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anchlands Stay, including Ranchlands Camps and Ranchlands Experiences, began in 2000 on the Chico Basin Ranch, and today is available on three of six ranches that we manage across 295,000 acres in three states. Guests on our ranches have the opportunity to experience a number of activities ranging from small intimate homestays and upscale tent camps to simple and tasteful lodge settings. Ranchlands Stays offer opportunities to visit each ranch to learn about nature, ranching and the role it plays in protecting the ecosystem and wildlife that it sustains.

We are excited to offer you this rare chance to experience modern day working American Ranches.

Ranchlands Camps are based out of extraordinary tent camps that place you in the heart of each ranch. Experiences are singular to each location and focus on a special theme or features unique to that property, taking you into the core of ranch life. Our tent camps, complete with hot showers, beds, cook and specially prepared meals, travel to Ranchlands properties to provide you with an experience that explores ranching, one America’s oldest living traditions. 

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Ranchlands Experiences invite you to live and work on one of our ranches and join the ranch crew in daily work. It is a chance to join in gathering a pasture, moving a herd, branding, checking fences, welding in the shop or helping in the leather room. It is a rare opportunity to go beyond being merely an observer of real life ranching and to join in and be part of it.


Ranchlands Stays are currently available on the following ranches:


CHICO BASIN RANCH - Colorado - 90,000 acres

Chico vacations are rewarding because the intimate atmosphere allows guests to fully immerse themselves in ranch life. Guests head out at sun up to work on horseback gathering a pasture or moving a herd and in the afternoons, ride out for more horseback work, depending on livestock needs, or go out to check water, repair fence, work in the shops – every day is different. With only a handful of guests at a time – usually pairs and rarely more than six—guests are able to learn by becoming actively involved in the day’s work. And because the work that we do is essential to our operation, guests feel a strong sense of contribution at the end of their stay and become part of our community. Lodging is simple but comfortable in May Camp, a historic adobe building. Guests prepare their own breakfast and sack lunch to eat while out working, and join ranch crew in their homes for supper.

Adults: $1995/6 nights;  $350/3-5 nights
Children: $1596/6 nights; $280/3-5 nights



ZAPATA RANCH - Colorado - 103,000 acres

Zapata Ranch offers extensive programs based around horseback riding and nature programs, and also the opportunity to experience life on a working cattle and bison ranch while enjoying high-end amenities and gourmet food. Guests who desire a working ranch experience are welcome alongside our wranglers and ranch staff on various ranch projects. Or for those seeking to just experience the ranch and surroundings, horseback rides through the herd of 2,000 wild bison or the neighboring Great Sand Dunes National Park are favorites. The staff at Zapata specializes in creating tailored itineraries for each guest to ensure that each person has an exceptional stay.

Adults: $2765 / 7 nights;  $2670 / 6 nights; $2400 / 5 nights; $2000 / 4 nights; $1530 / 3 nights; $375 / night for 7+ nights

Children (6-8): $2212 / 7 nights; $2136 / 6 nights; $1920 / 5 nights; $1600 / 4 nights; $1224 / 3 nights


Special Events 2018 & 2019

Cam Schryver Horsemanship Clinic

September 16 - 23, 2018 Zapata Ranch, Colorado
*Sold Out


Join us for our annual weeklong natural horsemanship experience with 27-year director of the Thacher Riding School, Cameron Schryver. Cam is invited to clinics around the country on horsemanship and is a two-time World Champion Extreme Cowboy. By applying working ranch horsemanship and riding by feel, you will leave the week feeling a deeper connection to the horse and will better understand how to communicate with them, developing a better handle. Days are spent with one-on-one horsemanship instruction, educational demonstrations, rides throughout the surrounding meadows and sand dunes as well as opportunities to work cattle and ride through the conservation bison herd. This week typically sells out very fast with return participants, so please book early.

Cost: $3,150 pp includes all meals, activities, instruction and lodging.

Sorting + Weaning Cattle Works with Cam Schryver

September 23 - 29, 2018 Chico Basin Ranch, Colorado
*3 Spots Left


By Fall each year, our calves are branded and grown and it’s time for them to be weaned. Become a part of the ranch crew through this busy time of gathering, sorting and working cattle in the corrals. Use your horse to help sort cattle or maybe help run gates and sorting pens. This is an intimate opportunity to take part in a fundamental element of the ranch operation, with plenty of riding and corral work. Be prepared for early mornings, sometimes beginning in the dark, and long fulfilling days. When there’s a chance, relax by or go fishing in one of the ranches 5 springfed lakes. Prepare your own breakfast and lunch with food supplied and then enjoy dinner with the ranch crew. Bunk style lodging and bath.

Cost: $2600 pp includes all meals, activities, instruction and lodging.

Fall Colors Photo Workshop

September 30 - October 7, 2018 Zapata Ranch, Colorado
*Sold Out


Enjoy the breathtaking colors and wildlife of fall at Zapata Ranch with a unique photo workshop led by nature photographer Stephen Weaver. Experience the ranch like never before against the snow-capped Sangre de Cristo Mountains while scouting for wildlife among the gold and auburn’s of the Aspen and Cottonwood trees. Head out for early morning shoots, and return to the lodge for midday editing, critique sessions and technical advice plus afternoon and sunset shoots. The ranch is home to bison, elk, antelope and many bird species that you’ll find among the autumn colors.

Cost: $2,950 pp includes all meals, activities, instruction and lodging.

September Highlights:
The fall colors begin to turn and days begin to shorten. Cattle works at Chico Basin Ranch.

