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Cowboy leading a gather of horses at Bar Lazy J Ranch
Trail ride with a view at Bar Lazy J Ranch
Trail ride with a dog at Bar Lazy J Ranch
View of river at Bar Lazy J Ranch

Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch

Parshall, Colorado

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Nearest Regional Airport

Denver International Airport, 124 miles

Nearest International Airport

Denver International Airport, 124 miles


7500 Feet


June - September

Guest Capacity


Oldest Operating Guest Ranch in Colorado

Opened in 1912, Bar Lazy J is the oldest continuously operating guest ranch in Colorado. With a guest capacity of 42, we offer our guests a friendly, informal atmosphere and a true “western experience.” When you’re ready to escape for your Rocky Mountain getaway, we’re ready to show you the true meaning of Western hospitality and all that’s included in a Colorado vacation at our guest ranch. From the moment you drive in under the ranch archway, you’ll be welcomed as family and it’s our highest priority to be sure every guest is individually satisfied.

Recreation and Relaxation

Recreation and Relaxation are what we offer! The pace is slower…..or not at all. The choice is always YOURS. The Sunday to Saturday all-inclusive weekly program is geared to all levels of guests – families, couples, singles, seniors. The ranch accommodates guests in private log cabins overlooking or a short walk from the Colorado River. At 7500 feet elevation, the crisp, clean mountain air will stimulate your appetite for the home-style food and fresh baked goods served in our historic log lodge.

Scenic, Moderate, and Adventure horseback rides are offered twice daily through the Arapaho National Forests sage-covered hills and majestic mountains. We maintain our own herd of 100+ horses which accommodate all levels of riding ability. Our wranglers carefully consider your riding experience and ability before pairing you with your horse during your stay at the ranch. Our riding program is progressive, in which we provide personalized riding instruction throughout the week. We also offer a fly fishing clinic early in the week and our private 3/4 mile stretch of the Colorado River (designated Gold Medal Fishing) offers some of the best Rainbow and German Brown trout fishing in the state. We have an outstanding Children’s Program where your kids will ride horses with other children in their own age group, care for the petting farm, learn horsemanship skills, learn roping and archery, participate in arts and crafts activities, swim in our heated pool with water slide, hike, take a hayride to our ranch Pow Wow, play games and much more. Adults are always welcome to join their children! Aside from incredible horseback riding, guests can choose from a variety of activities including trap shooting, zip-line over the Colorado River, rafting, hiking, biking, relaxing at our pool or hot tub and so much more. We’ll round out the day with delicious meals and wrap up your daily adventures with evening entertainment everyone will enjoy including wagon rides, dancing, archery and ax throwing, campfires, and our hilarious Buckhorn Saloon night or Staff Show!

Do it all or just enjoy a book on your cabin porch watching the Colorado River rush by!

All of our activities on the ranch are included with your cost of the stay. While horseback riding and Gold Medal Fly Fishing are featured activities, we also offer our 1500 ft. Colorado River Zip Line, white water rafting, trap shooting, mountain biking, guided hiking, fishing the stocked trout pond, a full Ranch Kid’s program packed with activities and adventures, and nightly entertainment that everyone will enjoy! You can also choose to lounge around the heated swimming pool/hot tub, grab a book from the library, or sit and relax by the river.

Guest on a zipline at Bar Lazy J Ranch


  • Archery/Shooting Sports
  • Childrens Programs (6-8)
  • Childrens Programs (9-12)
  • Dancing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking/E-Biking
  • Natural Water Swimming
  • Petting Zoo
  • River Rafting
  • Zip Line


  • Beginner Rides
  • Horsemanship Lessons
  • Advanced/Fast rides
  • Trail Riding Ages 7+

Special Events

  • Adults Only Weeks

Our head chef will keep you anxiously anticipating the next great meal. The signature cowboy cuisine definitely compliments the “Western Experience” you’ll find at the Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch. You’ll be able to taste devotion to the “lost art” of making stocks and baking own breads early every morning. You’ll love starting and ending your day with friends and great food as you plan and recap the day’s adventures.

Breakfast, with the exception of our famous Breakfast Ride, is prepared to order in our historic main lodge with daily specials and grab-and-go options available as well. Lunch is served buffet-style on our River Porch overlooking the Colorado River. Dinners alternate between real western cookouts and delicious plated meals back in our lodge, including Friday Night’s Adults-Only Dinner while the kids enjoy a homemade pizza and ice cream party on the River Porch. Some examples of our chef’s delicious specialties include: grilled steak and shrimp, smoked bar-be-que, fresh salmon, Cornish game hen, buffalo, wild boar pork chops, rainbow trout, prime rib, Pumpkin Ravioli and so much more! No one goes hungry around here and we can easily accommodate any dietary needs or restrictions.

Pan of smores at Bar Lazy J Ranch

Food Options

  • Ranch/Western

Bar Lazy J’s unique location makes it the ONLY guest ranch where the Colorado River flows just a stone’s throw away. Fall asleep to the sounds of the water in the evening right out your window or take in the serene view as you enjoy a cup of morning coffee on your porch. Each of our cabins features beautiful furnishings and one-of-a-kind handmade beds. Although you likely won’t be spending much time in your rooms with all that’s available to you, we recognize the importance of comfortable beds and soft linens after a long day of outdoor adventures.

Our cabins, which are cleaned daily and given an evening turndown service, can comfortably accommodate from two to eight guests depending on the particular cabin. Each cabin offers an open or screened-in porch within view and a short walk of the river and when you call, we’ll help match you with the perfect cabin(s) available to meet the needs of your family. Within you’ll find King or Queen-size beds, twin beds in the 2nd bedrooms, dressers, closets, lovely western furnishings, bright rugs, and a variety of modern-day amenities, such as soft linens, coffeemaker, refrigerator, and much more.

Lawn outside of a cabin at Bar Lazy J Ranch

  • Cabins
  • Game Room
  • Horse Safety Program
  • Hot tub
  • Internet/WiFi
  • Spa Services/Massages
  • Swimming Pool



Check-in: 3:00 pm

Check-out: 11:30 am

Length of Stay:

6 nights (May - October)

Cancellation Policy

If cancellation is necessary, and we are notified at least 60 days before your arrival date, an immediate refund will be made less a $50 cancellation fee. If cancellations are made inside of 60 days, we will make every effort to fill the cabin(s) with a new reservation. If we’re able to do so, we will refund the portion of the deposit for those cabins, less the $50 fee. We do recommend buying travel insurance through Travel Guard for your trip.


Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch

Parshall, Colorado

Nearest Regional Airport

Denver International Airport, 124 miles