourteeners in our backyard), fly-fishing with our Orvis guides, white-water rafting, vehicle trips and just enjoying being completely surrounded by Pike National Forest.

For those employees who need a little “city life,” we are at the perfect location.  Only an hour from Breckenridge, an hour & ½ to Buena Vista, 2 hours (via Independence Pass) to Aspen, 40 minutes to the amazing Red Rocks amphitheater and just an hour & ½ to downtown Denver.  Have the best of both worlds - mountains and the city!

How to Apply

Before submitting our application, please read through our employment information details to learn more about working with us this coming summer.

Tumbling River Ranch is an equal opportunity employer. We make selections based on availability and skills. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, a US citizen, or hold an unexpired Employment Authorization document for the INS.

Our summer season runs from mid-May through mid-September. Preference is given to those applicants able to show up mid-May and commit through mid- August and beyond. Give careful consideration to the dates of availability you list on the application.

Tumbling River Ranch is well known for our outstanding programs for kids and families.  Therefore, we enforce a strict policy of cleanliness, dress codes and maintaining a drug, alcohol and smoke free work environment.  We are the most excited about employees that show a willingness to adapt to a ranch environment and project a western image.

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