The Lazy Easy

The Lazy Easy Ranch House combines comfortable simplicity with a perfect setting for exploring the diverse habitats of the sanctuary, the nearby Niobrara River and the surrounding Sandhills. The house features four fully furnished bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen, and a large living and dining room, all of which exude warmth, relaxation and simple charm. Guests can unwind on the front porch swing, or enjoy the quiet and solitude provided by the surrounding groves of shady trees, shelterbelts of Cottonwood and Red Cedar, and nearby meadows and patches of grassy pasture. This accommodation perfect for families or groups to come and go from outdoor activities, as well as bicyclists, canoers, hunters who want to “put their feet up” in the evenings, or just those who want to enjoy a shady country retreat.

If you would like to make a reservation, please send us an email at specifying your desired dates of check-in and check-out.


FULL USE RATE: The rate to reserve the Lazy Easy Ranch House is $175 a night and includes the use of all four bedrooms. Each bedroom sleeps 1-2 adults. $875/week

LIMITED USE RATE: We also offer a special discount rate that includes the use of only the Master bedroom for $100 a night.  This is ideal for couples or small families with young children. $500/week

Please note when booking that there is a minimum two-night stay. Weekly rates are available.


Property Type: Ranch house

Surroundings: Shady grove of trees, meadows

Bedrooms (4): First Bedroom: Queen bed, Second Bedroom: Double bed, Third Bedroom: Two twin beds, Fourth Bedroom: Two twin beds. Pillows, sheets and comforters are provided for each bed.

Kitchen/Dining Area: Range with oven and stove top burners, microwave, refrigerator with freezer, coffee maker with filters, adequate cooking gear, dishware, basic spices and oils, cleaning supplies, dish washer, table and chairs

Washer/Dryer Room: washing machine, clothes dryer, laundry soap, storage space

Bathrooms (2): Bathroom 1: Toilet, shower/bath combination, sink, Bathroom 2: Toilet, shower, sink. All towels, rugs, washcloths, hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner, and toilet and tissue paper are provided.

Living Room/Dining Room: Gas stove, sofas and chairs, Large wooden dining-room table with chairs

Small Office: Desk, book library

Internet Access: Designed to be “unplugged”—no internet or phone

Outside: Front porch with swing, charcoal grillHorse corral with water: $20 per night per horse

General: Central heating, credit cards accepted through Pay-Pal

Suitability: Children welcome, Except for the front three steps the house is wheelchair accessible, no smoking inside, pets allowed with restrictions and $10 fee per night per pet

Notes: Housekeeper optional with additional fee. One catered meal available per day at additional cost.

Additional Information

*Additional donations are always appreciated and helpful as we strive to maintain and improve the sanctuary for wildlife and prairie conservation purposes, and to provide nature appreciation educational opportunities.

Special rates may be available or tailored at certain times for educational groups, conservation partners, and AOK or “Friends of the Niobrara Sanctuary” members.  However, we wish to avoid offering rates that are less than or will in any way undercut the rates for lodging in nearby communities.  We strive for the sanctuary to be complementary to nearby rural communities by encouraging visitation to the area.

Persons working as volunteers on the sanctuary in various capacities may request special rates in appreciation for the skills and commensurate with the time they contribute.

Walking and hiking on the trails provided and similar “nature appreciation” activities are among the numerous amenities offered as part of the experience of staying on the Sanctuary at the Hutton House or the Lazy Easy Ranch House.  Pets are not allowed in the Hutton House and are not generally allowed in the Lazy Easy, however, special arrangements can be made for certain well-trained and well-mannered pets to enter the Lazy Easy Ranch House.  A damage and extra cleaning deposit would be required. All dogs must be on a lease everywhere on the Sanctuary except when in the residential yard and must always be under the strict control of the owner.

A corral with water and some grazing (or hay) is available, however, an additional daily fee is required to keep horses on the property and/or for riding on the designated trails and the scenic “minimum maintenance” country roads that extend across a major portion of the sanctuary. “Open range” riding is not generally available due to the need to minimize disturbance to prairie grouse and other grassland nesting birds (especially Long-billed Curlews and Bobolinks) during the nesting and brood-rearing season, as well as fawning areas for deer and other ecological considerations.

Arrangements for vehicle tours and transportation on the sanctuary, guide service including a leader on horseback for guests with horses, use of wildlife viewing and photography blinds, and similar activities are available and can be provided by sanctuary staff or others. Advance planning may be necessary, and modest fees may apply.