Go Escape, a publication by USA Today, published a great story about vacationing at dude ranches in the winter time. The story, supported by quotes from Marketing Director Brady Johnson, shares the beauty of a ranch vacation, highlighting the ability to escape crowded mountain towns, the all-inclusive nature and the authentic experience provided, specifically at C Lazy U Ranch. The story opens with a gorgeous image of a winter horseback ride at the ranch.
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Sky-Hi News documented the impact that the East Troubleshome fire had on C Lazy U, and featured the ranch’s herd of 200 horses returning to the ranch from their evacuation site. The photo of the herd back home in their pasture is stunning!
9News captured the C Lazy U herd moving back to C Lazy U Ranch from their evacuation site in Evergreen. The horses were happy to be home! We are incredibly grateful to all the people who helped save our horses, and who helped bring them home.
C Lazy U was included in a Family Vacationist roundup, which highlights 12 of the best all-inclusive resorts for big families. Listed as No. 2 in the list, the piece highlights the variety of cabins offered on-property, noting their ability to accommodate large families. The piece also highlights the summer season, noting how kiddos spend the days with their counselors and adults have time to themselves, with the evenings concluding with nightly entertainment and s’mores by the campfire.
We are grateful for the outpouring of love and support from our community, near and far. First and foremost, our deepest gratitude goes out to Grand County community, firefighters, first responders, authorities and volunteers.
To better understand the fire please feel free to read this amazing compilation of the events of the East Troublesome Fire by 5280 and Courtney Holden. Read Article
How was C Lazy U Ranch impacted?
The East Troublesome Fire made its way through the property on October 21st and 22nd, 2020. During the fire the ranch lost 4 buildings. Fortunately, none of these four buildings prohibit the ranch from ongoing operations and all critical infrastructure remained intact and in working order. The buildings that were lost included the iconic horse barn built in 1922, Evergreen guest cabin and two staff housing units. Portions of the land were hit by the fire, some worse than others. The main ranch compound was more or less spared, which is great news, so we plan to resume normal operations next spring. The lodging and dining components have not been affected and can resume as normal. Visually, when you are on ranch headquarters, you can hardly even tell there was a fire when enjoying common areas, surrounding meadows and vistas. Parts of the land outside of these areas were impacted more severely so some of our trails, scenery and fishing will be compromised, but proactive measures are being put into place to restore these areas immediately.
Are the horses safe?
The horses were preemptively and swiftly evacuated almost a week before the fire made its way to C Lazy U Ranch. As the fire expanded, we safely relocated the herd a second time. In both instances, these efforts were led and managed by our amazing team of wranglers and managers, and accomplished via the tremendous community outpouring of support and many volunteers.
On November 6th and 7th, the horses were moved back to the ranch and were very happy to be home!
Is there anything the community can do to assist the ranch?
At this time, the property is closed and with the support from our ranch and volunteer partners, all guests, members, staff and ranch animals are safe and out of harm’s way. The ranch has a task force that will set up the proper donation channels and we will share that information once channels are defined. If you are looking for a way to assist the greater community, we recommend supporting the Grand Foundation and Mountain Family Center.
How long will the ranch be closed?
The property will be closed through March 31, 2021. To view our upcoming events and specials click here.
Who do we contact if we have an existing reservation?
If you have an existing reservation and any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (970) 887-3344.
What does this mean for the future of C Lazy U Ranch?
In the spirit of the West, we are hopeful for the future and look forward to welcoming back guests for the next 100 years. The ranch will reopen for guests! C Lazy U Ranch celebrated 100 years in 2019, and as we look forward to 2021, we have a vision plan in place focused on the next 100 years. Next year, we look forward to welcoming guests back to our premier guest ranch.
COWGIRL Magazine highlighted seven dude ranch glamping destinations, including C Lazy U, noting our Conestoga Wagon as a memorable accommodation.
Only In Your State shared an entire post about C Lazy U Ranch, highlighting the property’s family-friendliness with nods to our recent awards. Using imagery from our Facebook page and website, the article paints a fantastic picture of what a stay on the ranch looks like.
Travel Awaits highlighted seven dude ranches, including C Lazy U Ranch, that are perfect for a winter getaway. The copy highlights the many winter-focused offerings available to guests, along with campfires and outstanding cuisine.
Previously published in the January 2020 print edition of Horse Illustrated, we are excited to see this beautifylly-written story about C Lazy U Ranch and our partnership with Drifter’s Hearts of Hope, as told by our very own Ami Cullen.
We’re excited to share this article from Sky-Hi News about our 2020 Readers’ Choice Award from Condé Nast Traveler.