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Zapata Ranch - A Nature Conservancy Preserve

5305 State Highway 150, Mosca, CO 81146-9718
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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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5305 State Highway 150, Mosca, CO 81146-9718
Zapata Ranch - A Nature Conservancy Preserve
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Robyn H wrote a review Sep 2023
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I can't say enough about this amazing experience. The staff, horses, food and facility. Everything thing was awesome! I cannot wait to go back. The staff was so accommodating and my guide, Kate was magical. The guest were a blast and I really want all the recipes from dinner. Thank you Zapata.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Marla N wrote a review Aug 2023
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I applaud the strategic mission of Ranchland and its sustainable ranching practices, but they have way over branded and promoted their product versus the underwhelming experience they actually deliver. We booked our non-refundable 3 night/2 day Ranch Vacation at the very expensive rate of $1,895 per person predicated on their promised experience of : "Our all-inclusive ranch vacation packages include all meals, lodging, and activities on the ranch, such as horseback riding, guided hiking, and naturalist tours...With dishes like bison tenderloin, wild caught trout from the Arkansas River just a few miles away...and learning about ranching’s role in preserving and protecting these natural landscapes" (quotes direct from their website). During the summer there is only one (1) Ranch Vacation offering per month, and in the month of August there was only one (1) narrow three nights offering from August 17 - August 20. All special programing, resources, and gourmet meals were expected during this single August Ranch Vacation offering, which our family of 5 adults booked. We were particularly anticipating a Bison tour amongst the 2,000 head herd, and expected it to be a highlight of our Ranch Vacation. Especially since non-Ranch guests can arrange a 2 hour tour of the herd and ranch for a mere $50 per person. Instead, our expensive Ranch Vacation was just two (2) three (3) hour trail rides, and nothing else. There were no guided hikes, there was no natuarlist workshop, no nature programing of any type, and no bison tour. There was not even a presentation on the amazing history and work of The Nature Conservancy in preserving this 100,000 acre ranch. The bedrooms are clean and basic and the bathrooms are old and dated, but we were fine with that. We were coming for an experience not a resort. The meals were creative and well prepared, but they were not "second to none", and more importantly there was not enough food for all the guests. At breakfast when we asked for more bacon because we'd had none, we were told "Everything's out" and there was no more. Lunches were limted to a sandwich and a bag of potato chips - no fruit, no vegetables. Our first night dinner was bratwurst, the second night dinner was a bowl of chicken tortilla soup, and the third night it was chicken curry over rice. I left dinner hungry our second night. Being on a ranch focused on beef production and with a kitchen boasting a bank of 3 or 4 big barbeque grills we were expecting these assets to be used. My largest complaint is one relative to safety. The Ranch does not have enough water bottles for their guests, even when sending them out on 3 hour trail rides in the desert. The need for adequate hydration is a bare minimum necessity - not a luxury. At the end of our first day ride an older Swiss guest was in evident heat stroke - she was stumbling, asking for water, and her skin was cold to the touch even though the heat index was over 90 degrees. Yet it was me, a guest, who recognized her serious health condition and notified the wranglers she needed help. It was apparent the wranglers are expert horsemen, but they have not been given first aid training for this high desert environment. I fortunately still had some remaining water and my own hydration powder packets that I could give her. None the less, I was still very worried about her condition and had to stress that she needed urgent care. I strongly suggested calling the National Park Rangers since they typically have first aid training, and I figured they were the closest thing to medical assistance in this isolated place. The wranglers declined to call for help. Instead, I was Googling "treatment for heat stroke". Fortunately, Ruth recovered, but it could have had a different outcome.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Peter Shea wrote a review Jun 2023
New York City, New York6 contributions16 helpful votes
One of the loveliest stays at a working ranch. The home cooked breakfasts and dinners were the highlight of the stay, and having the chance to sit with other guests and have delightful conversation was great. The mattress and bedding were of top quality for a relaxing night's sleep after full days of exploring.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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PageMcSteed wrote a review Jun 2023
Canyon, Texas2 contributions
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There's nothing like being greeted by a beautiful herd of horses as you drive into the ranch, or waking to see them looking in through your bedroom window! From the valley/mountain vistas, to the magnificent bison herd and diverse wildlife, to the personable and amazing wranglers, to the healthful and delicious food, to the comfy accommodations, everything is exceptional and staying at the Zapata Ranch is a lifetime experience...which is why I've returned multiple times to renew and invigorate!
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Date of stay: June 2023
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GoPlaces03952445195 wrote a review May 2023
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The location is incredible, views of the mountains, sand dunes and every day different animals pass by your window! The food, staff and service is great! Friendly people everywhere! Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Room Tip: Bring a few different layers from warm to cool, rarely wet except spring.
