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  • Established

    late 1800's. Guest ranch since 1919
  • Owner

    Two Member families
  • Manager

    David Craig
  • Tel

    970-887-3344
  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    Summer: $462 - $743
    Winter: $385 - $490
  • Nightly Rates (per child)

    Summer: $462 - $726
    Winter: $190 - $295
  • Minimum Stay

    Summer: 1 week
    Winter: 2 days
  • Maximum Guests

    95
  • Works with travel agents?

    Yes
  • Great For

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Solitude, Diverse scenery
  • Memberships

    Dude Ranch Association, Colorado Dude Ranch Association and Orvis Endorsed

Since 1919, the C Lazy U luxury guest ranch has been celebrated around the world for its rich history, rustic elegance, legendary cuisine and signature 5-Spur Service.

There is something for everyone at C Lazy U - kids enjoy adventure and discovery, while adults do everything they want - or nothing at all. Corporations and groups can also enjoy this all-inclusive ranch as a simple and secluded retreat destination.

Good time to go

The ranch is open all year round, and it's never a bad time to visit.

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 3 and over

For more than half a century, experienced ranch counselors have refined a program that teaches children and teens skills that build confidence and independence. The program revolves around horseback riding every day. Kids aged 3-5 are given pony rides, while older kids are taken on guided trail rides and given lessons in horsemanship according to their age and skill level.

Between rides, the kids flock to the Patio House to swim, play table tennis or air hockey, shoot pool or play outside. Counselors are with the children all day to supervise their activities, even during nap time for the little ones. Archery, scavenger hunts, Capture-the-Flag, volleyball, rowing boats, fishing, cookouts, hay rides and a carnival are just some of the added children’s activities. Winter offers ice skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing and sledding. There is also a supervised children's center with reading, games, and arts and crafts. The Teen Program includes off-site trips such as hiking and overnight camping, white water rafting, and heading off to a local rodeo.

There is a balance of family time and adventure time: during breakfast and after dinner, families spend time together, but the kids are 'on the ranch' for the remainder of the day. At C Lazy U, kids have the vacation of a lifetime and are kept busy from sunrise to sunset. Adults can truly relax during their vacation on the ranch, knowing that the kids are happily occupied.

Minimum age children can ride

6 and over

Arts & Crafts

play-doh, coloring, sketching

Activities

hiking, biking, picnics, outdoor play area, cookouts, campouts, whitewater rafting, supervised swimming

Games

scavenger/treasure hunts, board games, horseshoes, volleyball, ping pong, pool table

Environmental & Social Practices

Environment

Logging mitigation throughout the ranch to protect and restore and the forests. A large percentage of the wood is re-used on the ranch for renovations and other uses.

A program to reduce nutrient loading was put in place on Willow Creek.

Community

Supporters of the Rockies Foundation, Grand Foundation and Drifters Hearts of Hope (horse rescue).

Conservation

Recycling Program

Water Conservation Program

Ranch History

The ranch was homesteaded by original pioneers in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The ranch had been run as a guest ranch since 1919 under the 'F Slash Ranch' name until 1946, when its name was changed to the C Lazy U.

Over its 100 year history as a guest ranch, C Lazy U has only had four differnt ownership groups, which has allowed it to maintain its legacy and western traditions.

Lowdown

  • Enjoy

    Gourmet, Ranch-style, Health oriented
  • Meals served

    family style, buffet style, children dine separately
  • Alcohol

    available for purchase
  • Enjoy dining in

    nature settings, patio, dining room (casual attire)
  • You'll definitely love

    ranch-raised beef, ranch-raised pork, ranch-raised chicken, organic produce, locally grown produce, fresh daily bread, fresh daily desserts
  • Dietary restrictions catered for

    lactose intolerant, vegans, vegetarians, Gluten free, other

Guests of the ranch are accustomed to fine dining and a large selection of wines. C Lazy U's Executive Chef and culinary team work each day to create delicious and diverse options. The ranch always caters to dietary sections and dinner service is complemented with the perfect wine pairing.

Breakfast is made-to-order at your leisure in the Main Lodge and lunches are served outside in the warmer months at the Patio House. Dinners are served family style, creating an inviting, warm atmosphere in the 1947 log lodge dining room. Breathtaking views of the meadow filled with the ranch’s herd of 200+ horses, Trail Mountain, Willow Creek and the Continental Divide serve as a picture-perfect backdrop for every meal.

