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.  Get duded up at the general store. The M Lazy C has what you need to shoot at the range and ride into the sunset. The facilities also include bunk houses, corrals, COWBOY U arena, ranch pens, and camp sites with or without hook-ups.

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The Ron Heck family - trail riding and horse experts

The Heck family has found a home in Colorado and invites you to come out and enjoy their western hospitality!

New Owner-partners – Ron & Ann Heck (and family)


The Heck family are long-time horse lovers and Colorado residents and are the new Owner-partners 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 western outfitter 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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Owner-partners – Randy & Brenda Myers

Brenda and Randy

Randy’s cowboy days started when he was a young boy growing up on a dairy farm in the east. In addition to taking care of the cattle, he quickly learned to drive a team of draft horses, as his grandfather never owned a car. Mending fences, taking care of cattle, and playing Cowboys and Indians with his brothers fueled his desire to move west and establish a ranch of his own.

Brenda’s family moved to Colorado when she was 4, but it wasn’t  until she was 11 that she was able to persuade her parents to buy her a horse, one that bore a striking resemblance to the one her father had when he was young. And the rest, as they say, is history. Brenda embraced the cowgirl lifestyle, competing in Little Britches Rodeos all through her junior and senior high years.

Prior to buying the ranch, Randy and Brenda ran an outfitting business, a cow/calf operation, as well as summer horse programs. It wasn’t until 1992, when they bought the Thatcher homestead, that they were able to bring their family, programs, and dreams all together in one location. Over the years, they updated and renovated the standing structures and raised three children. They look forward to sharing their knowledge and experience with their grandchildren, friends, and guests who come their way.

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Additional Staff

The staff at M Lazy C is dedicated to providing a safe, fun, and enjoyable experience to all guests.

Stay tuned for the upcoming 2015 staff!

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Animals you’ll find on the ranch

The M Lazy C is a working ranch with all kinds of 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. These horses act as cavalry horses, barrel racing horses, and mounted shooting horses in addition to their other duties as working ranch, cow and 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. In addition to a scenic location, we provide guns, pyrotechnics, stunts, horses, cattle, teams, wagons, and carriages. 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