Want some four-legged company while you take in the beauty of our great state? Go hiking with llamas!
Honestly, we're a little upset that we didn't think of this sooner. It's brilliant! Not only do the llamas provide some four-legged company but they do all of the heavy-lifting so you can still enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer without dealing with the added weight of your gear dragging you down.
We've found five hike adventures across Colorado, including two around Denver, that will let you go hiking with llamas. So saddle up, partner—it's llama time!
Courtesy of Llama Llama Ding Dong Hikes (Facebook)
"Experience the great joy of hiking with llamas in the best of the Colorado Rockies!" Llama Llama Ding Dong Hikes offers two hiking packages:
Lunch with Llamas
Enjoy lunch in the Colorado Rockies with a guide and some llama friends! Available year-round, the three- to four-mile hike will take approximately six hours to complete, including the picnic lunch break. This trip is considered an easy to moderate hike, so if you decide to bring the little ones, plan accordingly. Click here for more details on the trip.
Llama Trekking Hikes
More suited for experienced hikers, you can go on an overnight trip or multi-day adventure! It's totally up to you. The guides and llamas will lead you at a leisurely pace and allow for plenty of breaks, giving you the chance to enjoy the beautiful views. For more information, click here.
Courtesy of Llamas Colorado (Facebook)
On this backcountry hike, you're in control. It'll just be you and your llama companions, no guides. Don't worry, though, because the team at Llamas Colorado will make sure you know how to work with the animals so you have a great experience! For more information, including the release form, click here.
Courtesy of Kirk's Mountain Adventures
Go on an overnight trip or a simple day trip through Rocky Mountain National Park! Plus, not only does Kirk's Mountain Adventures provide llama-guide treks, but they have several other adventure options, like snowshoeing trips, regular guided day hikes, backpacking trips, overnight horseback trips, and even flyfishing adventures! If you're interested in more information on prices and packages, or want to book a trip, click here.
Courtesy of Paragon Guides (Facebook)
With Paragon Guides, you can "take a llama to lunch!" The three lunch options they offer are:
Arrowhead Llama Lunch
Based out of the Arrowhead Ski Area, this lunch option is only available from July 1 to early-October. This half-day hike is for beginner to moderate hikers.
Backcountry Llama Lunch
Wilderness-based lunch on a local hiking trail. A full-day hike -- available from mid-June to late-October -- this is geared toward the more experienced hiker.
Wine and Cheese with Llamas
Similar to the Arrowhead Llama Lunch, this is for adults 21 and up.
Courtesy of Redwood Llamas (Facebook)
Explore the San Juan Mountains with your family and friends on this customizable hike. If needed, a trained guide can be provided but, typically, the hike is self-guided with llamas available for lease. Classes on how to handle the animals are required and must be completed before departure. For the lease agreement as well as the release form, click here.
Would you ever consider going on a hike with llamas? Have you gone on a llama-guided trip in the past? Share your experience with us in the comments below! We'll see you out on the trail, Colorado!