This family-managed working cattle ranch, owned by the Colorado State Land Board and operating on the high prairies of eastern Colorado use age-old ranching practices, progressive grazing management to maintain healthy lands.
This adventure is rewarding because the intimate atmosphere allows guests to fully immerse themselves in ranch life. Guests head out at sun-up to work on horseback gathering a pasture or moving a herd and, in the afternoons, ride out for more horseback work, depending on livestock needs, or go out to check water, repair fence, work in the shops – every day is different. With only a handful of guests at a time – usually pairs and rarely more than six—guests can learn by becoming actively involved in the day’s work. And because the work that we do is essential to our operation, guests feel a strong sense of contribution at the end of their stay and become part of our community. Lodging is simple but comfortable in May Camp, a historic adobe building. There are two rooms available for guests and both have one double 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. Your neighbours include several members of our full-time staff who are available to assist you with any needs throughout the week.
Guests prepare their own breakfast and sack lunch to eat while out working. Dinner is freshly prepared home-style each night at May Camp and is shared with members of the ranch staff. Specialty items and dietary restrictions can be accommodated with advanced notice. The ranch is not licensed to serve alcohol, but invite you to bring your own, or they can purchase it for you and have it waiting.
Downtime is always an option as well, with hiking, birding, and fishing offered at your leisure throughout the week.