Chico Cattle Ranch

Colorado USA: (CDCO02)

Colorado USA
Our working cattle ranch has hosted guests for vacations that revolve around a large-scale working ranch since 2000. Guests are intimately involved in all ranch life to the extent that they desire, whether this be on horseback, fixing fences or putting feed out for the cattle. We have found that making a contribution to the daily ranch activities gives our guests the biggest thrill, so programs have been developed to include guests so that they are a part of the daily work’s success. There are ample opportunities to take time off on your own for hiking, wildlife viewing, swimming or fishing in one of the ranch’s 5 lakes. During the spring and fall, there is a bird banding station works on the ranch because it is one of the biggest migratory flyways in Colorado. There are over 320 birds on the Chico Bird list.



This is a stationary ride, so all nights are spent at the same location.

Guests are hosted in a newly renovated, historic structure dating to the early 20th century and featuring three-foot thick adobe. There are two rooms available for guests and both have one queen bed and a set of bunks. There is one bathroom that is shared between the two rooms, as well as a full kitchen/sitting room. Fresh towels are available throughout the week.
A washer and dryer are available to use for an additional fee. WIFI is available onsite.

Room Occupancy

There is no single supplement fee.

All meals are included from dinner on first day to lunch on last day.

Breakfast and lunch are prepared by guests with groceries provided for them by the ranch based on what they'd like to eat.
Dinners are prepared and hosted by a different crew member each night.

Alcoholic drinks are not included, but we can pick up alcohol for guests prior to arrival and add total to the bill upon check-out. Guests are also free to bring their own.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to all severe food allergies with prior notice.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.


We are a working ranch so don't do walk/trot/lope rides. Everything we do is dictated by the necessity of the animals. Most riding is done at a trot, though occasionally we will lope. We don't recommend this tour if you are a beginner or novice rider.

The Ranch breeds and raises registered quarter horses. Our goal is to create the best remuda we possibly can. Our studs and brood mares are selected carefully based on disposition, athleticism, and livestock sense. We also strive to create a string of horses that can work long days on a ranch and thrive on native pasture with minimal supplemental feed. We train all of our colts here on the ranch, from halter and saddle-breaking through more advanced conditioning.

Off-ranch activities
We are able to arrange off-ranch activities like fly fishing and white water rafting for a negotiated rate. These charges will be added to the guests’ tab upon departure.


Please, note that this package does not necessarily include horseback riding each day. As this is a working ranch, activities are dictated by the kind of work that needs to be done at the ranch. This means that some days might include fencing projects, fixing pipeline leaks, driving out to check water and mineral instead of riding.

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. There are no guided activities on the day of arrival.

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.

In addition to horses, the ranch uses aircraft and motorbikes to move livestock and check conditions and water across the ranch. This allows us to be as efficient and nimble as possible, often cutting a job time in half by using a helicopter or bike as opposed to a horse. Guests should be prepared to be alongside all means of transport during their stay.

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.

Themed Week (special rate applies - please inquire)

Leather & Riding Workshop
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
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 
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.

Rates and Dates for Chico Cattle Ranch

Rates include:

Accommodation, All meals from dinner on first day to lunch on last day

Packages and Options

  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    20237 day trip - Ranch Week, 5 riding days$2220

Tax 1: 5.13 % * prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy
Tax: 5.13 %  

Transfer and Other Charges:

2023 Transfer from Colorado Springs airport, each way, per car (up to 4 pax)
This is a "Group Rate" - to be paid locally
2023 No single supplement if room is available, or if willing to share $0
2023 Transfer from/to Alamosa airport, per car (1 - 4 guests), return
- to be paid locally
2023 Child 8-11 years old $1,800

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2023 03/01 - 10/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip - Ranch Week, 5 r... 1 /6 Reserve

Dates Note: * flexible arrival day (Sunday arrival prefered) with minimum of 6 nights
Availabe Dates (as of 3/22/23): Mar 26 to Apr 8 + Apr 23 to May 13 + Jun 11-17 + Jul 30 to Aug 12 + Aug 20-26 + Sep 3-30

Rates do not include:

Alcoholic drinks, Gratuities, Transfers, Medical Insurane (mandatory) & Non-Riding Activities such as fly fishing and white water rafting

Other Info
Meeting: outside of Colorado Springs
Airport: Colorado Springs Municipal Airport (COS)
Transfer: Colorado Springs Municipal Airport (COS)

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Our altitude and proximity to the mountains provides for a year-round, mild climate. Classified as an alpine desert, we enjoy an average of 300 days of deep blue skies, abundant sunshine and low humidity. The region’s climate is often as pleasant in the winter months as it is during the rest of the year. We receive 15-16 inches of precipitation annually and get less snow than Denver, Salt Lake City or Minneapolis. The weather in Colorado Springs is a key element in the region’s appeal, giving you ample opportunity to enjoy all that we have to offer.

In the cooler months, layers are also recommended for maximum comfort. The low humidity keeps out the bone-chilling cold found in other destinations. Bring a warm coat, but think about throwing in a T-shirt and shorts just in case you are here during one of our sunny and relatively warm winter days. Snow may be in the forecast, but it melts and evaporates quickly.

What To Bring:
Facts To Help You Plan
- Typically cool in the mornings and evenings, but gets warm during the day - layers are good!
- Air can feel dry and thin, so drink plenty of water and bring your favorite lotion
- The ranch is a BYOB. Wine glasses and corkscrews will be set out at dinner. The ranch can purchase alcohol for you ahead of time and it will be added to your invoice
- Laundry facilities available to everyone to use at no extra cost

Recommended Items
- Well fitting jeans
- Boots with a riding heel
- A wide brimmed hat
- Hiking Boots
- Jacket for layering
- Long sleeve shirts for riding
- Swim suit to enjoy the hot tub
- Body/hand lotion
- Bug repellant
- Water Bottle
- Sun Screen
- Lip Balm
- Camera
- Binoculars
- Sunglasses
- Backpack for hiking
- We provide saddle bags.
- Helmets are not mandatory but recommended for your own safety. Helmets are not available at the ranch so bring your own if you like.

* Some guests have recommended a pair of spandex bicycle shorts to wear under your jeans while riding!