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Kids and Teens Programs

For more than 70 years, children and teenagers have been building confidence and independence with the help of our experienced ranch counselors at C Lazy U family dude ranch. Our counselors are always refining the program, which revolves around horseback riding every day. Learn more about the kids horse program here.

Counselors supervise every age-appropriate activity (from horseback riding to pool time to a game and the Kids Corral) and are with the kids throughout the day. No matter where your child is, he or she will have a counselor nearby. The Teen Program even includes supervised trips, such as overnight camping, whitewater rafting and heading off-ranch to visit a local rodeo.

What makes C Lazy U dude ranch such a great place for kids and teens is the balance of family time and adventure time. During breakfast and after dinner, families enjoy plenty of quality time together. At C Lazy U guest ranch in Colorado, kids experience a family vacation of a lifetime and are kept busy from sunup to sundown, allowing adults to truly relax knowing that their children are happy, safe, and having fun!

kids show off the ribbons they won during their vacation at C Lazy U

Seasonal Kids’ Programs

Summer Kids’ Program

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When

  • Memorial Day Weekend (Friday – Monday) 3 night minimum
  • June through August (Sunday – Sunday) 7 night minimum
  • Labor Day Weekend (Friday – Monday) 3 night minimum

Hours

  • Counselor Supervision: 8:45 am to 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Optional cabin time 12:30 – 1:45 pm
  • No counselor supervision 4:30 – 6:00 pm

Meals

  • Breakfast is enjoyed together as a family.
  • Adults eat separately from kids for all lunches and dinners June through August. Teens eat lunch with adults, but eat dinner separately. Friday in the Summer is family lunch.
  • Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend — all lunches are enjoyed as a family.
  • No kids under 18 are permitted in the adult dining room.

Important Things to Know

Horseback riding is not offered on Sunday, June through August. It is available on Sunday for Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends.

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  • The Kids’ Program is included for all children ages 3-17.
  • The program is included for all kids, but many activities can be enjoyed as a family by taking your kids out of the program.

Baby Sitting

C Lazy U Ranch does not provide babysitting services but can recommend a local service. No kids under the age of 3 will be allowed in Kids’ Program and require a babysitter/nanny. Cowpokes – ages 3 to 5 – must be potty trained. Discounted rates available for nannies who are caring for children under 3 (or un-potty trained 3-year-olds).

Ages

Four age groups:

  • Cowpokes (3 – 5)
  • Mustangs (6 – 11)
  • Outlaws (11 – 12)
  • Teens (13 – 17)

Program Activities

All horseback riding and many activities are enjoyed separately from mom and dad with counselors in age specific groups.

Fishing, pool time, counselor hunt, kids carnival, lawn games, cookouts, talent show, line dancing, capture the flag & hayrides.

  • Cowpokes (3 – 5): Arts and crafts, pool time, ride Katie the pony, donkey cart rides, movies, cookie decorating, ranger rides and scavenger hunts.
  • Mustangs (6 – 12): Horseback riding, sandwich ride, pool time, grooming clinics, game room, roping, swim ride and shodeo.
  • Outlaws (11 – 12): Same as 6-12 but includes ropes course, separate sandwich ride, some different night activities and some adult meals.
  • Teens (13 – 17): Horseback riding, ropes course, cattle clinics, whitewater rafting, go cart racing, overnight teen campout.

Family Activities

Friday family horseback ride, ropes course, fly fishing, zip line, trap shooting, archery, BB gun shooting, hatchet throwing, pool, spa, white water rafting, guided hiking & guided mountain biking.

Children in the kids program at C Lazy U ride out on a trail ride with their counselors.

Holiday Winter Kids’ Program

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When

  • December 22 – January 1, 2020
    5 night minimum
  • January 1 – January 5, 2020
    2 night minimum

Hours

Counselor Supervision:

  • 8:45 am to 12:00 noon
  • 1:30 – 3:30 pm
  • 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Meals

  • Breakfast and lunch are enjoyed together as a family.
  • Adults eat separately from kids and young teens for all dinners.
  • Teens 16 and older have the option to eat with their parents.
  • No kids under 16 are permitted in the adult dining room.

Important Things to Know

  • Christmas day and New Year’s day are family days; there are no kids programs.
  • Families eat together for Christmas dinner.

