For over 60 years, this family ranch has been leading vacationers into the pristine Colorado backcountry via horseback. ... More
T Lazy 7 Ranch
For over 60 years, this family ranch has been leading vacationers into the pristine Colorado backcountry via horseback. Located only five minutes from Aspen, it offers guided day trips, including one to the famed Maroon Bells . The truly adventurous can arrange for two to three day pack trips, which include cooked meals by the staff. During the winter, jingle through the snow on a sleigh ride pulled by a Belgian draft horse; laughing all the way is optional. Reservations are required for all rides.
This place is beautiful, but the customer service is terrible. We had booked an event there, but decided to cancel after reviewing the contract and seeing all the charges that are not in the upfront cost. Another reason we decide to cancel was because it was very hard to get a hold of anyone to talk to. It took weeks on multiple occasions to get a response from anyone. By the time we finally got a hold of someone to cancel we missed the deadline of 6 months to get our deposit back by a few days. We were refunded part of our deposit, but this took a couple weeks of calling and emails (with not response) to finally get it. This place is not recommended.
My husband and I are very experienced riders and thought this would be a fun way to see the beautiful scenery in Aspen. The guide we were with on this horse trail was thrown off her horse in the first thirty minutes of the ride she had no experience with leading tours on horseback. She then stopped her horse on a sliding slope and all I could hear behind me was my husbands horse sliding backwards on the slippery rocks (small broken rocks that are like glass) thank god we were experienced because I knew to stay calm. It was a really bad experience that could have ended in a tragedy. It is just absolutely not safe. Especially, for children!
The value was very good, as this is a beautiful place to live and much less than one would pay anywhere else in Aspen, but I wouldn't go back, because of the way I was treated by the landlord. She was very hard to deal with and unreasonable. In addition, the cabin we lived in had hundreds of bats living in the roof.
My husband and I took our honeymoon in March of 2001 to the T Lazy 7 Ranch. It was one of the best vacations I have ever had. The people were extremely friendly. Every afternoon my husband and I would go to the lodge for drinks and would stay for hours chatting with the bartender. If I can remember correctly his name was Chaz, he had a new story for us everyday. He also was the leader on our snowmobile trip. That was such a blast! I would recommend the ranch to any and everyone!!!
One problem....the ranch is located up a mountain so during the winter it is sometimes tricky to get to if the roads have not been cleared. But, we didn't really run into any major problems except the first day when we arrived. The rental car company gave us a Chevy Metro!! Yeah, that thing did not want to make it up the mountain in all that snow. So we had to go back and get another car. But other than that no real problems.
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