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Live from the Ranch

This is the official Ranch Journal, a collection of short reports about daily life on the ranch. Postings are made by all ranch staff, but mostly by Tess Leach & Kate Matheson, Guest Services Managers, David Leach, Business & Marketing Manager and Jeff Gossage, Ranch Manager. (Banner photo 3 by Stephen Weaver)

Snow for the Holidays

It looks like there will be snow on the ground and maybe in the air for the holidays this year. As I write this Tess and I, and her family are stranded in Las Vegas, New Mexico after I-25 was closed due to severe blizzards.

The storm that we are in came in from the west and hit northeast New Mexico and southern Colorado, so both Chico Basin and Zapata got some snow.

On Wednesday there will be another storm coming in from the north, so it looks like it will be a white Christmas.

Recently we've sold the managed bison herd due to a lack of grass on the Zapata. We get a lot of our moisture from the run off of snow pack in the mountains, so we are hoping these storms lay it on thick in the Sangres to make for a strong foundation of moisture in the spring.
Posted by David L. on 12/20/2011

Thursday, Dec 08, 2011
Here is a picture of the horses moving out to their new pasture.
Posted by Asta R. on 12/08/2011

Thursday, Dec 08, 2011
We always say that the ranch calm down in the winter- well not quite! The past couple of weeks have been busy and just a tad chilly. I have spent a bit of time on the road lately looking at new horses to purchase for our string. On Friday, Carla and I headed up to Longmont, CO to look at horses and trucks. We spent most of the weekend doing this (though we did make time for a bit of clothes shopping and fine dining)- luckily we found a few really nice horses to bring home. We ended up not being able to head home until Monday, thanks to a snow storm. It was my first time crossing the pass with snow and ice, but we made it safe and sound and the horses are settling in well. On Tuesday, we moved most of the horses out to pasture. Even with the snow on the ground, it was a lovely afternoon and the scenery was just beautiful. Wednesday morning Jeff managed to convince me (well there wasn't really a choice) to ride out at 6am to bring the cow/calf pairs into the corrals. It was -11- I was not a very happy camper, but I survived it! We sold all the calves, so we had to sort them off and load them onto the truck. By the time we trailed the cows back out around 11 the weather was much improved. Tomorrow we are heading out for the first of 3 days of moving bison. I have to say, I didn't think I would be spending this much time on hroseback in December, but it has given me a great opportunity to test out some of our new horses. Stay tuned to facebook for a naming contest- we are in need of a few names!
Posted by Asta R. on 12/08/2011

Boutique Meetings and Retreats

On Tuesday Tess and I headed to Denver for the annual, Destinations Colorado Show, where meeting and event planners gather to find meeting locations for their clients. The gathering was held at the University of Denver and was a lot of fun. Above, Tess is surveying our table after setup.

Zapata has always done meetings and retreats at the ranch, but lately we have made it more official. When groups come to the ranch they have the whole place to themselves, including the 50 person state-of-the-art meeting facility that many ranch and overnight guests don't typically see, because it is a separate building.

The retreats and meetings are always 100% customized by each group and because of our small size of 17 rooms we can always meet the needs of everyone in the party.

All of our boutique retreat details and information, including activities can be found here.

If you have questions or want to get a custom quote for your group, call 719.378.2356 or email
Posted by David L. on 12/08/2011

Happy December!
Last night we all got together for our annual Christmas gathering. We had a nice dinner at our local favorite restaurant, Calvillos, and are all still a bit full today. I know it's really early as it wasn't even December yet, BUT it's just that time of year where coordinating a bunch of schedules get's a little difficult. 

Here's a photo of David's a my tree that we set up earlier than ever this year, November 29th. We're planning to be away for most of the month (we're heading to NY in less than a week!!!), so wanted to get everything up early as to enjoy it more. And in case you're wondering, yes, that is our bedding on the floor. We really do want to enjoy this season in our home as much as possible :).

Happy December!

Posted by Tess L. on 12/01/2011

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