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Sylvia F wrote a review May 2023
Kailua, Hawaii32 contributions48 helpful votes
Zapata Ranch had been on my list for quite a long time as a riding holiday. I followed them on social media and fell in love with the life and beauty of the place from their imagery. The reality exceeded my expectations. As a solo traveler, I was touched by how quickly I was welcomed and made to feel at home, from the moment I was greeted at the airport to my final farewell. I didn't know what to expect for communal mealtimes but found it really enjoyable to meet the other guests - it was such a diverse, interesting group of people and conversations were a real treat. Their custom itinerary was why I was able to manage a quick riding trip and they tailored it to ensure I would get the best possible experience in the short time I was there. The wildlife, scenery, horses, and riding were phenomenal, especially as a first-time experience of the American west. Riding through the Sand Dunes National Park was magical as was exploring the expansive ranch lands to see bison and other wildlife. Even after experiencing the major highlight rides, I wanted to stay longer. They did a great job matching me to my horse. So much so, I wanted to take my horse home with me! I stayed in the main lodge and my room was cozy and comfortable, simply but thoughtfully furnished. The bed was heavenly with crisp sheets and fluffy pillows. The absence of TV and the ranch's peaceful atmosphere created a perfect tranquil environment. I knew I would sleep well from having a full day but I had not enjoyed such restorative sleep in a long time. Food was incredible. Every meal tasted fresh, delicious, and healthy. There was a variety of vegetable dishes (which I loved) served alongside the main courses of bison, chicken, and other meats all sourced seasonally and locally. I loved that their desserts were not overly sweet but just right. Meals were served family-style which enabled you to enjoy as much as you pleased! What made my trip so memorable, and what I think makes Zapata truly special were its people. Everyone I had a chance to meet and talk to were so warm, friendly and genuine and their love for the ranch shone through in every interaction. I don't think I can fully articulate how much I enjoyed my stay at Zapata, but it is so much so that I would love to visit again. It truly is a special place. If you're considering making the trip, I wholeheartedly encourage you to go for it!
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Jacob L wrote a review Apr 2023
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The most amazing experience. Breathtaking views, phenomenal staff, 5 star dinning and cozy lodging. This history, the story and the people involved in creating this place far exceeded every expectation we had. It was truly one of the greatest weeks of my life. The staff was friendly, accommodating and spoke so poetically about this place. Everyone from experienced riders to first time riders were able to comfortably participate in the daily rides. We felt as if we were an extension of the Zapata Ranch family from the minute we stepped foot off the plane. The views speak for themselves and it's one thing to see the photos but it's another to experience them in person. Everywhere you look you were able to see a totally different scenery. The beautiful Sand Dunes of Great Sand Dunes National Park and the Sangre De Cristo Mountains teleports you into a dream like atmosphere that cannot be replicated anywhere in the world. The wildlife was on full display during our stay seeing everything from Bison, Elk, Horned Owls, Deer, and Coyotes. The food that was prepared gave us an idea of what it means to truly live off the land. The home cooked meals were full of flavor and variety. We are looking forward to cookbook to try and replicate the recipes ourselves. The lodging was cozy and comfortable and gave you a place to escape and hang your hat after a long day of riding. The rooms were large and the beds were soft and the water pressure was absolutely phenomenal. Each lodge had a different feel with a similar comfort. The people we shared our time with during our stay was the cherry on top. Everyone we met had a unique and different background and it was quite fascinating to hear everyones stories. Total strangers quickly became life long friends. We cannot wait to return and look forward to sharing our experiences with everyone who will listen.
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Date of stay: April 2023Trip type: Traveled on business
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Paula S wrote a review Apr 2023
Colorado Springs, Colorado21 contributions16 helpful votes
My husband and I stayed overnight after a visit to the Dunes and Falls. The ranch is just what I needed- a secluded get away. The staff that we met were very friendly! And the food- both dinner and breakfast-was absolutely delicious! Loved seeing the deer and elk on the property.
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Date of stay: April 2023
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mary c wrote a review Mar 2023
Missouri City, Missouri1 contribution
What a glorious weekend to spend watching cranes, seeking bison and searching for elusive porcupines at Zapata Ranch March 10-12th. Meeting new friends and dining in a great lodge, walking the grounds and waking to snow! What fun. Try it, you will fall in the enchantment and serenity of Zapata Ranch.
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Helena L wrote a review Sep 2022
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I had the most wonderful time at Zapata. The wranglers, the food, the horses and the setting. Couldn't have asked for more. I attended one of the workshops for a week, which was a lovely mix of learning and being immersed in the Zapata way of life. I will be back!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Nearby attractions include Zapata Falls (2.8 miles).
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
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