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Sandhill Crane Photo Workshop

Zapata Ranch

March 7-12, 2021

 

Join Ranchlands photographer Madeline Jorden for a workshop exploring the landscapes and wildlife of Zapata Ranch during the annual Sandhill Crane migration.

 

Sandhill Cranes

The Program

About the Zapata

Photos

Rates

A small group of sandhill cranes stands on the edge of the pond in front of a group of bison.

Sandhill Cranes

One of the oldest species of birds still living, the Sandhill Crane undertakes an epic migration every spring and fall between their wintering grounds in Mexico and the American Southwest and breeding grounds throughout the Rocky Mountains, Canada, Alaska, and even across the sea to Siberia. With an unmistakable call that can be heard from miles away, the Rocky Mountain population of these beautiful birds converges every March in Colorado’s San Luis Valley for several weeks. Enormous groups of cranes, numbering in the tens of thousands, create one of the most remarkable wildlife spectacles in North America.

This special week at the Zapata Ranch includes guided tours from Ranchlands photographer Madeline Jorden to the nearby Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge and exclusive access to the Medano side of our ranch, where you might see cranes mingling and grazing amongst our conservation bison herd. The breathtaking sight of these two species together brings to mind a pre-human era when both of these animals would have roamed North America together.

The Program

Each day is spent photographing at different locations around the San Luis Valley, including at Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge, the Great Sand Dunes National Park, and your guide Madeline’s favorite locations on the Medano-Zapata. In addition to witnessing the stunning vision of the crane migration, you will also have the opportunity to photograph our resident bison herd, mountain landscapes, and other wildlife.

About the Zapata

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.

Learn More About the Zapata
One of the guest rooms at Zapata Ranch.
A close up photo of two sandhill cranes in flight.

Rates

$2600 per person includes all lodging, meals, activities, and taxes.

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