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Zapata Ranch, Colorado

Some 2,000 wild bison roam the grounds of this 100,000-acre ranch bordering Colorado's Grand Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Visitors ride alongside the herd on horseback before coming back to the ranch for dinner by chef Mike Rosenberg, who has cooked for the Carnegie family. Some dishes even include bison. From $985 for a minimum of three nights;

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