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Drowsy Water Ranch

2/4/2013 8:09:24 AM

Drowsy Water Ranch through their various awards on Trip Advisor has developed a reputation for quality guest ranch vacations. Situated in Granby, Colorado, otherwise known as the “Centennial State” because of its entrance into the Union in 1876, has a rich ranching history. For over 70 years this 700 acre ranch, nestled in its own private mountain valley, has provided guests from around the world with authentic western guest ranch vacations. Under the same ownership since 1977, the Fosha's Drowsy Water Ranch is the ideal vacation spot for parents, grandparents and children alike with many programs for children from infants to teenagers. There are also plenty of activities for adults. Singles and couples are always welcome too! Guest ranch activities at the Drowsy Water Ranch include a complete program of horseback riding, rafting trips, swimming, horseshoes, trout fishing, western dancing, guided hikes, mountain biking, zip line course, song fests, campfires, hayrides, carnival, evening entertainment, gymkhana rodeos, children's programs, nearby golf, hunting and much more!   

Zip line Course Drowsy Water Ranch
Zip line Course Drowsy Water Ranch

Accommodations at Drowsy Water Ranch include one, two, three, and four bedroom furnished cabins, some of which are ideal for larger families and groups. Cabins and Lodge guest rooms have all been remodelled and refurbished. Special note: Guest accommodations do not have televisions or phones. Most meals at Drowsy Water Ranch are served family style in the dining room, but the outdoor meals will be the highlights of your stay. Imagine breakfast on a mountain top, open hearth barbecue, chuck wagon lunches, and much more. Everything at the dude ranch is made from scratch, even the bread and pastries—mmmmm! Be sure to let your hosts know in advance about any special dietary requirements and they will try their best to accommodate your needs.   

Drowsy Water Ranch
Drowsy Water Ranch

 The Fosha’s and their staff invite you come and experience a western guest ranch vacation of a lifetime Come explore the wilderness, ride horses, and getaway at this outdoor retreat.

Happy Trails!, RanchSeeker

Winter Dude Ranch Vacations

11/9/2012 12:10:46 PM

Just because it’s Winter doesn’t mean you can’t go on a dude ranch vacation. Winter dude ranch holidays are some of the best with beautiful snowy vistas and fun Winter activities. Also, there is nothing like spending Christmas and New Years with your loved ones at a cozy, rustic dude ranch. Some ranches are located in hotter climates where Winters are milder than Summers and may be more comfortable for those more heat sensitive. Here are some Winter dude ranch vacation offers that may just be the icing on the fruitcake!

Winter Guest Ranch
 Echo Valley Ranch is just as beautiful in the Winter as it is in the Summer

Stay 7 Pay 6 - Crystal Waters Guest Ranch, British Columbia

Only pay for 6 days when staying for a week at Crystal Waters Guest Ranch until December 31, 2012

December Special -  White Stallion Ranch, Arizona

Enjoy this pre-holiday special that offers fantastic pricing with all the usual dude ranch activities for best room available. There is a four night package at $1248.00 for two and a seven night package for $2080.00 for double occupancy. Tax and 15% service charge will be added. Special single and third person offers also available.

Shed those winter blahs and enjoy some beautiful horseback riding, delicious food and delightful camaraderie.

Offer valid: November 25, 2012 through December 16, 2012.

20% Discount For Stays in December- Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch , Arizona

Stay at the ranch between December 16-23, 2012 and receive a 20% discount on your stay. Offer valid on bookings made after July 30, 2012. Offer valid: July 30, 2012 through December 23, 2012

Thanksgiving at the Rancho- Rancho Los Baños Adventure Guest Ranch, Arizona

$150/night double occupancy, $170/night single occupancy. Four night minimum. Spend Thanksgiving Rancho style, including riding, turkey, fixings, football and nature.

