Zapata is a small, gated mountain community in southern Colorado’s San Luis Valley, with about 950 homesites freckling the western slope of Blanca Massif.

Most lots range from .8 acres to 1.5 acres, and enjoy a combination of sun and shade from plentiful pinon, evergreen, aspen and cottonwood trees. Residents enjoy the use of two stocked lakes, a large, year-round stream and numerous hiking and recreation opportunities.

Zapata looks out over the expansive valley to the San Juan mountains on its far western edge, and residents enjoy colorful sunsets and some of the most striking views in the area. The dramatic, ever-changing dunes of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve are visible from many lots and common areas, and enchanting Zapata Falls is just down the road to the south. Across the street from the gated Zapata entrance is the historic Zapata Ranch, owned by the Nature Conservancy and operated by Ranchlands.

Zapata has an active homeowner’s association that governs its development.