Zapata Ranch - A Nature Conservancy Preserve

Zapata Ranch - A Nature Conservancy Preserve

5305 State Highway 150, Mosca, CO 81146-9718
Zapata Ranch Horseback riding with Snookie the horse.
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4.9
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4.6
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
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Free breakfast
Horseback riding
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Full body massage
Non-smoking hotel
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5305 State Highway 150, Mosca, CO 81146-9718
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Alamosa Municipal Airport
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Gunnison Airport
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RevLex101 wrote a review May 2021
Lexington, Kentucky24 contributions14 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I've stayed at a few ranches for vacation through the years, and this is hands down the best I've ever stayed at. The staff went above and beyond to make sure my week was filled with time for fun, adventure, and rest. The surrounding land is breathtaking, and the horse rides were personalized and awe-inspiring. And the food - every meal was delicious, and again, the chef and all the kitchen staff made sure every guest had a wonderful meal experience. Do yourself a favor and book a trip, for a few days or for a week. You'll learn about the land, see wildlife, and are a short drive from the Sand Dunes National Park. You'll also stay in charming rooms that will come in handy after a long day of riding, hiking, and fun (especially the tubs - wonderful for soaking). This is an amazing trip for solo female travelers, as well. I'll definitely be returning.
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Date of stay: May 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Leslieforlife wrote a review Jul 2021
Centennial, Colorado96 contributions17 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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
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Emily B wrote a review Aug 2020
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Zapata Ranch is unlike any place I've ever been. I could have easily stayed forever. The location and scenery are stunning, with dramatic contrasts to the sky and landscape. Riding horses through said landscape was incredible and liberating, and the horses were perfectly matched to each rider in our group. It was also very clear that these horses are well-loved and appreciated for their unique personalities, which is a special thing. All of the staff members are incredible people in their own right and together make an amazingly generous, interesting, and fun-loving team. The chef, Chase, is also a spectacular individual. It was so special to have food grown locally and prepared with great flavors, while still tasting fresh and not too heavy. I had no idea mushrooms could be so flavorful, and the flatbread is TO DIE FOR. My friends and I reminisce about the food at least once weekly. The Zapata Ranch is the perfect combination of relaxation, conservation, outdoor adventure, and luxury cuisine. It is truly a magical place.
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Date of stay: July 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Anje C wrote a review Jul 2022
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
After reading all the reviews I have to ask myself if all of these people stayed at a different location than the one being reviewed. I just arrived back home today from my disappointing vacation that I saved all year to pay, not to mention that I used up all my vacation at work to have a bad time. The only good thing I can say about this experience is that the staff is very friendly and accommodating. The food, however, is ONLY good if you are into gourmet concoctions and do not mind being a guinea pig. The mixture of dill on everything, combinations of sunflower mixed with desserts, maple syrup on chicken, bison dill meatballs, cold bok chow for breakfast, and carrots drowning in goat cheese were less than desirable. The other meals were not recognizable. If you are into cowboy ranch style food this is NOT the place for you. The trip is expensive, even without the horseback riding package. Prepare to spend a lot of money. The bison tour, alone, equated to $50 a person to ride in a Yukon, less than one hour in duration, and you may or may not see any bison, in which case, the staff will show you a drive picture of the bison if none are seen. The internet connection is almost non-operative. It cuts out at least every two minutes, so even your cell phone may not work at this place, depending on your provider. There is no air conditioning in the rooms, and without any breeze, it is stifling. There is a tiny table fan in the room, but it does almost no good. The recreation area has no overhead lighting, and the three small lamps there make it difficult to play any games with family members. The water pressure is so low that showering is a joke. It barely trickles out of the faucet. The nearest place to eat is a diner with super expensive diner style food, while edible it is costly. Dinners at the diner run $28 to $40 a plate, and lunches run $15 and up. To get to Zapata waterfalls, they don’t tell you that your have to hike for 2 miles (round trip) over very rocky and rugged terrain filled with boulders, not to mention that when you arrive at the falls, you cannot even see them, unless you cross over slick wet, boulders, and walk in water that is 40 degrees or less, crossing the creek. Yet, there are signs posted, when you near the creek to the falls that tell you NOT to enter into the water. So, that is a waste of time, too. The dues are nice and unique, but they do not go very far. To go pin a day trip, it is probably worth it. Otherwise, go to another part of the Rockies and enjoy your time there. Star gazing was not optional, as it was too cloudy to see anything. All in all, I should have stayed home with my family and my out-of-town guests. U could have saved a lot of money and enjoyed myself a whole lot more, This is the first vacation I have gone on that I am actually m9ore stressed away from work.
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Date of stay: July 2022
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Michael S wrote a review Mar 2024
Bloomington, Indiana8 contributions
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sad this location closes at the end of 2024! Room we were in (Bison room) was clean, good size, great view, and a nice clawfoot tub to soak in. Service, staff, wranglers, and especially the food were very good. Location in terms of the dunes, hiking, Zapata falls, horseback riding were perfect. With nearly nothing for 30 min around you expect peace and quiet. Stars are amazing at the ranch, especially at the dunes either at night or morning while the moon isn’t out. Can’t say enough about the wranglers especially Riley, a consummate professional. An issue raised is the cost; HOWEVER, I broke down each cost (room, food, riding, activities) and you get what you pay for, especially when you include its location and scenery.
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Date of stay: March 2024
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: It’s remote. Expect that. Also expect great staff, peace, and quiet.
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CH08 wrote a review May 2021
6 contributions
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I scheduled this trip as a gift for my wife who has always dreamed of a ranch style vacation. She loved every second of it, as did I. This trip surpassed all of our expectations. The people at the ranch are wonderful and completely dedicated to making your stay the best it can be. They are flexible in changing plans to fit your evolving interests while at Zapata. And they are willing to help in any way they can. My wife and I did a fly fishing trip one day off the grounds with a different company. We drove 1.5 hours to find out my wife forgot her driver's license and could not get her fishing license! We called Zapata and Katrina (who was no longer at work at the time) went back to the lodge and upon our request found my wife's license to send us a picture so we could still make our fishing trip work. This is just one example of how amazing they are and willing to help to make your stay the best it can be. All of the wranglers were amazingly accommodating and clearly experienced in all aspects of horsemanship. They offer exactly what they advertise which is an individualized tailor-made trip to fit your requests. Add this on top of bullet proof horses that are perfect for riders of all levels, food that rivals any meal I've ever been served, and a picturesque environment that is truly hard to describe how beautiful it is and you will have a small taste of the incredible vacation offered at the Zapata Ranch. My wife and I can not recommend it highly enough and we can not wait to go back.
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Date of stay: May 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: There are no bad rooms on the ranch.
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Nancy P wrote a review Sep 2021
Plymouth, Massachusetts2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
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paulsT5342KJ wrote a review Sep 2022
Ohio139 contributions101 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed at Zapata for one night but we had a nice time. The room could use a little updating but one has to understand the nature conservancy is returning the land to what it once was so don’t expect manicured lawns all over. Since the weather allowed dinner was outside and the food is fresh and great.

