The Ranch

Looking Back at 2016

Jan 12, 2017 by barlazyj-ranch

Every season at Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch tells a unique story. No two are ever the same. The guests, the staff, the horses, the rides, the new activities added--not to mention all the variables of weather, wildlife and the flow of the river--make each year unlike any year before it. Looking back at 2016,... (Read More)

old website

Welcome to our new Bar Lazy J website!

May 17, 2016 by barlazyj-ranch

We're pleased to announce the launch of our beautiful new website! Our new site is responsive, has a lot more photos, and provides everything you need to know about planning your dude ranch vacation to Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch. One of the best aspects of our new site is our new WordPress Blog!  We'll... (Read More)

A Bogged Blogger.

Jun 01, 2015 by barlazyj-ranch

Well it appears after much research and several attempts, that Blogger is temporarily unable to upload our posts and no one is quite sure when the changes in the software will be updated to allow it to work again. We're gonna look for some way around it, but in the meantime, we'll save our posts... (Read More)

A Working Dude Ranch!

May 05, 2015 by barlazyj-ranch

So what did we tell ya? Spring in the Rockies is unpredictable, but never a true surprise. A few late season storms are enough to make folks unfamiliar with our seasons worry it’ll never turn warmer, but right behind the wet snow that April brings, are the warmer days that send the moisture deep into... (Read More)

Time for Mud Boots!

Apr 05, 2015 by barlazyj-ranch

It’s a general thought that not much goes on here in the off season. Right? We sit relaxingly in our lazy boys and wait out the winter cold until Spring. Only working 4 months out of the year must be pretty awesome. Oh to live at Bar Lazy J…… BWAAAHAAAAAAAAHHHAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAHHHAAAAAAAAAAA-HAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHAHAAHHA  (deep breath) HAHAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAHHHAAAAHAHAAA. Oh man.... (Read More)

Off-Season Going-Ons!

Feb 22, 2015 by barlazyj-ranch

Howdy friends! A big hello to everyone from Bar Lazy J!      It’s been wonderfully uneventful in our parts and we honestly can’t BELIEVE it’s almost the end of February! That means only 2 MORE MONTHS until we start opening the ranch again and only 3 MORE MONTHS until our first guests arrive for opening... (Read More)

So you want to work at a Dude Ranch….

Jan 16, 2015 by barlazyj-ranch

        Dude ranches. Guest ranches. Whatever you call them, they offer incredible experiences with potentially life-changing benefits. And we’re not just talking about for the guests. For the people who come to work, there are tremendous opportunities and experiences as well . If you’re doing it right, being a part of a guest ranch... (Read More)

Best of the West 2014

Jan 02, 2015 by barlazyj-ranch

    We had an INCREDIBLE 2014 and we owe most of it to all of YOU. Thank you for being a part of one of the best seasons this old ranch has seen in all its 103 years!  As we went through the thousands of photos we have (oh yes—thousands), we were reminded individually of... (Read More)

A Merry Christmas Indeed!

Dec 27, 2014 by barlazyj-ranch

     Just a quick post to sneak a peek at our happiest of holidays! Many of our staff stuck around to work and play this winter, so everyone was invited to the Big House for dinner and festivities.      And sooooome little girl may have bamboozled a couple of folks into letting her paint their... (Read More)

A Month of Thanks and Giving

by barlazyj-ranch

Thanksgiving was a ton of fun this year with all of the “orphan” staff who stuck around here for the winter and didn’t make plans to go home. We had a full table of good friends and many a ranch story told. (Uhhh…the man in the turkey hat has been kind-of-sort-of-not–so-really- disguised for his own... (Read More)

A Belated Winter!

Dec 26, 2014 by barlazyj-ranch

The time between the end of the season and the end of year tends to be a rush of various projects and lots of visitors to the ranch. We love being able to get so much done and visit with folks we don’t get to typically see during the season.  And this year was no... (Read More)

Saying Goodbye.

by barlazyj-ranch

We don’t do that around here. For us, it’s always a “See ya soon!” or a “Hurry back!” We love that people who have been here 10, 25 and even 40 years ago will often randomly get in touch with us about coming back to relive their week at Bar Lazy J with us. Since... (Read More)

Bar Lazy J in American Cowboy Magazine!

