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.

USA Today Reader's Choice 10Best award badge for 2023

We are proud and grateful to have received two Top Ten Awards by USA TODAY’s 2023 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards!

#7 Best All-Inclusive Resort
#10 Best Family Resort

C Lazy U is in the top 500 resorts world wide

C Lazy U Ranch is honored to be in the Top 500 Hotels worldwide, by Travel+Leisure

Food & Wine Global Tastemakers award for 2023

We are so excited that C Lazy U Ranch ranked no. 2 for Food & Wine’s inaugural Global Tastemakers Reader’s Choice Awards in the “Best Hotels for Food in the U.S.” category. The ranch also ranked no. 2 in the “Best Hotel Bars in the U.S.” category.

TravelAwaits Best of Travel award for Family Resorts

C Lazy U Ranch made the Top 12 “Best Family Resorts” in the TravelAwaits Best of Travel Awards! We are over the moon to be keeping company with resorts like Dollywood and Disney!

TravelAwaits Best of Awards

Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Award 2022 badge

C Lazy U was a winner in the Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards for the 5th year in a row!

USA Today Award badge for Best Hotel for the Holidays

USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice survey picked C Lazy U Ranch for #6 in the Top Ten Hotels for the Holidays! Thank you Santa!

C Lazy U Ranch is certified under the Horse Safety Program by the Dude Ranch Foundation

C Lazy U is proud to be certified under the Dude Ranch Foundation’s Horse Safety Program.

Horse Safety Program

C Lazy U is a 2022 Top 50 Premier Ranch

The C Lazy U is a Top 50 Ranches’ Premier Ranch for 2022!

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 2022!

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 Advisor 2021 Travelers' Choice award badge

C Lazy U has won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the 11th year in a row. 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

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

Healthy Travel Award from Shape Magazine

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

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.

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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

C Lazy U dude ranch and resort is thrilled to announce that after 4+ years of hosting special tasting events with Locke + Co Distilling, we’re expanding the partnership and bringing fans a limited edition rye whiskey that embodies the Western spirit and the wild spaces of Grand County. Enjoy beautiful views in every direction…

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From the Horse's Mouth

It was absolutely wonderful! We had Harper as a wrangler a couple times and Olivia once, and they were so encouraging and kind, and, I felt, thoughtful, both about the trails they took us on and about our fit/comfort level with the horses. We all felt like Amy did a perfect job matching us with our horses, and under the wranglers' instruction/guidance, we even had fun trying out trotting and loping!

~ Jen O., 09-16-2021

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