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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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Tom Shandley shaking out a loop.
July 11, 2016

The Art of Roping

Take a look at some of the loops thrown at this years brandings.

May Camp, 9.8.15, 7:09PM
September 26, 2015

Late Summer Blooms

A series of images showing the change in season from summer to fall.

February 12, 2015

The Crew

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

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July 18, 2014

Badgers

Badgers are pretty elusive animals, and most of the time when you see one, it’s running away and quickly disappears into a hole. I was lucky to get this picture when I saw two scampering along among a prairie dog town. The first disappeared as normal, but I managed to capture the second one right before he followed the first down a hole. A moment later, he reappeared, just the top of his head, wondering what I was doing in

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July 14, 2014

Hoping for Rain

Saturday afternoon large clouds gathered angrily overhead, as if they were going to wash us away, yet again they slipped around our north boundary, as if fleeing, to the east.  Like they have been doing for the last three years.  As I tried to fall asleep that night, I wondering (hoping) what rains might come in the night.  Jumping out of bed in the dark the next morning, I made coffee and headed outside.  To my surprise and great joy,

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July 8, 2014

Grazing Games

Cattle are a tool.  Used properly they are an asset.  Used improperly, they are a liability.  Bottom line is, if you use a screwdriver to hammer nails, it’s not the screwdriver’s fault.

Through proper management, grass that is grazed by cattle and then given adequate rest, sequestrates carbon into the soil by collecting solar energy, growing roots that aerate the soil, trapping water and preventing topsoil runoff.

Left unused it simply seeds out and dies.  Because it’s not grazed there is no

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July 4, 2014

Ding Dong

Zapata seems to be inspiring Romance more than ever! This year we’ve had a number of guests renew their vows amongst the cottonwoods of Zapata often on horseback and toasting with a glass of champagne. This weekend we are going all out with a 3 day wedding! Dooma and Kathia chose Zapata after Dooma had visited on a boys weekend last year. Prep has been happening for months now and finally the big day is just around the corner. These guys all

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July 2, 2014

A Sunday Afternoon Adventure

On Sunday we saw a lost, or what we perceived as being lost, Stingray Corvette headed down the road toward the sand behind my house.  It’s rare to see anyone on our roads except our trucks, much less a high performance car.  Duke and I half smiled because we knew it would be back soon due of the loose sand it was headed into, and the low clearance of the car.  I say half smiled; we also were in awe.

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July 1, 2014

Cholla

The cholla cactus just started to bloom last week. At first you just would see one flower here and there, but after a few days, there were blossoms everywhere. They don’t last very long, but the bright, purple flowers are pretty astounding against the blue skies, and offer a contrasting color to the greens and golds of the prairie. 

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