Vista Verde Ranch

Seeking motivated, enthusiastic individuals to work as housekeepers and kitchen staff at one of Colorado's premier luxury ranches this summer!

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 winter season runs from mid-December through the end of March. We are currently seeking self-starters who are willing to take on challenges with a positive attitude. The ranch provides staff housing, meals, and laundry facilities on site, for a small fee. 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.

Guests are offered a full vacation program that includes horseback riding, cattle working, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, whitewater 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 cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.

We have beautifully appointed cabins, lodge rooms, and delectable dining - showcasing the grandeur of the West, 25 miles north of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

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 of our success as 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

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

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

Our Jobs

Our winter season runs from mid-December through the end of March. Preference will be given to applicants who are able to show up asap and stay the end of the winter season. There is also the possibility of being re-hired for summer! Our summer season runs from mid-May through October.

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.

Summer Jobs

Dishwasher- Summer (May to October)

Steamboat Springs
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.
Summer Jobs

Front Desk- Full Time/Year Round

Steamboat Springs

Must be highly detail oriented and have great communication skills and hospitality experience as well as an eagerness to learn and step into a leadership role. Experience in Human resources or guest services is preferred but not required.

Summer Jobs

Hiking/Mountain Biking Guide- Summer (May to October)

Steamboat Springs
Fit, outdoor-loving, positive, enthusiastic individuals who can teach biking techniques, lead trail bike rides and offer on the spot instruction. For hiking guides a healthy, active life-style, love for people, and knowledge of the outdoors is essential. Up to date First Aid/CPR required.
Winter Jobs

Housekeeper- Winter

Steamboat Springs
No previous experience 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.
Summer Jobs

Line Cook / Prep Chef ( August to October)

Steamboat Springs
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.
Adventure Center

Mountain Biking Guide- (May to October)

Leading beginner to advanced bike rides and hikes in the Rockies. Teaching lessons to novice bikers as well challenging fit/ experienced mountain bikers. Knowledge of bike mechanics and repair is preferred and will greatly improve changes of employment. CPR/ First Aid required and WFA/ WFR preferred. Eagerness to embrace all areas of the ranch;its surroundings, western feel, local flora, fauna and culture is a must. Wilderness & previous guiding experience is welcomed but not required. Winter Employment possible as Ski/ Snowshoe Guide possible if a good fit.
Summer Jobs

Ranch Hand- Summer

Steamboat Springs
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.
Summer Jobs

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

Steamboat Springs
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. 

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