About the C Lazy U Ranch

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The Colorado Ranch Vacation of a Lifetime

C Lazy U is one of the few remaining places where you can experience the traditions of the American West from the moment you arrive. At the core of our mission is providing a place where families can gather together on their Colorado family vacations in a spirit of adventure and camaraderie, far from the stresses of daily life.

The ranch has been family-owned since its inception and our goal is to help families create memories that will last a lifetime. We strive to embrace our guests with genuine warmth and true western hospitality. Families are drawn to the C Lazy U generation after generation, year after year to recharge and revitalize and we aim to help them continue this tradition far into the future.

Your horseback riding vacations at the C Lazy U will feel like stepping back in time to a comfortable place full of leisure and laughter, sharing, and exploration. We want the C Lazy U dude ranch to forever be a place where families can grow together.
Four people riding horses on the trail near the Reservoir

A Legacy of Superb Horsemanship

The heartbeat of our guest ranch is its continuing tradition of horsemanship with a daily routine that makes horseback riding a focal point of your dude ranch vacations. With more than 180 horses, we are able to pair each guest with a horse that fits perfectly with their riding ability. For the duration of the week, horse and rider share a special relationship built on patience and mutual respect. Our wranglers guide the mountain trail rides and expert horsemanship lessons are available.

C Lazy U's head wrangler Bill discusses the horses with another wrangler
The 12,000 square foot, heated indoor riding arena provides year-round riding enjoyment for your family ranch vacation. Horseback riders can choose from instructional, slow, medium or advanced instruction riding tours, or concentrate on their skills in a one-on-one riding lesson. All of our instructors are world-class and dedicated to helping you get the most from your time here. Everyone in the family practices and prepares for the the big “Shodeo” at the end of each week which includes horseback riding competitions and equestrian-skill events. The kids are the highlight of the show, as they showcase the skills they’ve acquired throughout the week. The C Lazy U is one of the few horseback riding ranches that is celebrated world-wide for its horsemanship program with guests and wranglers alike coming from all over the world to be a part of this continuing tradition.

Nationally acclaimed instructors offering special clinics include Julie Goodnight and others who will help you develop a kinship with your horse that becomes second nature. This is horsemanship with a purpose—riders of every age and ability effortlessly controlling their animals, for easy trail rides, a loping run or pushing cattle.

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The golden leaves have fallen, the air is crisp, and the turkey is almost ready for the table – it’s time for Thanksgiving! At C Lazy U, this fall holiday is one of our most special, as it truly embodies the ranch: celebrating togetherness with family & friends and giving thanks for all that life…

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From the Horse's Mouth

Natalie taught us how to ride horses; her instruction was clear, gentle, and kind. She taught us the similarities and differences between English and Western riding. We loved our time with the horses, but especially because Natalie helped us understand how to best interact with the horses. Natalie also helped us on the Feed Wagon ride, which was particularly special for us, because we got to feed horses, watch them eat, and watch them follow the feed wagon. Many thanks to Natalie for helping make this part of our stay magical.

~ Brian & Tyrene, 11-14-2021

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