As the days lengthen, drawing winter closer to spring, we begin readying ourselves for calving season, which officially starts for us April 1st and goes into June. In a normal year, eighty percent of the calves come in the first fifty days.
“Horses are one of the most perfectly created animals in nature. They seem so proportionally perfect. I’ve always felt that the way the move, the way they’re built, there’s something so aesthetically pleasing about them.”
The fire flickered, reaching up to a brilliant indigo sky. Billowing charcoal clouds lazily settled against the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. I sat on the porch of a homey log cabin, with a hearty bowl of homemade bison chili gratefully held in my hands. It was a welcomed comfort after traveling 1,500 miles across our beautiful country. Next to me were 3 young women from all corners of the United States, who had just made a similar journey and were here also hired on as wranglers. We observed in delight our hosts cracking bull-whips, shooting bows and arrows, and setting BB gun targets with equal parts skill and joy. Heeler pups played, and stories were exchanged as we wrapped ourselves in the beauty of the night. There was an air of excitement & engagement that first night, an energy that would not dissipate. We had arrived at our home for the next six months, Zapata Ranch.
Ranchlands Camp chef Colby Richards has been whipping up some spectacular meals over the open fire grill down at camp. His Mexican dinner has quickly become one of our favorites. Below, he shares with us his simple but delicious take on elote grilled corn.
Snow capped mountain peaks and woolly bison. Capture fall at Zapata Ranch during a workshop with photographer Stephen Weaver.
Some of our favorite beef and bison recipes to gather around the table with.
Meet the young women who are calling the Zapata home for the 2017 season.
“We’ve got an hour before the sun sets, should we ride out and find some bison?” And so kicked off […]
Every spring and fall, Sandhill Cranes stop over on the Medano-Zapata Ranch during their annual migration.
“Hi! Just a little message of a traveler amazed…”