Guest Favourites

  • Beef tenderloin with a mushroom tarragon demi
  • Grilled Striped Bass served with cantaloupe and pineapple, and a buerre blanc
  • Dijon panko crusted Colorado lamb

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  • Address

    3640 Colorado Highway 125
    Granby
    Colorado
    80446
    USA
  • Remote Location

    Yes
  • Elevation

    8,250 ft
  • Private Land

    5000-10000 acres
  • Public Land

    1000-5000 acres

Nearest Town - Granby

Granby has a population of 1,657 (approx), and is situated 10 miles / 15 mins from the Ranch.

Facilities in Granby include: grocery store, pharmacy, church, school, post office, medical clinic, hospital, bank, atm, gas station, museum.

For shopping Granby offers: small hometown necessity shops, western wear.

Ranch shuttle

85

Nearest Airports

Denver International Airport, Denver

Distance

95 miles / 2 hours

Airlines

Delta, United, Skywest, Allegiant, Horizon, Northwest, Alaska, United Express, All major carries


Granby Airport, Granby

Distance

10 miles / 15 mins

Ranch shuttle

FREE


Kremmling Airport, Kremmling

Distance

20 miles / 30 mins

Ranch shuttle

FREE


Private Air Travel

Nearest location(s)

Granby and Kremmling Airports

Travel by

Airplane

Distance

10 miles

Ranch shuttle

FREE

Lowdown

  • Type of Riding

    Western Riding
  • Riding opportunities for

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
  • Most riders are

    Intermediate
  • Rides are grouped by

    Age, Ability, Pace of Ride, Rides tailored to guest requests, Families ride together
  • Max riders per ride

    8
  • Wranglers per ride

    1
  • Pace of ride

    Walk, Trot, Lope
  • Guest Horses

    220
  • Horse Types

    Quarterhorse
  • Hours in the saddle

    Morning - 2 hours
    Afternoon - 2 hours

The Setting

Private Land (5000-10000 acres)

C Lazy U Ranch consists of varied terrain including meadows, rolling hills and large mountains.  There is great loping terrain along with some amazing scenic rides throughout the ranch.  

Public Land (1000-5000 acres)


Our Riding

Scheduled rides

Every morning and afternoon

Guided rides

Every morning and afternoon

Weight limit for riding

225-250 lbs

Riding considerations

no riding experience needed, We consider height and athletic ability as well as a guest's weight


Why our riding stands out

  • Three levels of riding available. Beginner, Intermediate and Expert rides. Guests will learn to trot and lope and each guest is given the same horse for the entirety of their stay.
  • Over 100 miles of trails and over 8,500 acres in which to ride.
  • All-day rides as well as instructional rides.

Sample Riding Itinerary

During a typical stay, kids and adults have the opportunity to ride twice a day, every day, improving their riding skills on horses that are anything but nose-to-tail animals. C Lazy U’s wranglers take pride in the natural horsemanship techniques they use to train independent, fun to ride horses; and at the end of a week’s stay, guests participate in a shodeo to show off the skills they have acquired during their vacation.

Riding Lessons

Details

basic riding lessons

Given by

wrangler

Location

on the trail, in the arena

Natural Horsemanship Clinic

Clinician

Julie Goodnight

Details

Additionally charged, Clinics occur in the arena, Clinics occur on the trail

Cost

$395

Focuses on

Mind, Body and Equine

Cattle work - pasture gathers

When

May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Frequency

Weekly

No. of cow/calf pairs

25

Interaction

Guests participate

Arena Work

Type

indoor arena, outdoor arena

Activities

barrels, pole bending, cutting

Lowdown

  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    Summer: $462 - $743
    Winter: $385 - $490
  • Nightly Rates (per child)

    Summer: $462 - $726
    Winter: $190 - $295
  • Minimum Stay

    Summer: 1 week
    Winter: 2 days
  • Preferred Arrival Day

    Summer: Sun
    Winter: Any day is fine
  • Preferred Departure Day

    Summer: Sun
    Winter: Any day is fine
  • Style of accommodation

    Luxury 5-Star

C Lazy U Ranch can cater for up to 95 guests. See below for details and indicative rates.

