C Lazy U Ranch. Courtesy photo.

C Lazy U Ranch. Courtesy photo.

Condé Nast Traveler recently released their 2021 Readers' Choice Awards and a single spot in Colorado earned a place on their list of the top 50 resorts worldwide.

Granby's 8,500-acre C Lazy U Ranch ranked 45th, described by the publication as a dude ranch that offers "a family-friendly version of the American West experience." Activities listed at the resort include horseback riding, whitewater rafting, fly fishing, ice skating, skiing, and sleigh rides. In addition to the 'family-friendly' activities offered at the resort, spa treatments are also available for adults.

A stay in a log cabin at this spot completes the Colorado experience, tucked in the heart of moose country and in a part of the state that isn't quite so trafficked by tourists.

C Lazy U Ranch. Courtesy photo.

C Lazy U Ranch. Courtesy photo.

C Lazy U Ranch has been featured in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards for four consecutive years, including 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.

C Lazy U Ranch. Courtesy photo.

C Lazy U Ranch. Courtesy photo.

Once named F Slash Ranch, the C Lazy U Ranch name was adopted in the 1940s after the shape of Willow Creek, which runs through the ranch. According to the ranch, the creek's course appears to spell a C and a U on its side when viewed from above.

While C Lazy U Ranch was the only Colorado spot to make the cut for this list, several other American destinations were also featured, including Triple Creek Ranch (Darby, Montana; 48th), Four Seasons Resort Lanai (Hawaii, 32nd), Brasada Ranch (Powell Butte, Oregon; 30th), Sensei Lanai, a Four Seasons Resort (Hawaii; 17th), Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch (Saratoga, Wyoming; 5th), and L'Horizon Resort & Spa (Palm Springs, California; 3rd). The top ranked resort on the list was Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa, found in Trancoso, Brazil.

See the full list here.

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To bad you didn't get updated photos of its surrounding completely burned to the ground from last years fires.

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