Experience trail and backcountry riding at its finest. On your way through some of the most beautiful country you have ever seen you will be challenged, awed, thrilled and entertained. Ride through ravines, hills, mesas,canyons and sierras in a serene, tranquil and quiet environment, in pristine and secluded wilderness.Offer valid: November 18, 2012 through November 26, 2012 For full details and to book any of Ranchseeker’s Winter specials, visit Ranchseeker.com

RanchSeeker’s Photo Corner Part 3

9/19/2012 9:25:49 AM

RanchSeeker represents many guest ranches and working ranches found in the USA, Canada, and South America. In our last two blog posts we posted some photos that our guest ranches and working ranches picked out to share with you. We asked them to choose one of their favourite photos and tell us why they like it so much and what it represents to them. Here are some more guest rancher’s favourite photo picks and why.  

Colorado Trails Ranch, Durango, Colorado

Fun, adventure and breathtaking scenery at Colorado Trails Ranch, in the San Juan Mountains outside historic Durango, Colorado include horseback riding on scenic trails, fly-fishing, rafting, shooting sports and hiking. Children have the time of their lives making friends and discovering new activities in CTR’s children/teens’ program. Evenings offer a hayride & campfire sing-along, western dancing, cookouts and relaxing under starlit skies. More activities, friendly staff, excellent food, cozy cabins and spectacular location make this a vacation of a lifetime.

Colorado Trails Ranch
Colorado Trails Ranch

  “The photo is one of my favorites because it shows what we are doing to improve the ranch. It is our final new barn which we finished last summer. We do still have to replace the fencing around the barns and corrals, and we are still working on exactly what we want to do. It also signals the fact that now we can move on to beginning to replace our cabins with roomier and even more comfortable cabins. Part of this renovation began last spring with new water and sewer lines, plus we buried the power lines. Now we are in the process of designing new cabins and will begin construction this fall after we close. We plan to replace one or two cabins a year. We are also planning on a new swimming pool and hot tub. To me, it means a great ranch will be even greater with new and refreshed buildings. Our program and activities are still varied and as great as ever.—Jeanne”  

Bar W Guest Ranch, Whitefish, Montana

A great western vacation for all ages is what the Bar W Guest Ranch on Spencer Lake in Whitefish is all about. The Bar W is open year round and ready to treat you with true Western Montana hospitality - from the moment you arrive to long after you have left. Beautiful vistas and rolling ridges adorn the Montana countryside of this cozy dude ranch.  

Bar W Guest Ranch
Bar W Guest Ranch

“This is one of my favorite photos from our Friday night grill-outs. We grill a delicious steak dinner out at our Play Meadow followed by our campfire sing-a-long. Guests and staff alike enjoy roasting marshmallows and singing along to classic campfire songs. Our cowboy singer keeps the crowd entertained into the evening. Guests at the ranch arrive as strangers and leave as friends often times with tears in their eyes and a list of emails to stay in touch.—Heather”  

Coffee Creek Ranch, Trinity Center, California

Picture-postcard views await you in the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area of Northern California, with snow-capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, lush meadows, and sparkling lakes. Our staff makes our guests feel at home. Coffee Creek has every imaginable guest ranch amenity, with the most popular still being horseback riding. Rides are divided by ability levels. Breakfast rides are the most popular, with the all-day rides to a lake the most spectacular! For a unique experience, the all-day ride can be extended into an overnight pack trip returning the next day by lunch time. The wranglers offer a gymkhana, where the adults and children compete for the prized blue ribbon in various events.

Coffee Creek Ranch

Coffee Creek Ranch

“This is one of my favorites. Dolly, like most of our horses was born here and our young guests get to interact with the foals.  Dolly our new born foal.—Ruth”

Happy Trails!

RanchSeeker's Photo Corner Part 2

9/5/2012 12:02:35 PM

RanchSeeker represents many guest ranches and working ranches found in the USA, Canada, and South America. In our last blog post we posted some photos that our guest ranches and working ranches picked out to share with you. We asked them to choose one of their favourite photos and tell us why they like it so much and what it represents to them. Here are some more guest rancher’s favourite photo picks and why.

