Rocky Mountain Family Llama Adventure

Estes Park, CO

Trip Highlights

  • Waterfalls & Lakes
  • Comfortable Camping
  • High Country Day Hikes
  • Flexibility for Families
  • Bonding With Llamas
  • Mountain Creeks & Rivers

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!

3 Days
$1735 Per Person
Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Llama Trek
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 6-10 Guests
Trip Length: 3 Days
Distance: 17MI / 27KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2

Our difficulty ratings are based on a scale of 1-5, tours with a rating of 1 being least difficult, tours with a rating of 5 being most difficult

Backpack Weight:
10-15 pounds
Daily Hiking Distances:
4-7 miles
Most Elevation Loss:
1600 feet
Most Elevation Gain:
1600 feet
Quality of Trails:
Well maintained and off trail
Additional:
This trip follows established, well-maintained trails and also has the option (not required) for off-trail hiking with significant elevation gains and losses.

Participants should:

  1. be active and healthy
  2. exercise several times per week
  3. be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles per day in hilly or mountainous terrain

SOLITUDE LEVEL 3

We rate this Colorado llama trek a solitude 3. You can expect to have hours of solitude at a time.

TRAVEL TO ESTES PARK

All Rocky Mountain National Park trips begin and end from Estes Park, Colorado. Estes Park does not have an airport. The most convenient airport is Denver International Airport (DIA), which is served by most major airlines and is an inexpensive airport to fly into. From DIA one can take a shuttle or rent a car to reach Estes Park. It is a 1.5-hour drive from DIA to Estes Park on good roads.

Denver to Estes Park Shuttles

Estes Park Shuttle: 970-586-5151

SuperShuttle: 970-482-0505

This trip is only available as a private tour.

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ITINERARY

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, which more than justifies spending a full day on a good, long, stunningly beautiful 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 an established trail to Pear Lake. From there, we head off the beaten path to Hutcheson Lakes, and as far as Cony Lake if we’re feeling ambitious. All the while we’re soaking up breathtaking views of this iconic mountain basin. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch and eventually return to camp tired and ready to be rewarded by a feast of a meal.

Please Note: this day is inherently flexible and there’s no pressure to hike more than the group would like. This is your trip, and we are here to make it exactly what will be best for your family or group!

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. 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 Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

This trip is specifically designed for families and private groups, so we do not advertise set dates. We can often accommodate last minute requests, so give us a call – 800-715-HIKE (4453) or if you’d like to email us your request please click here.

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Pack llamas to transport the majority of gear and food
  • One or more professional, knowledgeable, certified Colorado hiking guides
  • Top-of-the-line tent, backcountry sleeping pad and multi-day backpack
  • High quality, synthetic sleeping bag (professionally laundered after every use) – or bring your own.
  • 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 (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Waterbottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.

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, Kelty, Big Agnes and Mountain Hardware sleeping bags (or bring your own)
  • 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
  • Emergency communication device(s)

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.

Additionally, some guests choose to bring their own sleeping bag. We supply high quality, synthetic fill bags that are laundered after every trip. Synthetic fill is non-allergenic, insulates when damp and stands up well to repeated washings, but is heavier and bulkier than down. If you’re able to bring your own down sleeping bag, there are multiple benefits. If not, we’ve got you covered!

What Clothes to Bring

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with detailed guidance about what clothes to pack (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and our recommended clothing system. 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.

Trip Logistics

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.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, shuttles, recommended lodging and more.

Start/End Times

Your guide will inform you of the first day’s pick-up time at the orientation meeting. Generally, you can expect it to be between 5 and 8 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day normally before 5 PM (this time is not guaranteed, as a variety of circumstances can influence our exact return time).

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

This trip is only available to groups of 6-10 guests because of regulations with the campgrounds we utilize. 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)

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Month High Low
June 71° 48°
July 79° 55°
August 78° 53°
September 69° 45°

Accommodations

Accommodations

Backcountry Sleeping

TENT CAMPING

Sleeping on llama treks is in premier 1-person, 2-person or 4-person backcountry tents. Solo travelers, and anyone else who requests it, are issued single tents. Top-of-the-line self-inflating sleeping pads and synthetic-fill sleeping bags (professionally laundered after every trip) are also provided.

Backcountry Cuisine

FRESH & DELICIOUS

Meals from breakfast Day 1 through lunch the last day are fully included and prepared by your trekking guide. We never use dehydrated backpacking meals, instead serving freshly prepared, delicious backcountry cuisine made with a variety of common and specialty ingredients that travel well in the wilderness.

Amazing Campsites

IN THE ACTION

Of course campsites vary tremendously by destination, trip and even by the individual day of a trip. However, you can expect to camp in beautiful areas that put you right in the action to make the most of your llama trekking adventure. We carefully design our itineraries with campsites in mind.

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