Rim light on the dunes of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Helpful Info & Links

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 quite so….wild.


Trash Removal

The ZHA provides trash removal for residents and their guests. A dumpster is located at the front entrance of the subdivision.  Important: The dumpster is for household trash ONLY: no home renovation materials, ashes, furniture, or appliances.  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 in Alamosa. Details here.

Postal Service

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.

Greenbelts and other common property

The ZHA owns and maintains greenbelts and other common property on the subdivision which property owners are encouraged to enjoy. 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. Motorized vehicles (including ATV’s) are not permitted off road except on private land with owner permission as regulated in policy.  Greenbelts are marked on the subdivision map. See link on this website for subdivision maps.


Predators: mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, weasels, and black bear

Ungulates: elk, mule deer, 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 and mice

Others: shrews, raccoons, skunks, rabbits, marmots

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.