Southern Cross Guest Ranch, Madison, Georgia

Southern Cross Guest Ranch is a premier year-round guest ranch and horse farm conveniently nestled in Central Georgia's Historic Heartland and within an hour’s drive from Atlanta. Home to over 200 quality Paint and Quarter horses, the ranch is best known for its exceptional hands-on horseback riding program, unguided riding opportunities, and peaceful, comfortable setting. We welcome you to experience our delightful accommodations, exceptional cuisine, and southern hospitality.

“This photo represents that Southern Cross Ranch is at its core a bona fide horse farm and also portrays a relaxing atmosphere.  Note the fisherman on far left, fishing just feet from the grazing horses.  The ranch is home to 200 horses.”- Noel  

Elk Mountain Guest Ranch, Buena Vista, Colorado

Elk Mountain Guest Ranch is unique for its spectacular setting, horseback rides of unmatched beauty and variety, superb menu, and intimate capacity. Horseback through unspoiled wilderness, experience thrilling white water raft trips, vehicle trips to Aspen and overnight camp trip high in the Rockies.

 “This is one of my favourite pictures of our new foal, Clyde, with her mother, Bonnie, watching over her.  I love this photo as new life is always a grand thing.” --Sue  

Zapata Ranch, Mosca, Colorado

The Zapata Ranch is a 103,000 acre authentic working cattle and bison, guest ranch owned by The Nature Conservancy. It borders the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve along most of its eastern border. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains tower alongside the ranch with several 14,000 foot peaks with trail heads leading into them, just minutes from the lodge. It has one of the most scenically spectacular and diverse geological landscapes to be found anywhere in the world.

 “This was taken on a ride through the Great Sand Dunes National park. We think this picture shows the vastness of the beautiful dunes that are so unique to our area and Zapata ranch, something you won't see or experience at any other ranch!”—Kate  

A Tennessee Guest Ranch, Dunlap, Tennessee

Cowboy Up for a great adventure with your very own Guest Ranch Horse at the Tennessee Guest Ranch! Bring cowboy history to life as you learn about the 1800's ranch life in America from the hooves up! Located just a gallop from Chattanooga, Nashville, Knoxville,TN and Atlanta, GA, in the beautiful Sequatchie Valley in Tennessee!

 “The best part of National Horse Camp is having a wonderful horse to call my very own”—Summer  

Geronimo Trails Guest Ranch, Winston, New Mexico

Small family owned ranch with emphasis on horseback riding. Nestled among tall Ponderosa pines and situated in some of the most breathtaking, untouched country in America: Geronimo, Apache country, outlaw hideouts, early Mimbres people dwellings. You’ll find abundant wildlife, great food and a great climate.

 “This photo is our favorite because it is taken riding through one of our favorite canyons. This is Taylor Creek Canyon: 500 foot cliffs with crystal clear, spring fed Taylor Creek running through it creating a lush oasis!”—Meris  

Apache Spirit Ranch, Tombstone, Arizona

Luxury and Western Hospitality Enjoy delicious ranch cooking, guided activities, the elegance of a Southern Arizona guest ranch, and a staff dedicated to make your stay something truly special. If you've always dreamed of experiencing the Wild West, Apache Spirit Ranch is a dream come true!

 “This is one of our newest Photos taken at the Apache Spirit Ranch. We like it a lot because it shows men and women, horse and human, men and nature, cowboys and Native Americans in peace and harmony.”--Julia

RanchSeeker Welcomes Estancia Ranquilco, Argentina

7/6/2012 8:39:12 AM

Argentina encompasses a diverse assortment of natural environments. It is a land where agriculture and cattle raising are very important parts of its culture and economy. Argentina is home to the imposing Andes mountain range, which serves as a boundary between Chile and Argentina. The Patagonian Steppe area is Argentina’s outback. Guest ranches or "Estancias" as they are called in Argentina often fall under the category of Adventure Riding which means those trips usually last 7 days or more and involve exotic and remote locations for off the beaten track. Accommodations can be cabins, wall tents, or rustic camping, and the riding can include multi-day pack trips into wild areas. Connect with the traditional gaucho lifestyle and learn about Argentina’s traditions while enjoying great food, breathtaking scenery and friendly people.

