The Ranch

This is why June flew by!

Jul 01, 2014 by barlazyj-ranch

     Some bachelor parties go to a bar. But REALLY GOOD ONES?? Come to the BAR LAZY J! What a great and fun group of guys we had the pleasure of hosting for their 4 day retreat to the mountains—and what a way to send off the groom! Besides lots of campfires, horseshoes, loping up... (Read More)

Raising the Bar (in Bar Lazy J)

Jun 11, 2014 by barlazyj-ranch

     We are already into our THIRD week of our 2014 season (seriously??) and what wonderful weeks we have already shared! We can honestly say we had an opening day like NONE other with rain and the river rising and then NO electricity an hour before dinner—eeks! But THANKS to a gas stove, some beautiful... (Read More)

What it takes.

Jun 04, 2014 by barlazyj-ranch

We’re often asked what it takes to get the ranch open. And quite frankly—it’s a good question. So let’s take a look. Just what DOES it take? It definitely takes some skill.  Starting with very accomplished horse shoers. But we also count baking delicious cookies for the bottomless cookie box as a SKILL! And Alex... (Read More)

Making Good Things Better.

May 19, 2014 by barlazyj-ranch

    Without endings there can be no new beginnings. We know that’s true. But it’s always hard to let go of something that is as beautiful as it is sentimental. This gorgeous spruce tree is well over 100 years old and when it died last year, we sadly knew we'd be forced to cut it... (Read More)

The Fun Before the (Other) Fun.

May 10, 2014 by barlazyj-ranch

It’s May. That means shorts and flip flops for many parts of the country, but around here? The flowers are just starting to be warmly coaxed out of rest from their sleepy garden beds. Most days are gorgeous and sunny…            …but the mountains are quick to remind us that we can do little to... (Read More)

Spring in the Rockies

Apr 21, 2014 by barlazyj-ranch

There is plenty to love about this time of year in the mountains.  While most people are enjoying the flowers and warm weather that Spring brings, for us it’s the gearing up for our ranch season that gives us Spring fever! We know it won’t be long before the horses are home and we’ll be... (Read More)

A Beautiful Slideshow

Mar 14, 2014 by barlazyj-ranch

   Another beautiful compilation of photos from the talented Beverly VanDell during her stay here last summer. We love how she captures the magic of this place. This is sure to make some of our guests homesick. Looking forward to seeing you all very soon! Enjoy!!

A Lazy J Spa Day

Feb 25, 2014 by barlazyj-ranch

Awwww Valentine’s Day…. such a magical holiday.  The general consensus is that it’s meant to shower extra love on those you hold dearest. So for us? That meant a day in the snow with our four-legged loved ones.  And for them? A day at the Bar Lazy J spa…. First allow us to introduce your... (Read More)

Wild Things—You Make Our Hearts Sing

Feb 19, 2014 by barlazyj-ranch

It’s that time of year where the snow keeps falling and as the piles get higher, the animals come lower--seeking shelter from the wind, easier access to food and water from the river. Which makes our valley the perfect wintering grounds for herds that number in the hundreds. You could say it’s quite a happening... (Read More)

Is this a Polar Vortex?

Jan 17, 2014 by barlazyj-ranch

Hmmmmm….probably not. We know the rest of the country has been hit with some colder-than-normal weather—and our thoughts have been with you all!-- but here in our parts it’s winter as usual. We’ve gotten large amounts of snow the past several weeks and for that we’re grateful. More snow is important for the skiing community... (Read More)

Best of the West 2013

Dec 31, 2013 by barlazyj-ranch

      Well once again we had a heck of a year here at the Bar Lazy J. There were endings and there were new beginnings. There were tons of old friends and countless new ones. We reflect on all that makes this place so special to everyone who comes down her front drive. It’s not... (Read More)

Home Is Where Your Herd Is.

Dec 21, 2013 by barlazyj-ranch

Did you MISS us??         Wow--thank you all for the kind, pleading letters to get a blog post up. We love to know you’re thinking about us and needing your BLJ fix even in our off-season! There has been quite a lot going on here, so let us fill you in and we solemnly declare... (Read More)

The Rise and “Fall”.