Oct 23, 2014 by barlazyj-ranch

What an honor it was to be featured first in American Cowboy magazine’s “10 Historic Western Hideaways” this Fall! The article highlights the ranch’s rich history and present day status as one of the leading guest ranches in the country.      “In 1912, the Buckhorn Lodge opened its doors to traveling guests for $5/day on... (Read More)

This is the Reel Deal.

by barlazyj-ranch

We have all kinds of guests that come to the ranch.  Each and every one means a great deal to us and we strive to make sure every individual receives the full extent of our hospitality and the attention they deserve. That’s our specialty. So it’s always a bit bittersweet when the last Adult Week... (Read More)

Happy Trails (Literally!)

Oct 04, 2014 by barlazyj-ranch

      Awww September…..there’s no other time like it here in Colorado. What a color show the mountains put on for us. And one you never get tired of. Every year we eagerly await the bright mix of greens, yellow, oranges and reds and while many states have Fall colors to brag about, the often snow-... (Read More)

It’s Gettin’ Western up Here!

Sep 22, 2014 by barlazyj-ranch

      Howdy friends!! Well week one of Adults Only time here at the Bar Lazy J was an absolute BLAST and we always kick off the week by herding in the horses for the guests to meet. We love to watch their faces light up as our beautiful herd comes trotting past the front drive... (Read More)

Sharing the Love.

Sep 02, 2014 by barlazyj-ranch

      Howdy folks! As hard as it is to believe, there are just a few more weeks left in our season this year and on top of all the wonderful returning friends we’ve been able to see again, we’ve welcomed SO many new families into our ranch circle. There’s nothing quite like seeing a child... (Read More)

Keeping It Close.

Aug 20, 2014 by barlazyj-ranch

     Mud. It’s muddy. And wet. And kind of dirty come to think of it. But amazingly enough, the combination of  water and dirt has no effect on the smiles around here. Even when ya gotta work in it. You always can manage to find some play time as well! Entering the Kid-at-Heart zone. It... (Read More)

Better and Better

Aug 14, 2014 by barlazyj-ranch

     Well we’re in to the warmer weeks of the summer, but the cooler days of Fall are just around the corner. The summer is flying by, but we know that’s what happens when you’re having so much fun! Here’s a peek at our week that started with a friendly visitor to the ranch Sunday... (Read More)

Aimin’ (Rocky Mountain) High.

Aug 06, 2014 by barlazyj-ranch

     We aim to please. We aim to offer a unique experience and cherished memories to take with you. We aim to exceed your expectations.  And while you’re here? We’ll help YOU work on your aim as well. (Or just put it to good use at least.) Pretty impressive for their first time, huh? And... (Read More)

Just an (Extra)Ordinary Week Here!

Jul 30, 2014 by barlazyj-ranch

      We’ve had week after week of awesome families here on the ranch and it’s been incredibly fun catching up with old friends and welcoming new ones! There’s not too much we can say—the pictures speak for themselves. So take a look!   And check out this adorable family! It’s hard to believe this photo... (Read More)

A Birthday Party!

Jul 25, 2014 by barlazyj-ranch

     Having to work on your birthday is usually the pits. Wouldn’t you rather be driving out to some remote trail with wonderful friends and fantastic horses to a hidden lake brimming with great fishing? So would we.  And it just so happens, that’s the way one birthday boy DID spend his day. While at... (Read More)

Freedom (in the) Reins

Jul 16, 2014 by barlazyj-ranch

     In light of Independence Day, we did a lot of celebrating of all the various freedoms we value every day here on the ranch. I guess you could say we celebrate those EVERY week, but it was nice to take a step back and really enjoy this beautiful country we live in—particularly our “little... (Read More)

Crossing Rivers Again!

Jul 03, 2014 by barlazyj-ranch

      Well if you were following us throughout the winter, you probably saw the great snow season we had here in the mountains. That is WONDERFUL for a LOT of reasons—including the ski economy here in CO, water sources for the animals, the hayfields here in the valley and the wildflowers up in the high... (Read More)