Awards and Strategic Alliances

C 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.

Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Award 2021

The Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 2021 ranked C Lazy U Ranch as No. 1 of the Top 10 Resorts in Colorado (see here) and No. 45 of The Best Resorts in the WORLD (see here)!

C Lazy U is a 2021 Top 50 Premier Ranch

The C Lazy U is a Top 50 Ranches’ Premier Ranch for 2021!

Top 50 Ranches

Best of the West badge for 2020 from Gene Kilgore's Ranch Vacations

Gene Kilgore’s Ranch Vacations has named C Lazy U as a Best of the West Ranch for 2020!

World's Best Fly Fishing Ranch and Lodge 2020 by Gene Kilgore

C Lazy U has been chosen by Gene Kilgore’s Fly Fishing Ranches & Lodges as one of the finest in the world.

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Colorado Meetings + Events Best of 2020

We are thrilled to announce that C Lazy U Ranch won the Best of Colorado award for 2020 in the Colorado Meetings + Events Best of 2020 Reader’s Choice Awards.  The ranch was also a runner up for the Best Team-Building category!

Trip Adviser Certificate of Excellence

C Lazy U has won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 9 years running: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019. We are proud of our 5-Star rating, and grateful for all the awesome reviews!

State of Colorado Proclamation

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!

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. 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!


the annie project logo

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. 

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Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Lodge

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

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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.

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Dude Ranch Foundation logo

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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Ranch Blog

Only at C Lazy U Ranch can you experience the authentic thrill and freedom of the West as you escape by horseback into 8,500 acres of untouched, jaw-dropping, natural American beauty. Whether you’re a seasoned rider, just starting out, or looking for a little refresher, C Lazy U has the perfect horseback riding experience — … Continued

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“C Lazy U Ranch”

We spent a week here in July/August as a family. It just couldn't have been a better holiday. My non-riding son even rode. The staff are absolutely on it all week. The food, activities and general attentiveness is as good as I've experienced anywhere. The main element of a ranch holiday is the riding and here C Lazy U excels.

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