Horseback Riding Vacations in Colorado

C Lazy U dude ranch is one of the premier horseback riding vacation destinations in Colorado. We offer you the beauty of the great American west, freedom throughout 8,500 acres of land, and the power to shout “Yeeeeha!!”

Your Special Horse

C Lazy U’s herd of more than 180 horses allows us to find the perfect fit for each individual’s riding ability so your horseback riding vacation can be as tame or wild as your heart desires. The horse selected for each guest by our experienced head wrangler, Bill Fisher, will match your ability and personality. You’ll work with the same horse for the duration of your stay so you can truly refine your riding skills and form a bond with your horse for meaningful vacation experience.

Together, horse and rider learn from one another throughout your stay. Each horse is different, from the gentlest creature to the boldest mare, and every rider has a perfect match somewhere in the stable. By the time your ranch vacation is over, you and your horse will be bonded by a trust built on patience, respect, and your time spent together.

C Lazy U dude ranch has something for everyone at every level of horsemanship. Seasoned riders will benefit just as much as beginners. C Lazy U is also a working cattle ranch, so expect to go on some cattle drives and other cowboy adventures if you visit us during the summer.


Weekly Shodeo

The outdoor arena is the place to be on Saturday afternoons when guests showcase their skills during the all-ages “Shodeo.” The kids are the stars of the show, but the adults also compete against one another as they perform the skills they’ve learned throughout the week, and everyone leaves with a C Lazy U ribbon and feeling of accomplishment.

If your visit our premiere all-inclusive ranch during the colder months you’ll get to experience our 12,000-square-foot, heated, indoor riding arena that provides year-round riding enjoyment for your Colorado family vacation. Ready to show off your new-and-improved riding skills?

Adult Horseback Riding Program


Adults and children have different levels of horseback riding ability and to ensure everyone enjoys their Colorado ranch vacation we have separate riding programs for adults and kids. But not to worry…you will all spend lots of time riding, and you will get the opportunity to ride together on a family ride. There are morning and afternoon rides and even an all-day ride. Cattle working and instructional rides are also part of the agenda for the adults.

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Kids Horseback Riding Program


The Kids’ Riding Program breaks up into three groups according to age and ability level, allowing kids to enjoy riding with their peers. Kids learn basic riding skills if necessary, and spend time expanding on those skills in the arena and out on the trail. The littlest cowpokes have the privilege of riding Katie the pony or being pulled in a cart by Petey the Donkey. Whatever age your children are, they are sure to enjoy their horseback riding vacation at C Lazy U!

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Winter Horseback Riding

Yes! We ride in the winter too. We have a 12,000 sq. ft. heated indoor arena for year-round riding and clinics. We also head out into the trails whenever we can.

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From the Horse's Mouth

“Peace and Relaxation in a beautiful setting!”

We took our kids and my mother here for a Summer vacation in July of 2015. What a beautiful we pulled up there were Cowboys greeting us at check in. Lodging, staff, food, scenery is 5 stars. I know we'll be back one day...and we can't wait to plan it!

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