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Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch

447 County Road 3 PO Box N, Parshall, CO 80468-8714
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Colorado's oldest continuously operating guest ranch is nestled in a peaceful valley along the beautiful Colorado River. Near Rocky Mountain National Park. Warm Western hospitality and delicious home cooked meals served in our historic lodge will add to your experience. Enjoy Gold Medal fishing, scenic horseback rides (all levels), jeep rides, mountain biking, guided hiking, river rafting, and sightseeing van trips. Extensive children's program, evening entertainment, recreation barn, and heated pool/jacuzzi. Listen to the Colorado River rush by in your private log cabin.
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jenl1182015 wrote a review Jun 2020
Berkeley Heights, New Jersey16 contributions5 helpful votes
I traveled to the Bar Lazy J Ranch in June of 2020 with my two teenage sons and their friend. Seriously, we are seasoned travelers and I mean it when I say it just does not get any better than this. When you arrive at the ranch, you will somehow believe that you have been transported to the magic of the Old West and yet, with modern amenities the like of which you have never seen. The cabins are > 100 years old but modernized to make even the pickiest of travelers comfortable. The food is beyond delicious (and this from a NY foodie) and Chef Eddie doubles as a jewelry designer. Suffice it to say that the gift shop thrived while we were there. Cheri and Jerry (owners) invite you in and treat you like family for the duration. Ask for it and they make it happen. Everyone there (and I am only not naming other names because I will inadvertently leave someone out) is professional, pleasant, warm, and inviting. The horses and all the critters (donkeys, goats, sheep, zebu, dogs) are family too and their health and welfare is greatly valued by their human companions. The rides are tailored to your skill level but also adjusted when your skill level improves throughout the week. The extras are there precisely when you need them - massages, trap shooting, music, ziplining, and river activities. I can literally think of nothing that could be done to make this place more magical and magnificent!! We have already booked for next year!!!!
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Date of stay: June 2020
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Nat wrote a review Jun 2020
3 contributions1 helpful vote
My week at the Bar Lazy J Ranch was amazing! Sercice 100% Cleanliness 100% staff 100% Cabin 100% Horses 100% Food 100% Riding experience 100% I couldnt write enough im this little paragraph. But I loved the riding and my friend who had never ridden had a great time also. There were lots of fun activities aswell as the riding. Great for solo travellers, friends and famillies. I advise otherd to visit and hope to return myself!
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Date of stay: May 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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2Bees_10 wrote a review Sep 2019
Kansas City, Missouri164 contributions29 helpful votes
We write this review with tears in our eyes reliving our recent adult week stay at BLJ. Having never been to a guest ranch before but always wanting to taste ranch life and horseback riding, we chose BLJ after 2 years of research. We couldn't have chosen a better place! BLJ is an authentic ranch, no Disneyland Amusement Park replica. It's the real deal oozing with hospitality and one of the most beautiful ranches on earth. Cheri & Jerry (Owners)...well they are charming, hospitable and caring from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave. Every day they eat with you, they participate with you,and get to know all their guests by first name. Always accommodating and never a negative word or can't do or won't do attitude. Tammy & Chad (Ranch Managers) have been there many years, live on the ranch with their beautiful children and take care of everything you need or want. If the daily schedule of things to do--ride, zipline, hike, fish,etc.--was not exactly what you felt like doing, the staff were flexible and made sure you were able to do what you wanted on any given day. The horses are absolutely beautiful and well cared for. Each and every one of the wranglers are real "cowboys and cowgirls" and totally committed to you, your horse, and your experience. The ranch crew and Chef Eddie were amazing. Fabulous meals with MORE than you could ever want and a Cookie Box that never goes empty. A favorite was the Breakfast Ride which we will never forget. Out to the high country, crossing the Colorado River, and sitting down to a real outdoor western breakfast in the mountains, by the river, with your horse, your new found friends, while listening to Wrangler Joseph play the guitar. You try to comprehend how Chef Eddie and the whole crew puts it all together so perfectly. The scenery is some of the best in the west. Spectacular high country, mountains, river and plateaus. Many guests have described their visit to BLJ as wonderful, fun, awesome, a great place to visit--which it is. It's hard to find the right words to describe it. We feel it has to be experienced. BLJ is a classic, one-of-a-kind, western ranch full of tradition cared for by the most wonderful people; Cheri, Jerry, Tammy, Chad, Chef Eddie, Christina, and each one of the entire staff (you know who you are). We think it's like no other place on earth. We LOVED our time with you, miss all of you, and look forward to our next visit.