 Estancia Ranquilco, owned and operated by the Carrithers family since 1979, has been run as a cattle ranch since they first bought it but ten years ago they decided to start taking on guests on a small scale. Estancia Ranquilco is special in many ways. The first thing that comes to mind is the location. It is very remote and far off the grid, away from cell phones, internet or T.V. Guests enjoys a great level of relaxation and a chance to truly get away from it all for a time.

Guests at their ranch become a part of their small family and community. They only have 6-12 guests at any given time to ensure that guests receive a very personalized guest ranch experience. Estancia Ranquilco’s 100,000 acre horse and cattle ranch is nestled in the foothills of the Andes. It is a vast expanse of land in Patagonia, stretching across leagues of high steppes, river valleys, grazing meadows, and jagged cliffs, into the very heart of the Argentine cordillera. Ranquilco’s shares a border to the west with Chile – the high country — graced with lakes, waterfalls, condors, hot springs, and weeks of wandering.


At Estancia Ranquilco connect with the traditional gaucho lifestyle – ride the range with one of Estancia Ranquilco’s gauchos as he goes about his work, join a mate circle, and dance to traditional folk music at an asado (BBQ). Open up to the timeless rhythms of nature – enjoy breathtaking views, swim in the river, and hike miles of trails in search of condors .Have an authentic hands-on ranch experience and enjoy a taste of country life– help milk their cow Petunia or bake bread with their chef.  

Step back in time at Estancia Ranquilco and experience the real Patagonia; its landscape, people, and traditions.

Why Not Consider A Family Guest Ranch Vacation This Year?

6/25/2012 10:21:33 AM

Summer is here and it’s time to plan that special family vacation. Why not consider taking the family to a guest ranch this year? Guest ranch vacations are fun for the whole family. Many guest ranches have extensive kids programs so junior will have lots to do and meet many new friends. There are lots of benefits for the whole family when considering a guest ranch vacation.

Getting Back to Nature

Experience the outdoors with your family. Leave the T.V., Cellphones and video games at home. Spend evenings around a campfire singing songs and gazing at the stars and during the day enjoying the great outdoors with your family.

Reconnect with your Family

Nowadays with such hectic school and work schedules it is important to find time to reconnect with our loved ones. A guest ranch is the perfect place to do this you may even learn a new skill together.


Create New Memories

While spending your next vacation together on a guest ranch you will create new memories that will last a lifetime. Don’t forget to take your camera!

Fun Activities

There are lots of fun activities to do on a guest ranch. There is always something for everyone to do. From horseback riding, hiking, archery, swimming, gold panning, river rafting and ATV excursions your family can choose every day what they would like to do together.

Simply Relax

Has it been a busy year? Unwind at a guest ranch. Relax in a hot tub, read a book, take leisurely walks, play games and relax with your family away from your daily routine.


Guest ranch vacations are a great alternative from the usual beach destination vacations. You can be as busy as you like or just simply kick back and enjoy time with your family.

Use RanchSeeker’s Dude Ranch Finder to find your ideal family guest ranch vacation today!

RanchSeeker's Summer Guest Ranch Specials!!

5/25/2012 8:29:15 AM

As promised here are more RanchSeeker guest ranch Summer Specials:  If you missed last week's specials be sure to check them out here: Summer Guest Ranch Specials on RanchSeeker   

Coulter Lake Guest Ranch, Rifle, Colorado

Special Offer: Summer Family Special!

Enjoy 1 free youth package (4 to 14 years old) per family! The package is for the youngest family member and must be of equal duration as paying family member. There must be at least one adult package purchased. Summer packages include all your lodging, meals, horseback riding, and other on-ranch activities! Value up to $1,350 for a 6 night package.

Offer valid: June 1, 2012 through August 20, 2012    


Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch, Winston, New Mexico

Special Offer: Family Reunion Special!

20% Discount for Family Reunions or Groups of 9-15 people! This is a great place for a family reunion! If there are between 9-15 people in your group you will have the ranch to yourselves and our undivided attention!

