A hunter pins his tag to his trophy animal

Plan Your Trip

Pronghorn antelope crossing the road at a Colorado hunting ranch

Rely on the expertise of the C Lazy U Ranch Concierge to help you plan your travel and design hunting packages that blend premier guided hunting, on-ranch outdoor activities and leisure. Check out the Big Game Hunting Planner from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department, and call the reservations department at 970-887-3344 for any questions about your next hunting trip.

Cowboy drinking water while seated on horse

Prior to Arrival

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Drinking plenty of water before you arrive is key to preventing altitude sickness. For more information, read the next section on Altitude & Weather.

Colorado law requires that anyone born on or after January 1, 1949, complete an approved hunter education course before applying for or buying a Colorado hunting license. It is important to have this completed in advance to your arrival to purchase your license and the card must be present with the hunter at all times unless you have it certified at a Colorado Parks & Wildlife office.

Please contact us if you have any questions about obtaining a Colorado hunting license or the hunter education safety education.

gorgeous view of the Rocky Mountains from 8900 feet above sea level

The Altitude: 8,300 ft.

Drinking plenty of water is the way to help your body adjust to our higher altitude. The low humidity in Colorado keeps the air dry like the desert, so you need about twice as much water here as you would drink at home. The C Lazy U supplies all guests with refillable water bottles to make sure you stay hydrated, but you can help yourself even more by hydrating properly prior to coming to the state.

The effects of exercise are more intense here as well. As an example: if you normally run 10 miles a day at home, 6 miles will be the equivalent while you're here.

There is also approximately 25 percent less protection from the sun at this altitude so sunscreen and sunglasses are a must, whether you use ours or bring your own.

The Weather: Highly Variable

The fall at the C Lazy U is known for its vast climate changes:

  • Sept: 15-30 degrees Fahrenheit at first light and sundown, 60-80 degrees during the day
  • Oct: 0 – 30 degrees Fahrenheit at first light and sundown, 40-60 degrees during the day. Late Oct usually brings some snow.
  • Nov: -10 – 20 degrees Fahrenheit at first light and at sundown, 30-50 degrees during the day. Expect snow.
A daypack and crossbow await the hunter

Suggested Packing List

  • For the variable weather, we recommend bringing layers with a day pack.
  • Waterproof boots. We do have boot dryers available if needed.
  • Several pairs of warm socks.
  • Rain gear
  • Binoculars
  • Flashlight or head lamp
  • Ammunition/Arrows
  • Rifle/Bow/Muzzle Loader
  • Tags/Licenses/Hunter Education Card
  • If you are driving, bring a couple large coolers for transporting the processed game.
  • During muzzle loader & rifle seasons, you will be required to wear a hat and orange vest or coat.

If you forget to pack something, you can always head over to the Ranch Store to pick up anything you may have missed. We have everything from the perfect boots for horseback riding to toothpaste and can order supplies from town.

What the C Lazy U Ranch Provides for You

  • Snacks & bottled water during the hunt
  • Hand warmers
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Helmets
  • Small selection of riding boots
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Orvis fly fishing equipment

What the Guides Carry With Them

  • Game calls
  • Shooting sticks
  • Range finder
  • Day pack with extra water & basic first aid
  • Cell phone or radio for emergencies
  • Flashlight
  • Toilet paper
  • Tools to dress the animal once harvested

A Typical Day Hunting

Find out what a typical day is like when booking your exclusive hunting vacation in Colorado at C Lazy U Ranch. Hunters start early, but the rest of the days are left up to you. Enjoy daily gourmet meals, cozy accommodations, excellent hunting guides and five-spur service.

Morning sunrise in the Rocky Mountains


Our day starts with breakfast in the main lodge at 5 a.m. Our great kitchen staff rustles up a homemade breakfast before you hit the hills for our private land hunts. Your hunting guides will meet you during breakfast to go through the morning plan and make sure you are equipped with all the supplies needed for the hunt.

