Ranchlands is seeking a ranch or partnership with a ranch owner as a home for a herd of 1000+ buffalo. For details email info@ranchlands.com. We are also now accepting ranch management proposals/inquiries.

Experience our way of life and learn about how

we manage the land, our cattle, and our bison.


he Zapata Ranch is a 103,000-acre cattle and bison ranch that is owned by The Nature Conservancy and managed through a one-of-a-kind arrangement with Ranchlands. The ranch is located along the eastern wall of the San Luis Valley, directly adjacent to the southern border of Great Sand Dunes National Park. The ranch is comprised of high desert grasslands, alpine forests, wetlands, sand dunes, creeks, and lush meadows, which make up one of the most scenic and ecologically diverse landscapes in the United States.

In addition to overnight lodging, we offer all-inclusive ranch vacation packages that allow guests to experience our way of life and learn about how we manage the land, our cattle, and our bison. Click here to learn more about our vacation packages.

Overnight Lodging

Zapata Ranch is open for overnight lodging to visitors to the San Luis Valley and Great Sand Dunes National Park. Included in your stay is private, 4-star lodging, 3 meals prepared by our gourmet chef, and the use of our hot tub and hiking trails. We also have wireless internet available in the lodge. Additional information on our accommodations is available on our website.

Rates begin at $300 per night, plus tax, double occupancy. In order to maintain space for our extended-stay visitors, overnight reservations become available four weeks prior to a stay. Please feel free to call us at 888-5-ZAPATA (92 7282), to reserve your room.

Bison Tours

The Zapata Ranch is home to a 2,000 head bison herd that roams freely in a 50,000 acre pasture known as the Medano (formerly the Medano Ranch). The bison are managed as a “conservation species,” with minimal human interaction and inputs. Tours of the bison herd are available for those who wish to learn more about our herd. Tours last approximately two hours and offer the opportunity to see various species of wildlife including, coyote, elk, deer, antelope, rabbits, porcupines, great horned owls, red tailed hawks, and golden eagles, in addition to our bison. Tours also include a stop at the at the Old Medano Headquarters, a set of ranch buildings that date to the 1870’s and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. and our bison working facilities, designed by Temple Grandin, where we gather the bison in November of every year.

For information on booking a bison tour, please visit our main page.

Important Program Notes

Unfortunately, we are no longer able to open our dining room to visitors who are not staying overnight with us. Additionally, we can only offer horseback rides to guests booking one of our all-inclusive stays. For information on booking your stay at the Zapata to experience all the ranch has to offer, please visit our Vacations page

CONTACT US 719.378.2356 cowboy@zranch.org