Colorado is full of beautiful sites and adventures to be had! Although there are more than enough activities to completely fill your days at the ranch, we are happy to help you plan any off-ranch day trips if there are more ways you’d like to utilize your Northern Colorado vacation with us. Please feel free to call us with any additional questions you may have about any of these or other possible activities available within a close proximity to Bar Lazy J.
Most Saturday evenings, you can head to the local rodeo for all the exciting events you’d expect including roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, bronc riding and bull riding too! Go and check out the real cowboy and cowgirl skills from our local and surrounding counties and possibly some of our staff as well. There’s always a great half time show and several fun activities for the kids including mutton busting (that’s sheep-riding for all you city slickers), a shoe race, calf chasing and more. It’s great for the whole family! If you didn’t bring a car, we’ll provide a ranch vehicle for anyone wanting to attend.
If cow-pushing is what you’re after, you’ll love a day of gathering cattle and driving the herd on 10,000 acres of undeveloped, open range. Enjoy a truly unique experience by taking part in a western tradition. The drive involves 3-1/2–4 hours of riding, with panoramic views of the Continental Divide and the Gore, Williams Fork and Never Summer mountain ranges. A homemade meal will await you upon your return.
Fly Fishing / Fishing Guide
Guided fly fishing trips are available as half day or whole day excursions. Schedule your personal guide to get detailed instruction along a variety of public and private waters here in the county.
White Water Rafting
This Saturday adventure is a guest favorite if you can stick around for it! Grab some quick breakfast before checking out and head out to a full day white water adventure down the Colorado River! Or take us up on one more ride in the morning before checkout and enjoy a half-day of rafting in the afternoon. You’ll love your guides and you’ll love taking in the gorgeous Colorado mountain terrain from an entirely different angle! Great for the whole family (ages 3 and up)! We recommend staying somewhere local if you plan to take part in this activity so that you aren't rushed and have somewhere to return and shower before flying out the following day. Trips are available on alternate days if you don't mind missing the ranch activities that are happening, so just ask and we're happy to help you book once you arrive at the ranch!
Rocky Mountain National Park
In 2015, Rocky Mountain National Park celebrated the park's 100th Anniversary and was named by National Geographic as one of its best trips in the world. Plan an adventure and witness the natural beauty that has been preserved for more than 100 years. The wilderness area includes 359 miles of hiking trails, 150 lakes, waterfalls, 60 mountains taller than 12,000 feet, and the opportunity to see elk, bighorn sheep, and moose. Our close proximity makes it easy to take a day trip or you can plan you’re drive to or from Denver by way of the park’s main Trail Ridge Road. If time allows for it, we highly recommend an unforgettable drive through the park and we’re happy to help you with planning your route! View the Rocky Mountain National Park website for more info.
Hot Air Ballooning
We’d be happy to schedule you on a one-of-a-kind hot air balloon flight above the Rocky Mountains! Flights begin at sunrise as the sun is coming over the Continental Divide and showcase some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. This is truly one of the loveliest and most memorable experiences the valley has to offer. For more info about current rates, go to their site at www.grandadventureballoon.com.
There are several great public courses within a short distance of the ranch. Let us know if you’re interested and we’ll help get your clubs and tee time reserved. Transportation available.
**To schedule any of these off-site Colorado activities, simply speak to our Guest Services Coordinator.
More Activities to Enjoy on Your Northern Colorado Vacation
There are also local outlets and souvenir shopping all within a reasonable distance from the ranch, and we’re happy to help you arrange a visit if you're interested. All are great additional activities to consider before or after your stay with us!
The choice is always YOURS!