Vista Verde Ranch

This premier Colorado dude ranch wants you to join us for a summer of growth, development and adventure in the Rockies!

Fun atmosphere and lots of perks! At the Vista Verde Ranch, you can have the opportunity to work, live and play for pay at one of America's premiere guest ranches. Spend a season working on a guest ranch on the Western Slopes of the Continental Divide.

25 miles from Steamboat Springs,Colorado

About Vista Verde Ranch

Our guests are offered a full vacation program that includes horseback riding, cattle working, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, white water rafting, kayaking, hot air ballooning, fly fishing, paddle boarding, yoga, plus much more during the summer months. We offer a similarly full program in the winter that includes miles of groomed and back-country cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

We have beautifully appointed cabins and lodge rooms and delectable dining - all within the grandeur of the West, in the Rocky Mountain high country, 25 miles north of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Our summer season runs from mid-May through October. Preference is given to those applicants able to show up mid-May and commit through the end of the season with the possibility of being re-hired for the winter. Our winter season runs from mid-December through the end of March. Because we are in the hospitality business, we work when most others vacation. Therefore, all winter applicants must be available to work over the holiday season.

The Employee Experience

Come spend a season working among some of the best and brightest in the guest ranching industry. It is our goal at Vista Verde to provide our staff with the opportunity to grow as leaders in a safe and positive environment. We believe that community is the cornerstone to our success as a one of Colorado's best guest ranches and are always seeking out colorful new personalities for our diverse staff. Our employees come from a variety of different backgrounds but share a common interest in serving those around them. 

When we're not on the clock, our staff enjoys taking advantage of all that rural Routt County has to offer. During the winter months we can be found skiing and snowshoeing a few miles from the rugged back Zirkel Wilderness Area. While the summer months offer great opportunities for camping, hiking, biking and fly-fishing. 

Ideal Candidate

  • Enthusiastic
  • Willingness to serve
  • Hard worker
  • Family Friendly
  • Positive Attitude
  • Team player
  • Adaptable
  • Inclusive
  • Energetic
  • Desire to grow, learn and be challenged
  • Interested guest ranching/outdoor hospitality

Room and Board

Housing is bunkhouse style. Unfortunately, we don't have housing suitable for married couples, nor is it possible to have any private housing. It is imperative you respect the space and belongings of your roommates. Bed linens, pillows, and towels are provided. Storage space is very limited, so please pack appropriately. We will supply a suggested gear list to new employees.

Employee Perks

Our compensation package consists of a base salary, and an equitable share of the tip pool. Because we believe every staff member contributes equally to the overall guest experience, the tip share for all staff members is also equal. There is no extra financial benefit for working in one position or another. Room and board is provided at a nominal daily rate.

Getting Here and Getting Around

Vista Verde Ranch is located approximately 25 miles from Steamboat Springs and Steamboat Resorts. Staff are welcome to bring a vehicle to the ranch, and about half our staff do just that. However, vehicles must be parked in designated staff parking areas, and special arrangements need to be made for trailers.

If you choose to fly, our closest airport is in Hayden, CO (Yampa Valley Regional Airport). It’s approximately one hour from the ranch and we would be happy to pick you up there. Otherwise, you can take a shuttle from the Denver airport to Steamboat Springs, CO and we would pick you up in town.

For Fun

Summer: mountain biking, horse back riding, hiking, fly-fishing, hot tub and fitness center are all available on the property.

Winter: cross country skiing, back country skiing, sledding, snow-shoeing, hot tub and fitness center.

Our Jobs

Our summer season runs from mid-May through October. Preference is given to those applicants able to show up mid-May and commit through the end of the season with the possibility of being re-hired for the winter. Our winter season runs from mid-December through the end of March. Because we are in the hospitality business, we work when most others vacation. Therefore, all winter applicants must be available to work over the holiday season.

Dishwasher- Summer (May to October)

Summer Jobs

The summer dishwasher would be responsible for maintaining a clean and functional dish area, they must work well under pressure quickly and efficiently, maintain a tidy staff room, complete pool & hot tub maintenance, and be open to the possibly of jumping in on other ranch projects.

Housekeeper- ( May to October)

Summer Jobs

Previous experience not required, only a willingness to work hard in an upscale hospitality focused environment. Responsible for the day to day cleanliness of guest cabins, facilities, and lodge. An individual with attention to detail and a positive attitude would be a great fit for this position.

Line Cook / Prep Chef ( August to October)

Summer Jobs

Seeking a clean working chef with previous experience and the ability to work in all areas of the kitchen. Would be responsible for food prep & proper sanitation practices, as well as effectively working with the culinary team. Must have a willingness to serve and positively interact.

Ranch Hand- Summer

Summer Jobs

We are looking for friendly, enthusiastic, active, hardy individuals with squeaky clean driving records(must be 21 years for driving insurance purposes) They will be responsible for basic maintenance, machine operation, vehicle upkeep, guest transport, guest luggage, landscape work, stocking firewood and set-up for weekly activities.

Server-Summer (May to October) & Fall ( August to October)

Summer Jobs

We are seeking outgoing individuals with a love of hospitality and service. Applicants must have a desire to learn about upscale food & wine service, enjoy guest interaction, have excellent communication skills, attention to detail, and maintain a clean and professional appearance.

How to Apply

Please learn more about us at our website before you apply. You'll find complete job descriptions as well as our application procedures.

We look forward to hearing from you!

***All applicants must pass a drug test prior to their date of employment. Refusal to submit to testing will result in disqualification of further employment consideration. Any applicant who tests positive for illegal use of drugs will not be hired, this includes marijuana.