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Bill Fisher: Celebrating 60 Years at C Lazy U

Guests at C Lazy U are always wowed by the ranch’s natural beauty, but it’s our passionate staff that makes the ranch the dude ranch resort it is — especially our Head Wrangler, Bill Fisher.

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This year, we’re celebrating Bill’s 60th year at the ranch. He’s a recognizable fixture around these parts, as he is one of the first people guests meet when they arrive. Bill is the brains behind our renowned horse program — not only does he oversee the care of our 200+ horses (and knows them all by name!), he makes sure that guests have a horseback riding experience unlike any other.

His passion, dedication and advancement of horseback riding at our dude ranch rightly earned him a Lifetime Achievement Award from Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association in 2013.

A Storied History

Bill has been part of the C Lazy U Ranch family since he first visited as a guest during his childhood. Just a few years after that first visit, he joined the ranch as a staff member. He moved through several roles throughout the years, including as a kids counselor, before he found his passion as a wrangler.

C Lazy U’s legendary former horse foreman Dawn Cone served as Bill’s mentor during these early years, charging him with matching guests with horses while Cone cared for the herd — a task he still takes on every time a new guest arrives.

For several decades, Bill hopped on and off the ranch — college, military and other work, notably in the ski patrol for Winter Park, would interrupt — but he finally came home to C Lazy U in the 1990s to become Head Wrangler. And we’re happy he did, because C Lazy U wouldn’t be the same without him. Thanks for 60 wonderful years, Bill, and to many more!

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From the Horse's Mouth

“Memorable, fantastic family vacation!”

Our family of four had an amazing stay at this ranch, highly recommend it! Gorgeous setting, unlimited number of trails and settings to explore, friendly, engaging staff, knowledgeable wranglers, beautiful cabins, incredible children's program.

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