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Bison and Cattle Working Ranch in Colorado

Bison and Cattle Working Ranch in Colorado
Colorado USA

This 103,000 acre authentic Buffalo ('bison') and Cattle ranch  borders the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve along its Eastern border. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains tower alongside the ranch with several 14,000 foot peaks with trail heads leading into them, just minutes from the lodge. It has one of the most scenically spectacular and diverse geological landscapes to be found anywhere in the world. It is a wildlife mecca with thousands of elk, hundreds of bison, and countless deer, coyotes, birds and many other animal species.
Real life ranching and exploring the great outdoors is at the core of the programs that are offered. Duke and Janet Phillips have hosted guests from all over the world for over eight years, developing special programs that bring visitors into the middle of ranch life by working side by side with the cowboys and cowgirls on the ranch; these activities are not staged - they occur whether guests are on the ranch or not. If groups have varied interests or do not want to spend all their time with the cowboys, they can take one of our trips into the wild to study the bison herds, or explore the sand dunes and mountain meadows. The ranch is owned by The Nature Conservancy.

Note: Unfortunately we no longer have a domestic bison herd (wild herd only) -- we do not have any opportunities to move bison though our guests are welcome to ride (from a safe distance) amongst our wild herd. We also do invite guests to participate in any ongoing cattle work we may have during their stay.

Guest Ranch
Working Ranch

Meeting: Mosca
Airport: Alamosa / Colorado Springs
Transfer: Alamosa
Riders: Min 1 riders
Max 15 riders
(per riding group)

Max Capacity 15

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    Bison and Cattle Working Ranch in Colorado
    Tour Code: WRCO01
    8 days / 7 nights ~$2,765.00
    Dates : March-October, custom dates possible with 3+ nights

    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
    Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
    D Strong Intermediate
    Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
    All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
    Lodging: Standard
    Lodging Level Explained
    = Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
    Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
    Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
     Accommodations with superior comforts.
     = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
    Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
    Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
    Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
     = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
    Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
    Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
    Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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    Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
    A 2019 03/01 - 10/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP - AP Zapata R... 1 /15 Reserve
    B 2019 03/01 - 10/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP - Ranch Week... 1 /15 Reserve
    C 2019 03/01 - 10/31 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP - Ranch Week,... 1 /15 Reserve
    D 2019 03/01 - 10/31 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP - Ranch Week,... 1 /15 Reserve
    E 2019 03/01 - 10/31 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP - Ranch Week... 1 /15 Reserve
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    Tack: Western
    Horses: Quarter, Paint
    Pace: All paces, riding from 4 to 10 hours a...
    Walk, Trot, Canter,
    Airport: Alamosa / Colorado Springs
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