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Banner photo 2 by Ben Murphy, Left column photo 1 by Dave Showalter, Left column photo 4 by Kitty Travers, Left column photo 5 by Katie Loewen, Left column painting by Jill Soukup

n addition to our working ranch and nature vacations we offer several special weeks throughout the year. These weeks range from photography workshops and specialty food courses to our annual brandings and horsemanship clinics.

Sandhill Crane Photography Workshop
March 8 – 13, 2015

Join renowned conservation photographers Michael Forsberg, Dave Showalter, and naturalist John Rawinski, for a spectacular photography workshop and document the spring migration of the Sandhill Cranes. In addition to capturing cranes, time will be spent on the ranch photographing bison, historic ranch structures and the ranching way of life.

Cost: $1,900pp includes all meals, activities, lodging, and workshop activities


Calving Week
April 19 - 26, 2015 

Come and join us this year for our spring calving experience. Several of our heifers will be producing their first calves this spring, offering the perfect opportunity to experience this time up close and personal. Along with working with the cows, there will also be rides through the ranch, our wild bison herd and the Great Sand Dunes National Park. 

Cost: $2,300pp includes all meals, activities, and lodging


Roam with the Bison
May 3 - 8, 2015 

Zapata Ranch is home to one of the largest herds of conservation bison in the United States. This unique workshop, led by experts in the bison field, will encompass every facet of the species. During this seminar you will horseback ride through our 2,000 head wild bison herd and observe their behavior as well as participate in readings, lectures and round table discussions. 

Cost: $1,710pp includes all meals, activities, and lodging


Branding Experiences
May 17 - 24 & June 7 - 14, 2015 

Join us for a branding experience you won’t soon forget! Enjoy day rides through our wild bison herd as well as the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Ride out early in the morning to gather our 300 head of cattle and prepare for branding day at the end of the week. Branding day is a serious event that is essential to the welfare of our livestock. Participants are actively involved and will have jobs assigned to them that are integral to the process. 

Cost: $2,500pp includes all meals, activities, and lodging


Women, Horses, and the West
May 31 - June 7, 2015 

Dr. Bonney MacDonald will lead a special women’s retreat focusing on literature, horsemanship and the land. Each day you will read and discuss stories by women who have written about the land and their experiences in the west, as well as horsemanship techniques penned by some of the leading horsemen of our time. You will also have opportunities to explore the land and further your horsemanship skills with rides through our 2,000 strong wild bison herd and the Great Sand Dunes National Park.

Cost: $2,300pp includes all meals, activities, and lodging


Horsemanship Clinic
July 5 - 12, 2015 

Join us for a week-long natural horsemanship experience with 27-year director of the Thacher Riding School, Cameron Schryver. Cam is invited to clinics around the country on horsemanship and is a two-time World Champion Extreme Cowboy. Days are spent with one-on-one horsemanship instruction, educational demonstrations, rides throughout the surrounding meadows and sand dunes as well as opportunities to work cattle and bison. By applying working ranch horsemanship and riding by feel, you will leave the week feeling a deeper connection to the horse and will better understand how to communicate with them.

Cost: $2,700pp includes all meals, activities, and lodging


Overnight Pack Trip
July 19 - 24, 2015 

After spending the first night in the lodge and enjoying our ranch-made dinner and breakfast, our pack trip starts the following morning. You will head up to the mountains for 3 nights and 4 days of high mountain riding and exploration. Your final night will be spent back at the lodge. This is one of the most beautiful trips available in North America where abundant wildlife, alpine lakes and timberline vistas will always be at hand. Space is limited to 8 participants. 

Cost: $2,995pp includes all meals, activities, and lodging

Poetry, Horses, and the Land
August 23 - 30, 2015 

Participate in a poetry workshop retreat with a focus on reading and writing poetry inspired by the landscape and the animals that inhabit it. Along with furthering your writing skills, you will have opportunities to horseback ride through our 2,000 strong wild bison herd as well as the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Join us on this unique adventure in literature and horseback riding on a setting like no other. 

Cost: $2,300pp includes all meals, activities, and lodging



Painting Horses Workshop with Jill Soukup
September 20 - 25, 2015

Join talented artist Jill Soukup for the third year of her fantastic painting workshop. This workshop focuses on drawing and painting horses. Discussions and exercises will focus on the importance of understanding equine anatomy, what makes a good drawing, composition and color. Activities will include photo opportunities of horses running, a bison tour, sketching and studying corralled horses, demonstrations and critiques. 

Cost: $2,000pp includes all meals, lodging, and instruction 

Fall Colors and Wildlife
October 11 - 18, 2015

Enjoy the breathtaking colors and wildlife of fall at Zapata Ranch with a unique photo and nature workshop led by renowned nature photographer Stephen Weaver. Experience the ranch like never before against the snowcapped Sangre de Cristo mountain range while scouting for wildlife among the gold and auburns of the Aspen and Cottonwood trees. 

Cost: $2,300pp includes all meals, lodging, and instruction

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