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  • Established

    1908. Guest ranch since 1920s
  • Owner

    Jason & Deb Halmay
  • Manager

    Jason & Deb Halmay
  • Tel

    307-455-2839
  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    $333 - $350
  • Nightly Rates (per child)

    $333
  • Minimum Stay

    4 days
  • Maximum Guests

    30
  • Works with travel agents?

    Yes
  • Great For

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

    Dude Ranchers Association, Wyoming Dude Ranchers Association, America Outdoors, Family Travel Association

The heart of the Lazy L&B Ranch is its unsurpassed horseback riding program and there’s no better way to explore the spectacular, untouched landscape surrounding our beautiful Wyoming dude ranch. We are surrounded by 80,000 acres of wildlife reserve, so you will have the chance to see all kinds of wildlife. You’ll never ride the same trail twice, whether it’s the Shoshone Forest, red sand draws, cottonwood-lined rivers, mountain meadows or high desert. We ride everyday and cater to all abilities. We keep groups small and like to spread out where the terrain allows. Whether it be grooming, tacking up or feeding the horses, you’re welcome to participate as much or as little as you like.

Wyoming fly-fishing at the Lazy L&B Ranch and the Upper Wind River area is every bit as good as the famous waters of the nearby Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. The clear waters that flow are home to Rainbow, Cutthroat and Brown Trout and in this part of Wyoming, the fish are still eager to take a fly and remind you why fishing here is such a popular activity.

If you've been thinking about visiting a guest ranch in Wyoming, you won't find a better place!

Good time to go

Each month has its own charms. June is springtime in our area with opportunities to see wildlife with their young and wildflowers are in bloom. Temperatures warm up in July and August but the constant breeze means it's always pleasant to ride. Toward the end of August/beginning of September things start to cool off but the early morning frost disappears quickly as the sun comes up. The last week of August and the first week of September are Adult Only weeks.

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 0 and over

Kids love it here! Our kids' program is not one where you drop your kids off at breakfast and pick them up after dinner. Rather, we've tailored our program to strike a balance between allowing the kids independence and time to have fun with the others kids while also having a shared family experience.

On Sundays the kids and teens eat together with some of the wranglers. They tour the ranch, push the horses back from pasture, have their safety demonstration and play games. This gives everyone a chance to get to know each other and sets a great tone for the week.

There are family rides on Sunday afternoon and Thursday morning. The rest of the time kids and teens ride in groups of similar age and ability but you're always welcome to join your child on their ride.

Aside from Sunday night and Thursday night, when the kids have a campfire cookout, everyone eats together.

On the afternoons when there are no rides scheduled there are kids' activities scheduled in addition to the fly-fishing clinic, rifle range and roping clinic.

Arts & Crafts

coloring, Painting horseshoes, making dreamcatchers

Activities

hiking, picnics, outdoor play area, cookouts, petting zoo, supervised swimming

Games

scavenger/treasure hunts, board games, horseshoes, volleyball

Baby Sitting

From age 0 to 2. Hourly cost $6.

Baby Sitting Provided By

Various staff including our daughters

Ranch History

This Wyoming 'dude' ranch, dates back to the 1920s. The main part of the lodge is the original homestead cabin and some buildings still have the authentic western flavor of the original sheep and cattle ranch, settled by Scottish homesteaders in the 1890's. The East Fork valley of today was known back then as the Scotch Valley.

This is the true west where names ring with the legends of the Wild West. This is the land of Jim Bridger and the Mountain men, the Arapahoe and Shoshone Indians, Lewis and Clark, Sacajawea, Chief Washakie, Buffalo Bill, the Pony Express, and the Oregon Trail.

Lowdown

  • Enjoy

    Gourmet, Ranch-style
  • Meals served

    family style, buffet style, meals roll with days activities, everyone eats together, children dine separately, scheduled meals
  • Alcohol

    BYOB, available for purchase
  • Enjoy dining in

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

    farm fresh eggs, locally grown produce, fresh daily bread, fresh daily desserts
  • Dietary restrictions catered for

    lactose intolerant, vegans, vegetarians, Gluten free, other

We love good food and since we're eating the same thing as you everyday, it better be delicious! Our professionaly trained chef will make sure you don't go hungry. He'll fill you up with healthy, made from scratch, fresh and seasonal meals.

