Zapata Ranch, Mosca
. On the borders of the Great Sand Dunes National Park, this is a real ranch stay. A working cattle and bison ranch owned by the prolific Nature Conservancy, there are a hundred thousand acres here for you to find the wrangler within. Staying in stylish wooden cabins, there is a strong family feel here with communal meals so that people catch up on their day - a horse trek into the dunes, a herding session, pregnancy tests they did on the cows or indeed a calfing that they witnessed. If you are here in November you can get involved in the annual herding of their wild conservation bison for tagging and vaccination, and indeed for sale. Itís all hands on deck at Zapata, and you donít feel as if any of it is for show.
It is the real thing and, located in some of Coloradoís most unique scenery, it is a once in a lifetime experience. If not life-changing. Because, once you have been here, and learned from all the wonderful people who run it, you are ĎZapídí, and you will keep wanting to come back.