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Because the Chico is a professional working cattle ranch, days can be long. We recommend that guests take time to ride at home before coming so that they can fully enjoy the adventure of working on a horse with cattle. We do not recommend that people with less than intermediate riding skills participate in our programs, unless they are athletic and do not mind being sore.

A weeklong stay is 6 nights, beginning on Sunday and ending Saturday at noon. If guests decide to stay longer than 6 nights, please be sure to note that we do not offer activities from 12pm on Saturday through Sunday. These are off times for our ranch staff and horses.

A typical day always includes riding out to move cattle for part of the day, and then spending time doing other activities in the afternoon, different every day. We try to schedule the week so that the shorter riding days are at the beginning and gradually becoming longer as the week passes. This practice varies depending on riding abilities and weekly ranch work schedule. For example, people with a high level of riding skill can go right into long days in the saddle.

It is important to note that even though the Chico is a serious working ranch, we do not expect guests to do more than they want, which means we leave ample time for relaxing or designing shorter days to accommodate whatever personal preferences a guest has.


2020 Themed Week (special rate applies - please inquire)

Leather & Riding Workshop
May 10 - 16, 2020
We are opening up our leather shop for a special workshop. Whether you are a beginner, enthusiast or a semi pro, join our leather team to create a product that you can take home with you. This could be a pair of chinks, a leather satchel or maybe a delicately tooled belt. Get creative and learn practical skills such as pattern making, tooling and all of the steps that go into finishing leather. All tools and instruction are supplied.
This is a great opportunity to learn a craft that was born on the ranch out of necessity from a team that is now making products for international brands.

Painting Camp with Jill Soukup
May 17 - 23, 2020
Join renowned artist Jill Soukup for the 6th year of her painting workshop focusing on drawing and painting horses. Long time friend, Jill, among other accolades, was the Featured Artist at Coors Western Art Sale and Best of Show for Cowgirl Up!, Caballeros Western Museum 2017. Discussions and exercises will cover the importance of understanding equine anatomy, what makes a good drawing, composition and color. Activities will include photo opportunities of horses running, horses working under saddle, cowboys and cowgirls riding and working cattle, sketching and studying corralled horses, demonstrations and critiques.

Horsemanship Experience with Cam Schryver 
May 31 - June 6, 2020
A natural horsemanship experience with renowned horseman, Cameron Schryver. Cam is two-time World Champion Extreme Cowboy and all those that have had the pleasure of riding with him know that his teaching methods are clear, practical and above all, fun. By applying working ranch horsemanship and riding by feel, you will leave the week feeling a deeper connection to the horse and will better understand how  to communicate, developing a better handle. Days are spent with one-on-one horsemanship instruction, educational demonstrations, moving and working cattle on the ranch in accordance to the grazing plan. Spend the evenings in camp around the fire or dinner table on the prairie discussing the day’s experiences.
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Chico Cattle Ranch
Tour Code: CDCO02
7 days / 6 nights ~$1,995.00
Dates : Jan-Nov

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
CIntermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
EAdvanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
   
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
   
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
   
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
   
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
   
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
   
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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A 2020 01/05 - 01/11 7d / 6n 7 days, AP - Working Ranch W... 1 /6 Expired
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A 2020 07/19 - 07/25 7d / 6n 7 days, AP - Working Ranch W... 1 /6 Reserve
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A 2020 08/09 - 08/15 7d / 6n 7 days, AP - Working Ranch W... 1 /6 Reserve
A 2020 08/16 - 08/22 7d / 6n 7 days, AP - Working Ranch W... 1 /6 Reserve
A 2020 08/23 - 08/29 7d / 6n 7 days, AP - Working Ranch W... 1 /6 Reserve
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A 2020 09/27 - 10/03 7d / 6n 7 days, AP - Working Ranch W... 1 /6 Reserve
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A 2020 10/11 - 10/17 7d / 6n 7 days, AP - Working Ranch W... 1 /6 Reserve
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A 2020 10/25 - 10/31 7d / 6n 7 days, AP - Working Ranch W... 1 /6 Reserve
A 2020 11/01 - 11/07 7d / 6n 7 days, AP - Working Ranch W... 1 /6 Reserve
A 2020 11/08 - 11/14 7d / 6n 7 days, AP - Working Ranch W... 1 /6 Reserve
A 2020 11/15 - 11/21 7d / 6n 7 days, AP - Working Ranch W... 1 /6 Reserve
A 2020 11/22 - 11/28 7d / 6n 7 days, AP - Working Ranch W... 1 /6 Reserve
A 2020 11/29 - 12/05 7d / 6n 7 days, AP - Working Ranch W... 1 /6 Reserve
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Tack: Western
Horses: Appaloosa, Clydesdale, mostly Quarterh...
Pace: average of 4 hours each riding day

Airport: Colorado Springs Municipal Airport (COS)
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