Offer valid: January 1, 2012 through November 15, 2012

Special Offer: MAY 2012 SPECIALS!

15% Discount! -May 13-18, 2012 -May 21-24, 2012

Offer valid: April 21, 2012 through May 24, 2012

Special Offer: JUNE & JULY SUMMER DISCOUNT!

10% OFF JUNE & JULY RESERVATIONS! Subject to availability, so make your reservations soon!

COME JOIN US FOR A WESTERN ADVENTURE THIS SUMMER!

Offer valid: May 6, 2012 through July 28, 2012


Tod Mountain Ranch, Heffley Creek, British Columbia

Special Offer: May Long Weekend - $745 per person

Arrive Friday after 4pm for Dinner. Enjoy full days of riding on Saturday and Sunday and take one last morning ride on Monday. Relax and enjoy the facilities and activities at the ranch throughout your stay. Depart Monday after lunch.

Offer valid: May 18, 2012 through May 21, 2012

Special Offer: Father's Day Weekend Celebration - $495 per person

Arrive Friday after 4pm for Dinner. Enjoy a variety of trail rides on Saturday and Sunday morning. Take advantage of the facilities and activities at the ranch throughout your stay and enjoy a special Father’s day lunch prepared by our resident Chef on Sunday. Depart Sunday after lunch.

Offer valid: June 15, 2012 through June 17, 2012

Special Offer: Canada Day Weekend - $545 per person

Arrive in time for lunch on Friday and take your first ride on Friday afternoon. Enjoy a full day of riding on Saturday, with one last ride on Sunday morning. Take advantage of the facilities and activities at the ranch throughout your stay. Depart Sunday after lunch.

Offer valid: June 29, 2012 through July 1, 2012

Special Offer: August Long Weekend - $845 per person

Arrive Friday after 4pm for Dinner. Enjoy full days of riding on Saturday and Sunday and take one last morning ride on Monday. Relax and enjoy the facilities and activities at the ranch throughout your stay. Depart Monday after lunch.

Offer valid: August 3, 2012 through August 6, 2012

Special Offer: Labour Day Weekend At the Fall Fair & Rodeo

$845 per person. Arrive Friday after 4pm for Dinner. On Saturday after breakfast we will head to Barriere to the Fall Fair & Rodeo. Spend the morning exploring the various exhibits and shows. Enjoy lunch straight out of the chuck wagon and then take in the Rodeo, Chariot Racing and Chuck wagon Racing. After the Rodeo we will have dinner at a local restaurant before returning to the Ranch. Enjoy a full day of riding on Sunday and take one last morning ride on Monday. Depart Monday after lunch.

Offer valid: August 31, 2012 through September 3, 2012  


Rancho Los Baños Guest Ranch, northeast Sonora, Arizona

Special Offer: Sonoran Desert 7 Night Horseback Riding Adventure

$1,038/guest for 7 nights/8 days, all inclusive, double occupancy, with 4 full days of riding (4-6 hours), in addition to 2-3 days of riding at 3 hours/day. Non full days of riding can be made full days of riding for $30/day/guest. Single occupancy rate is $1,178. With 30,000 acres, backcountry horseback riding at Rancho Los Baños offers world-class riding, full of challenge, thrills, and fun in remote, rugged, vast mountains, hills, canyons and unsurpassed, unspoiled nature.

Offer valid: August 1, 2011 through May 30, 2012

Special Offer: Four and Five Night Adventure Special

Offering 4 and 5 Nights ($115/guest/night based on double occupancy) packages, all inclusive daily rate with all meals, snacks and beverages. Roundtrip transportation from Tucson included. Single occupancy rate is $135.00/guest. Enjoy trail rides, backcountry horseback riding, hiking, trekking, petroglyphs, wildlife spotting, jeep eco tours, Dark Skies, bird watching, kayaking (lake/river), fishing, relaxation, serenity and a pristine, scenic wilderness that is unlike anything else out there.

