Earth Llama Adventures offers custom designed llama treks and gourmet
lunch day hikes for all ages and fitness
levels. We lead fun and educational excursions in the seldom visited
wilderness areas of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Rio Grande Gorge,
near Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Join us for a single day escape,
or a multi-day wilderness adventure. Our friendly, knowledgeable guides
and "llovable" llamas will help you create the wilderness
experience of a lifetime.
the trail, our gentle and sure-footed llamas will carry your gear, leaving
your body, mind, and spirit unburdened to enjoy the beauty and wonder
of Northern New Mexico's Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The pace on our
treks is non-competitive, with the emphasis on enjoying yourself in
the backcountry. We specialize in seeking out trails that are less traveled,
offering our guests a true wilderness experience.
an inspiring hike through some of America's remaining ancient forests,
we will set up a base camp in the heart of the wilderness. From there,
we set out on day hikes to discover crystal-clear lakes and climb mountain
peaks. There will also be plenty of time to relax around camp and feel
the peace that being in the wilderness can bring.
staff of experienced naturalist guides will add to the enjoyment of
your wilderness adventure with their extensive knowledge of native plants
and their uses, local wildlife, natural/regional history, forest ecology,
and wilderness skills. Our guides are professionally trained and certified,
and take every precaution to ensure a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable
time for all. We feel very much at home in the mountains and desert
of New Mexico, and hope that you will too.
Gourmet" meals are served on all of our trips. Our llamas pack
in a full backcountry kitchen; including plenty of fresh ingredients
to prepare an exciting blend of traditional and innovative cuisine.
Our menu features a variety of Italian, Asian, Middle Eastern, and regional
favorites. Our head guide doubles as a chef in the off-season, creating
new signature dishes for our trekking adventures. Please inform us of
any dietary restrictions or preferences, and we will do our best to
Carson National Forest is lush with Englemann spruce, Douglas fir, Ponderosa
pine, and aspen. The majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains are home to
healthy populations of mule deer, elk, and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep.
Flocks of grouse and wild turkey often make themselves visible to us.
Magnificent birds of prey such as golden and bald eagles, great-horned
owls, and red-tail hawks are often seen soaring above us in the clear
New Mexico sky.
to the desert environments of the Southwest, a true alpine tundra exists
here above treeline. The tundra vegetation consists of many short stemmed
plants that create a carpet of small, very colorful flowers. Indian
Paintbrush, Mountain Blue Bells, and Colorado Columbine are just some
of the wildflowers that can be seen throughout the southern Rocky Mountain
Wild Earth Llama Adventures operates
under permits issued by the Carson and Santa Fe National Forests, and
the Taos and Albuquerque Field Offices of the BLM. Each wilderness adventure
is custom designed, both prior to the trek and in the field, to meet
the participants' needs and fitness levels. Based on our evaluation
of the group's fitness level and interests, we will work with you to
choose the most appropriate location for your llama trekking wilderness
us for an opportunity to hike the summit of Wheeler Peak (13,161'),
the highest point in New Mexico. Several other peaks above 12,000' tower
over the Taos Valley. Adajacent to world famous Taos Ski Valley, the
Wheeler Peak Wilderness contains several alpine lakes, expansive open
park country, and colorful wildflower meadows.
this area limited due to heavy recreational use)
Wilderness Study Area
of Taos Ski Valley, the Columbine/Hondo Wilderness is a wild mountain
basin boasting one of the healthiest mountain watersheds in the region.
The trail system is diverse enough to offer a spectacular hiking experience
for any fitness level. Gold Hill and Lobo Peak dominate the ridgeline
at over 12,000'.
South of the Colorado border, this seldom visited wilderness offer spectacular
scenery and solitude to soothe your soul. Several pristine alpine lakes
are nestled in lush basins above 11,000'. Four of the tallest peaks
in New Mexico provide endless panoramic views of northern New Mexico
and southern Colorado. We recently assisted the NM Game and Fish Dept.
in the release of a viable herd of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep into
this hidden jewel of the the Southern Rockies.
The Valle Vidal
in 1982 by Pennzoil to the People of the United States for its outstanding
wildlife and scenic values, this 100,000-acre paradise sits between
Ted Turner's Vermejo Park Ranch and Philmont Scout Reservation, in the
heart of the Sangre de Cristos. It’s lush forests and fragile
alpine meadows are home to a component of the largest herd of elk in
the state. Often called the "Yellowstone of New Mexico", this
national treasure was protected from "fracking" in 2005.
Rio Grande del Norte National Monument
of northern New Mexico's best kept secrets, the Rio Grande Gorge is
an 800' deep volcanic rift, in the middle of the southern end of the
San Luis Valley. Actually a cross section of one of the largest lava
flows in the world, caused by an eruptive period 2 to 4 million years
ago, and then carved out over the last 600,000 years by the mighty Rio
area is a unique blend of desert and mountain ecologies, with freshwater
springs that cascade into the wild river at the bottom of the canyon.
There are also several Ancient Puebloan/Anasazi culture petroglyph sites
to take us back in time to the early inhabitants of the region.