Our cold breakfast buffet offers cereal, homemade breakfast breads and muffins, yogurt and fresh fruit platters. There are also made to order breakfast options such as a western scramble and pancakes. Our favorite is the cowboy breakfast cooked over the campfire.

There are a couple of packed lunches with delicious sandwiches on the trail but when we're back at the ranch there's chicken salad, hot sandwiches, tuna salad, pizza and more! There are always fresh salad options and sweet homemade treats for dessert.

Dinner can be sit-down, buffet or around the campfire. Rest assured, regardless of the location the food will be superb.

Guest Favourites

  • Prime Grade Prime Rib
  • Cowboy Breakfast at the Fire Pit
  • House Made Sangria

Lowdown

  • Address

    1072 East Fork Rd
    Dubois
    Wyoming
    82513
    USA
  • Remote Location

    No
  • Elevation

    7200 ft
  • Private Land

    250-1000 acres
  • Public Land

    more than 50k

Nearest Town - Dubois

Dubois has a population of 962 (approx), and is situated 22 miles / 30 mins from the Ranch.

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

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

Ranch shuttle

No

Nearest Airports

Jackson Airport, Jackson

Distance

78 miles / 1 hour 45 mins

Airlines

Delta, United, United Express, American Airlines, Frontier


Riverton Municipal Airport, Riverton

Distance

60 miles / 1 hour 15 mins


Denver International, Denver

Airlines

Delta, United, Allegiant, Alaska, United Express, American Airlines, British Airways, JetBlue, Copa, AeroMexico, IcelandAir, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Southwest, Spirit, WestJet


Private Air Travel

Nearest location(s)

Dubois

Travel by

Helicopter, Airplane

Distance

20 miles

Ranch shuttle

Yes, $100 round-trip

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, Children ride together
  • Max riders per ride

    6
  • Wranglers per ride

    1
  • Pace of ride

    Walk, Trot, Lope
  • Guest Horses

    70
  • Horse Types

    Quarterhorse, Draft Cross, Paints, Other, Geldings, Mares
  • Hours in the saddle

    Morning - 3 hours
    Afternoon - 3 hours

The Setting

Private Land (250-1000 acres)

Our ranch sits in a lush, green cottonwood river bottom surrounded by three mountain ranges: the Wind River Range, the Absaroka Wilderness and the Owl Creek mountains of the Indian Reservation. The surrounding landscape boasts of Red rock, sand-canyon draws, high plateaus, cottonwood river bottoms and tall rangeland grasses, and colorful badland country. You’ll also experience mountain meadows, abundant with wild flowers, and alpine country.

Public Land (more than 50k acres)

The Lazy L&B Ranch operates under a special use permit on the Shoshone National Forest. We are bordered by 80,000 acres of Fish & Game wildlife habitat that borders on the The Shoshone National Forest. From sagebrush plains through dense spruce and fir forest to craggy mountain peaks, Shoshone National Forest has a rich biodiversity rarely matched in any protected area. To the east, we border the reservation, to the south west and north we border the 80,000 acres of forest.


Our Riding

Scheduled rides

Morning and all-day rides depart at 9:00 a.m. and afternoon rides go out at 2:00 p.m. Rides vary between 2.5 hours and 8+ hours. We check in with you before each ride to tell you about it and to find out who wants to ride. If there are enough people that want to do a half-day ride when all-day rides are scheduled we can generally make that happen. 

You're always welcome to help groom and saddle your horse.

Guided rides

Each ride is completely different from one another. Guests ride with different wranglers throughout the week.

Riding Freedom

There are opportunities to spread out, trot and lope where the terrain allows. 

Good to know

Prior to arrival, each guest fills out a riding form which gives us the information we need to pair you with your horse for the week. 

Weight limit for riding

Up to 225 lbs

Riding considerations

no riding experience needed, We recommend a good level of physical fitness, We consider height and athletic ability as well as a guest's weight

Hours in the saddle

There are also all day rides that range from 6 to 8 hours. 


Why our riding stands out

  • We're surrounded by hundreds of thousands of acres of wildlife habitat, National Forest and Indian Reservation. The terrain is diverse and you'll never ride the same trail twice. From high desert to mountain meadows and river gorges, you'll ride it all!
  • There are opportunities to spread out, trot and lope on the rides. There are never more than 6 riders per wrangler.
  • There are rides scheduled every day including 2 all-day rides. If you want a lot of saddle time you'll get it but of course you're also welcome to opt out of any of the rides.