Offer valid: April 10, 2012 through September 30, 2012

Special Offer: Ladies' Special (Especial de las Señoritas)

Take advantage of our Ladies Special: $130/night, all inclusive Daily Rate, based on double occupancy, minimum four night stay, for two or more Ladies. Enjoy hiking, backcountry horseback riding, trekking, canyoneering, bouldering, mountain biking, boxed canyons, petroglyphs, wildlife spotting, eco tours, jeeping, Dark Skies, bird watching, kayaking (lake/river), fishing, rest and relaxation, tranquility, serenity and a pristine, scenic wilderness that is unlike anything else out there.

Offer valid: August 15, 2011 through May 30, 2012

Special Offer: Six or More Nights Stay Adventure Special

Offering Stays of 6 or more Nights ($99/guest/night based on double occupancy), all inclusive Daily Rate with all meals, snacks and beverages. Roundtrip transportation from Tucson included. Single occupancy rate is $119.00/guest. Enjoy trail rides, backcountry horseback riding, hiking, trekking, petroglyphs, wildlife spotting, jeep eco tours, Dark Skies, bird watching, kayaking (lake/river), fishing, relaxation, serenity and a pristine, scenic wilderness that is unlike anything else out there.

Offer valid: April 10, 2012 through September 30, 2012


Guest ranch vacations are an ideal way to digitally disconnect and reconnect with friends and family. There are always lots of activities to choose from like horseback riding, archery, swimming, hiking, photography, and campfire sing-alongs. Some guest ranches even offer spa services to help you unwind on your guest ranch vacation.

There is no better time to book a guest ranch vacation than now!

Hacienda La Alegría! A Guest Ranch in Ecuador

4/11/2012 10:25:01 AM

RanchSeeker would like to welcome a new guest ranch to our website located in Machachi, Ecuador. Guest ranches in Ecuador attract visitors with its astounding biodiversity, from the Amazon Rainforest to the charming cities of Baños and Cuenca. Staying in one of Ecuador’s many haciendas and ranches will leave any traveler satisfied. Hacienda La Alegría is a family-run organic farm in the heart of Ecuador's "Avenue of the Volcanoes".

The guest ranch has been in the Espinosa family for three generations. For 35 years the Espinosa family worked in the dairy business and then 10 years ago they started summer riding camps for children ages 9-15.  Then they decided to offer guest ranch vacations all year round. They are situated one hour south of the historic colonial city of Quito, the capital of Ecuador.


Hacienda La Alegría is located at the base of the Andes and situated near 11 volcanoes. It is possible on one of the horseback rides to see one of the highest ACTIVE volcanos in the world that measures 14000 feet high and 200 miles around the base. They also offer multi-day trips rides from 1 to 14 days, covering different ecosystems such as the Andean Valley, the high grasslands (paramo), and the cloud forest.


Guest will get the opportunity to experience the local cowboy culture (chagras) at Hacienda La Alegría. All meals are tailored for hungry travellers, riders and hikers, and combine delicious Ecuadorian and international cuisine. Be sure to bring your camera as the scenery is breathtaking. Hacienda La Alegría is dedicated to low-impact tourism.


 For your next guest ranch vacation why not consider visiting Ecuador and the Hacienda La Alegría. *Ecuador is a safe, democratic country and is widely regarded as one of the most hassle-free destinations in South America.

The Sugar & Spice Ranch Is Opening in Wyoming!

3/29/2012 10:28:38 AM

Extra Extra read all about it! Calling all dads, sons, grand moms, grand dads, friends and relative as of August 2012 The Sugar & Spice Guest Ranch will be offering week long packages to the general public at their new location in Wyoming. For mothers and daughters their Texas location will still be offering Mother  & Daughter packages.       


 Your hostess, Leigh E McCourt, grew up on an Arabian horse farm and by the time she reached the ripe old age of 3 years old had already decided that one day she would own a guest ranch in Texas. She decided to combine her intense love of horses and of her daughters into a guest ranch that specializes in mother & daughter bonding experiences. Leigh then decided to once again share her love of horses and the outdoors in a new location this year in Wyoming with groups of 10 people at a time. And like her Texas guest ranch location for moms and daughters guests are assigned their own horse at the beginning of the week and taught how to groom, feed, tack up and ride. Expect to do a lot of riding as most days are spent riding across thousands of acres of wide open spaces.