Just before first light, you'll head out in one of our ranch vehicles (a Tahoe, truck, or Jeep) to the hunting destination. We do have blinds throughout the ranch, but we do most of our hunting by spot and stalk. Depending on how active the animals are that morning, we will bring you back in around 10:30 am.

While you're out on the hunt, your family members can take part in the many ranch activities and amenities, including the Lazy You Spa. Because we have plenty to do, it's one of the reasons C Lazy U Ranch is one of the best hunting locations where you can bring your spouse.

Once you are back on ranch, you are free to spend your time how you want, such as horseback riding or relaxing by the pool. Or, if you are looking to catch up on some sleep, take advantage of our great luxury ranch accommodations.

Hunters out on the range during rifle season


From noon until 1 p.m., lunch is served either at the Patio House by the pool or up in the Main Lodge where you can expect an expansive buffet or plated meal option.

Around 3 p.m., the guides will round up the hunters to head back out on the hunt. The afternoon is usually when we see rain or snow so prepare for some weather, but days are generally sunny during hunting season. You will be on the hunt until dark; afterwards, the guides will get everyone back to the ranch for dinner.

Post-hunt, the guys hang out at the Lodge firepit


Once you get cleaned up from hunting, the guides will meet you in the Main Lodge for a drink and to swap hunting stories from the day. A family-style or plated dinner will be served in the Main Lodge dining room, depending on the meal and time everyone gets back from hunting. We often gather in front of the TV for some football after the meal.

The main ranch facilities are still very much active during the hunting season. Fall is a popular time for group events, business retreat and weddings, so you will see other guests partaking in these activities during your stay. Many meal times will be shared between the different groups on ranch, making for diverse groups and plenty of camaraderie!

The tools a hunting guide carries with him to field dress the animal

After the Shot

Once a hunter fires a shot, the guides will make sure everything is safe before approaching the animal or the area where animal was. If wounded, we will do our best to track the animal without sacrificing the hunts of our other guests. If the search ends without success, the wounded animal is considered your kill which is noted in the hunting agreement. At this time, we can discuss options to shoot another animal, which is handled on a case-by-case basis.

If the hunter has a successful kill, the guides will field dress the animal before we retrieve and stage the kill back on ranch. Head back to the ranch, where we have a great meat processor and taxidermist on call.

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Awards & Accolades

Legacy Ranch member of the Colorado Dude & Guest Ranch Association

C Lazy U Ranch is a Legacy member of the Colorado Dude and Guest Ranch Association

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 8th year in a row

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 7th year in a row

C Lazy U is a regular Top Ten Winner

C Lazy U Ranch consistently wins the Conde Nast Travelers Choice Awards every year

Ranked #2 by Food & Wine's Global Tastemakers

C Lazy U Ranch grabbed the number 2 spot in Food & Wine's Global Tastemakers Awards for 2023

Consistently in the Top 10 Colorado Resorts

C Lazy U Ranch consitently wins the Travel and Leisure Worlds Best Awards

Consistently in the Top Ten All-Inclusive Family Resorts

C Lazy U Ranch consistently wins the USA Today Readers Choice Awards

Top 500 Hotel Worldwide

C Lazy U Ranch is honored to be in the Top 500 Hotels worldwide according to Travel+Leisure

5.0 rating on TripAdvisor
over 280 reviews

C Lazy U Ranch has a 5-bubble rating on TripAdvisor

Chosen as one of the finest fly fishing lodges in the world by Gene Kilgore

Chosen as one of the finest fly fishing lodges in the world by Gene Kilgore

Best Guest Ranch Suites in the American West

Named one of the Best Guest Ranch Suites in the American West by Elite Traveler

Gold Member of the Gene Kilgore's Ranch Vacations Web

C Lazy U Ranch is a long-standing member of Gene Kilgore's Ranch Vacations Web

Winner in Food & Wine's Global Tastemakers Awards

C Lazy U Ranch is a long-standing member of Gene Kilgore's Ranch Vacations Web