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What We Love

  • The cooking, especially the à la carte breakfast menu of hearty biscuits and sausage gravy, burritos and Colorado grits
  • Galloping on horseback across a majestic mesa
  • Tebowing in the tack room, where the former Broncos quarterback shot a Jockey underwear ad before he was famous
  • Taking the morning feed wagon out to help give breakfast to the horses and miniature donkey Petey
  • Soaking away saddle soreness while staring at the star-studded sky in the hot tub

What To Know

  • In the wintertime, adults and childrens' outdoor activities are together, but during the summertime, they are often separated
  • You have to cross Berthoud Pass to reach the ranch, 100 miles west of Denver
  • The ranch is at 8,200 feet; remember to drink plenty of water if you’re prone to altitude issues

Amenities

  •  All-Inclusive
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Overview

The Review

This 92-year-old luxury guest ranch feels like a 1950s cowboy film come to life. The rustic-chic cabins purposely lack televisions and telephones, helping guests to unplug and reconnect. {“type”:”img-inline”,”src”:”/static/images/product/properties/2471/prop-76498-1336517873-full.jpg”,”width”:”275″,”caption”:”A treatment in the tented spa is the perfect end to a day spent on horseback or a bike.”}There’s an emphasis on families, who return year after year to gallop across the ranch with experienced wranglers or try snowmobiling, archery or mountain biking.

Located where the Rocky Mountains meet the Colorado River’s headwaters, C Lazy U’s 38 cabins dot the 8,500-acre property’s hillsides, but all are within walking distance of the Main Lodge. I love the handcrafted log cabin interiors — horseshoe window treatments, tree trunk nightstands and cowboy art are complemented by luxe touches like ultracomfortable mattresses and supersoft chenille coverlets. Many rooms feature stone fireplaces, furnished decks and jetted tubs.

The Main Lodge invites lounging with soft light from Tiffany fixtures, cozy couches and book-lined walls. Meals are served family-style in the lodge’s upstairs dining room. The cowboy fare is hearty — think braised shortribs or herb-crusted Colorado lamb. It’s a perfect end to the day, whether you spent in on horseback or holed up in the spa.

How to Get There

C Lazy U Ranch
PO Box 379
Granby, CO 90446 United States

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 238 Reviews
Exceeded All Expectations.
Reviewed 2 months ago

The service, facilities and activities were all first class. The staff was friendly and accommodating. There were activities for all interests and abilities. The teenager even had a good time spending an entire week with her parents!

Life is beautiful
Reviewed 4 months ago

C lazy u allows you to enjoy the beauty’s of life. I’m talking horse rides, Quality food, fun activity’s like Bow and arrow, hiking, biking, ropes course and so much more! It’s extremely fun and great for families and friends as well. They even have kids counselors which well leave you at peace to enjoy your time while they enjoy theres. Staff are super friendly. It’s really an amazing place❣️

Great for families
Reviewed 4 months ago

Great place to connect with your family and teenagers rather than phones! The staff was amazing and always something to do outside. The morning “jingle” seeing 200 horses coming in for breakfast was awesome

Winter Wonderland Weekend with Active Teenagers (no time for phones!)
Reviewed 4 months ago

Instead of presents for Christmas this year, we decide on a family memory-making ‘experience’ gift. We enjoyed a long weekend at C Lazy U Ranch with our two teenage boys and simply had the best time ever.

Communication started before our trip, with an email from the Ranch Concierge letting us know about the planned activities for the MLK weekend and suggesting we sign-up in advance. This was our first visit so we did not really know what to expect especially in the winter, so his suggestions on timing were very helpful.

We thoroughly enjoyed our private guided cross-country tour, gave trap shooting a try, loved the spectacular horseback ride through the snow, and ended with a ton of fun on impressive tubing hill. We are an active family, yet each of these activities were things we had not ever done before, let alone all in one weekend!
We were so impressed with the guides, not just how knowledgeable they were, but equally how much they loved working at the Ranch. It wasn’t just a job: they genuinely enjoyed interacting with the guests, engaging in good conversation and sharing their passion for the outdoors.

In between our activities and meals, there was just enough time to just sit and relax by the outdoor fire pits, of course with hot chocolate in hand. Our kids, who generally spend plenty of time on their phones, joined in on multiple group ice-hockey games and hung out with other others teens in the large game room.

We all really enjoyed the family style dinners and chatting with other guests, while being treated to wonderful meals. Lots of variety with plenty of veggies for me, meats for the boys and a keen awareness of my son’s food allergy.

As for our cabin: who wouldn't absolutely love a wood-burning fire in their room? With easy to lit blocks and lots of wood: we took full advantage of it on both nights. Add heated bathroom floors + clean spring water + super comfy beds: yes, I'd move in permanently anytime.

Overall, top notch experience, in a fun and active way with memories to last a life time. Thank you C Lazy U. We’ll be back!

Room for improvement
Reviewed 4 months ago

We recently visited C Lazy U with our two young children. The kids had a great time, as there were tons of activities to choose from including ice skating, snow sledding/tubing, pony rides, hot tub, and a game room. My husband and I went on a horseback ride and snowmobiling. We only stayed for 2 nights, so there wasn't much time to pack in tons of activities.

A few complaints...

While the staff was very nice, we felt like there wasn't much of an orientation. I felt myself having to ask about every little detail, from the hot tub towels, to where to find ice skates, to kid's club hours, to where to meet for various activities.

The scheduled activities were much shorter than we expected. The horseback ride and snowmobiling were each only an hour. Maybe that's because most guests wouldn't want to be out too long in the cold, but it left awkward time between other activities and meals.

The kids program was not well spelled out. The daily schedule said drop off at 9:30, pickup at 3:30. Come to find out that we needed to pick them up for lunch at 12:30, and return at 1:30. That would be fine, except that snowmobiling started at 1, so we had to find a counselor to cover the extra 30 minutes.

The food was mediocre, at best. While there were a few standout dishes, most of the food was either overcooked or bland. Such a disappointment for a place that has received so many awards. Also, dinner wasn't until 6:30 for everyone (including kids), and by the time the kids' food was served, it was at least 7. This would be fine if there were snacks readily available to hold the kids over, but there wasn't. The 6pm happy hour appetizers were very minimal, and not super kid friendly.

We noticed other little things, like there was only one water station on the whole ranch (that we found), and one day they didn't even have clean cups available. Somewhere I saw that you get complimentary water bottles at check in, which we didn't, so it would have been nice to have water available in other places than just the game room. Everywhere you look there were hot chocolate stations, but no water.

Maybe all of this could be attributed to just coming off a busy holiday season, but we left feeling disappointed.