About Richard C. Collins
Richard Collins is a writer, rancher, horseman, and conservationist who has owned and operated farms and ranches on the borderlands since 1983. Earlier, he worked in the public health arena on the farms and villages of Central America and southern Mexico during the civil war decades of the 1970-80s. While there, he witnessed the environments of violence, poverty, and disease that are the root causes of much of today’s turmoil on the borderland.
From 1992 to 2013 he operated the 13,000 acre C6 Ranch in the Canelo Hills of Arizona twenty-five miles from the border, where he often bumped into the immigrants and drug mules, as well as the wreckage and refuse they left behind. Today, he writes from the Sonoita AZ crossroads where he lives with Diane, his partner of fifty three years. His son and daughter-in-law, Richard West and Jackie Collins and grandson, Liam, live just down the road.
He splits his vacation time fishing in Baja California and Montana, and helps teach workshops and courses on conservation ranching and land ethics at the University of Arizona and elsewhere. Educated at Arizona State University (BS, Animal Science; MS and PhD in Biology at the University of Arizona), he competed on the schools rodeo teams, winning regional titles in the roping and steer wrestling events. His writing has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Science and Spirit, and SN Review magazines, a local history series for the Sonoita Bulletin, and essays twice selected by the Environmental Writing Institute at the University of Montana.
“I wrote Riding Behind the Padre out of admiration for the horseback reenactments of Sonora’s Por Los Camino de Kino group, but also to inform the public, especially Arizonans, about the forces behind today’s turmoil and political misinformation on the borderlands.”
Richard C. Collins on Cranberry Jane
Richard C. Collins, Diane Collins, Grandson
Richard C. Collins