Sign Up?

Sign up is not necessary and the ranch plans for all kids ages 3-17 to enjoy the Holiday Winter Kids’ Program.

Baby Sitting

C Lazy U Ranch does not provide babysitting services but can recommend a local service. No kids under the age of 3 will be allowed in Kids’ Program and require a babysitter/nanny. Cowpokes – ages 3 to 5 – must be potty trained. Discounted rates available for nannies who are caring for children under 3 (or un-potty trained 3-year-olds).

Ages

  • Kids are grouped by age 3-17, and generally do most activities together.
  • Morning activities are dependent on the ages of the kids, interests & weather.
  • There are optional teen specific activities offered throughout the week.
  • In the afternoon, kids have the option to go tubing with or without mom and dad.

Program Activities

  • All horseback rides are enjoyed together as a family, via sign up in the Outfitter’s Cabin, along with all activities outside of the Holiday Winter Kids’ Club.
  • AM – Arts and crafts, games in the Patio House, grooming clinics, pony rides for children under 7, sledding and tubing by the pond, ice skating and snow activities.
  • PM – Tubing hill, guided cross country skiing or snowshoe lessons, fire building lesson at the warming hut & BB gun biathlon (11 years and older). Indoor Arena equestrian activities such as riding lessons, trail obstacle clinics and/or grooming clinics will also be available upon request.

Family Activities

Horseback riding, guided snowshoeing, guided cross country skiing, trap shooting, snowmobiling, ice skating and tubing. Indoor Arena activities – BB guns, archery, and hatchet throwing.

A family sets out on a horseback riding during the holidays at C Lazy U Ranch

Winter Kids’ Club

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When

  • January 8 – April 5, 2020
    2 night minimum

Hours

Counselor Supervision:

  • 8:45 am to 12:00 noon
  • 1:30 – 3:30 pm
  • MLK Weekend and Presidents’ Weekend include Counselor Supervision 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Meals

All meals are enjoyed together as a family except Martin Luther King Weekend and Presidents’ Weekend where kids and teens eat separately for dinner. Teens 16 and older have the option to eat with mom and dad.

Important Things to Know

  • Horseback riding is typically not offered on Sunday unless it is a holiday weekend. The feed wagon, sleigh rides and other activities will be available in lieu of horseback riding.
  • Please note that ice skating typically closes at the end of February due to warmer temperatures.
  • Winter activities are weather dependent.

Sign Up?

Sign up is required for the Winter Kids’ Club and this can be arranged prior to your arrival or on-site at the Outfitters Cabin. 24 hour advanced notice is required for the Winter Kids’ Club.

Baby Sitting

C Lazy U Ranch does not provide babysitting services but can recommend a local service. No kids under the age of 3 will be allowed in Kids’ Program and require a babysitter/nanny. Cowpokes – ages 3 to 5 – must be potty trained. Discounted rates available for nannies who are caring for children under 3 (or un-potty trained 3-year-olds).

Ages

  • Kids are grouped by age 3-17, and generally do most activities together.
  • Morning activities are dependent on the ages of the kids, interests & weather.
  • In the afternoon, kids have the option to enter the program and go tubing with or without mom and dad.

Program Activities

  • All horseback rides are enjoyed together as a family, via sign up in the Outfitter’s Cabin, along with all activities outside of the Winter Kids’ Club.
  • AM – Arts and crafts, games in the Patio House, grooming clinics, pony rides for children under 7, sledding and tubing by the pond, ice skating and snow activities.
  • PM – Tubing hill, guided cross country skiing or snowshoe lessons, fire building lesson at the warming hut & BB gun biathlon (11 years and older). Indoor Arena equestrian activities such as riding lessons, trail obstacle clinics and/or grooming clinics will also be available upon request.

Family Activities

Horseback riding, guided snowshoeing, guided cross country skiing, trap shooting, snowmobiling, ice skating and tubing. Indoor Arena activities – BB guns, archery, and hatchet throwing.

Two girls snowtubing during a winter getaway vacation at C Lazy U

Spring & Fall Kids’ Club

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When

  • Spring: April to early June (before summer high season)
  • Fall: Late August (after summer high season) to Thanksgiving weekend.
  • 2 night minimum

Hours

Counselor Supervision:

  • 8:45 am to 12:00 noon
  • 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Meals

All meals are enjoyed together as a family.

