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719.378.2356 | 888.5.Zapata (toll free)

For airport info and how to get to Zapata visit our contact page.

Banner photo 2 by Ben Murphy, Left column photo 1 by Dave Showalter, Left column photo 4 by Kitty Travers, Left column photo 5 by Katie Loewen, Left column painting by Jill Soukup

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.

Sandhill Crane Photography Workshop
March 6 – 11, 2016

Join renowned conservation photographers Michael Forsberg, Dave Showalter, and naturalist John Rawinski, for a spectacular photography workshop and document the spring migration of the Sandhill Cranes. In addition to capturing cranes, time will be spent on the ranch photographing bison, historic ranch structures and the ranching way of life.

Cost: $2,100pp includes all meals, activities, lodging, and workshop activities 

Branding Experiences
May 22 - 29 & June 5 - 12, 2016 

Join us for a branding experience that you won’t soon forget! Enjoy day rides through our wild bison herd as well as the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Ride out early in the morning to gather cattle and prepare for branding day at the end of the week. Branding day is a serious event that is essential to the welfare of our livestock. Participants are actively
involved and will have jobs assigned to them that are integral to the process.  

Cost: $2,750 pp includes all meals, activities, and lodging

Birding Adventure with David Sibley and Ted Floyd

May 29 - June 5, 2016

Join us for a unique opportunity to spend a week birding with David Sibley and Ted Floyd. Throughout this workshop we will explore the beautiful & varied habitats that are to be found within the San Luis Valley, including access to The Nature Conservancy’s Zapata Ranch. Our explorations will take us to wetlands, prairie, mountain forests & waterfalls. We will encounter a varied list of birds with, no doubt, some surprises along the way. Birders at all levels are welcome to learn from two of America’s best ornithologists.

Cost: $2,800 pp includes all workshop activities, meals, lodging and taxes

Women, Horses, and the West
June 19 - 26, 2016 

Dr. Bonney MacDonald will lead a special women’s retreat focusing on literature, horsemanship and the land. Each day you will read and discuss stories by women who have written about the land and their experiences in the west, as well as horsemanship techniques penned by some of the leading horsemen and women of our time. You will also have opportunities to explore the land and further your horsemanship skills with rides through our 2,000 head wild bison herd and the Great Sand Dunes National Park.

Cost: $2,750 pp includes all meals, activities, and lodging

Overnight Pack Trip
July 24 - 29, 2016 

Spend the first night in our lodge and enjoy a ranch-made dinner and breakfast, and head out on the pack trip the following morning. You will spend 3 nights and 4 days in the mountains riding and exploration old mining towns and secluded wilderness. Your final night will be spent back at the lodge. This is one of the most beautiful trips available in North America where abundant wildlife, alpine lakes and timberline vistas will always be at hand. Space is limited to 5. 

Cost: $3,295 pp includes all meals, activities, and lodging

Horsemanship Clinic
August 7 - 14, 2016 

Join us for a weeklong natural horsemanship experience with 27-year director of the Thacher Riding School, Cameron Schryver. Cam is invited to clinics around the country on horsemanship and is a two-time World Champion Extreme Cowboy. Days are spent with one-on-one horsemanship instruction, educational demonstrations, rides throughout the surrounding meadows and sand dunes as well as opportunities to work cattle and bison. 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 with them.

Cost: $2,970 pp includes all meals, activities, and lodging

Painting Horses Workshop with Jill Soukup

September 18 - 23, 2016

Join talented artist Jill Soukup for the fourth year of her fantastic painting workshop. This workshop focuses on drawing and painting horses. Discussions and exercises will focus on the importance of understanding equine anatomy, what makes a good drawing, composition and color. Activities will include photo opportunities of horses running, a bison tour, sketching and studying corralled horses, demonstrations and critiques. Space is limited to 12.

Cost: $2,200 pp includes all meals, lodging, and instruction

Fall Colors and Wildlife
October 9 - 16, 2016

Enjoy the breathtaking colors and wildlife of fall at Zapata Ranch with a unique photo and nature workshop led by renowned nature photographer Stephen Weaver. Experience the ranch like never before against the snowcapped Sangre de Cristo mountain range while scouting for wildlife among the gold and auburns of the Aspen and Cottonwood trees. 

Cost: $2,600 pp includes all meals, lodging, and instruction

Yoga and Ranch Retreat
April 23 – 28, 2017

This all-inclusive stay begins with an awakening yoga session at sunrise, breakfast and then days spent riding, hiking or relaxing on the ranch before coming home to unwind with a restorative evening yoga session before dinner!

Cost: $2,200 pp includes all meals, lodging, and instruction

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