C Lazy U Ranch
Colorado, The Rockies, United States of America
At a Glance
Just a two hour drive from Denver Airport makes C Lazy U a very accessible ranch escape
Voted #1 resort in Colorado and #4 in USA by Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards
Limitless activities, spectacular views and old fashioned western hospitality
Renowned supervised kids and teen programme for ages 3-17
All inclusive; all meals (alcohol excluded), children's programme and most activities are included
C Lazy U is known for it welcoming hospitality trademarked as "five-spur service"
Best time to Visit
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Spring and Fall enjoy mild days and cool nights whilst the summer months from June to August provide warm to hot days and pleasant evenings. Summer is the family high season when most guests visit. Winter is marked by crisp days and cold evenings, with snowfall creating a winter wonderland. The Christmas and New Year’s holidays are the best time to travel for families in the winter, which also boasts a children’s programme. Whilst the ranch is open all year round, (activities in winter months include skiing, sledding, tubing and sleigh rides), peak time is June through to end of August when the summer activities and Kids Club is in full swing.
To start planning your holiday to C Lazy U Ranch
C Lazy U has been a hit for family holidays since its opening in 1919. Situated where the Colorado River runs off the Continental Divide, this all-inclusive dude ranch offers an unforgettable combination of adventure & old fashioned western hospitality.
Located just outside the small town of Granby along Willow Creek and only two hours from Denver, C Lazy U is a family-friendly dude ranch with an excellent children's programme, unbeatable service and endless outdoor adventure in a stunning setting.
There really is something for everyone at C Lazy U - Children will never be short of excitement and adventure in this ultimate wilderness playground, and adults can do as little or as much as they please! There is a huge variety of adventures of all kinds, from horse back riding, wagon rides, fly fishing, sporting clays and archery, to tennis, yoga, zip-lining, mountain biking, the wonderful Lazy You Spa and spending time by the spring-fed and heated pool.
After a full day of making the most of the great outdoors, guests return to the main lodge to enjoy gourmet evening meals, prepared by the talented Ranch Chef and served family-style with other guests. Whilst families share breakfast together each day (either at the Ranch or up at the Woodsie cookout location with a beautiful view and mountain air on Fridays), children enjoy lunch and evening meals in the company of their new friends (with the exception of the very popular weekly family cookout)!
Accommodation options vary in size and style, and are scattered across the ranch, but all are within walking distance of the main lodge. Most rooms feature stone fireplaces, western furnishings, plush robes and nightly turn-down service. The larger cabins (Crest or Hill) have three bedrooms and are a great option for families with a cosy feel and a sense of privacy, yet plenty of space.
What puts C Lazy U apart from other guest ranches is its renowned children's programme, which revolves around horseback riding and allows kids spend their days riding and taking part in activities in age and ability appropriate groups. Whilst the programme means that parents and children ride out separately for most of the week, family rides take place on Fridays, and it allows children to gain confidence in the saddle at the same pace as their peers whilst making life long friends. The week culminates with the big "Shodeo", a family rodeo, where guests showcase their skills and compete in fun contests and events!
Entertainment is provided nightly and ranges from bonding by the campfire roasting marshmallows to barn dances with live entertainment. There is always something going on at the ranch from sun up to sun down.
The 43 guest rooms and cabins have recently been remodelled, and are all within walking distance of the main lodge and swimming pool. The decor is of rustic elegance, however there is no air conditioning because it is not really needed where the ranch is nestled high in the Tocky Mountains. One to three bedroom cabins are available, most with fireplaces, and children’s rooms have twin beds or bunk beds.
C Lazy U has a renowned Children's Programme that has been running for over 65 years. Children aged 3-17 will be divided into groups with a counsellor and children of their age (Cowpokes: 3-5 years, Mustangs: 6-12 years and Teens: 13-17 years) for the duration of their stay. Whilst there is plenty of family time too, C Lazy U kids will make lifelong friends here.
Supervised, age-appropriate morning and afternoon activities include everything from horseback riding and pony riding, mountain biking, nature hikes and scavenger hunts, to picnics, pool parties and games in the Kids Corral.
For children under the ages of 3, nanny or parent supervision is required and the ranch does not offer babysitting services.
The ranch has a spa, swimming pool, saloon with bar, tennis courts, ropes course and zip line.
Services include complimentary WiFi, nightly turndown, tea, coffee and snacks replenished daily, laundry service and washing machines for independent use. The General Store (known as Luis' Old Place) stocks beautiful gifts as well as practical ranch gear and items to brand by the campfire.
In addition to the horses and riding programmes, C Lazy U offers an endless selection of activities for guests to take part in. Activities include tennis, paddle boating, hay rides, cattle pushing clinics, shooting and archery, fly fishing, guided mountain biking, ropes course and zip-lining; and in the winter downhill and cross country skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling, sledding, morning feed wagon rides and snowshoeing.
In the summer months, at an extra cost there is the option of spending a night under the stars in C Lazy U's fabulous Glamping Tent up on the Outpost.
Lucie Polwin (Staff)
Located just 40 minutes from the entrance to the Rocky Mountains National Park, C Lazy U Ranch is a great choice for families looking for a dude ranch in the summer months, or for couples looking to visit in early summer or autumn when the fall colours are stunning. With so many activities on offer as well as two horse rides a day the ranch is perfectly set up for family members who have different interests and it is just not possible to get bored here! With over 200 horses available you will be carefully matched with your own horse for your stay and watching them being brought in every morning is an amazing sight!
Camilla Swift (Staff)
Within my very short visit to C Lazy U, I was able to get a really good feel of the place. It was literally bursting at the seams with activity, excitement and fun! This guest ranch is an absolute must for families looking for an activity-packed holiday.
Its proximity to Denver (just a two hour drive), truly impressive children's programme (ages 3-17) and the happiest, friendliest staff make this guest ranch an absolute dream for parents, knowing that all the family will be looked after, kept busy and entertained, and plenty of time for relaxation too.
Finally, don't overlook the idea of a ranch holiday in the winter... C Lazy U transforms into a winter wonderland with awesome activities such as sledding, snow shoeing, ice skating, tubing and sleigh rides! Of course no visit to C Lazy U would be complete without the horses - Guests head out on the sure-footed horses and explore the trails and snowy woods. I would love to go back to Colorado and experience C Lazy U in winter... As someone who is totally horse-mad and just loves being in the mountains, I cant think of anything more exciting than a true white Christmas, a traditional festive lunch Western style in the main lodge and Father Christmas arriving in a horse-drawn sleigh!
Location & directions
Colorado, The Rockies, United States of America
Nestled in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, near the Rocky Mountain National Park and the town of Granby, C Lazy U is easily accessible from Denver - Just a two hour drive.
How to get there
Direct flights to Denver International Airport. Approximately a 2 hour drive northwest to Granby. Transportation services can easily be accommodated and a car rental is not needed to get to and from the ranch.
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