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Date of stay: September 2019
mgreene wrote a review Sep 2019
Bethesda, Maryland59 contributions155 helpful votes
We stayed at the end of the family season and had a great time. Our daughter really enjoyed the kids program, which lets the kids go off together (with awesome wranglers) and allows you to decide how much freedom to give your kid. The kids had a great time. They rode (including loping), played games, fed the animals in the petting zoo, and swam. The adult program pairs you with a horse for the week and allows you to choose how often you want to ride, and how adventurous you want your ride to be. They allow a lot of loping for competent riders. They were also very flexible in accommodating special requests. We arranged a family ride with our daughter simply by asking (thanks Jasmine!). The accommodations are rustic but exactly what you’d want at a ranch. The cabins are western themed and clean and comfy. The main house is also a nice place to hang out and if you need WiFi, the only place to get it (enjoy the Internet prison). The owners and staff are all fantastic. We didn’t meet a single person who wasn’t friendly and helpful. They offer a variety of activities included in the price, and a few others at extra cost. There’s pretty much always something to do, but it’s perfectly acceptable to pull up a book by the river and do nothing. My daughter is already plotting her next visit.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
Jasmine38Chichester UK wrote a review Sep 2019
Chichester, United Kingdom1,450 contributions604 helpful votes
We just loved our week here. My husband and I visited for the first adult only week of the season and had just the best time - in many ways it exceeded our expectations. Gerry and Sherri who own the ranch are very hands on and really genuine and kind people who give a lot of support to their staff and the community. They have created a unique and ambience so that you really do feel part of a ranch family for a week. Typically there are around 28 guests in adults week which makes for a very warm and sociable environment. You also know that you are in very capable hands as Gerry and Sherri are also on the Board of the Dude Ranch Association and have been heavily involved in developing standards and policies for dude ranches. They also carry out quality inspections of other ranches. The riding, in wonderful scenery, is excellent with a choice of rides each day (including breakfast and lunch rides) to suit all abilities with opportunities for individual lopes for competent riders. With over 100 horses their is one to suit everyone and my allocated horse for the week was a star (which also happened to be her name!). They are extremely well cared for, responsive and in great shape. For those who don't want to ride all the time the ranch also offers guided hikes, fishing, zip lining and skeet shooting as part of the inclusive price. Rafting can also be arranged at extra cost. The ranch itself is over 100 years old with cabins overlooking the Colorado River. It's rustic but comfortable with lots of horsey stuff and just as you would imagine a ranch to be. There is a nice small pool on site with a few loungers, hot tub, gift shop, free laundry facilities, wemassage available certain days of the week and WiFi in the main lodge. I also, even as an adult, loved the petting farm, especially the miniature donkey. We also enjoyed the evening entertainment programme, which many ranches don't offer, from wagon rides to campfires, line dancing and saloon night with a faux casino. Food is good home style cooking and plentiful. Expect to put on a pound or two! BYO alcohol although you can buy reasonably priced bottles of beer or wine at the ranch. This is a very special place that really has it all and we hope we might get to go back again in the not too distant future.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch
Which popular attractions are close to Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch?
Nearby attractions include Pioneer Village Museum (4.1 miles), Candy Store at Hot Sulphur Springs (4.0 miles), and Pioneer Park (4.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch?
Conveniently located restaurants include Glory Hole, The Dean Public House, and Parshall Inn.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Parshall.