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Aug. 28, 2013, 1:33 p.m.
C Lazy U Ranch

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C Lazy U Ranch, Granby, Colo.

Nestled into the Willow Creek Valley below the ramparts of the Continental Divide, the C Lazy U dude ranch has been welcoming riders of all ages and skill levels since 1946. Bordering Rocky Mountain National Park and bounded by protected wilderness areas, the landscape has remained nearly unchanged since settlers first arrived during the 1850s. People come to this slice of paradise to saddle up and ride through pristine alpine meadows, letting the seasoned staff worry about the rest. After a day on the range, visitors can rough it in palatial tents equipped with king-sized beds and carpeting.