Colorado has been an extremely popular vacation destination for decades, and it’s easy to understand why. Here are ten reasons why The Centennial State should be at the top of your vacation list!
1. The Mountains
Perhaps the most obvious reason to visit Colorado are our mountains – the majestic Rocky Mountains to be specific. With a total of 53 fourteeners, the mountains in Colorado are serious peaks. Located in Grand County, C Lazy U is adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park, and surrounded by the rolling hills and rocky crests of some of Colorado’s finest formations, allowing guests to enjoy activities such as skiing, hiking, horseback riding and more.
Speaking of skiing, the ski resorts that dot Colorado’s Western Slope are among the best in the world. Winter Park Resort, located just fifteen minutes from C Lazy U, offers three peaks for skiing and snowboarding. If C Lazy U guests would rather stay on-ranch, we offer cross-country and Snowcat downhill skiing on our very own private ski hill.
Known as the Napa Valley of Beer, Colorado is home to more than 200 breweries, including mass producers like Miller Coors, and smaller microbreweries such as Breckenridge Brewery, Fat Tire and Flying Dog Brewery. C Lazy U supports local brewers by rotating a variety of seasonal selections on draught.
After a day of enjoying Colorado’s active pursuits, a relaxing spa session is a great way to soothe your sore muscles. Located on the banks of the creek in the meadow, C Lazy U’s Lazy You Spa brings the spa experience into nature. Its tented outdoor treatment rooms allow guests to breathe the crisp mountain air, and listen to water rushing down Willow Creek while enjoying unparalleled relaxation.
5. The Seasons
Some vacation spots are known for year-round warm weather, while others are known for beautiful representation of all four seasons. Colorado’s weather, albeit unpredictable, is among its greatest attributes. From the blooming wildflowers of spring and warm sun of summer, to the red and yellow leaves of fall and the snowy wonderland that accompanies winter, Colorado enjoys it all – sometimes all in one day!
The gateway to the West, Colorado is home to one of the nation’s largest airports, and easily accessed via a number of highways. Denver International Airport is a major hub for airlines including United, Southwest, Frontier and Delta, making domestic and international travel easy. Even better, C Lazy U guests are often able to avoid the heavy mountain traffic found on I-70 near Eisenhower tunnel due to our northwest location.
7. Western Heritage
While the bustling city of Denver has received ample amounts of attention over the last few years, Coloradans still enjoy their Wild West heritage. C Lazy U encourages guests to enjoy western traditions through activities such as horseback riding, trap shooting, archery and fishing. Our Cowboy roots can also be found in nightly branding parties by the campfire, and summertime “Shodeos” for the little ones. Celebrating our 95th anniversary this year, C Lazy U has been a working ranch for decades, and we are honored to share our unique history with each of our guests.
8. Fly Fishing
From the roaring waters of the Colorado River, to the meandering streams of Granby, fly-fishing in Colorado can’t be beat. While the 35 species of both warm- and cold-water fish known within Colorado may lure you in, it’s the trout that keep fishermen “hooked.” C Lazy U offers guests a chance to explore the local waters, including private sections of the Fraser River, while being guided by a local fly-fishing expert. Our Orvis-endorsed fly fishing program allows guests the opportunity to learn from some of the area’s finest fishermen.
Wildlife sightings in Colorado can be thrilling, whether it’s a wild rabbit or massive moose that is spotted. The state boasts 24.5 million acres of forested landscape, and the most prominent – and harmless – wildlife spottings include deer, elk, foxes and other non-predatory animals. C Lazy U’s 8,500 acres are home to a number of animals, from our ranch horses, llamas and ponies, to wild animals such as bears, moose and elk.
10. Active Lifestyle
Colorado is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s healthiest and most active states, and vacations here often reflect it. C Lazy U’s all-inclusive vacations focus not only on luxurious lodging and dining, but also on uniquely Colorado activities: From horseback riding to snowshoeing, the health benefits of a C Lazy U vacation outweigh those of hanging around a pool; though we encourage that here too!