Sample Riding Itinerary

SUNDAY: Guests arrive at ranch between 1:00 and 3:00 pm. There’s the opportunity to do a short family ride. Alternatively you may just want to head down to the corrals to meet your horse and have your stirrups adjusted.

MONDAY: There’s a 2.5 hour ride in the morning and a 2.5 hour ride in the afternoon. 

TUESDAY: There’s a 2.5 to 3 hour ride scheduled for the morning.

WEDNESDAY: All day ride! We have several different all day rides that vary in length from 6 to 8 hours. If there are enough people that want to do a 1/2 day ride, that’s normally an option.

THURSDAY: Morning family ride!

FRIDAY: Another all day ride with the possibility of a 1/2 day ride.
 

Riding Lessons

Whatever you'd like to work on, we're here to assist you. Just let us know! We're here to help.

Details

lessons come with package, lessons are additional, basic riding lessons

Given by

wrangler

Location

on the trail, in the arena

Lowdown

  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    $333 - $350
  • Nightly Rates (per child)

    $333
  • Nightly Rates (non-rider)

    $333 - $350
  • Minimum Stay

    4 days
  • Preferred Arrival Day

    Sun
  • Preferred Departure Day

    Sat
  • Style of accommodation

    Ranch rustic, Western rustic chic
  • Packages available

    4 night, 6 night

Lazy L&B Ranch can cater for up to 30 guests. See below for details and indicative rates.

Cabin | Cabins

Rates (Per Person)

$333 - $350

Minimum Stay

4 nights

Description

Tucked among the cottonwood trees our log cabins are comfortably furnished with a casual western flair. Ranging in size from the old one-room schoolhouse to large family cabins that can comfortably sleep up to 6, they all have a small refrigerator, private bath or shower and outdoor sitting area. 

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

fridge, crib, hair dryer


Booking Policy

Our all-inclusive rate ($2,098/person over 12 and $1,998/person 12 and under) includes lodging, meals, ranch activities and is based on double occupancy. Depending on availability a $200 single supplement may apply.

A non-refundable deposit of $750/person is required at the time you reserve and the balance is due upon your arrival at the ranch. A check or cash is preferred but we do accept all major credit cards with a 2.5% convenience fee.

Wyoming sales/lodging taxes and applicable fees of approximately 15% will be added to your bill. Gratuities are greatly appreciated by our staff.

We’re happy to offer a 10% military discount.

Included in your stay

meals, activities, lodging, Riding, Several happy hours with complimentary beer and sangria.

Extras

Tax

15% tax/applicable fees

Gratuity

Gratuities are appreciated by the staff

Guided Fly Fishing

$225 per 1/2 Day, $350 per full day

Other

shuttle $425 roundtrip/per vehicle

Lowdown

  • You can borrow

    Cowboy boots, Riding helmets, Saddle bags
  • Communications

    Wireless Internet/Wifi, telephone.
  • Business Services

    printers.

Onsite

Shopping

We have a gift shop with clothing items and souvenirs.

Outdoor Activities

bird watching, Rifle range with replica guns of the West

Water based Activities

outdoor pool, hot tub


Fishing & Wildlife

The fly-fishing at the Lazy L&B Ranch and the Upper Wind River area is every bit as good as the famous waters of the nearby Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. 

The clear waters that flow are home to Rainbow, Cutthroat and Brown Trout and in this part of Wyoming, the fish are still eager to take a fly. The Wind River in Dubois is a “Blue Ribbon Stream” which in Wyoming is a stream with greater than 600 pounds of trout/mile. Blue ribbon waters represent the top 3-5% of rivers or streams in the state for trout production.

The East Fork of the Wind River is a stream, which meanders through the ranch, with excellent nymph, dry and streamer fishing. Just down the road is Bear Creek, lined with cottonwood trees and bordered by hay pastures. It is a favorite of small stream aficionados. The creek is full of small cutthroats and has great dry fly action.

The West (Wiggins) Fork of the Wind River has a breathtaking canyon view and is truly one of Wyoming’s best-kept secrets. The river spreads out into numerous threads that allow for easy wading and multiple anglers. The Wiggins Fork has lots of cutthroats, browns and even a brookie here and there.

