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Llama Pack Trips

Llama Packing Trips

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

Julian, CA

Wikiup Bed & Breakfast Inn
1645 Whispering Pines Dr.
800-694-5487
Llama Petting Hours: 9am – 5pm daily

Grass Valley, CA

Highland Llama Trekkers
14223 Highland Dr.
530-273-8105
Llama sales & Pack trips

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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.

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Alpaca Farms in California

(visits by appointment only, call first to confirm)

Alba Alpacas
80 Feghali Rd.
Ramona, CA 92065
858-337-4656

A & M Ranch
Madera Ranchos
RV Camp sites
Madera, CA

Alpacas of El Dorado
4535 Boo Bear Lane
Somerset, CA 95684
530-642-8082

Alpacas of Menifee Valley
29685 Calle de Caballos
Menifee, CA 92585
951-878-7009
714-904-9584

Alpacas of Somerset Farm
8226 Stoney Creek Rd
Somerset, CA 95684
530-620-6033
530-744-7474

Arapaho Rose Alpacas
10702 Arapaho Dr.
Redding, CA 96003
530-223-3364

Loomis Alpacas
3600 Holly Hill Lane
Loomis, CA 95650
916-768-0735

RockStar Alpacas
16440 Bonney Road
Royal Oaks, CA 95076
831-212-3695

Sierra Rose Alpacas
15895 Greenhorn Road
Grass Valley, CA 95945
530-272-1218

The Alpaca ​Hacienda
31755 Rancho Vista Road
Temecula, CA
951-440-9021
Tours, boarding & Sales only

 

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Lebec, CA

Private Mountain Retreat
Vacation Home Rental
80 acre ranch resort, near Tejon Ranch


Coastal Camping California

Baja California

destination: outdoors

coastal cliffs camping, island camping, beach camping, overnight, ocean, surf, waves, shoreline, fishing piers, coastal foothills, redwood forests, state parks, state beaches, state recreation areas, national parks, national seashore, backpacking, free camping, hot springs, dirt back roads, off road camping

Big Sur Sunset
Big Sur Sunset – in a sea of clouds

Coastal Camping Redwoods, Beach Camping, State Parks on California Coast

  • tent camping
  • backpacking trailheads
  • walk-in campground
  • hike-in campsite
  • RV camping
  • 4×4 camping
  • hot springs
  • parks & trails
  • picnic & sightseeing

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Pacific Jade Cove
Pacific Jade Cove

see also – Best View Campsites

Active Outdoors California

Experience California, Outside

Above Convict Lake, CA
Above Convict Lake, CA

Go west young man. The left coast, the best coast. California is the state of vacation paradise. Zillions relocate to the golden state to experience the wonderful weather and more life out doors. It is one of the top US destinations in terms of number of people visiting.

Beautiful, fantastic and scenic; there is something for everyone, unique coastline, wild terrain, mountains, deserts. Camp for free, or find a luxury RV resort. We have accommodations listed for every type of traveler.

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Leisure

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Small towns, big cities, freeways, farms, and lots of mountains. Weather is always the biggest draw, attracting millions to the sunshine on the West Coast. Another major factor in the population is diversity. Come for college and never want to leave. Near perfect weather, locally grown food, great wine, alpine lakes, freeways and earthquakes too.

Whether you are out for a week long road trip, living on the road full time or just planning a one day escape from the city, you are bound to find it here in California.

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Sly Creek Reservoir Campground

Drastic desert landscapes, extreme mountain peaks, granite rock walls, raging rivers, volcanic landscapes, and plenty of adventures. Follow the images above and below to discover new spots & explore hidden secrets. We have thousands of pages just on California.

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Big California Winters?

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Sierra Nevada Lakes
Mojave Desert
Anza Borrego
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Wildflowers
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Camping Redwoods
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Mill Creek California
Free Campgrounds Sierra

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Big Sur Coast @ Jade Cove
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Kern River @ Fairview
Blue Lake, Modoc National Forest
Blue Lake, Modoc National Forest
Northeast California
Northeast California is Cattle Country

Soak in a primitive hot springs near Mammoth Mountain, snow ski the slopes @ Lake Tahoe or maybe antique shop in Virginia City, NV

US Hwy 395 runs up the eastern side of California, with the highest Sierra peaks towering on the west side of Owens valley. Fossil Falls, Mount Whitney, Alabama Hills and Death Valley NP, all easily accessible. This main artery, a north-south route from LA to Reno, offers some of the best sightseeing and outdoor recreation in the whole state.

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California Camping

California has abundant lands, parks, rivers & reservoirs for outdoor enjoyment & public access; more so than any other state in the nation. No wonder so many move here!

Camping is a very popular activity among residents and travelers alike. Nomads may see it as a necessary life-style choice and others, fair weather campers, get out only in the summer months. Although camping is available all year long in the golden state, much of the region sees winter snowfall more than half the year.

Northern California tends to be wetter in winter, than Southern California. Mountains above 1000′ elevation usually get winter weather between December-April, with snow often lasting well into mid-summer. Check road conditions, fire restrictions and availability in whichever area you choose to camp. Free camping on dirt backroads means obtaining a campfire permit from local rangers.

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Sly Creek Reservoir Campground

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Blue Lake, Modoc National Forest
Blue Lake, Modoc National Forest
Free Camping North Lassen
Free Camping @ North Lassen
BLM South Yuba River Camp
BLM South Yuba River Camp

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Off Road Camper List

4x4 Camping

The Basics

clothing, first aid kit, maps
sweater/fleece, light jacket, heavy jacket
coveralls, boots, shoes
hats, gloves, socks

Food , Ice Chest, Chair, Sleeping Bag, Tent, Tarps, Tools

The large list below might seem absurd for a typical camping trip, but if you are planning a full week of tent campin’ w/ 4 wheelin’ in the high country, then many items may come in handy. Gear-heads will appreciate the fun times and the break downs. Remember, repairs are just part of the adventure!

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Items specific to off-road travel –

air pressure gauge
allen wrenches
crescent wrench
electrical tape
crimp connectors
grease
pliers
set of open end wrenches/combo wrenches
pocket/utility knife
socket set
screw driver set
pry bar
bailing wire and wire cutters
tie-rod puller/Pitman arm puller
dental pick
telescopic magnet
small lengths of angle iron
tubing/flare wrenches
snap ring pliers
BFH
vise grips
impact driver
JB weld/solder seal
left handed drill & tap/easy out
socket adapter, extension
Locktite
chisel & punch
fresh duct tape
flare tool
bolt cutters
metal shears
disposable gloves
handcleaner
WD40 lubricant
propane canisters & torch
silicone seal / gasket material
brake cleaner
starter fluid
rags
lug wrench
tire plugs
welding sticks
welding goggles

Camp Light

headlamp
spot light
work light
flashlights
batteries
propane lantern
generator
battery pack

Camp Fires in California

Camp Fire

campfire permit
firewood
matches & lighter
newspaper
kindling
shovel
hand saw / chain saw
water
bucket
fire extinguisher

Camp Real California

see also –

4×4 Camping in California
4×4 Clubs in California
4×4 Off-Roading
California Back Roads
Campers CheckList (coming soon)
Vehicle Inspection List (PDF download)