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    Welcome to the North Country

    In the buffalo pasture, there are many places where the fences are drifted over and the buffalo have taken this opportunity to walk right over them and head south for the winter.

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    Prairie Winter

    Even during winter, when the rest of the prairie falls dormant, days grow shorter, and animals retreat into their winter dens, the ranchers’ work doesn’t slow.

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  • The Sound of Silence

    I had never truly experienced the sound of silence in its purest form until I came to the Chico.

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February 13, 2017

Welcome to the North Country

In the buffalo pasture, there are many places where the fences are drifted over and the buffalo have taken this opportunity to walk right over them and head south for the winter.

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February 3, 2017

Prairie Winter

Even during winter, when the rest of the prairie falls dormant, days grow shorter, and animals retreat into their winter dens, the ranchers’ work doesn’t slow.

January 17, 2017

The Sound of Silence

I had never truly experienced the sound of silence in its purest form until I came to the Chico.

January 12, 2017

Transitioning

I think it was the creek that did it, or more specifically the ragged wall of half-dead, flash-flooded trees that bordered it.

December 10, 2016

Busy Bees

On this sunny December day, three women are bustling about the Chico Basin leathershop feeding a fire, developing skills, and making unique and important leather goods.

"Gully Run" and "Spring Forward", exhibited in Ranchlands' 2016 Art Show
December 6, 2016

Ranchlands in Paint

She came to the Chico an architectural painter. Now she’s a renowned Western artist. Spotlight on the longtime Ranchlands art show participant Jill Soukup.

November 8, 2016

The Most Fun You Can Have On Four Legs

Have you ever wondered what a human-sized chicken carrying a giant pumpkin while astride a galloping horse might look like? Of course you have. Well thanks to the first ever Ranchlands Horse Sports, that burning question — and many more like it — will never plague humanity again!

This past Sunday was illuminating in so many ways. Do ponies named Corvette enjoy taking both the littlest and lankiest members of the ranch crew on a double ride? Nope. Does a gold

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November 7, 2016

Pedometer

The pedometer on my phone tells me I’ve traveled an average of 11.62 miles (22,687 steps) per day during my time at the Chico (10 months). Thanks horse!

By Chico Basin ranch management apprentice Eric Sauerhagen

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Sandhill Cranes fill the skies of the San Luis Valley every spring prior to dispersing to their northern nesting grounds.
October 26, 2016

Cranes

Yesterday morning we rode from headquarters in the dark to get a jump start on the cattle. We hit the back of the pasture right at 7 o’clock when the sun was rising. In the distance I could hear an unfamiliar sound at the nearby reservoir. As I went about moving cattle, a flock of Sandhill Cranes took flight from the water and continued on their migration.

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