Pack Animals for backcountry trips are not limited to only horses. Goats, donkeys and llamas are often used for this type of wilderness trekking. Many llama outfits offer overnight lodging, as well as meals, on their beautiful, rural properties.
At one time there were dozens of California llama outfitters, now there are only a few of these types of businesses left, as we display in the list below.
Fort Bragg, CA
Lodging and Llamas
18301 Old Coast Hwy
707-964-7191 2 fully furnished cottages, hot tubs, fireplace, pet friendly
Many people confused llamas with alpacas, but they are indeed two different animals. Llamas are larger, growing to twice the size of alpacas and llamas belong to the camel family. Alpacas are very much herd animals, while llamas are more independent minded. Alpacas also tend to be a bit more skittish than llamas. Differences Between Llamas and Alpacas
As the number of pack animal outfitters within California have decreased, over the past 2 decades – alpaca farms have instead tripled.
Alpacas farms may offer visitor tours, boarding and sales, breeding, but no wilderness treks; Sometimes they sell alpaca fiber (otherwise known as yarn), and they may have alpaca gifts and handmade items for sale.
Alpaca Farms in California
(visits by appointment only, call first to confirm)
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Overnight Guided Horse Trips into the backcountry wilderness
The most scenic spots in the California high country can only be accessed by foot. If your physical body is not up for carrying all the gear (weight) on your back (backpacking) and hiking (trekking) on foot, uphill for (many) miles, then an overnight horse camping trip (horse packing) may be an option to consider.
Get way out there – with guided professionals. Camp the real back country wilderness. No campground crowds, no RVs humming, no easy access! These experienced stock animals are well trained, familiar & dependable on the trails. Specific interests tours and custom destinations can make it worth your wild. Fishing alpine lakes, hot springs, wildflowers, high country camping (in style). Guides usually provide the camping tents, food and meal prep.
Wild Horse Sanctuary
5796 Wilson Hill Road
Shingletown, CA 96088
(overnight treks on horseback to view wild horses)
Wild Horses in Northern California near Lassen Peak, North Sierra Nevada mountains. The mission of the Wild Horse Sanctuary is to protect and preserve America’s wild horses as a living national treasure by providing range sanctuary in an ecologically balanced environment open to the public.