Fishing on offer

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

Wildlife

We're adjacent to 80,000 acres of Game & Fish wildlife habitat and part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.This means there are many opportunities to see a wide variety of wildlife. We see elk, pronghorn (antelope), deer, moose, beavers, badgers and muskrats, coyotes and wild horses. Occasionally we'll see big horn sheep, bears, bobcats and mountain lions and wolves. 

The area is a paradise for birdwatchers as well. Expect to see a variety of Hawks, Golden and Bald Eagles, Great Horned Owls, Mountain Bluebirds, Western Wood Peewees, Willow Flycatchers, Brilliant Violet Green Swallows, Red-naped Sapsuckers, Bullocks Oriole, Northern Flicker, House Wren, Western Meadowlark and Yellow Warbler among others.


Local Attractions

Dubois

“DUBOIS, WYOMING GRABS HONORS AS A TOP TEN WESTERN TOWN”, True West Magazine

Back in the 1890’s outlaw Butch Cassidy spent a lot of time in the Rocky Mountain town of Dubois, Wyoming. Visitors today will find that it hasn’t changed much. Dubois -population 962- still features the EA Ranch, where Butch sometimes worked as a ranch hand. It’s one of several historic dude ranches in the area. The surrounding areas are still teeming with wildlife, including bighorn sheep and elk. Anglers fish for trout in the local rivers and streams where Kit Carson and Jim Bridger trapped beaver.

“Dubois is one of those places that’s escaped the ravages of time” say True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell. “That’s no accident. It takes a lot of determination by local folks to keep their heritage intact. They are most deserving of recognition”.

You will also enjoy visiting the National Big Horn Sheep Museum or a hiking/driving tour to see the petroglyphs.

Distance

22 miles / 30 mins

Ranch shuttle

No


Friday Night Authentic Local Rodeo

This is the real deal - not a big commercialized rodeo. It's great fun to watch the local cowboy and cowgirls (and our daughter Piper) barrel race, rope, calf tie, bronc ride, and bull ride. The little, little kids do mutton busting and calf riding. Visiting kids from the stands are invited to join in the fun with the ribbon scramble( it' s kids versus about 6 calves with ribbons on their tails and the kids have to try and pull off ). Another event is for any adult guests that would like to join in and as a team of three, try to chase down a steer and take the ribbon off the tail and take the rope off it head. There is a bonfire, beer, hamburgers, tee shirts, and gifts. One night a summer it is " Tough enough to wear pink" in honor of women's breast cancer. Everyone wears pink and there are auction items for sale during the events.

Distance

22 miles / 30 mins

Ranch shuttle

Free!


Square Dancing

A Tuesday tradition for locals and guests alike at the Rustic Pine Tavern in Dubois. Pretty much impossible not to have fun!

Distance

22 miles / 30 mins

Ranch shuttle

Free!

Top50 says

Highs

  • This ranch is ideal for families; there’s a safe, supervised children's riding program and activities – children are encouraged to get involved in the horse program from the first night of arrival. Kids love the natural freedom – they don’t want to come in at night!
  • The ranch setting is incredible: surrounded by 80,000 acres of wildlife habitat, you’ll ride through spectacular scenery – you never experience the same ride twice
  • Fly-fishing is available and there’s the opportunity to experience a local rodeo
  • Phenomenal food is served, from prime beef to Ahi Tuna flown in fresh from Hawaii!

Lows

  • Most of the cabins are shared buildings, so you may occasionally hear your neighbors

Visitor Reviews

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First time rider fell in love instantly

I had never been on a horse in my 45 years and now after visiting the ranch I'm wondering how I can catch up! I had the time of my life and didn't miss a single chance to ride. The wranglers all made us feel safe and confident and the horses knew their jobs perfectly well. Cruises through the breathtaking scenery were interspersed with generous meals and opportunities to hike of fish or swim or simply relax and/or socialize. We met a few repeat visitors and will surely become the same ourselves. The staff was wonderful and friendly and did a superb job of maximizing our enjoyment of this paradise. I usually watch vacation time slip through my hands far too quickly but here time seemed to slow down and allow all this pleasure to sink right in.

5 stars

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