Over 100 Years of Colorado Trail Riding History

Thacher Children

Thatcher Children

The M Lazy C Ranch, Colorado’s “best of the west” trail riding horse ranch is located 35 miles west of Colorado Springs. The ranch was originally the Thatcher homestead built in the early 1900’s. The Thatchers were truck farmers harvesting potatoes and other vegetables for the Denver market and raised cattle and other livestock. The original structures include a log homestead, barn, blacksmith shop, and individual cabins for the working cowboys. Many of the original structures still stand and have been remodeled in a way that blends modern conveniences with the old western style.

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Colorado springs trail riding

Colorado springs is just a hop away from this fabulous trail riding ranch!

Trail Rider Magazine says the M Lazy C Ranch is a “trail rider’s paradise!”

You won’t find a better place, conveniently located (only 35 miles west of Colorado Springs, CO), that offers the network of trails and “old west” flavor that M Lazy C does! Look what “Trail Rider Magazine” says about us in the Pinterest image to the left!

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Old West Facilities

Experience the west first hand at the M Lazy C facilities.  The facilities also include bunk houses, corrals, COWBOY U arena, ranch pens, and camp sites with or without hook-ups.

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New Owners – Ron & Ann Heck (and family)


The Heck family are long-time horse lovers and Colorado residents and are the new Owners at the M Lazy C Ranch.

They’ve had plenty of experience in the camping, ranch, and trail-ride industries and bring a love for people and the old west to the M Lazy C Ranch. You’ll find them eager to make you feel right at home and make your stay the best you’ve ever experienced.

Ann is a wonderful (and expert) cook of down-home fixins and she’ll make sure you don’t go away hungry! Ron is an experienced manager and guide (operating under Mule Creek Outfitters Permit #888) for trail rides, hunting trips, and RV and camping trips. You’ll find him ready to make your stay and experience at the ranch fun, pleasing, safe, and memorable.

On top of all that they’ve got some younguns (and some not so younguns) who work hard around the ranch to ensure that everything is ready for your family and friends to join you for a wonderful western time at the M Lazy C Ranch!

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Animals you’ll find on the ranch

The M Lazy C is a ranch with all kinds of animals. We have chickens and ducks and barn cats, the mascot Jackson and all sorts of horses.. children can collect and egg or hold a chicken.. Help feed the animals.As you’d expect from a trail riding horse ranch, there are horses, but not just any horses. Our world famous horses have appeared in various television shows and commercials as well as movies, and even a horse on Brain Games, in addition to their other duties/ trail horses.

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We are located 35 miles west of Colorado Springs near Lake George. Our ranch is easy to get to from either Colorado Springs or Denver.

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Film Credits

M Lazy C is a star! We make history come alive again and again, on and off the screen. M Lazy C has been a prized film location for television, documentaries, and movies.  A few of the people we have worked with include:

  • CMT’s Cowboy U. Colorado
  • The Postman
  • Budweiser Commercials
  • The History Channel
  • Outdoor Life
  • BBC
  • Taco John Commercials
  • Sinton Dairy Commercials
  • Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
  • Filthy Rich Cattle Drive
  • Dead and the Dying
  • Brain Games