Multi-Day Llama Pack Trips
These eleven 4-5 day trips encompass four wilderness areas and a National Recreational Trail system along with trips on the Colorado Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. Our season runs from July through the middle of September. We provide the llamas, panniers, guides, food and tents. Guests bring only their personal gear, sleeping bags and pads. Our diverse menu has been developed over time with an emphasis on what we call backcountry gourmet. While the llamas carry all gear except for daypacks, hikes require guests to be in relatively good physical condition and some [indicated “strenuous”] are better suited for those used to regular exercise. We also offer custom trips for 4-10 people. These trips are well suited to groups, families and/or friends (please contact us for a quote on custom trips).
Highland Loop National Recreational Trail
Lizard Head Wilderness
Colorado Trail Engineer Mountain
Weather in the San Juan Mountains
The average high temperatures in July and August range from the mid 60s to the mid 70s; at night it gets to the low 40s. In September both the highs and lows drop by about 5 degrees. In July and August afternoon thunderstorms are not uncommon which results in a plethora of wildflowers, green meadows and tundra. It is also a source of sudden temperature/climate shifts. To be prepared layering is highly recommended; please follow the clothing list.
Pack Trip Agreement
Our trips originate in the high mountain town of Silverton, Colorado (elevation 9,316 feet) which is a historic mining town boasting gorgeous Victorian architecture. It’s renowned for its mountainous beauty and vivid alpine landscape, truly a postcard setting. Located in the heart of the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado it’s self-contained with a wide variety lodging options. Whether budget conscious, or looking for something higher end, there are accommodations suited for all tastes. The dining scene is also nicely varied with many choices (www.silvertoncolorado.com).
It is highly recommended that clients come at least a few days ahead of time to acclimate to the altitude. The nearby local airports are either Durango La Plata CO (DRO) or Montrose Telluride, CO (MTJ), and the closest major airports are Albuquerque International, NM (ABQ) or Denver International, CO. (DEN). There are many activities the surrounding areas provide, including but not limited to: exceptional hiking, jeep or ATV rentals to explore the remote high country, Mesa Verde National Park, Narrow Gauge Railroad from Durango to Silverton train ride, mountain bike rentals and alpine slide at Purgatory, and outings to the nearby towns of Ouray (home of the famous natural hot springs!), the plush resort town of Telluride, and the historic town of Durango.
Our headquarters are located in Silverton at 1708 Greene St. There is an orientation meeting the night before the trip at 6 PM where the clients meet their guides, go over the details of the trip; they also receive their panniers (llama bags) which they take back to their hotel to pack up their gear that evening. The next morning at 8:30 the trip departs from the HQ (parking for clients cars available) to the trailhead. The trips return at 2-3 PM on the last day.
What to Bring
Full list of what you will need to bring on your next Redwood llamas trip.
Our menu has evolved from 30 years of llama packing.
Our goal is to provide you with a memorable, safe vacation, free of stress, and to expose you to what we feel are the best mountains in the Rocky Mountain Region.