July 31, 2017
Our Ranchlands intern, Brandon Sickel, had the opportunity to join the national park service last week as they worked to relocate hundreds of Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout.
April 4, 2016
Branding, Sandhill Cranes and snow across the ranches in March.
March 12, 2016
I’ve lived on the ranch for three years now and it seems I have one or two really pivotal wildlife sightings each year. I’ve seen bears, bobcats, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, beaver… An endless list really of varied and exciting species… but today I saw my first Stoat! I had seen Long-Tailed Weasels aka “big stoats” in my mammal books on the area, but never come across one in real life, so I was practically giddy when I saw one pop …
January 22, 2016
I spend the majority of my day in the office, but that is not to say I don’t see a lot of incredible things from my window. Lately a lone coyote has been loitering around the lodge grounds, behind the office in particular. The dogs let me know with a low growl every time it’s around and we watch through the large office window until it leaves. Usually it’s just passing through, but today I watched it do a few …
March 23, 2015
Last week we held our fifth annual Sandhill Crane Photography Workshop.
March 13, 2015
“ The cops just stopped by. A seven year old boy went missing from the dunes. He was last seen at 5 p.m. heading west.”
I read those words on my phone. It was from Scott. It was Sunday evening. I was reading The Crossing. After that I was thinking of my son. He was fast asleep and safe, but I couldn’t help think of him over and over and all I saw was …
September 4, 2014
Medano Creek flows through the Great Sand Dunes National Park each spring and summer with runoff.
March 10, 2014
A late afternoon ride through the Great Sand Dunes National Park- available for guests of Zapata Ranch.
February 28, 2014
We had about 500 elk as our lead animals on our move today. We were moving a group of 150 cattle from our pastures over to the San Luis Lakes State Park, to begin intensively grazing there. It turned out that the elk herd that has been hanging out on the ranch and Great Sand Dunes National Park for the entire winter, happened to be right in our path. Not being real sure what to make of us, they trotted off down a fenceline. …