Well, I really should have written this sooner, but here I am!
My husband and I are from a remote area in northern Michigan so I feel that our opinion could play a part in someone's decision given the fact that we have a fair amount of "solitude" where we reside........ which is a large part of the ambiance of the Bar Lazy J experience.
I can only imagine the feelings of folks who live in the city and experience the hectic-ness of the same when they first pull into the ranch.
We,(Roger, myself, and 8 year old grand-daughter Olivia) met some wonderful people while at the ranch. There were families.........some grandparents with kids and grandkids.........and couples . Everyone had one thing in common that week. We all had ownership in a dude ranch!! (Or felt as if we did.) How cool is that?
Everyone felt totally at home and understood that they could utilize their time as they wished. They could ride as much or a little as they wanted, swim in the pool, fish,hike, go on a day-trip, read by the river, take naps, or eat themselves into total oblivion!
The food at the ranch is much more than I anticipated. Not only was it wonderful for the adults but there was special attention paid to the little ones, right down to Chef Eddie's pizza party with nutritional pizza together with a desert pizza with hot fudge and sprinkles. Not many kids would turn that down!
The childrens program is fantastic. The wranglers are great with the kids and besides the riding there are craft sessions and special programs.
Actually, the entire staff is terrific!
I don't think I have laughed as much (ever) as I did the night of the skit. Cheri's band members(all of us!) did themselves proud!
Jerry and Cheri are likely the best hosts you will EVER meet. They are a total part of your experience. They are available to their guests at all times and it is obvious that they are there to make your time at their home one of the best experiences of your life.
We will be back! I know there will be no argument from Roger. For a man who didn't think he cared much for horses, it was funny to see him find that part of himself. He's asked me several times if I missed the ranch.
My answer has continually been "Yes"!
- 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