Nestled in one of the largest uninterrupted stretches of shortgrass and sand-sage prairies left in the United States, Chico Basin Ranch principal enterprise is raising cattle, but the estate also represents an important habitat for diverse populations of birds, pronghorn, deer, fish, insects, prairie dogs, coyotes, badgers, and much more.
Immersing yourself fully in ranch life, head out at sun rise on horseback to gather and move pasture herds, before spending the afternoon checking the animal’s water, or repairing fences. Every day on the ranch is different, feeling a strong sense of contribution at the end of each day, your essential work will be vital to the operation of the ranch. Becoming a true part of the community you will complement daily ranch life with some leisurely hiking, birding, swimming, and fishing.
A newly renovated, historic structure dating to the early 20th century and featuring three-foot thick adobe walls, will be your refuge during your stay. With double and authentic bunk style beds, each room has its own American charm and is complete with a bathroom, full kitchen and sitting room.
Adjacent to your accommodation is a spring-fed lake and wetland that is home to waterfowl and is perfect for warm water fishing and swimming. Spend an afternoon sketching, writing, or enjoying a siesta in the shade. For the more adventurous, Chico Creek runs below the house and provides an ideal place for a morning or evening hike with plenty of wildlife along your route.
With scrumptious ingredients readily available, pack a delightful picnic onto your saddle to be eaten in the pasture during a break in the day. Returning to the lodge after a long day, a freshly prepared home-style dinner will be waiting each night.
With conservation and community at the heart of what Chico Basin Ranch do, you will leave feeling a sense of reward, satisfied by your hard work and the authentic ranch life experience.