Outside our room we had great views of Great Sand Dunes NP. Very relaxed atmosphere and with dinner at a group table we socialized with some of the guests and enjoyed being around like minded people. Place is very remote and quiet. Wish all national parks were like that.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Al G wrote a review Mar 2021
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My son and I traveled to Zapata Ranch in March 2021 and could not have been happier with our experience! First off, the setting blows you away as soon as you arrive. The ranchlands with the Sand Dunes National Park and Sangre de Cristo Mountain range as backdrops are breathtaking! But the staff make it even more special as they truly care about the conservancy, ensure that you get the most out of your stay and enjoy it thoroughly, and if you're interested, understand the mission of the ranch and history of the area. Horseback riding on the ranch amongst the bison and then onto the dunes was truly special. My son and I will never forget it! A major thank you to Skye, our guide, for making the ride educational, enjoyable and safe! We truly had a blast! Lastly, I have to mention the food. Every meal that we had was perfectly prepared and absolutely delicious. As others noted in their review, I truly wish that I could have stayed. Thank you Zapata and I miss it already!
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Date of stay: March 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Michele M wrote a review Sep 2022
1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I absolutely love everything about the Zapata Ranch. This was a vacation I thought about taking for 5 years, and when I finally went in the summer of 2021 for a 5 day ranch vacation, I could not get enough. So, I decided to return in the spring of 2022, and stayed for a week. It's a true rugged ranch experience set against the backdrop of some of Colorado's most incredible natural wonders, The Great Sand Dunes National Park, and The Rockies. Nothing beats cruising around on horseback through these wide open spaces.

The wranglers and staff are friendly, knowledge, and all around badass. They're not just any ordinary staff, they truly have passion for what they do. Rooms are quaint and simple. The food is delicious and I love that the kitchen packs a lunch for you to take on your ride - really sets you up for more time outdoors and makes you feel taken care of.

I came away from these trips with such great memories, amazing new friends, and a horse I wish I could take home with me. I can't wait to go back again! If you're looking for an epic outdoor adventure, this is the place for you.
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Date of stay: April 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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nightpie asked a question Jan 2023
Denver, Colorado3 contributions2 helpful votes
Is this place appropriate for kids? We have 8 and 10-yr old boys.
Answer from RightTruRvws
Fort Collins, Colorado179 contributions92 helpful votes
Their wi-fi is just short of lame and it depends where you are on the property.
regina70 asked a question Jun 2021
baltimore12 contributions9 helpful votes
Do they have a pool?
Answer from RevLex101
Lexington, Kentucky24 contributions14 helpful votes
No, but there are several creeks and places to enjoy water at the Sand Dunes park.
Sharon M asked a question Jul 2020
New York City, New York
What’s the weather like in December?
Answer from tsm73
Geneva, Switzerland107 contributions9 helpful votes
Most prices are listed on their website zranch dot o r g, although none are indicated for 2 nights. You'll need to contact the ranch directly in order to obtain them.
Michael S wrote a tip Mar 2024
Bloomington, Indiana8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"It’s remote. Expect that. Also expect great staff, peace, and quiet."
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Peter Shea wrote a tip Jun 2023
New York City, New York5 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book early"
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GoPlaces03952445195 wrote a tip May 2023
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring a few different layers from warm to cool, rarely wet except spring."
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Sylvia F wrote a tip May 2023
Kailua, Hawaii31 contributions48 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I have T-Mobile which worked well on property. Wifi was good in the main lodge. 2nd floor stairs can be steep bc it's a historic lodge."
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mary c wrote a tip Mar 2023
Missouri City, Missouri1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book early, all have great views"
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