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It is the people of Chico Basin Ranch that 

made our experience there an indelible one.
                         

 - Mark Devlin, Chico Guest


 

uests on the Chico join our ranch staff in a wide assortment of daily ranch work. Horseback work can include branding, sorting, and moving cattle from pasture to pasture. Other activities include fencing work, water infrastructure projects, pasture checks, animal care, horse training, and conservation work. Downtime is always an option as well, with hiking, birding, and fishing offered at your leisure throughout the week.

Our friendly staff is a perennial highlight of the guest experience. A week with our talented, diverse staff provides a window into modern ranch life and the people who have chosen ranching as their vocation. We value the opportunity to share our daily lives and the lessons of the land with our visitors, and are excited to welcome you into our ranching family throughout your stay.

The Chico offers two guest programs. Our Ranch Experience package includes participation in all of the activities mentioned above. Due to the nature of our horseback work, we recommend that all guests have previous riding experience.

For guests with advanced riding abilities or previous ranching experience, we offer an Advanced Experience. The Advanced Experience provides opportunities to join on more advanced events such as sorting, roping or riding point on a cattle move. Participants should demonstrate strong horsemanship skills.

The typical guest season extends from March through October, but guests are welcome any time of the year. Most stays last seven days, but we can arrange stays of different length when logistics permit. The type of work we do varies week to week and season to season, so please contact us for more information on what your individual experience might look like.

Specialty Weeks

Ranchlands and Chico Basin also offer special themed weeks, including annual branding camps, horsemanship clinics, prairie campouts, and cowboy schools focusing on sorting and cattle management. For more information, please see our Events Calendar.

CONTACT US 719.683.7960 info@chicobasinranch.com