June 6, 2016
“I have no words to say that could express the gratitude we have for your generosity. I was amazed when you answered so quickly and opened your land to us. Not long after our arrival the boys realized how unique this opportunity was to stay on the ranch. We were able to see the buffalo herd in the distance as we arrived late Friday evening. The view and perspective of the dunes was second to none.
We appreciate your hospitality to …
May 3, 2016
How many adult riders does it take to move a herd of kiddie bison? Fourteen. Obviously.
That was the size of our posse this past week when we pushed the remaining managed bison herd into the corrals on the Medano side of the Zapata Ranch. The wee woolies were getting prepped for their long road trip to the Land of Tatonka aka South Dakota aka the location of our newest ranch management project aka their new prairie home.
I always jump at …
March 14, 2016
Growing up in California, I always had great access to produce that had been grown no more than 50 miles away. It felt like farm-to-table at its finest when I presented a dish with several different varieties of vegetables and was able to say, “this entire meal is made with local produce.” Unsurprisingly, it took a bit of adjusting moving from coastal California to landlocked Colorado. But thanks to our local co-op, Valley Roots Food Hub, I’m getting to that …
February 22, 2016
During bison works, we wean some calves and bring them down to the lodge corrals. Here, we train them to electric fence and acclimate them to seeing a person afoot and horseback so that they are gentle and easy to manage. Once they’re ready, we turn them out to a small pasture where they can graze and learn to follow a feed truck. We keep them in this small pasture as long as we can so we can keep a close eye …
February 1, 2016
January was a busy month processing our bison herd on the Zapata and our largest cattle herd on the Chico.
September 7, 2015
Planning is a huge part of my job. Every week I write a work plan for the week ahead. It’s rare when it doesn’t change, but it still helps to create a big picture. Here it is September already. In 2 months time guest season will have wrapped up and bison works will be here. I’m already starting to think about what it will take to work all those buffs. It’s a huge undertaking, …
June 4, 2015
On Wednesday horses and cows needed to be moved from Section 36 to our West pasture for Friday’s branding. The gather went easy. Cattle were moved into the Elk and myself the wranglers and guests started them north as Sara, Carina, and Len helped us get them going then went back for the horses.
Sara called me an hour later. They had come across a bison calf. One of the horses had chased the calf south. …
March 5, 2015
I picked up Scott at 7. We ran the Big South fence and checked voltage. Elk activity was looked for on the road. Herds of elk run through the fences so we have to make sure the fence is up and hot every day.
We headed to pick up a charger. I put one together the day before, but it was a no go once I hooked it up to the fence. The new charger was …
February 20, 2015
We’ve had an incredibly mild winter so far in the valley and the snow has come and gone a few times. This weekend we are due to have a huge snow storm so we are keeping our fingers crossed that our last weekend before seasonal staff and guests arrive is filled with sledding on the dunes ( highly recommended) and watching the flakes fall.
February 12, 2015
The day was like any other. After breakfast we smoldered the fire and rode out. The sun was starting to peak over the Sangres and through the clouds. Not enough to shed the sweater. Everyone was full of biscuits and gravy and eggs and coffee.
We trotted. The horses were fresh and ready. The guests and staff blended to make one crew.
Soon we reached the Big South. After the last rider made it through the …