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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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    Christmas in Spring

    Photographer Matt DeLorme reflects on his first branding experience at the Chico.

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  • Chasing the Green

    This spring feels like it’s pregnant. As if it is about to burst out unchecked as a living being.

    by Duke Phillips

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August 22, 2013

Storm

There is a monster storm broiling over us and the entire prairie, it seems.  Constant flashes of lightening show how low and boiling the clouds are in the dark.  Massive hunks of thunder drown out every possible noise, so that even Frankie my dog who is not usually bothered by storms keeps looking toward the window, very worried.  But the wind is what screams the loudest and what moves you by just looking at the trees being tossed around like

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August 8, 2013

Rain on the Chico

Yesterday it rained over most the ranch, the first big general rain that we’ve had in over 5 years.  In our west and south ranges, it was the first rain since three years ago.  We spent alot of time on the front porch watching it come in a dark line across the prairie.  Then watching it come off the roof in great torrents.

Later during supper on the porch (we couldn’t pull ourselves inside) the frogs came out and burst into

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January 12, 2012

Weather in Colorado

If you’ve spent much time in Colorado, you know how unpredictable the weather can be. Yesterday, David and I started out at the Chico where it was incredibly windy and cold, the sky was full of clouds that promised snow. We set out for Zapata about 9am, and fourth the weather until we summited La Veta Pass, about the 3/4 mark for our trip. At the top of the pass, the clouds almost cleared, the wind stopped, the sun came

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January 31, 2011

Storm Coming In

You can usually see the storms roll in before they hit.

They build up behind the Sangres and dunes and at first you see a cloud layer built up and slowly consuming the sky above the mountains. Then it slowly descends down the mountains and over the dunes – it’s neat to see the whole thing slowly, sometimes quickly taking place.

This storm is said to be bringing cold, cold weather and a little snow – tomorrow’s high is a roasty toasty

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August 7, 2010

Monsoon Rain

This past week we’ve had several big storms that sweep in in a flash in the afternoons. The rain and lightning has been massive and impressive and left us each time with a huge amount of moisture.

The entire ranch is covered with tall green grass, giant patches of wild flowers and the little streams that are almost dry this time of year are flowing strong. It really is an impressive sight to see during the last month of summer and

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July 21, 2010

Rain

Yesterday afternoon, the clouds rolled in, opened up, and dumped a full inch of rain on the Zapata side of the ranch. We have been waiting for this storm for months now so that we can have the cattle grazing on it into the fall.  Over the next couple weeks, we’ll almost be able to watch the grass grow, especially if we get another storm soon.

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