Painting Horses with Jill Soukup

October 7 - 12, 2018 Zapata Ranch, Colorado
*Sold Out


Join renowned artist Jill Soukup for the sixth year of her painting workshop focusing on drawing and painting horses. Long time friend of Ranchlands, Jill, among other accolades, was the Featured Artist at Coors Western Art Sale and Best of Show for Cowgirl Up!, Caballeros Western Museum 2017. Discussions and exercises will cover the importance of understanding equine anatomy, what makes a good drawing, composition and color. Activities will include photo opportunities of horses running, a bison tour, sketching and studying corralled horses, demonstrations and critiques. Space is limited to 12.
Intermediate to advanced skill level is suggested.

Cost: $2,600 pp includes all meals, instruction and lodging.


October Highlights:
Fall colors are in full swing and vibrancy. Fall cattle works at Chico Basin and Zapata Ranches.


Horsemanship + Working Ranch Experience

May 5 - 10, 2019 Ranchlands Camp at Chico Basin Ranch, Colorado

A natural horsemanship experience with Ranchlands friend and renowned horseman, Cameron Schryver. Cam is two-time World Champion Extreme Cowboy and all those that have had the pleasure of riding with him know that his teaching methods are clear, practical and above all, fun. By applying working ranch horsemanship and riding by feel, you will leave the week feeling a deeper connection to the horse and will better understand how to communicate, developing a better handle. Days are spent with one-on-one horsemanship instruction, educational demonstrations, moving and working cattle on the ranch in accordance to the grazing plan. Spend the evenings in camp around the fire or dinner table on the prairie discussing the day’s experiences.

Cost: $2,995 pp includes all meals, instruction, and private furnished tent.

Branding & Roping Camp

May 12 - 17, 2019 Ranchlands Camp at Chico Basin Ranch, Colorado

Chico Basin Ranch is home to Ranchlands’ largest herd of cattle. This is a busy time of year for the ranch crew: branding, processing and gathering cattle on a daily basis. Join the crew each day and become part of the working team: be part of the weekly plan, saddle your own horse, enjoy the long trot out at dark to see the sunrise over the prairie on your way to gather cattle. You’ll be given responsibilities to gather, check fence and water throughout the week, be part of the branding crew that will hold the herd, assist with vaccinations, and ear notching. You’ll work closely with your team to ensure one of the biggest events on the ranch calendar goes smoothly and get to experience what ranching looked like 100 years ago. Intermediate to experienced riding level required. At the end of the day, relax in camp with dinner on the prairie, practice roping or head down to the lake for a swim.

Cost: $2,995 pp includes all meals, activities, and private furnished tent.



Photography Workshop with Stephen Alvarez 

May 19 - 24, 2019 Ranchlands Camp at Chico Basin Ranch, Colorado

Stephen Alvarez is an award winning National Geographic photographer, lm maker and explorer who produces global stories about exploration, adventure, culture and archeology. He has published over a dozen feature stories in National Geographic Magazine.

This spring 2019, Stephen will lead an immersive photography workshop at Chico Basin Ranch. Spend a week exploring photography, wildlife and the subtle landscape of the high prairie. e workshop will be a deep dive into ways of seeing the lifecycle of an 87,000 acre working ranch. Discover and hone your vision through tailored assignments, group and individual image reviews all while basking in the tranquility and hospitality of Chico Basin Ranch. 

Cost: $2,995 pp includes all meals, activities, and private furnished tent.



Advanced Painting Horses with Jill Soukup

May 26 - 31, 2019 Ranchlands Camp, Chico Basin Ranch , Colorado

Renonwed artist Jill Soukup will be hosting her first ever workshop in the new Ranchlands Camp. The workshop will be focusing on drawing and painting horses. Long time friend of Ranchlands, Jill was the Featured Artist at Coors Western Art Sale and won Best of Show for Cowgirl Up!, Caballeros Western Museum 2017. Discussions and exercises will cover the importance of understanding equine anatomy, what makes a good drawing, composition and color. You'll have great photo opportunities of horses running, the chance to go riding, sessions to study the anatomy of corralled horses, and enjoy intimate demonstrations and critiques. Space is limited. Accommodation will be in the new Ranchlands Camp situated on the prairie with Pikes Peak as a backdrop. The camp is fully hosted with camp cook and attentive staff. Enjoy gourmet meals in the open air dining room, down time around the fire or taking hikes out of camp to the lake.

Intermediate to advanced skill level is required.

Cost: $2,995 pp includes all meals, instruction and lodging.


May Highlights: Bison calves are born and the wild rises bloom across Zapata Ranch. Sand Creek flows through Zapata Ranch with runoff from the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. New foals are born at Chico Basin Ranch. Cattle branding begins.


Private Working Ranch Week - Custom Stay, Group Buyout

June 2 - 7, 9 - 14, and 16 - 21, 2019 Ranchlands Camp at Chico Basin Ranch, Colorado

Help us run the ranch for a week, from the comfort of our Camp. Ride out early each morning with the ranch team into the ranch to check and move cattle, and then return to headquarters to work in the leather shop, in the shop or in a truck to x fence and check grass growth. is is your opportunity to learn the ranch from the inside out, and experience the way it was done 100 years ago.

This week is a great opportunity for a buyout. Bring your closest friends and family and we will work with you to customize this week.

Cost: $2,995 pp includes all meals, activities, and private furnished tent.




June Highlights:
Medano Creek flows through the Great Sand Dunes National Park, (Zapata Ranch), and Prickly Pear Cactus bloom across Chico Basin Ranch. Branding continues.




CONTACT US 719.428.5006 info@ranchlands.com