Horseback Riding

Horse Riding Terms for Beginners

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 — … Continue Reading »

The Benefits of Horseback Riding

If you’re planning your next horseback riding vacation, look no further than C Lazy U ranch. Our Colorado mountain getaway is home to over 200 horses and a robust horseback riding program, allowing guests to enjoy up to two trail rides almost every day of the year. Horseback riding at the ranch gives you more … Continue Reading »

5 Tips to Help You Be Prepared for Horseback Riding in the Winter

At C Lazy U Ranch, the preeminent activity is, of course, horseback riding. Every day, guests are encouraged to mount their trusted steeds and explore our expansive ranch with the help of our experienced wranglers — even when it gets a little chilly out. Colorado winters aren’t known for being particularly severe, but there can … Continue Reading »

Why Advanced Horseback Riders Love C Lazy U

With 8,500 acres of untouched American West to roam, Advanced Horseback Riders have made C Lazy U Ranch a favorite vacation destination for exceptional horseback riders around the world. Led by our Director of Equestrian Operations, Ami Cullen, horseback riding at C Lazy U is one of the most special explorations our guests have ever … Continued

New To Horseback Riding? Here’s What You Need To Know

Whether you’re brand new to horseback riding or just getting back in the saddle, at C Lazy U our experienced wranglers will provide you with a gentle, highly trained horse that is just right for your size and abilities. This beginner’s guide to horseback riding will help novice riders have a fun and enjoyable trail … Continue Reading »

Is Children’s Horseback Riding Safe?

As one of the top family vacation destinations in the US, C Lazy U is no stranger to helping guests of all ages and ability levels experience the magic of Colorado horseback riding. To keep our youngest riders safe, we’ve developed a specialized kids horseback riding program. Read on to learn more about what our … Continue Reading »

Tips For Bonding With Your Horse At C Lazy U

With winding trails, picturesque views, and thousands of acres to explore, it’s no wonder why horseback riding is a fan favorite at C Lazy U. Our unique horseback riding program pairs each guest with a horse based on their skill level and experience for the entire stay. By pairing you with one horse, you become … Continue Reading »

Want A New Horseback Riding Challenge? Try Cattle Pushing

If you’re an experienced horseman (or have at least a few rides under your belt), try one of C Lazy U’s most unique ranch activities: cattle pushing. Experience what it’s like to be a true cowboy or cowgirl as you join C Lazy U’s wranglers on horseback to move their herd of cattle.  This fun, … Continue Reading »

Winter Horseback Riding: What You Need To Know

Who said horseback riding is just for summer? At C Lazy U dude ranch, you can explore the magnificent Rocky Mountains on horseback all year round. Gear up to traverse Colorado’s famous snow-capped mountains, or cozy up and practice your horsemanship skills in our indoor arena. Learn about our winter horseback riding program to help … Continue Reading »

Cowgirl Power on the Ranch

C Lazy U is famous for its picturesque views, unique activities for the whole family, and of course, horseback riding. For many guests, horseback riding is one of the highlights of their Colorado dude ranch vacation, but what most guests don’t see is the fierce, predominantly female team that makes our guests’ time at C … Continue Reading »

How to Prepare for a Horseback Riding Vacation

While horses are definitely extraordinary athletes, so are the people that ride them. Horseback riding is a lot more than just sitting atop a horse; it’s a full-body workout involving balance, strength, and determination. You’re going to use a lot of different muscles on horseback, many of which aren’t used to getting worked so hard. … Continue Reading »

Top 5 Tips for Beginner Riders at Their First Dude Ranch

The horseback riding program at C Lazy U is the highlight of the ranch, thanks to its beautiful trails, trained horses and skilled wranglers. While experienced riders love coming to the ranch to challenge themselves, we still welcome hundreds of beginners and even those who have never been on a horse before. For those guests, … Continue Reading »

The CLU Difference in Dude Ranch Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is a highlight of C Lazy U Ranch, offering guests the chance to roam the countryside, polish their horsemanship skills and bond with a new friend. There are hundreds of dude ranches across the country, but only a select few put as much care into their horses and horseback riding programs as C … Continue Reading »

A Complete Guide to a Horseback Riding Vacation in Colorado

Colorado is blessed with an abundance of wide-open spaces and wilderness. Hidden away are mountain trails so rugged that the only way to access them is on foot—or, even better, on hoof! The mountain vistas always look even more stunning with a horse in the picture. A horseback journey in Colorado is an iconic experience, … Continue Reading »

Howdy & Namaste: Yoga and Horseback Riding at the Ranch

Practicing yoga and enhancing your skill as an equestrian work hand in hand. Not only does yoga promote awareness in the moment, a quality equestrians need to maintain control of their horse, but it also helps strengthen the core, which enhances stability and coordination while riding. As such, we often pair our lauded horseback riding … Continue Reading »

5 Tips to Make the Best of your Horseback Riding Adventure

Horses are beautiful, gentle creatures and horseback riding is an ideal way to explore and see the outdoors, especially as a part of your Colorado dude ranch vacation! Here are some tips to keep in mind when first getting on the saddle to ensure a positive attitude and experience on your horseback riding adventure. Keep … Continue Reading »

And We’re Off!

“Let’s go up!” Echoes the wrangler’s cry in the distance of the crisp summer morning. “Clip” “clop” go the hooves on the dirt ranch driveway- 180 horses snort and whinney as they make their way into the corrals, Ready for breakfast. A dart of green here A flash of red there The hummingbirds have arrived, … Continue Reading »

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What image do you think of when someone mentions the great American West? Cowboys? Horses? An eagle on the wing? Or, do you picture amber waves of grain and purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain?  The West is synonymous with awe-striking, wide-open spaces to be explored. Here at C Lazy U Ranch, we have … Continue Reading »

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The spa was the most gorgeous spa I've ever been to, and McKinsey couldn't have been a better greeter or hostess. Kristen made my day by letting me borrow a yoga mat for my stay!

~ Anna B., 09-17-2021

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