Putman Basin Trip

Colorado Trail Engineer Mountain


July 12-15, 2022


$1650 - SOLD OUT/person



elevation gain & Loss

800ft (req.)
1,000ft (optional)

Total mileage

10 (req.)
8 (optional)


Engineer Mountain, Cascade Creek, Multiple day hike options (trails/loops), Cascade Creek, Telluride Mountain Range



This is a joint effort between Redwood Llamas and the Telluride Academy. This is a base camp trip for 11-13 year olds and is an adventure they won’t forget.

Meet some curious creatures and learn about their habits and personalities during this backing and camping adventure. The llamas will do the heavy lifting, carrying our food, tents, and kitchen gear; we’ll load our backpacks with our clothes and a sleeping bag for this trek into the spectacular San Juan Mountains. We’ll return at the end of the week with new friends, new stories and a new appreciation for a truly unique animal.

First day of hiking is a 5 mile hike into our camp in Putman Basin (elevation gain 800 feet) nestled in a beautiful basin.

The next day is a 4 mile day hike up to Bear Mountain Ridge to have lunch and enjoy the magnificent views (elevation gain and loss 700 feet).

The third day is llama Olympics with events and games everyone will enjoy.
The last day is the hike back to the starting point (elevation loss 800 feet).

Detailed: CO Trail Segment 25

To book this trip visit: www.tellurideacademy.org.


Colorado Trail Engineer Mountain

Near the town of Silverton, the trek includes 13 miles of the Colorado Trail. This fossil rich area has geological formations of beds of gray shale, sandstone, and limestone layers then into a formation of light-colored granite at Cascade Creek Basin near the formidable Grizzly Peak. With its gradual ascent, this area is known for its lush, knee-high fields of wildflowers including Colorado columbine, bluebells, Indian paintbrush, and larkspur along with many others and much of the hiking along this segment is above tree line. The portion of the trail that passes by Engineer Mountain is a gently rolling trail with wonderful views of this majestic mountain.


Trip Highlight Video



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.