We have been all over the world and I can truly say, hand on heart, that this is one of the best vacations we have ever had. We flew in from the UK and, due to the school holidays, flights were extortionate, so the ranch had a lot to live up to in terms of our expectations and meeting our "value for money" criteria ; we were not disappointed.
From the very first moment of our arrival, we were greeted with such a warm welcome that we felt like we were amongst old friends and not strangers. Waking to the sounds of the river and the horses coming along the road each morning was such a treat, and the food ....well let's just say that my waistband was much tighter when I left, than when I arrived thanks to chef Eddie's Southern cooking !
The ranch is not so big that you feel lost in a crowd, and not so small that you feel crowded - the balance is perfect. The staff are so great and nothing is too much trouble. It was our wedding anniversary during our visit, and we came back to our cabin that evening to find a bottle of sparkling wine and chocolate covered strawberries waiting for us - what a lovely surprise !
And what about the horses ? My daughter rides 4 times a week and has done so for the last 10 years - she LOVED it. My husband used to ride all the time when he was in his teens, but hasn't spent much time on a horse since then - he LOVED it. I've never been on a horse in my life - I LOVED it. Every ability is catered for, from very young to very old. There were two families of 3 generations staying during our week with ages ranging from 6 months to over 70 and there was something for everyone.
Jerry & Cheri Helmicki run a wonderful place ; a place that feels so much like home that, when the time comes to leave, it is a truly emotional experience.
It will take us a while to save, but we will be going back - no doubt about that.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bar Lazy j Guest Ranch Hotel Parshall
- Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch Colorado/Parshall