Medano Zapata Ranch

The Medano Zapata Ranch, a.k.a. MZ, is located at the base of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. This area of the Sangre de Cristo Range is well known for its massive elk herd known as the “Sand Dunes Herd.”

Elk from this herd call the MZ home due to its vast grasslands, abundant water sources and cover provided by the rolling sand dunes. Land owner tags are available to all and do not require any additional cost or preference points. The beauty of this hunt is the type of land owner voucher which allows rifle bull hunts to begin September 1st and run through the end of November. This provides unprecedented opportunities to hunt Colorado elk in the rut with a rifle. Cow hunts are based off of the same voucher system, but are “List C” tags allowing for multiple elk tags within the same year (for more information on this type of tag, refer to the Colorado big game online brochure at ). Rifle cow hunts are available from mid-August through mid-December. Although MZ hunts are rifle-based, opportunities are available to hunt elk with bows, black powder, etc. Hunting the MZ provides extremely good odds of not only taking a bull, but one that scores well into the 300s. This hunt provides on-ranch lodging and features flat land as opposed to the rugged terrain typically associated with Colorado elk hunts.


Hunting Packages
Type of Hunt


Bull Hunts

5 Days

Two-on-one experienced guide

All-inclusive (aside from license, taxidermy and meat processing)



Prime Hunt 9/1 thru 1st Rifle



2nd & 3rd Season

Cow Hunts

3 Days

Two-on-one hunter/guide ratio

All-inclusive (aside from license, taxidermy and meat processing)


* All dates and rates are subject to change.