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November 8, 2016

October Ranch Roundup

As we move into fall, the guest season winds down at Zapata, while we begin our annual weaning at the Chico.

Sandhill Cranes fill the skies of the San Luis Valley every spring prior to dispersing to their northern nesting grounds.
October 26, 2016

Cranes

Yesterday morning we rode from headquarters in the dark to get a jump start on the cattle. We hit the back of the pasture right at 7 o’clock when the sun was rising. In the distance I could hear an unfamiliar sound at the nearby reservoir. As I went about moving cattle, a flock of Sandhill Cranes took flight from the water and continued on their migration.

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Kate Matheson.
September 8, 2016

The Art of Roping

Duke talks about the art of roping–the subtle techniques, such as positioning your horse with precision and keeping the herd of cattle calm, that go beyond basic skillfulness with a rope.

7.11.16 Maddie Chico cowboys
August 2, 2016

July Ranch Roundup

Early mornings and our final branding of the year in the dog days of summer.

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June 20, 2016

May Ranch Roundup

Every spring, hundreds of local students visit Chico Basin Ranch. Their visits are a unique opportunity to share stories about ranching and our role in conserving the high prairie ecosystem.