Sitting north east of Alamosa, bordering the Great Sand Dunes National Park and with free-roaming wild bison and cattle, Zapata is a true working ranch. Guests can get as involved as they want to in the daily ranch work, herding bison and cattle, working in the leather shop, fixing fences and monitoring the herd's health. Everything is delivered in the most relaxed atmosphere with meals produced "family style" and staff and guests mixing like one big happy family.
On the dude ranch, ride with a 2,000 head bison herd through meadows and grasslands, with plenty of freedom while improving your horsemanship skills in this working ranch environment. Get involved in the day to day running of the ranch, moving livestock, general ranch work and learn about their holistic management practices. Ride through and explore the Great Sand Dunes National Park, home to the tallest inland dunes in North America.
The lodge is built on the original Zapata homestead dating back to the late 1800s and 15 rooms are split over three buildings connected by a lit walkway. Meals on dude ranch vacations are served “family style” in either of two dining rooms or outside with breakfast at 08h00 and dinner at 18h00. The kitchen creates home-style menus often featuring ranch-raised bison and beef as well as locally grown vegetables and produce.
Zapata's all-inclusive pricing and packages include all meals (beginning with dinner the night of arrival and extending through lunch the day of departure), lodging and activities on the ranch.
Insider's Tip: Check-in is on Thursdays and Sundays. We recommend arriving on a Sunday as there are no ranch activities on this day.
Horse riding through the bison herd
Horse riding through the Great Sand Dunes National Park
Working and driving cattle
Join the ranch's cowboys as they monitor herd health, check and fix fences, irrigate farmland, assess pasture conditions, and perform any number of other activities required on a working ranch.
Guided or non-guided hikes into Great Sand Dunes National Park, the Medano meadows, or the many lakes that dot the ranch and the nearby mountains
Guided naturalist and birding tours
ACTIVITIES (NOT INCLUDED)
Photography Tours with Professional Photographer Steve Weaver
Massage & Wellness Services
PRE AND POST SUGGESTIONS
White-water rafting on the Colorado River
Exploring any of the numerous national parks in the region - Grand Canyon, Canyonlands or Zion to name just some
Take a houseboat out on Lake Powell
See the bright lights of Vegas and take in a show
Drive from town to town exploring the Rocky Mountains
Fly to Los Angeles for a combination of beach, shopping and Hollywood highlights including Universal Studios, Rodeo Drive and celebrity-filled restaurants
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