Uniquely located by the Great Sand Dunes National Park, this guest ranch is also a working bison ranch.

Situated on the eastern wall of the San Luis Valley nearby to the Great Sand Dunes National Park, the Zapata Ranch is a working bison and guest ranch. Owned by The Nature Conservancy and managed through collaboration with Ranchlands, a family owned company, Zapata Ranch occupies a unique location in Colorado. Sprawling over 103, 000 acres, the ranch focuses on holistic management, education and conservation. Over 2, 000 bison wander around 50, 000 acres of pasture; in May and June branding takes place.

Established in 1800, the main lodge has five en suite rooms and a large deck. The other buildings include a Bunkhouse with five private en suite rooms and The Stewart House, ideal for groups, with a living room, kitchen and five rooms. At the Zapata Ranch, enjoy home cooked meals in the dining room, made with meat from the ranch’s own cattle. 

Ranch Style

  • Working Guest Ranch
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When is the ranch open and what day does riding begin?

Zapata Ranch is open from 1 March until 31 October 2020. Check-in is on a Sunday or Thursday and stays can last from 3 to 7 nights. Please note there are no activities on the day of arrival or Sundays.


What are the types of rides on offer and how often will I ride?

All levels of riders are welcome at the ranch and a typical day begins with a hot breakfast in the dining room followed by a morning ride. Formal instruction and horsemanship demonstrations from the wranglers are available during your stay.


About the horses:

Sixty horses come from the Ranchlands Horse Company and have been bred specifically for riding.


What else can I do at the ranch?

Activities included in your stay are; performing activities on the ranch, moving cattle and bison into new pastures, horsemanship instruction, traditional branding, and a ride in the Great Sand Dunes National Park, a photo safari for wildlife, bird watching and a hike or fishing in the lake for the afternoon.


Is the ranch suited to children?

Children are welcome at the ranch and must be 8 years old and up to ride. Children under this age can led and ride in the corral area. Families are encouraged to do activities together and there is no set program (a nanny service can be arranged at an additional fee and on advance request).


What other attractions are there in the area?

Additional activities include massages and yoga, a night camping under the stars, a full or half day fishing trip on the Conejos River and a white water rafting trip down the Arkansas River in Salida.

Departure Airports:

  • London Heathrow
  • Manchester
  • Glasgow

Arrival Airport:

  • Denver International

Flight Time:

  • Denver International, 9 Hours 20 Minutes (Direct)


  • From Denver International airport, 3 Hours 30 Minutes


All of our holidays are tailor-made to your requirements by an expert Travel Specialist

Zapata Ranch

All of our holidays are tailor-made to your requirements by an expert Travel Specialist
The Inspiring Travel Company Team
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