Photo of the Upper Lake by Tony Oswald
The Zapata Homeowners Association strives to keep our community connected and our amenities functioning so that living on the edge of a wilderness doesn't always feel so....wild.
The ZHA provides trash removal for residents and their guests. A dumpster is located at the front entrance of the subdivision. We ask that you recycle as much as possible (Alamosa has a recycling center) and that no hazardous materials be placed in the dumpster. The dumpster is bear proof – but only effective if the doors are slid shut and secured with the cotter pin. We remind residents to never store trash outdoors or in a vehicle on your property as it will attract bears and other animals.
Recycling is available in Alamosa at the Rickey Recycling Center 1130 Old Airport Road. Find more details here.
Mailboxes are located at the entrance of the subdivision. Residents must go to the Mosca post office to set up a mailbox and receive a key.
UPS/Fed Ex Drop Off
UPS and Fed Ex deliver to the ZHA, either to the door or to a common drop site.
Fishing is allowed at the upper and lower lakes for property owners and their guests only. Each spring (funds permitting) the lakes are stocked with trout. However, the property owner or his guest must carry a ZHA issued fishing permit when fishing in one of the lakes. Fishing permits are sent in the quarterly newsletter. More detailed fishing regulations are described in a policy.
Greenbelts and other common property
The ZHA owns and maintains greenbelts and other common property on the subdivision. Property owners are encouraged to enjoy the greenbelts. To help preserve the greenbelts there are a few guidelines of usage as detailed in the ZHA policies. Please familiarize yourself with these policies and the location of the greenbelts. Some, but not all, are marked with posts. Greenbelts are marked on the subdivision map. Contact the Welcome Committee for your copy of the subdivision map.
THE WILDER SIDE
Predators: mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, weasels, and black bear Ungulates: elk, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, big horn sheep
Squirrels: Abert (with tufted ears), rock (with spotted back), and red squirrels Rodents: golden mantled ground squirrels, chipmunks, pack rats, voles, kangaroo rats Others: shrews, raccoons, skunks, rabbits
Birds abound in the area, especially in spring, summer, and fall.
Raptors: redtail hawks, great horned owls, northern goshawk, Cooper’s hawk, sharp shinned hawk, northern harrier, and saw whet owl
Songbirds: western tanagers, hermit thrushes, chickadees, bushtits, Steller’s jays, Piñon jays, Clark’s Nutcrackers, woodpeckers, sapsuckers, flickers, 3-4 types of hummingbirds, flycatchers, grosbeaks, towhees, sparrows, swallows, and swifts.
More complete lists can be obtained from the Great Sand Dunes National Park, the Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge, or the Forest Service.