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The Medano-Zapata Ranch is owned by The Nature Conservancy and managed by Ranchlands in a partnership model that emphasizes environmental conservation practices. Located on the eastern edge of the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado, the ranch borders the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, the newest national park in the United States. Home to a conservation herd of bison that run in a single 50,000 acre pasture, the ranch also runs a herd of Angus mother cows.

Additionally, the ranch has a 17-bedroom Lodge that welcomes guests from around the world who are interested in exploring the ranch’s scenic and ecologically diverse meadows, wetlands, sand dunes, and cottonwood groves and learning about ranching’s role in preserving and protecting these natural landscapes.

Getting to Zapata Ranch (5305 CO-150, Mosca, CO 81146) : Many guests fly into Denver (~4 hours north), Colorado Springs (~3 hours north), or Albuquerque (~4 hours south) and rent a car and drive to us. Some guests are able to get a connecting flight into Alamosa Airport (~40 minutes away). Alamosa is the only airport we offer shuttle services to for $50 each way.

Property Name: Zapata Ranch

Street Address: 5305 STATE HIGHWAY 150

City : MOSCA - Colorado

Postal Code : 81146

Contact Name: Alden Freed

Phone: 719 257 3043


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Check-in/Check-out Policies

This property has the following check-in and check-out times and policies:

Check-In: 2:00 PM

Check-Out: 10:00 AM

Property and Cancelation Policies :
If a confirmed booking is canceled more than 30 days in advance of the arrival date, 50% of the deposit is refundable and 45% is retained as a credit, redeemable for a future stay at any Ranchlands property within two years from scheduled arrival date. The remaining 5% is retained as an administrative fee.
If a confirmed booking is canceled within 30 days of arrival date, 100% of the deposit is forfeited and is non-refundable nor creditable for a future stay.
If a new government-mandated travel ban that directly affects your itinerary is put into place between the time of booking and time of stay, your full deposit will remain on file as a credit for two years, 
less a 5% administrative fee.
Travel insurance is recommended in order to protect yourself from unforeseen circumstances that may interfere with your stay.

Terms and Conditions

  • All tips are optional but greatly appreciated and will be pooled to be shared across our team.
  • Horseback riding and activities are not available for Ranch Vacation stays the day of check-in, check-out, or on Sundays.
  • Please feel free to bring your own alcohol. The nearest liquor store is 30 minutes away so we encourage you to make a stop prior to arriving at the ranch. 
  • A member of our staff makes a trip to town twice a week. Should you need something during your stay, we will be happy to retrieve it for you on this bi-weekly trip.
  • Check in is from 2pm - 5pm, check out is at 10am. Do let us know if you will be arriving after 5pm as we will arrange for you to check in with our dining staff.
  • We cannot accommodate pets.
  • Ranch Vacation guests may bring and board their horses at the ranch for $25/night with advanced notice. We provide an outdoor stall with dirt floor and water. We require proof of Coggins/health certificate, guests supply their own feed, must trailer their horse to the day's riding locations, and must be accompanied by staff member on all rides.
  • Access to the corrals or other areas on the ranch is limited to guests on a guided tour.
  • Children of Ranch Vacation guests must be at least eight years of age to partake in rides on the ranch. We offer pony rides to Ranch Vacation guests at the corrals for children under the age of eight. All minors (under the age of 18) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for all activities.
  • We cannot accommodate riders heavier than 230 lbs.

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