We are now accepting applications for Summer 2017 employment! Please print the application, complete, and return via mail or email. Remember to include the requested attachments. We will begin making our hiring decisions after the first of the year. Thank you!

Returning Staff Application 2017(PDF)

2017 Application(PDF)

Deer Valley Ranch ~ 16825 CR 162 ~ Nathrop, CO 81236 ~ fun@deervalleyranch.com

In our 63rd year, Deer Valley Ranch is a top-notch, destination dude and guest ranch vacation resort. During a week at Deer Valley, our guests have the opportunity to fish for trout in a high mountain lake, climb one of Colorado’s highest peaks, whitewater raft the rapids of the Arkansas River, pan for gold, square dance under the stars, ride a horse above timberline to view wildflowers, elk and deer. Our staff have opportunities to enjoy these same activities, but are hired to help provide a unique vacation — shown by their service, hard work, helpfulness and friendliness — for our guests.

Our goal at Deer Valley is to give our guests a unique family vacation in a Christian atmosphere and our staff is the key factor in achieving that goal. Serving others as Christ served the church is the philosophy we are looking for in staff we hire. We do our best to let our work reflect our faith. On Sunday morning we stop to praise our Lord and Savior in a morning worship service. Our wranglers lead a devotional at Wranglers’ Breakfast and many of our staff share their faith musically at our Sunday evening hymn sing. There are usually impromptu Bible study options for the staff, both on and off the ranch. Through over 60 years of serving our guests, the one comment that is most consistently repeated is that “the Christian atmosphere is the best thing about Deer Valley”.


– We prefer to hire college-age young people who have completed at least one year of college. Wranglers need to be at least 18 years old.

– The dates a summer employee can commit to work are very important. We would like all of our summer staff to arrive no later than May 26th and depart no earlier than August 19th, 2017. One of the most important considerations of our decision to hire staff will be the dates they can work.

– We ask that our staff participate in activities with the guests, make a good western appearance and have a pleasing attitude as they work with each other. We require attendance at our Sunday night hymn sing, Monday night square dance and Thursday night staff show. If staff members have any musical or acting abilities, we ask them to help with our staff show.


Horseback riding
Mountain Biking
Rafting at a discounted rate
Lots of great food – the same we serve our guests
Personal and spiritual growth
Special, life-time friendships

Deer Valley Ranch is looking to hire a barista to work in our “saloon”, a full-service coffee shop located on the premises. Candidate must have previous experience making specialty coffee drinks, such as lattes, cappuccinos, espresso, etc. Season: Summer

Responsible for planning. coordinating and carrying out Children’s activities, interacting with our guests, and creating a fun, memorable atmosphere for children ages 4-11.

This position included food preparation and assistance in meal set up and presentation.

Responsibilities include landscaping, daily pool care, trash removal, lawn care, maintenance and care of ranch vehicles, minor facility repairs and assistance with some programming activities.

Responsible for assisting Youth Programs Director with all “Youth” activities and transportation. This position will also help coordinate the planning, safety, and execution of adventure-related activities, such as rock climbing, mountain biking, backpacking expeditions, etc. Candidate should be comfortable in all outdoor settings and display strong critical thinking and leadership skills. No technical experience required.

The majority of our staff are hired for this position which rotates between dining room work, kitchen clean-up and the cleaning of ranch accommodations.

Work at the corral not only involves guiding our guests as they ride, but also giving clear, concise instructions, grooming horses, cleaning and caring for tack, raking corrals and hauling hay for horses. Previous experience with horses is preferred. First Aid and CPR certifications are required for all of our wranglers. Wranglers must be at least 18 years old. Strong leadership and people skills are required, as well as stamina for long days of hard work.