Zapata Ranch

Colorado, USA


Nestled amongst the Rocky Mountain range this remote luxury working ranch is a real American West treasure. Horseback ride through the vast plains of America’s Great Sand Dunes National Park alongside wild bison before returning back to the rustic elegance of this authentic homestead.

Key Features

  • Large 17-bedroom lodge
  • Main lodge with lounge areas
  • Ranch to table dining experiences
  • Working cattle ranch
  • Activities include, horseback riding, bison tours, hiking, fly fishing, rafting and skiing


Located in the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado, dating back to the early 1800s, this original ranch now hosts an exclusive homestead experience that offers a beguiling insight into the heritage and traditions of the American West.


Delight in exquisite locally sourced meals, eaten out on trail or in the rustic dining room, expertly prepared from the finest produce, dine on ranch-raised bison meat and wild caught trout. 


Maintaining true authenticity, the historic 17-bedrooms are carefully furnished with southwestern décor and boasts private views across the striking and untouched landscape.

What makes this property unique?

During your stay you will have the opportunity to work alongside the ranch staff and rangers to gain an insight into some of their brilliant conservation projects.


Spend your days horseback riding through the immense, endless plains, experiencing the power of nature as you ride through a landscape with your only company being the wild bison who graze nearby. Explore the wilderness of Colorado on a white water rafting adventure or test out your skills rock climbing to new heights. End your day with a rejuvenating massage surrounded by the peace and tranquility of the pristine nature.


Zapata Ranch works closely with conservation organisations including The Nature Conservancy, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and the Colorado State Land Board. The ranch is home to a conservation herd of bison and cows and runs conservation projects aimed at restoring the vegetative and wildlife ecologies. These projects include providing habitat for endangered species, controlling erosion, managing exotic weed encroachment and promoting resident wild game herds.


With ethos deeply routed in conservation, Zapata works to protect the landscape, wildlife and local people of the ranch lands. Managed by The Nature Conservancy, the 50,000-acre pasture is home to a large herd of bison, as well as, several rare plant species.

Why we love it

The sprawling estate offers options for all parties whether in a large group, family or couple. Experience life on an authentic working cattle and bison ranch and learn how to be a modern day cowboy and cowgirl with real hands on experience.

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