Important Things to Know

Horseback riding is typically not offered on Sunday (but varies based on exact dates). Early spring and late fall can encounter inclement weather which can impact some activities and you should prepare for all types of weather when preparing for your trip. Please see our packing lists by season.

Sign Up?

Sign up is required for the Spring and Fall Kids’ Club and this can be arranged prior to your arrival or on-site at the Outfitters Cabin. 24 hour advanced notice is required for the Spring and Fall Kids’ Club.

Baby Sitting

C Lazy U Ranch does not provide babysitting services but can recommend a local service. No kids under the age of 3 will be allowed in the Kids’ Club and require a babysitter or nanny. Kids ages 3 to 5 – must be potty trained. Discounted rates available for nannies who are caring for children under 3 (or un-potty trained 3-year-olds).

Ages

  • Kids are grouped by age 3-17, and generally do most activities together.
  • Morning activities are dependent on the ages of the kids, interests & weather.

Program Activities

All horseback rides are enjoyed together as a family, along with all activities outside of the Spring and Fall Kids’ Club.

Activities with counselors include fishing, archery, bb gun shooting, arts and crafts, pool time, riding Katie the pony, donkey cart rides, movies, cookie decorating, ranger rides, scavenger hunts, grooming clinics, game room and roping.

Family Activities

Horseback riding, ropes course, fly fishing, zip line, trap shooting, archery, bb guns shooting, hatchet throwing, pool, spa, white water rafting, guided hiking & guided mountain biking

A wee guest enjoys a donkey cart ride during his family's spring vacation at C Lazy U

Safety Is Our Top Priority Since 1949

Ensuring the safety of your child with pre-qualified and professionally trained counselors.

Children’s Program Manager Rollins Wallace
Hi there! My name is Rollins Wallace, and I am the Children’s Program Manager here at C Lazy U Ranch. I am originally from Raleigh, North Carolina but made my home at the ranch over 2 years ago. I graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2017 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. When I am not hanging out with your kiddos on the ranch, you can find me hiking or riding my favorite horses in the great Rocky Mountains. I look forward to meeting you and your family while you are here at the ranch!

Children’s Program Assistant Manager Kennedy Bailey
Hey y’all I’m Kennedy Bailey! I’ve been at the ranch for three summers and am excited to be full-time as the Children’s Program Assistant Manager. I’m originally from South Carolina but decided to make the jump out here to start a new adventure after graduating from Clemson University. On my days off you can find me hiking the Rockies with my puppy, Benelli. I’m super excited to add some fun new activities to the program and meet all the families in the upcoming years!

The C Lazy U Ranch Children’s Program dates back to 1949 when Marion Palmer founded it and it continues to uphold its reputation for offering superior childcare so you can relax and enjoy your vacation and know that your children are in safe hands on and off the trail.

  • All counselors are administered a pre-employment screening which includes checking references and running a background check to ensure there are no issues in the past prior to being hired.
  • There is also an extensive evaluation of horsemanship skills to ensure that your children are safe out on the trail and receiving proper instruction on western horsemanship.
  • Every counselor goes through a comprehensive training program prior to starting each season when the Children’s Program is in operation.
  • Training includes learning the trails, horsemanship and horse safety.
  • Each counselor receives training and testing on standard procedures for handling all situations including emergencies on the trails and around the main ranch facilities.
  • All counselors are required to take a Basic Water Safety course from the American Red Cross for pool safety.
  • Every counselor is also required to have a current CPR and First Aid certification and all year-round staff are CPR and First Aid certified.
  • Counselors are required to have previous childcare experience as well has horseback riding experience.
  • Counselors are matched according to their area of expertise whether it is supervising teens, six- to twelve-year-olds or working with the younger children in the cowpokes group ages three to five.  Identifying the right role and matching the right counselor with the correct age group is key to the success of our program.
  • The Head Counselor and Assistant to the Head Counselor have over 10 years of combined experience working with kids at C Lazy U Ranch, ensuring the safety of your children.
  • The ranch ensures that there is always one senior Children’s Program supervisor on duty at all times and there is never more than 8 children per counselor at any given time and most often than not this number is typically below 8.
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