Oct 06, 2013 by barlazyj-ranch

       Well, well. WHAT a September Colorado had. If you turned on your television anytime mid-September then likely you saw the extensive damage flooding caused on the Front Range and in many of the lower mountain towns as well. We appreciate VERY much all of the concerned calls and messages we received from those wanting... (Read More)

Kids and Bigger Kids

Sep 07, 2013 by barlazyj-ranch

      There is nothing quite like the family weeks of June, July and August.  The sounds of little voices through our valley and the sight of little cowboy boots like these makes our hearts happy as we get to share in the life-long memories families form here. But as the summer comes to an end... (Read More)

It’s All Up in the Air

Aug 21, 2013 by barlazyj-ranch

        There is lots of wildlife on and around the ranch. Our guests have been known to see just about all the larger species Colorado has to offer—including deer, antelope, elk, moose, bears and even mountain lions. But for those of you who enjoy the winged wildlife, here is a peek at just some of... (Read More)

We’ll Never Get “Over” these Rainbows!

Aug 14, 2013 by barlazyj-ranch

At last we’ve been getting a summer with more typical afternoon showers and that has things as green as we’ve ever seen them for early August. But we’re surrounded by something else we don’t remember seeing for years and years and it has everything to do with the great moisture as well—crazy amounts of wild... (Read More)

Livin’ the High Life!

Aug 05, 2013 by barlazyj-ranch

        Our views around here are pretty spectacular, but there’s one thing that can take any scene and make it even more extraordinary. And that? Is seeing it through the ears of your favorite horse….home, sweet home—Parshall, CO.         And what a home it is for some very lucky pooches! Our guests always tell us,... (Read More)

Christmas in July!

Jul 16, 2013 by barlazyj-ranch

With snow and everything!        Yep. It’s sunny and a beautiful 79 degrees with a light breeze here in the valley—another perfect Colorado afternoon….and yet all around us, tiny white puffs are coming down swirling in circles like we’re living in a real life western snow globe! For the past two weeks, our guests have... (Read More)

We Can Fix That

Jun 23, 2013 by barlazyj-ranch

        Life is rough out there. So here at the ranch, we want you to know that whatever your worries, ailments and woes—we do our best to keep you covered when we can. The therapy is just something we throw in along the way for free….. Feel like you’re stuck in the same routine? We... (Read More)

We Love a Good Challenge!

Jun 17, 2013 by barlazyj-ranch

      Well once again we’re excited to offer our guests something new and exclusive here at the ranch and the response has been incredible. For many years our upper pasture has had a variety of horse agility obstacles for guests to work and compete against their friends and family for the best times in completion,... (Read More)

Wildflowers and Wild Laughs

Jun 13, 2013 by barlazyj-ranch

     Our ranch season has begun and that means the fun is just beginning! There is no shortage of laughs and smiles around here—from the littlest to the biggest of buckaroos. And there’s one night we get to kidnap (well the “kid” part—not so much the napping part) the little people and have (almost) ALL... (Read More)

Click on the Blog Title

by barlazyj-ranch

     Hello friends!  We needed to change a few blog settings for advertising purposes and many people let us know they were only getting a few sentences of our posts in their emails. Just wanted to let all of those who were wondering know that in order to see the full  posts that you used... (Read More)

Hard Work Deserves Some “Play” Time!

Jun 10, 2013 by barlazyj-ranch

     Our final push before the ranch opens is a combination of ironing out the details, finishing big projects and letting everyone know just what it means to be part of the Bar Lazy J family. It’s not just all hard work—there’s plenty of “play time” as well!       The Thursday before, our ranch once... (Read More)

Helping Hands!

May 26, 2013 by barlazyj-ranch

      It’s amazing what three weeks, a LOT of working hands and some love can do. Every year we are amazed at how quickly the ranch is primped and made ready to welcome our friends for another season. Some people get all the fun jobs…     ….look at all that cookie dough! We are fortunate... (Read More)

Let it begin!

May 15, 2013 by barlazyj-ranch

       The 2013 pre-season is well under way and with so many of our new staff arriving early, we are getting a ton done and are plenty ahead of schedule. Not to mention the weather has been fantastic and all that lovely rain and snow has everything budding and green, green, green. What a gorgeous... (Read More)