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n addition to our working ranch and nature vacations we offer several special weeks throughout the year. These weeks range from photography workshops and specialty food courses to our annual brandings and horsemanship clinics.
Ranchlands Special Weeks Calendar 2020
To see special weeks on all Ranchlands ranches click here.
Sandhill Crane Photography Workshop
March 8 - 12, 2020
Join long-time Ranchlands photographer Steve Weaver and naturalist John Rawinski for a photo workshop to document the spectacular spring migration of over 30,000 Sandhill Cranes across the ranch and San Luis Valley. In addition to capturing the cranes, spend time on the ranch documenting the resident bison herd, historic ranch structures and our daily way of life. Cost: $2,600 pp includes all meals, activities, instruction, and lodging
Women, Horses, and the West with Bonney MacDonald
June 14 - 21, 2020
For the sixth year, Dr. Bonney MacDonald (Professor of Western Literature, West Texas A&M Univ.; Ph.D. Yale Univ.) will lead a workshop focusing on horses, travel, and Western lands. This year’s seminar, “Girls on the Road: New Lands, New Lives,” features non-fiction and historical readings on why the 19th and 20th century West encouraged and needed a population on the move. From wagon trains to Kerouac’s On the Road, just why were so many road songs, stories, and films set west of the 100th meridian? We’ll follow the readings with a showing and in-depth discussion of Ridley Scott’s classic film, Thelma and Louise. You’ll ride meadows and mountain trails each morning and enjoy a seminar every afternoon. Come read and ride the High Country this June! Cost: $2,995 pp includes all meals, activities, lodging, and taxes
June 21 - 28, 2020
Take part in ranching’s oldest tradition and learn to gather cattle, wrestle a calf, vaccinate, ear tag and gather cattle. This is a hands- on, team- oriented experience that puts you in the center of the action with Zapata’s cattle herd. Through the week explore the ranch, ride through our 2,000 head bison herd and the Great Sand Dunes National Park on horseback and end the week with a cattle gather and traditional branding. Also available are interpretive hikes with a naturalist, roping and leather working sessions. At an additional cost, massage, rafting and fly fishing are available. Cost: $3,150 pp includes all meals, activities, lodging and taxes
Hiking the Sangre de Cristos and Beyond
August 23 - 30, 2020
Zapata Ranch sits in one of the most unique landscapes and ecosystems in North America. A hikers paradise, you have access to hundreds of miles of backcountry trails. Join us on this light to mildly challenging and exploratory hiking week. The week will include guided hiking to pristine high alpine lakes and meadows, exploring the Great Sand Dunes wilderness and wilderness preserves. Sit back and relax between excursions in the Zapata lodge nestled in a historic cottonwood grove and enjoy home cooked meals made from scratch, a massage, a horseback ride or a soak in nearby hot springs. We will share our knowledge of the history, flora and fauna and the diverse ecology that you’ll be surrounded by. This is a true back to nature experience. Cost: $2,865 pp includes meals, activities, lodging and taxes
Advanced Painting Horses with Jill Soukup
September 6 - 11, 2020
Join renowned artist Jill Soukup for the sixth year of her painting workshop focusing on drawing and painting horses. Long time friend of Ranchlands, Jill, among other accolades, was the Featured Artist at Coors Western Art Sale and Best of Show for Cowgirl Up!, Caballeros Western Museum 2017. Discussions and exercises will cover the importance of understanding equine anatomy, what makes a good drawing, composition and color. Activities will include photo opportunities of horses running, horses working under saddle, cowboys and cowgirls riding and studying corralled horses, demonstrations
and critiques. Space is limited to 12. Intermediate to advanced skill level is suggested.
Cost: $3,150pp includes all meals, instruction, and lodging
Horsemanship Workshop with Cam Schryver
September 13 - 20, 2020
A natural horsemanship experience with Ranchlands friend and renowned horseman, Cameron Schryver. Cam is two-time World Champion Extreme Cowboy and all those that have had the pleasure of riding with him know that his teaching methods are clear, practical and above all, fun. By applying working ranch horsemanship and riding by feel, you will leave the week feeling a deeper connection to the horse and will better understand how to communicate, developing a better handle. The days are spent with one-on-one horsemanship instruction, educational demonstrations and using the landscape as your arena. Spend the evenings around the dinner table discussing the day’s experiences. This is a very popular clinic so we have added an additional week at the Chico. Cost: $3,150 pp includes all meals, instruction, and lodging
Fall Colors Photo Workshop
October 11 - 16, 2020
Enjoy the breathtaking colors and wildlife of fall at Zapata Ranch with a unique photo workshop led by nature photographer Stephen Weaver. Experience the ranch like never before against the snow-capped Sangre de Cristo Mountains while scouting for wildlife among the gold and auburn’s of the Aspen and Cottonwood trees. Head out for early morning shoots, and return to the lodge for midday editing, critique sessions and technical advice plus afternoon and sunset shoots. The ranch is home to bison, elk, antelope and many bird species that you’ll find among the autumn colors. Cost: $2,995 pp
includes all meals, activities, instruction, lodging and taxes