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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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February 8, 2013

Sandhill Crane Workshop

There are just over three weeks left until one of our favorite workshops of the year– the Sandhill Crane Photo Trip! For the third year, professional photographers Mike Forsberg and Dave Showalter will join us at the ranch to lead a group of students on a photo-excursion across the valley to capture the 27,000 cranes that migrate through our area annually.

We’ve just had a last-minute spot open up so give us a call if you want to join us! March

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February 16, 2012

Cranes and a Walk

This morning as I was laying in bed, I heard cranes flying through the sky above the house. Their call is unmistakable– an almost prehistoric bantering. They fly over the ranch and stop to roost and feed at Dollar and Cotton Lakes, both just West of our house. I’ve heard that they’re migrating early this year…I guess it’s true!

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March 7, 2011

Snow, Cranes and Bald Eagles

Every March the Sandhill Cranes migrate through the valley and have slowly been making their way in each day since the end of last week. I saw my first group relaxing in a field on the way into town and could see their tall, skinny, grey frames poking about and forgot how tall they were. At first you think you are looking at the front side of a huge coyote, but then you quickly see several hundred of these grey

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January 18, 2011

Cotton Lake

Cotton Lake is a pretty little lake just to the West of the old headquarters on the Medano. The Sandhill Cranes gather here each year and you can hear them squawking and calling as they make their way in to the lake and as they all sit around in the water. It is amazing how much the sound carries and how clearly you can hear them, as if they were standing right next to you. So a few weeks out

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