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Zapata Ranch - A Nature Conservancy Preserve

5305 State Highway 150, Mosca, CO 81146-9718
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#1 of 4 Specialty lodging in Mosca
Spectacular setting. One of the most unique ranches in North America bordered by the Sand Dunes National Park and Sangre de Cristo Mountain range. 103,000 acres with bison and cattle. Excellent working ranch opportunities and educational, conservation and nature experiences. Be sure to ask about Branding Week, Sandhill Crane Photo Trip, Painting and Photography Workshops, Horsemanship & Roping Clinics and Corporate/Family Retreat Capacities. Gourmet Chef, 4-star rustic elegance, hot tub and walking trails on grounds.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Free breakfast
Horseback riding
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Lorraine L wrote a review Sep 21
Sedona, Arizona30 contributions5 helpful votes
In an effort to mitigate the covid boredom, having spent the last 1 1/2 years staying outside and away from people, my best friend and I have gone to 5 ranches this year. I will share my conclusion with you - Zapata was THE BEST! It is a ranch that is a true ranch. You won't find a zip line nor will you find a spa...but you will have the greatest rides everyday (except Sunday) in the most beautiful scenery you can imagine. I want to thank everyone working at Zapata for making our stay so wonderful; in particular, a great big thank you to Amelia, who was our wrangler for the week. Not only did Amelia take us on the most thrilling rides but I left Zapata feeling like there is hope for America when there are young people like Amelia. And a special tip: Stuff is the mare to request but not when I return. Stuff is my gal! If you share covid worries with me, don't worry about going to Zapata. They are top notch and on top of it. Everyone is kind and compassionate. Thank you, Katrina & Skye And a big shout out to the chef! I can't overlook the fine, gourmet, healthy dishes three times a day.
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Date of stay: August 2021
Carole W. wrote a review Sep 8
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We stayed three days with our daughters (11, 10 and 8 years old.) We had the best time : from amazing horse rides, excellent meals, amazing and caring staff. Only regret not having Stayed longer. We will come back.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Nancy P wrote a review Sep 2
Plymouth, Massachusetts2 contributions
Thanks to Skye, Katrina, Ruby and the whole Zapata crew for a near perfect family get-together. Horseback riding with the wranglers and lots of other activities for young and old, beautiful vistas, fields of desert sunflowers, great food (our gourmands, vegans, vegetarians and just plain picky eaters all agree!), cozy rooms and the casual ambiance of the ranch-all of this would have been enough! But our hosts happily accommodated all of our little requests (including a birthday cake for our four year old) without missing a beat. The kids can’t wait to go back and ride “their” horses!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Leslieforlife wrote a review Jul 2021
Centennial, Colorado87 contributions15 helpful votes
We spent two nights to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. The setting is beautiful, delightful & peaceful. The view from our room of the Great Sand Dunes was simply spectacular! Although we didn’t opt for the full package with horseback riding and other activities, we found plenty to do at the National Park & the nearby Zapata Falls. Most enjoyable was the cusine. The farm to table emphasis was truly delicious and healthy! Historic and charming cabins served by a welcoming, wonderful staff made our celebration one to remember with great fondness!!
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
RightTruRvws wrote a review Jul 2021
Fort Collins, Colorado83 contributions39 helpful votes
1) This is a working bison and cattle ranch managed by Ranchlands for the Nature Conservancy. It is rustic and out in the middle of nowhere and it is a ranch at the foothills of the Sangre DeCristo mountains at the edge of the San Luis Valley rain shadow-an alpine desert. You will be outdoors a good deal of the time and if ants on the picnic tables where they serve food in good weather (for example) bothers, you don't bother. 2)The employees go beyond totally out of their way to make your stay as wonderful as possible. From the activities they schedule to the eclectic food prepared by the chef for 8 AM breakfast to 6 PM dinner and custom lunch bags for you while you are out and about. They are very responsive with everything. The service and employees would deserve 6 stars if I could-Lauren, the wrangler, made a half day horse trip for me so memorable and fun. A ride out among the bison (from a distance) is well-worth it. Many come here for horse riding and that and the activities are included as is the food and lodging. They will serve a carafe of house white or red wine with dinner, otherwise you can bring your own liquor and they will even help you open your own wine, etc. 3)The rooms are rustic, nothing fancy, Colorado ranch...but everything is clean and simple. No TV anywhere that I saw (a good thing for us) and the wi-fi is sporadic. No fridge in the rooms, but there are hair dryers and we had a nice claw-foot tub/shower combo in our bathroom. King bed was extraordinarily comfortable. 4)We were there 3 days/4 nights - Great Sand Dunes one day, horse ride to bison another and hiked to Mosca Pass in the Sand Dunes Park (unguided-moderate hike with difficult sections) another. That itinerary was perfect, but they will work with you on everything you want and guide you to activities that suit you. The road to Zapata Falls is under construction and hard to get to, so we did not. 5)This is not inexpensive. $500 per night per person, but includes everything except any booze you'd prefer to bring. Horse riding, equipment (other than helmets), 3 meals a day all included. 6)All-in-all a great experience if this sort of trip interests you.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about Zapata Ranch - A Nature Conservancy Preserve
Which popular attractions are close to Zapata Ranch - A Nature Conservancy Preserve?
Nearby attractions include Zapata Falls (2.8 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Zapata Ranch - A Nature Conservancy Preserve?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Zapata Ranch - A Nature Conservancy Preserve?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Zapata Ranch - A Nature Conservancy Preserve?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Zapata Ranch - A Nature Conservancy Preserve have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Zapata Ranch - A Nature Conservancy Preserve offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.