From the Archive: Remembering the Lazy “B”

by Lesley Drayton, Curator, Local History Archive

I was feeling a little nostalgic last week after browsing through a wonderful vacation booklet from 1966 called Larimer County Panorama. Brought to my attention by one of our fantastic Local History Archive volunteers, this tourist publication features ads, articles, and photos describing all the wonderful things to see and do in Larimer County 45 years ago.

As I was flipping the pages of this book, an advertisement for the Lazy “B” Guest Ranch in Estes Park caught my eye. I remember visiting this ranch in the mid 1980s and again in the early 1990s during family vacations, but I had no idea that the ranch had been around since the 1960s.

I fondly remember the western songs sung by the Lazy “B” Wranglers as well as the tasty chuckwagon supper. All the food was served buffet-style on metal dishes; prior to getting in line to dish up the chow, the Wranglers advised us to hold our plates under the spiced peaches so our hands wouldn’t get burned by the piping hot barbequed beef, potatoes, and pinto beans.

Sadly, it seems the Lazy B closed down in 2005 after over 4 decades of business. I wish I could have had one last sourdough biscuit under the rafters while drifting along with the tumblin’ tumbleweeds…

Do have any memories to share about the Lazy B?


3 Responses to “From the Archive: Remembering the Lazy “B””

  1. 1 Sylvia March 16, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    I am so sad to read that they are closed. My family went there one evening when I was a child. I remember being surprised at how terrific the food was and, despite my youth, I enjoyed the entertainment as much as my parents. I’m sad that I will have to pass on the news to them.

  2. 2 Julie June 27, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    My grandpa & I both had summer birthdays. The extended family ended up having birthday dinners at the Lazy B & they’d bring out a pie or giant biscuit with the letter B on it. My family said to expect it, but I couldn’t make out the shape of a honey bee anywhere on the plate. A very confused little girl.

    Also, the toilet seat banjo was a favorite.

  3. 3 Lesley August 22, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Yes! I remember the toilet seat banjo! The Commode-o-phone!

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