Ranch & Branding Week

Chico Basin Ranch

May 17 – 22, 2020

 

From gathering and moving cattle to doctoring and fixing fence, participating in an early spring branding and checking new pastures, there is no guest itinerary for this week, only the ranch’s work plan.

The Program

Why We Brand

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Rates

About the Chico

A large group of cows funnel into a gate.

The Program

Ever dreamed of experiencing a large scale working cattle ranch? From gathering and moving cattle to doctoring and fixing fence, participating in an early spring branding and checking new pastures, there is no guest itinerary for this week, only the ranch’s work plan. This experience will put you in the middle of a large modern day cattle ranch. It’s for those who want to get their hands dirty and can manage long trot outs for sometimes miles before the sun comes up. In the afternoons, spend time in the leather shop making yourself a new belt or bag, and then practice roping with the team at headquarters. Relax, swim in the pond or fish before going to bed very tired and feeling accomplished. This is your opportunity to be a part of the team and help us operate the ranch for a week.

Why We Brand

Brandings allow ranchers to give newborn calves the best possible chance of thriving in their environment by vaccinating against disease and infection, they provide data on herd health and numbers, and they prevent theft against cattle rustlers by proving proper ownership. But brandings are important for another reason, too: they bring communities of ranchers together. Neighbors from all over the area help each other out during branding season, and every branding ends with a potluck lunch. No one is forgotten – from toddlers wearing tiny chaps and oversized cowboy hats to the guys and gals with 50 years of experience under their belts – brandings are an all-inclusive event.

The horse herd enters the corrals.
At a branding, Kenny Jr drags in a calf that is laid alongside another calf on the ground.
Jake has his stock whip in hand as he moves yearlings at sunset.
Tate brushes his horse at the hitching post in preparation for the day
Guests linger at the dinner table by the light of a kerosene lamp at Camp.
Close up view of a roper

Rates

Single occupancy: $3,150 // Double occupancy: $2,900

Includes all meals, instruction, and a private furnished tent.

a cow and her calf stand in a field

About the Chico

Chico vacations are 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 are able to 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. Guests prepare their own breakfast and sack lunch to eat while out working, and join ranch crew in their homes for dinner.

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