Zapata Ranch has been featued in several high-profile magazines from CondeNast Traveler to Western Horseman as well as being highlighted on TV. To stay up-to-date on Zapata's media features, follow this link: Zapata's Features and Highlights
The Zapata Ranch is owned by The Nature Conservancy and managed by Ranchlands. Zapata’s high desert grasslands, alpine forests, wetlands, sand dunes, creeks and lush meadows offer one of the most scenic and ecologically diverse landscapes in the United States.
Join us throughout the year and immerse yourself into day-to-day life on a real, working ranch and experience the outdoors. Each experience is customizable and trips can consist of activities from either of the programs below:
Ranching with Nature Move cattle (rotational grazing for conservation), riding real cow horses; Participate in a traditional branding; Help maintain irrigation flow in our pivot fields; Monitor water levels and grass growth; Enjoy 1-on-1 horsemanship instruction; Fix barbed wire fence or stretch electric to hold our cattle and bison
Great Outdoors Exploration Ride through our wild herd of 2,000 bison in a 50,000-acre pasture; Ride through the Great Sand Dunes National Park and relax with a picnic lunch; Photograph the sunrise over one of our lakes; Go on an interpretive walk to learn about bison as a conservation species; Hike to a high mountain lake and fish for the afternoon; Go on a birding trip through the ranch and San Luis Valley
Also enjoy a White water raft trip down the Arkansas river*; Fly fish Gold Medal Waters on some of the nation's best rivers nearby* and more... (*denotes additional cost)