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Bison Tours

Take a tour and learn more about our Zapata Ranch bison herd. A knowledgeable staff member will guide you through the 50,000 acre portion of the ranch known as the Medano, with the aim of getting you up close to our herd of 2,000 North American plains bison.

a bison stands in a pasture

Bison Tours at the Zapata

The tour is designed to provide you with opportunities to view and photograph the bison, but, more uniquely, it is also designed to educate you about the ways in which we manage this “conservation herd.”

A quintessential stop on the tour is the bison barn–our bison handling facility–an impressive series of alleys, pens, and catwalks culminating in a hydraulic squeeze chute. We run our entire herd of bison through this specially-designed facility every fall.

The tour will also provide some history of the Medano Ranch, including a stop at the Old Medano Headquarters, a set of ranch buildings that date back to the 1870’s and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places

Bison tours are available on Thursdays and Saturdays. Tours depart the Zapata Ranch Lodge at 9am. Advance reservations are required. Please contact us at 719.257.3043 or stay@ranchlands.com to book.

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