June 6, 2011
On Saturday several of us went to Saguache to help our friends George and Julie with their branding. It is dry there as well but the cows looked good and healthy. It was neat country with a lot of big hills like the one you see behind Jeff in the picture.
Our guests Jess and Carrie from New York camped out the night before with several of the crew and were close by in the morning to help bring the herd …
May 20, 2011
We are in the midst of our first Joint Week right now (a.k.a. Colorado Cowboy Week). Our guests have been over at our sister ranch, Chico Basin, all week branding, moving cattle and camping out and just returned back to Zapata late last night– about 10:30! I haven’t had a chance to talk with them too much yet about their experience, but I’m having dinner at the lodge tonight and can’t wait to hear about everything. One thing that I …
May 11, 2011
Humboldt Peak, the last of the Crestones we’ve covered so far, stands at 14,064 ft.
Humboldt Peak is the easiest of the Crestones to climb and often recommended to beginners. The hike up is on an easy trail that goes almost to the top. Closer to the top a little rock traversing is required and is not very challenging.
So if you’re looking to climb your first fourteener, Humboldt Peak is a good place to start.
April 1, 2011
While we were away at the Chico branding calves, our buffs took full advantage of the lack of supervision and busted out of their pasture. I got a call from Asta on Tuesday about noon and heard the news about our escaped herd. Luckily, they were stopped by the fence on the north end of the Wyatt, the pasture north of the Dixie where they were supposed to be. Wednesday was spent fixing the fence and taking them south back into the Dixie. Asta …
March 7, 2011
Every March the Sandhill Cranes migrate through the valley and have slowly been making their way in each day since the end of last week. I saw my first group relaxing in a field on the way into town and could see their tall, skinny, grey frames poking about and forgot how tall they were. At first you think you are looking at the front side of a huge coyote, but then you quickly see several hundred of these grey …
September 17, 2010
Over the past month, the coyotes have been getting increasingly close to out homes. We all have been attributing this to the change in weather, and have been keeping an extra close eye on our dogs. During the day, we often see them trotting through the fields, eating or drinking along side the bison or cattle, and are reminded of the degree of wilderness in which we live.
August 25, 2010
The Lodge is surrounded by tall Narrowleaf Cottonwood trees. These trees are in the Willow family so are often mistaken for Willows. Because of their deep strong roots, Narrowleaf Cottonwood’s are commonly used to prevent erosion along streams, their typical habitat. This tree is native the the U.S. and grows fairly rapidly up to heights of sixty feet by twenty years old. Many different animals call these trees home and use them as a main food source. Some of these …
August 16, 2010
This past week, I had the pleasure of going out birding for a day with local birder/naturalist extraordinaire John Rawinski and two of our guests, Frank and Sharon Sturgess. We spent all day traversing back roads, looking into trees and over bluffs for birds, and came away with quite a few spottings.
Frank and Sharon also spent a lot of time birding around the lodge and found the following just outside their room:
Orange Crowned Warbler
Yellow Rump Warbler
White Breasted Nuthatch