Known as the Crescent Lazy H Dude Ranch, operations began in 1927 and this ranch would soon become the most historic dude ranch in Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain West. Owned and run by Mr. Gerald Brown, remarkable improvements began on the ranch including structures built by local craftsmen. The Lazy Crescent H Lodge and numerous dude cabins were carefully hand-built from peeled logs and ironwork.
The Crescent Lazy H Dude Ranch, located along the west bank of the Snake River, offered guests incredible scenic views and unique outdoor experiences. The daily ranch operations, guided by the Brown sons and their wives included elk hunts and horseback riding adventures. The Crescent Lazy H Dude Ranch offered everything from trout fishing outings to mountain climbing trips.
Purchased in 1935 by the Hinz family of Cleveland, Mr. Brown’s son, Ed and his wife Catherine, stayed on to manage the ranch. By now the name was changed to the Crescent H Dude Ranch (“since no one was lazy anymore”). The Hinz daughters, Sally and Jacqueline successfully operated the guest ranch every summer through their college years at the University of Arizona bringing friends and visitors from school.
In the fall of 1964, Mr. Herbert Allen and Mr. Donald Albrecht purchased the ranch and shortened the name to the widely recognized Crescent H Ranch. These new owners had unique plans for the guest ranch; they would establish the finest fishing camp in the entire country.
With 7 miles of spring creeks, natural ponds and the magnificent Snake River, they accomplished this goal and The Crescent H Ranch became North America’s original Orvis endorsed fly-fishing lodge.
In 1997, Mr. John Thornton of Chattanooga purchased the ranch at auction. He continued to operate the ranch for three years. Later, he created a low density development which yielded 30 to 35 acre tracts. In 1999, Thornton donated $22M worth of property to the Jackson Hole Land Trust.