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Discover Nature with Ted Floyd

Reserve Your Spot

Presented by Swarovski Optik

Zapata Ranch

May 22 – 25, 2022

For the first time, Swarovski Optik and Ranchlands are teaming up to offer special opportunities to explore the varied terrain, wildlife, and ecology of Zapata Ranch. Led by Ted Floyd, Editor of American Birding Magazine and expert naturalist, these events promise to be educational and fun. 

a woman with her camera walks in a meadow at dusk

The Program

Explore wildlife habitats including high plains prairie, pinon juniper woodland, cottonwood groves, riparian zones, grasslands and wetlands across the ranch. Observe the ranch’s conservation herd of bison alongside elk, coyotes, antelope, porcupines, swift fox, prairie dog towns, deer, birds of prey and more. Enjoy the opportunity to access over 100,000 acres of a Nature Conservancy protected ranch, learn about the Ranchlands mission, and experience nature more brilliantly than ever with binoculars and scopes provided by Swarovski Optik.

Book Your Stay

About the Ranch

Set back in a shady cotton woodgrove beneath the majestic 14,000-foot peaks of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains lies the historic Zapata Ranch headquarters and lodge, which was established in the late 1800’s. Elk, mule deer, migratory birds, eagles, and black bear also call this area home.

The rooms are beautifully furnished and have an elegant southwestern decor that gives them the feel of home. All rooms have individual tiled bathrooms and views that are private, peaceful, and beautiful in any season.

Rates

$1850 per person includes all instruction, meals, and accommodations. Tax and gratuity not included.

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Spring Photo Tour

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March 6 – 11, 2022

Sandhill Crane Weekend Tour

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March 11 – 13, 2022

Sandhill Crane Weekend Tour

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March 18 – 20, 2022

The Power of Pilates with Natalie Sutto, RN, NCPT

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24 April – 1 May, 2022

Yoga and Horseback Retreat with Tammy Pate

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May 1 – 8, 2022

Discover Nature with Ted Floyd (Presented by Swarovski Optik)

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May 22 – 25, 2022

Restorative Retreat

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May 25 – 29, 2022

Branding Week

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June 19 – 26, 2022

Writing Workshop with Pam Houston

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July 10 – 17, 2022

Natural Fabric Dyeing with Designer & Textile Artist Edie Ure

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July 24 – 31, 2022

Somatic Riding With Cassandra Ogier and Silver Bramham

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31 July – 7 August, 2022

Food as a Doorway to Memory: A Writing Workshop with Molly Wizenberg

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August 14 – 21, 2022

Foundations of Horsemanship with Cam Schryver

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28 August – 4 September, 2022

a man in a black hat rides a horse who is jumping over a log on the ground

Intermediate Horsemanship with Cam Schryver

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September 4 – 11, 2022

A woman works on the anatomical study of a horse.

Advanced Painting Horses with Jill Soukup

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September 11 – 16, 2022

Harvest Weekend

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September 16 – 18, 2022

The Strenuous Life Retreat with Ed Roberson

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September 18 – 23, 2022

Harvest Weekend

Zapata Ranch

September 23 – 25, 2022

Discover Nature with Ted Floyd (Presented by Swarovski Optik)

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October 7 – 9, 2022

Writing Workshop with Pam Houston

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October 9 – 16, 2022

More Upcoming Events

Spring Photo Tour

Zapata Ranch

March 6 – 11, 2022

Sandhill Crane Weekend Tour

Zapata Ranch

March 11 – 13, 2022

Sandhill Crane Weekend Tour

Zapata Ranch

March 18 – 20, 2022

The Power of Pilates with Natalie Sutto, RN, NCPT

Zapata Ranch

24 April – 1 May, 2022

Yoga and Horseback Retreat with Tammy Pate

Zapata Ranch

May 1 – 8, 2022

Discover Nature with Ted Floyd (Presented by Swarovski Optik)

Zapata Ranch

May 22 – 25, 2022

Restorative Retreat

Zapata Ranch

May 25 – 29, 2022

Branding Week

Zapata Ranch

June 19 – 26, 2022

Writing Workshop with Pam Houston

Zapata Ranch

July 10 – 17, 2022

Natural Fabric Dyeing with Designer & Textile Artist Edie Ure

Zapata Ranch

July 24 – 31, 2022

Somatic Riding With Cassandra Ogier and Silver Bramham

Zapata Ranch

31 July – 7 August, 2022

Food as a Doorway to Memory: A Writing Workshop with Molly Wizenberg

Zapata Ranch

August 14 – 21, 2022

Foundations of Horsemanship with Cam Schryver

Zapata Ranch

28 August – 4 September, 2022

a man in a black hat rides a horse who is jumping over a log on the ground

Intermediate Horsemanship with Cam Schryver

Zapata Ranch

September 4 – 11, 2022

A woman works on the anatomical study of a horse.

Advanced Painting Horses with Jill Soukup

Zapata Ranch

September 11 – 16, 2022

Harvest Weekend

Zapata Ranch

September 16 – 18, 2022

The Strenuous Life Retreat with Ed Roberson

Zapata Ranch

September 18 – 23, 2022

Harvest Weekend

Zapata Ranch

September 23 – 25, 2022

Discover Nature with Ted Floyd (Presented by Swarovski Optik)

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October 7 – 9, 2022

Writing Workshop with Pam Houston

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October 9 – 16, 2022