CTR Employment

Working at Colorado Trails Ranch

Beautiful mountain scenery, hard work, and fun are just a few of the elements that our guest ranch crew experience every summer. If you have a ready smile, are willing to work hard, love the outdoors and enjoy working with people, we may have a job for you.

Colorado Trails Ranch is a full service guest ranch located 12 miles northeast of Durango, Colorado. We have been in operation since 1960, and have a tradition of treating our guests not as customers but as members of our ranch family. As an employee of our ranch, you will become an extension of our family. We strive for excellence and the best service in the industry. We look for these same qualities in our staff. If you are willing to make this commitment, we invite you to submit your application.

What We Expect from You

We expect our staff to work very hard with lots of enthusiasm and the desire to get the job done right the first time, and we want our employees to have fun. During your free time, we encourage you to participate in ranch activities such as riding, fishing, rafting, hiking, swimming, etc. Please remember, working at a guest ranch is not a summer vacation – it is strenuous, physical work requiring long hours.

Our staff is very important to us – and to the success of the ranch.

All working members of the Colorado Trails Ranch community has the same goals in mind.

1.) To work together as a unified team.

2.) To provide the best vacation experience possible for our guests.

Working together and living together on a 24 hours basis is not easy.

This type of communal living requires that certain policies be observed out of respect for fellow employees. You are living and working at our home; therefore, we expect you to abide by our guidelines, which are included in Colorado Trails Ranch Policies and Procedures.


Special consideration will be given to employees who can arrive to work from at least May 11 (the earlier the better) through August 17. If you must leave before August 17, please do not apply! If you cannot begin work until early June but can remain into September, we will be happy to consider your application for everything except Children’s Counselor, Guest Services/Office, Wrangler and Maintenance.

Our season is May 24 through September 13 of 2020. Our high season runs June 7 through August 16. Let us know the earliest date you can report to work and the last day you can work. It is important for most of our staff to start work May 11th to help open the ranch and learn our program.

Staff Housing and Meals

CTR provides housing and meals at no cost to our staff members. Housing is dormitory style (new dorms were built in 2014 and 2015), we have limited housing for those requiring private quarters, and males and females are not allowed in the others’ quarters. Staff members eat all of their meals with the guests unless they are involved in preparation or service of that meal. You must be on time for meals and dressed appropriately, paying special attention to your table manners and conversation at all times.


Applicants must be at least 18 year of age and show proof of citizenship or immigration status. Some positions require applicants to be 21.