Cabin | Guest Cabin

Rates (Per Person)

Summer: $428 - $812
Winter: $366 - $412

Minimum Stay

3 nights

Description

C Lazy U offers 40 guest ranch accommodations varying in size and décor scattered across the hillsides, all within walking distance of the Main Lodge. Children's rooms offer twin beds or bunk beds. Deluxe rooms are typically larger with a stocked mini-bar, and some have fireplaces. A select few have a jetted tub.

Rooms

40

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

safe, fridge, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, wood fireplace, Handicapped Accessible

Entertainment

jetted tub in bath


Booking Policy

30% due at booking, 70% due 60 days prior to arrival, non-refundable

Included in your stay

meals, activities, ranch shuttle, lodging, Riding

Extras

Tax

6%

Gratuity

20%

Massage

$120

Yoga

$20

Guided Fly Fishing

Available - See pricing guide on C Lazy U Ranch's Website.

Other

Ropes Course, Zip Line, Trap Shooting, Guided Fly Fishing, Overnight camping excursions and Alcohol

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  • You can borrow

    Cowboy boots, Riding helmets, Saddle bags, Rain coats
  • Communications

    Wireless Internet/Wifi, telephone, free long distance.
  • Cell Networks

    AT&T, verizon.
  • Business Services

    Executive business center , Conference center, computer and fax hookups, printers, common computer.

Onsite

Shopping

Luis Old Place, Western gift shop on site

Outdoor Activities

mountain biking, tennis, Yoga, Golf - 18 hole course, sporting clays, campouts, wagon rides, ATV Rentals - non-inclusive, Shooting - trap / clays

Water based Activities

outdoor pool, hot tub, lake water sports, whitewater rafting-adventure

Spa

relaxation massage, deep tissue massage, rock treatments, couples massage, scrubs, facials

Winter Activities

cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing


Fishing & Wildlife

C Lazy U Ranch is an Orvis-endorsed fly fishing lodge. 

Fishing on offer

spin, fly, river, stocked pond, lake, stream, equipment available, guided non-inclusive, unguided, instruction available, BYO equipment

Wildlife

Elk, moose, brown bear, deer, antelope, bald eagle


Additional Services

Corporate Retreats

For groups of 50-75.

C Lazy U Ranch is open year-round and caters to a wide range of retreats and events including smaller executive retreats with 5-10 people to groups as large as 75 that reserve the ranch exclusively.  Inclusive rates and packages are available for simplicity.  

Weddings

We can cater for groups of 75-100.

Wedding parties can book the ranch exclusively during certain months of the year.  Most weddings are done in the spring and fall outside of the summer family season along.  The ranch also hosts numerous winter weddings.  


Local Attractions

Rocky Mountain National Park

Distance

25 miles / 30 mins

Ranch shuttle

$300

Rental car

Required


Grand Lake

Distance

15 miles / 15 mins

Ranch shuttle

$300

Rental car

Required


Winter Park Ski Area

Distance

25 miles / 30 mins

Ranch shuttle

$300

Rental car

Required

Top50 says

Highs

  • Excellent children's program. The Young Presidents Organization awarded C Lazy U the 'Best Parent-Child Program' award
  • World class cuisine: Fine wines and dining, and the opportunity to put on your nice evening attire
  • Unbeatable service, they call it their 'Five-Spur Service'
  • Named as one of the Top 25 spas in Colorado, authentic tent setting, massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and the 'Cowboy Soak'; a relaxing moonlit soak in deep copper tubs overlooking the creek. Complete with champagne and strawberries

Lows

  • While the children's program does not allow for parents and kids to ride together most of the week, it does allow for children to learn their horsemanship skills without the pressure they might feel if parents were present. Friday morning is a family ride and there are vast additional opportunities for family time. Fly-fishing lessons, guided hiking, mountain biking, archery, tennis lessons and more, making time spent together completely up to you

Visitor Reviews

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A Special Colorado Gem

Everything about this place has a "wow" factor. The charm, intimacy, ambiance and staff make it one of my favorite Colorado properties. You have to experience it to understand and appreciate just how special it really is.

5 stars

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