Colorado llama Trek
Rocky Mountain National Park Outfitter
Hikers with Llamas
Backpacking with Llamas
Llama Trekking
Guided Llama Tour
Colorado Llamas
Rocky Mountain National Park llamas

Family Llama Adventure

Highlights

  • Waterfalls, lakes and mountains
  • Possibilities to see wildlife
  • Incredible day hike into the high country
  • Customizable itinerary for families
  • Bonding with friendly llamas


Description

This llama-supported Rocky Mountain Adventure takes us to a remote lake where we have a layover day to explore the high country. Llamas and guides do the heavy lifting so that you can spend all of your energy on simply enjoying the hikes. This trip is all about forests, mountains, big views and making friends with some very personable llamas. Requiring just 3 days total, and with friendly llama companions and moderate hiking, this trip is - as the name implies - fantastic for families! Our personable, expert guides will make sure your family has the hiking experience of a lifetime with wonderful, customized meals; a flexible itinerary; and just the right amount of adventure to fit what you're looking for!
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Trip Itinerary

Day 1
  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 30 minutes
  • Hiking Distance: 5.3 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1400 feet
The day starts with a scenic drive from Estes Park to our trailhead where we will pack up and complete a llama orientation. In the first two miles we hike past Copeland Falls - a beautiful cascade along North St. Vrain Creek. Our next stop will be Calypso Cascades, which is a beautiful stretch of tumbling water in a thick lodgepole pine forest. From there we’ll hop on the Finch Lake Trail up to our to our camp of the namesake lake. We’ll unload our llama friends and settle in here for our day hike tomorrow. After a delicious meal and a Rocky Mountain sunset, we’ll call it a day in this high-country wonderland.
Day 2
  • Hiking Distance: 7+ miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1600 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 1600 feet
We awake in the Rocky Mountains with nothing to do but go for a good hike. After a great, hot breakfast (with plenty of coffee, tea and/or hot chocoloate), we’ll leave our llama friends to rest for the day while we go explore. The first two miles up the drainage are on established trail to Pear Lake. From there, we head off the beaten path to the Hutcheson Lakes, and as far as Cony Lake if we’re feeling ambitions. All the while getting stunning views of this iconic mountain basin. Returning to camp tired and rewarded by a good meal.
Day 3
  • Hiking Distance: 4.6 miles
  • Elevation Loss: 1400 feet
  • Shuttle to Estes Park: 30 minutes
After a relaxing morning and a hot breakfast, we’ll load up the llamas, put on our light packs, and begin our hike back to the trailhead. We’ll hike a slightly different route back through the pines to the trailhead. Our arrival back at our van marks the end of the hiking trip. We’ll say goodbye to our Ccara pack llamas, maybe take a last selfie with your favorite new friend, and then take the short drive back to Estes Park where hot showers await!



Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary park restrictions, campsite availability, weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Pack llamas to transport the majority of gear and food and a dedicated llama handler
  • One or more professional, knowledgeable, certified Colorado hiking guides (max guest to guide ratio is 6:1, not including the llama handler)
  • Top-of-the-line tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and technical backpack
  • Use of trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • Roundtrip transportation from your hotel in Estes Park, Colorado to the trailhead and back
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and your kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Waterbottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-15% of trip cost)
See the Packing List page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

All of our hiking and backpacking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.


Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Sierra Designs or Mountain Hardware tents
  • Sierra Designs sleeping bags
  • Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
  • Leki trekking poles
  • Mountain Safety Research cooking stoves
  • Mountain Safety Research cookware
  • Bear spray cannisters and food-hanging gear
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter waterbottles per person, either a headlamp or flashlight per person, and a lightweight waterproof stuff sac for your clothes and belongings. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

Where Do We Meet?

You will meet your guide and group in Estes Park, Colorado at the Estes Park Mountain Shop (2050 Big Thompson Ave) at 5:00 PM the evening before your trip begins for an orientation meeting. Your guide will be in contact approximately 2 weeks before your trip to answer any questions you have, provide you with more details about your exact trip, and coordinate the rendezvous.

Check out our Travel Resources page for information on flights, shuttles, discounted lodging and more.

Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional Wyoming hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.


Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, training in llama-handling, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Group Size

Every llama trip has a dedicated llama handler/wilderness guide. The standard ratio of guests to guides/handlers on llama trips is 1 guide/handler for 1-4 guests; 2 guides/handlers for 5-8 guests; and 3 guides/handlers for 9-10 guests. Private trips can have can have up to 12 guests. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.


Weather in the Colorado Rockies

Being a high mountain environment, the Rocky Mountains are prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. This is an exciting aspect of being in Colorado's high country. On trips in June, snow is a slight possibility, and the rest of the summer rain is always a possibility on your trip. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). See below for average summer temperatures:
 
Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
 
 
Month
High / Low
 
June
71°
48°
 
July
79°
55°
 
August
78°
53°
 
September
69°
45°