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    Fall Colors at Zapata Ranch

    Snow capped mountain peaks and woolly bison. Capture the spectacular colors and scenery of Zapata Ranch as few visitors see it during a week-long workshop with landscape and nature photographer Stephen Weaver.

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    Recipes from Our Ranch Table

    Some of our favorite beef and bison recipes to gather around the table with.

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    The Wranglers of Zapata Ranch

    Meet the five young women from across the country who are calling the Zapata home for the 2017 season.

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May 24, 2013

Medano HQ

This is the old Medano headquarters. An impressively large spread where the majority of the ranch crew lived. Most of the little houses were where the ranch hands lived. All of the buildings were also connected by a walkway you can see around the edge of the buildings. See the large wood pile in the middle and blackened chimneys? Subzero winters probably burned through the whole pile.

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April 21, 2011

The Valley’s Agricultural Roots

In the early 1800’s, agriculture had begun being introduced to the valley with sheep and cattle ranching. This sliver of history is jam-packed with interesting stories, some quite tragic. Today’s post tells the beginning of the story, and be sure to read next Thursday’s post to learn about the Trujillo Family, one of the first Spanish families to settle on the Zapata. Here’s a picture of Teojilo Trujillo and his 2 sons.

In the 1810’s, New Mexican pastors began herding sheep

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April 14, 2011

Zebulon Pike and Zapata Ranch

Long time, no history post. Read below to hear the fascinating account of Zebulon Pike crossing over Medano Pass and viewing the grove of Cottonwood Trees that our lodge sits in. What a neat story!

The American Settlement of the San Luis Valley

In 1806, President Thomas Jefferson sent Lt. Zebulon Pike to discover the source of the Red River, which was considered to be the dividing line between the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase and the Spanish Territories. In the dead of

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March 17, 2011

Spanish Settlement of the San Luis Valley

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Spanish Settlement of the San Luis Valley

Early European explorers, mistaking the plains bison for water buffalo, tried to domesticate the animals. One of the earliest recorded histories of the San Luis Valley includes an account of one such incident. The tale involves Spaniards who entered the Valley around 1599 in search of gold, meat and religious conquest. Upon hearing of the bison in the north, a small party of Spaniards was sent to domesticate the animals. On the East

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March 10, 2011


We’ve been compiling a new in-room booklet for each of our guest rooms. The layout will be as follows:

Helpful Reminders
Who We Are & What We Do
What We Offer
Tips for Ranch Vacationers
Meet Our Staff
Local Attractions

The section that we’ve had the most fun putting together is the History section. I’m going to begin posting snippets from the History Section in my blog posts. There are about 7 in all, and they’re really interesting!

Can you imagine what it would have been like

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