After 168 days closed, Granby Guest Ranch C Lazy U welcomed its first visitors on April 1 since the fire
Lining the winding gravel road into C Lazy U the scorched patches of landscape dotted with blackened trees, from where the East Troublesome Fire burned in October, are now starting to show new signs of life just in time for guests. After 168 days closed, Granby’s guest ranch welcomed its first visitors on April 1 since the fire. C Lazy U closed on Oct. 15, before the East Troublesome Fire caused the ranch to evacuate, and, shortly after, moved their herd of over 200 horses to safety. Then, on Oct. 21, the fire exploded across roughly 16 miles of Grand County, including through the heart of C Lazy U. The ranch lost a number of buildings, including eight member homes, a workforce housing unit and its historic 99-year-old barn, while several others were damaged. The fire also provides the unique opportunity to educate guests about land stewardship and natural cycles that keep the forest healthy. The ranch is planning to compile an archive of information about how the ranch survived.