Grand County, Colorado’s Dude Ranches Open for the Summer Season, Providing Opportunity to Experience Old West Way of Life

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Get Your Cowboy On in Grand County, Colorado

Family ride at Latigo Ranch

"Visiting one or all of the Grand Colorado Dude Ranch offers a vacation for families, singles or couples with a range of activities."

The “Dude Ranch Capital of the United States,” Grand County, Colorado, is home to four world-class dude and guest ranches. Offering more than just riding (though that’s certainly part of the experience), these destinations offer all-inclusive packages that not only include lodging and meals, but also activities that range from fly-fishing and mountain biking to yoga and swimming. Each experience, just like each ranch, is unique. Whether you’re looking for an intro to cowboying or are an experienced cowhand, there’s a dude ranch to suit just about anyone.

Bar Lazy J Ranch
The longest continuously operated guest ranch in Colorado, the Bar Lazy J provides the personal touches for a true dude ranch experience—they’ll even loan you a hat or boots if you forget yours. But it’s more than just riding here. With access to gold medal waters on the Colorado River, it’s been a favorite fishing destination since 1912.

Closing Time Special
Close out the 2017 season and enjoy the fall colors at the Bar Lazy J. Enjoy a five night stay from September 24-29 for the discounted rate of $1300.

C Lazy U Ranch
With a collection of 40 rustically-elegant cabin accommodations, gourmet meals featuring local cuisine, the full-service “Lazy U” spa and 8,500 acres to explore, C Lazy U guarantees a luxurious Western experience with its “Five Spur Service.” Activities such as horseback riding and trap shooting as well as fly-fishing, yoga and mountain biking keep guests active on this family-owned ranch.

Art and Music at the C Lazy U
The C Lazy U is offering several special events this summer. From June 11–18, international artist James Corwin will be conducting a special painting workshop where guests will not only be able to see James in action, but also learn to paint as well. More of a music person? Head to the ranch July 16–23 for a special singer and songwriter experience with husband and wife team, Monty Powell and Anna Wilson. Enjoy an intimate performance as well as a special songwriting session.

Drowsy Water Ranch
With cozy cabins, hearty western fare and a dedicated staff, it’s no surprise that Drowsy Water Ranch was the Winner of TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice 2012 Award for the Best All-Inclusive Resort in the World. Experience classic ranch recreation on its 600 acres nestled in a private valley, as well as some unexpected options like zip lining, at this Colorado playground.

Seasonal Specials
Kick off summer with a 15% discount for the week of May 28, or enjoy 15% off during the fall adult only weeks August 27 and September 3.

Latigo Ranch
Located near Kremmling in the western part of the county, Latigo Ranch is famous for its stunning panoramic views of the Continental Divide from the front porch. However, there’s much to do in addition to admiring the views. Focusing on matching guests with the perfect horse, Latigo Ranch also offers an authentic cattle drive experience. After a full day on the ranch, guests enjoy “nouveau ranch cuisine” and square dancing before retiring to one of the 35 beautifully appointed cabins.

This One’s for the Girls
During the first week of June, Latigo Ranch is all about the ladies. Learn from local experts like Dee, a farrier, and Lindy, the local large animal vet. In addition to making new friends, women will also enjoy shooting lessons, various horseback rides, guided hikes, the experience of moving cattle and more.

About Grand County
Located 67 miles west of Denver, Grand County is home to wide-open spaces, breathtaking mountain scenery and authentic old-west towns. Outdoor recreational activities include golf, boating, fishing, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting and horseback riding.

The area features more than 600 miles of mapped and marked trails, one national park, one national forest, two wilderness areas, two national scenic byways, two major ski resorts, five world-class dude ranches and four mountain golf courses. Grand County’s extensive water network includes Colorado’s largest natural lake, 1,000 miles of streams, 1,000 acres of high-mountain lakes and 11,000 acres of reservoirs. Download Grand County’s new mobile app at

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