Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch (Parshall, Colorado)

Covid-19 Updates: Best Practices and Current Changes for our 2021 Season

May 06, 2020 by barlazyj-ranch

As we look forward to our 2021 season, we know that there are still concerns about Covid-19 and all of the changes. Like all of you, we have been affected by those changes, but being Colorado's oldest continuously operating guest ranch means we've got 109 years of experience at riding out rocky trails and rough years. Last season, we were able to successfully navigate the summer and Fall with all of our protocols and had no cases of Covid on the ranch with our guests or staff. We were so happy that we could still offer the opportunity for guests to spend time with their families here in the outdoors and away from the crowds. This summer, we will be continuing the same protocols that were successfully instituted last summer and adding others we find necessary as needed. Your health and safety is our highest priority so we've been working diligently to adapt our program to comply with guidelines as they've changed and we will continue to do so. For updated information, we'll refresh this page with new details as we receive them, if any. New information will be added in bold, black lettering.

**We ask that in the weeks prior to your stay with us, those traveling here practice as many safe measures as possible to decrease the risk of bringing any illness to the ranch. Those include social distancing, mask-wearing and frequent hand washing/sanitizing when coming in contact with others. If you are experiencing any symptoms or have had any exposure to someone with Covid symptoms, please contact us and we will happily help you reschedule a future stay with us or completely refund your deposit.

At this time, the following changes will remain in place, in line with specific CDC and local public health guidelines:

1) Upon arrival, all guests will need to fill out a health form, signing and indicating they are free from any Covid-19 related symptoms and have had no known exposure to any confirmed cases in the last 14 days. An infrared temperature will be taken for each guest.

2) Dining room seating will be spaced and both the dining room and River porch seating areas will be open for families and individuals to utilize more room if desired.

3) Allow us to serve you! We will not be offering regular buffets and self serve items will be limited, but we'll make up for it by serving you instead. All meals will be plated and continental breakfast items will be ordered and provided personally to you. Don't worry--cookies will still be available 24/7 in individual sleeves so you can get your ranch sweet fix after your ride!

4) Face masks for our guests will not be required, but you're welcome to bring one if you desire. Many of our staff are vaccinated, but will be wearing them when they need to be in closer contact with you in order to limit your exposure to them. When transporting guests, all guests will be required to wear face masks, if able to, for their short drive. We will provide fresh masks for those who do not have their own.

5) Hand sanitizer will be available in all common areas and our staff will be wiping surfaces every two hours to help minimize germs.

6) Due to distancing requirements and restrictions on numbers in a gathering, some activities will be limited to smaller groups or family groups. Zip-line and trap shooting will still be available. Staff show will be temporary postponed until regulations allow us to have folks closer together. An outdoor game night and archery/axe throwing evening have been added to replace other indoor activities.

7) Hot tub use will be limited to families or groups that are together. Pool use will be limited to a max of 25 in the pool area and a wider utilization of space around the pool.

8) To limit entry into your cabin, you have the option of choosing housekeeping service or not. Weekly turnover cleaning will be more detailed and rooms will be completely sanitized in between guests. During your stay, you have the option of letting us know if you'd like daily service, or if you'd like housekeepers to refill/replenish cabin needs by request and deliver them to your porch. They are happy to deliver towels, pick up trash daily and fill any needs.

9) It is suggested by health professionals that children ages 3 and up wear masks if in close proximity to others outside of their group/family, but that is your choice. Our kids' program will be focusing on activities where they can spread out and enjoy the fresh air during their stay and use of common equipment will be cleaned daily. Counselors will encourage lots of hand washing!

10) At this time, the rafting company is opening May 28th and offering half day rafting trips only. Families will be able to raft within their family groups. Smaller groups will be assigned rafts with others outside of their group. Masks are not encouraged on the rafting portion of the trip due to safety in case someone were to fall out of the raft. However, they should be worn for check-in and the transportation to the rafting site. Rafting will be offered as a half day excursion Thursday and Saturday. There will be both a morning (8:30am) and afternoon (1 pm) half day option. Guests will need to provide transportation to and from the rafting company. If you are arriving to the ranch by train or shuttle, we can discuss transportation for Thursday rafting only. **Based on water levels, rafting may only be available through parts of September. We will update as the rafting company lets us know.**

11) Colorado has mandated a mandatory mask rule in Public Places if you are not vaccinated or if the establishment requires. As you travel to Colorado, expect to have that enforced in some indoor spaces such as stores as you make your way to the ranch. Because we are a private entity, we are not required to wear masks in outdoor areas and our only indoor activity is meal times, where masks are not required. However, you are welcome to bring and wear a mask on ranch as you feel comfortable .

12) If you plan on driving through Rocky Mountain National Park on your way in or out, due to restrictions on numbers in the park, entry to the park is timed and you must have a reservation to enter the park between 6am and 5pm. They do fill up, so we recommend holding a spot as soon as you know your estimated time.For reservations, please visit

As you can see, we've been working thoughtfully with our committed staff to create a safer environment for our guests. Although no situation is risk free, we're doing what it takes to comply with safe practices and still offer the service and experience we're known for. If you've shared a stay with us, you know that flexibility is what we are all about. We'll do whatever it takes to provide a positive experience for our guests that we love like family. We know some of these changes are big and some are small, but you can be assured we'll be making every effort to make your ranch vacation one you'll treasure the rest of the year. New activities like a painting class, axe throwing, and adult archery are all new additions to our summer activities in place of others we've needed to postpone. No effort is too great for our valued ranch guest family!

Please call or email us with any specific questions or concerns you may have. We're a quick call or email away! While we may not have all the answers at this time, we'll make it our priority to do our best to get them. Hope to see you on the trail soon!

The Bar Lazy J Team

2 thoughts on “Covid-19 Updates: Best Practices and Current Changes for our 2021 Season”

  1. Really looking forward to August and experiencing your ranch with some of my favorite cowgirlfriends from PA. So glad you will be still up and running!

  2. We think every day about our scheduled return to the ranch and will follow and appreciate any guidelines you require.
    Our only request is please continue to remain open as we will have a hard time waiting another year to see the ranch and everyone there.
    See you in Sept. and all best wishes to all at Bar Lazy J.

    Bob and Bev Blair

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