Awards and Strategic Alliances

Download Awards & Accolades PDFC Lazy U prides itself on preserving the traditions of a western dude ranch and has done so since it originally started operating in 1919. Guests from all over the world take advantage of all that the ranch has to offer from an award winning luxury spa, gourmet dining, outstanding trail riding, to the rustic elegance of the cozy accommodations and the spectacular five spur service™. C Lazy U’s uncompromising 5 star standards have earned it the prestige of a world-class resort. C Lazy U is proud to spotlight these awards, accolades and strategic alliances to show our commitment to providing the vacation experience of a lifetime.

Rated the number one destination resort in the USA by USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice Awards

We are proud and grateful to be named the #1 Destination Resort in the USA by USA TODAY’s 2019 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards!

USA Today 10Best 2019

Rated #2 resort in The West by the Conde nast Readers' Choice Awards 2019

C Lazy U Ranch was rated the #2 resort in the American West by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards in 2019.

Condé Nast Traveler

Rated #3 resort in the USA by the Conde Nast Readers' Choice Awards 2019

C Lazy U Ranch was rated the #3 resort in Colorado by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards in 2019.

Condé Nast Traveler

We are thrilled to accept these three awards from Travel + Leisure for 2018!

    Top 100 Hotels in the World – #74
  • Top 15 Continental US Resort Hotels – #6
  • Top 10 Resort Hotels in the American West – #3
Featured on Trips to Discover

C Lazy U is thrilled to have been featured as a “Best Dude Ranch for Families” on Trips to Discover!

The State of Colorado has honored C Lazy U’s 100 year legacy of genuine service and legendary western hospitality by proclaiming July 24, 2019 as C Lazy U Ranch Day!

Wedding Caterer of the Year Award in the Luxury Travel Guide

We are so excited to have recently won Wedding Caterer of the Year in the Luxury Travel Guide. Congratulations to our amazing Food and Beverage team for making this happen!

Finalist for Colorado Meetings & Events Best of 2019 awards

We are thrilled to announce that C Lazy U Ranch was a finalist for two awards in the Colorado Meetings + Events Best of 2019 Reader’s Choice Awards. 

  • Best Renovation Project at Hotel or Event Venue
  • Best Hotel or Resort w/ Meeting/Event Space – Outside Denver Metro
Trip Adviser Certificate of Excellence

C Lazy U has won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 8 years running: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018. We are proud of our 5-Star rating, and grateful for all the awesome reviews!

2-time winner of Lux Magazine's Tourism Awards

We are proud to be a winner for the second time in LUX Magazine’s Tourism Awards!

2019 – Best Luxury Family Vacation Destination

2018 – Best All-Inclusive Luxury Dude Ranch

ColoradoBiz Runner-Up in 2018

Colorado Biz Magazine
2018 Business Choice Awards
Best Meeting Venue – Runner Up
Best Team Building – Runner Up
Best Place to Mountain Bike – Runner Up

Featured in Comfortably Wild

C Lazy U is thrilled to be featured in the book Comfortably Wild, the first book ever to be written about Glamping in North America!

Glamping Book

Sunset Travel Awards 2018 Runner-Up

C Lazy U has been named a “Hotels That Impress” runner-up in the Sunset 2018 Travel Awards. We are thrilled to be in such excellent company!

Healthy Travel Award from Shape Magazine

Shape Magazine awarded our Lazy You Spa the “Healthy Travels Award” for Best Hotel Spa!

2019 World's Best Ranches award

C Lazy U has been named one of the World’s Best Ranches by the Top50 Ranches publication.

The C Lazy U is a Top 50 Ranches’ Premier Ranch for 2019!

Top 50 Ranches Signature Ranch Award gave C Lazy U their Signature Ranch Award. We are a Top Ten Luxury Ranch!

Best Place to Snowshoe Award

C Lazy U was named the 2nd Best Snowshoe Destination in the world by Snowshoe Magazine!

Snowshoe Magazine

Elite Traveler Award

Rated One of the Best Guest Ranch Suites in the American West by Elite Traveler!

Elite Traveler

Inspirato Associates

C Lazy U Ranch is a proud partner with Inspirato, which provides luxury vacation residences and custom experiences at luxurious properties throughout the world.

Inspirato by American Express

YPO Member

C Lazy U Ranch is a two-time winner of YPO Best of the Best Family Event!


Listed in the book 1000 Places To See Before You Die

The C Lazy U Ranch is in the new edition of the “Top 1000 Places to See Before You Die”

Top 1000 Places To See Before You Die

A Top 20 Ranch for Equitrekking

We’re proud that C Lazy U is one of Equitrekking’s Top 20 Ranches in North America!


C Lazy U Ranch is a proud partner with the Annie Project.  The mission of the Annie Project is to give dude and guest ranches a new option for retiring their horses.  The goal is to keep retired horses safe from auction and out of danger of entering the slaughter pipeline. 

C Lazy U Ranch has been a proud partner for multiple years and is proud to say that they have helped retire a large number of horses into loving homes through Annie Project. 

Learn More about the Annie Project

Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Lodge

C Lazy U is proud to be an Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing Lodge!

Orvis website

Bureau of Land Management and National Forestry Service

A portion of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service.

Read more about Our Vision

The Dude Ranch Foundation works to preserve and protect Dude Ranch history, as well as provide scholarships to young people who want to be in the Dude Ranch industry.

Dude Ranch Foundation website

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Since 2015, the Women in the Rockies Wellness Retreat has been changing women’s lives.  The annual fall retreat, held at C Lazy U dude ranch in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, combines wellness, healing, and adventure. The retreat, created by Janet Solie, PA, MS,invites attendees to participate in the ranch’s phenomenal horse program, create … Continue Reading »

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From the Horse's Mouth

“A Dream Destination!”

The attention to detail at the C Lazy U is beyond description. They truly do try to exceed one's expectations. The staff, the food, the horses, the service, the friendliness...all top-notch! This was my 3rd trip there and hopefully it won't be my last.

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