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    Zapata Tent Camps

    “We’ve got an hour before the sun sets, should we ride out and find some bison?”

    And so kicked off our camp out on the Medano among the wild bison. A combination of laid-back spontaneity and the freedom of having 55,000 acres to yourself set the tone for the evening. With the tents set up and fire ring built, Kate, Jessie and I had our chores done and could go have some fun. We set off north in search of some

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    by Emily Paxson

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    Meet the Maker: Madi Hester

    Meet Madi Hester, the maker behind Ranchlands leather goods, as she talks about learning the craft of leather, building community on the Chico through leather work, and how she finds a sense of purpose selling ranch-made goods.

    by Ranchlands Review

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    Bird Banding

    Each spring and fall, the Chico maintains a bird banding station in partnership with the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. It’s a perfect opportunity for school kids to experience scientific research first-hand.

    by Ranchlands Review

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June 4, 2017

Zapata Tent Camps

“We’ve got an hour before the sun sets, should we ride out and find some bison?”

And so kicked off our camp out on the Medano among the wild bison. A combination of laid-back spontaneity and the freedom of having 55,000 acres to yourself set the tone for the evening. With the tents set up and fire ring built, Kate, Jessie and I had our chores done and could go have some fun. We set off north in search of some

Continue Reading

12.1.16 Lucy Chico Madi portrait leathershop 1 bw
April 13, 2017

Meet the Maker: Madi Hester

Meet Madi Hester, the maker behind Ranchlands leather goods, as she talks about learning the craft of leather, building community on the Chico through leather work, and how she finds a sense of purpose selling ranch-made goods.

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April 2, 2017

Bird Banding

Each spring and fall, the Chico maintains a bird banding station in partnership with the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. It’s a perfect opportunity for school kids to experience scientific research first-hand.

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March 7, 2017

Wilder Bison Works

Our bison threatened to stampede through the North Dakota pipeline demonstration during the fall roundup.

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February 6, 2017

Arkansas Darter No Longer Endangered

Thanks to efforts by CO Parks and Wildlife to release Arkansas Darter into the creek on the Chico, the fish is no longer a “federally endangered” candidate.

Birds 2016
December 19, 2016

The Year in Birds

Large plains cottonwoods and riparian areas surrounded by sedges, rushes and cattails make the Chico an avian oasis.

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December 19, 2016

Chinks

What do ranchers have in common with frontier trappers, Native Americans, Texas Rangers and Christian missionaries?

"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.

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November 30, 2016

Remembering Dale Lasater

“He was the most influential person in my life.” Duke Phillips III remembers his friend, mentor and fellow rancher Dale Lasater.