On some days you can choose from morning or afternoon rides or both with lunch back at the ranch. On other days there are day long rides where guests stop at a picturesque pond for lunch, picnic-style, brought in by the guest ranch’s chef on an ATV.


If you need a break from riding there is always something fun to do like fly-fishing, hiking or canoeing on one of several ponds or the LaBonte creek that runs through The Sugar & Spices Guest Ranch property. In the evening spend time with others in your group sharing tales over candlelit dinners or campfire meals. Reconnect with nature at the Wyoming location and digitally detox from the world you left behind. There isn’t any electricity but there is always hot running water for soothing showers after a long day. At night as your return to your lantern-lit cabins a sense of peace and tranquility will lull you to sleep as you hear the soft bugling of bull elks on the hill.


 The Sugar & Spice Guest Ranch in Wyoming is about getting back to the basics and stepping back into time. It is a place where people come together to share their love of land and country. For your next guest ranch vacation why not consider visiting The Sugar & Spice Guest Ranch listed on RanchSeeker?

Zapata Ranch! A Working Bison Ranch

3/20/2012 10:00:47 AM

RanchSeeker’s latest addition to our website is Zapata Ranch located in San Luis Valley, Colorado. Guest ranches and working ranches in Colorado take advantage of the state’s mountainous, Rocky Mountain landscape, and outback living to attract visitors as well as high desert grasslands, alpine forests, wetlands, sand dunes, creeks and lush meadows. Colorado offers an ecologically diverse environment where elk, bison, deer, coyotes, birds and many other species can be found.


As stated on Zapata Ranch’s RanchSeeker listing the Zapata Ranch is a 103,000 acre authentic working cattle and bison, guest ranch owned by The Nature Conservancy. It borders the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve along most of its eastern border. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains tower alongside the ranch with several 14,000 foot peaks with trail heads leading into them, just minutes from the lodge. It has one of the most scenically spectacular and diverse geological landscapes to be found anywhere in the world. Duke and Janet Philips, who are a third generation ranching family, manage the Zapata Ranch which is owned by The Nature Conservancy. Currently Tess, their daughter manages the ranch and Julie, their other daughter, is the head wrangler. In the summer Grace, their youngest, will be joining them as a wrangler as well. Their son Duke is in ranching operations and Tess’s husband is in charge of marketing.


 The Zapata Ranch offers guests the opportunity to experience real life ranching and explore the outdoors. It is a true working cattle and bison ranch with over 2,000 bison. Guests work alongside real cowboys or they can choose to take a trip to study the bison herds in the wild or explore sand dunes and mountain meadows. There are many activities to be enjoyed at Zapata Ranch. Photography or wildlife viewing safaris are part of the daily events, or they can be customized to meet your special interest. Because of the sheer numbers of bison that graze the Medano meadows this area is sometimes called the Rocky Mountain Serengeti as the herd comes together and blackens the landscape.  Food lovers will enjoy cowboy cookouts and other mouth-watering meals prepared by award-winning chef Mike Rosenburg.


 Zapata Ranch has received many mentions and write- ups in well-known magazines and T.V. programs:

Conde Nast Traveler Magazine: 1 of 3 Best Ranches in America for a Real, Working Ranch Vacation

Western Horseman Magazine: 1 of 15 Best Holidays and Riding Vacations to Book Today

Conde Nast Traveler Magazine: The Best Ranch Lodging and Dining in Colorado    

America’s Heartland TV Show: Featured as an Unforgettable Experience in the World of Agriculture

Colorado Meetings & Events Magazine: Featured in the National Treasures Venue Report

Gourmet Live: 1 of 4 Ranch Vacations for Food Lovers

CBS Denver News: Top 5 Ranches in Colorado

If you are looking for an authentic working ranch experience Zapata Ranch is the ranch vacation experience for you. Check out their ranch listing on RanchSeeker for more details .

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