Llama Adventures in Capitol Reef

Experience the Capitol Reef backcountry from a unique point of view alongside your very own pack llama. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced adventurer, Capitol Reef Resort now offers llama excursions for everyone at every level. Choose options ranging from a light day hike and picnic up to multi-night expeditions. Each trek will offer support from seasoned pack llamas to carry the gear and food as you traverse some of Utah’s most beautiful landscapes.  Enhance your stay at Capitol Reef Resort and arrange your llama excursion today!

llamas and a hiker traveling through the mountains

*Llama Excursions are available from March – October.

Llama Day Hikes


The Capitol Reef area offers many hiking options for families, serious backpackers, hikers, and those who enjoy exploring and relaxing in remote areas. Your llama companions carry the gear and food as you hike carrying only a light day pack. Our guests get private access to the western escarpment of the Water Pocket Fold of Capitol Reef National Park. This exclusive access means you’ll have the entire place to yourself. Very few people get the opportunity to explore the headwaters of Sulphur Creek, Red Bluff Canyon, or the Amphitheater below Cooks Mesa and Meeks Mesa. Come join us for a hiking experience unlike any other in North America! Let our guides and llamas help you make a memory you will never forget.

  • 1 Hour | $45 per Person – Easy 1-2 Mile Red Bluff Hike
  • 2 Hour | $60 per Person – Moderate 2-3 Mile Overlook Hike
  • 4 Hour/Half Day | $130 per Person – Moderate 4-6 mile Amphitheatre Hike
  • Full Day –  Sulfur Creek | $180-$470 per Person – Moderate 6-12 Mile Hike
  • Full Day – Deer Lake | $220-$525 per Person – Moderate 8-15 Mile Hike
Book a Full Day Hike

Overnight Llama Hikes


Experience one of Utah’s breathtaking sunsets over the mountains of Capitol Reef National Park with a gourmet cooked meal shared over a cozy campfire on an overnight guided llama hike. Our guides will tailor your llama adventure based on your timeframe, level of ability and interest.

Your guide can give you a one-on-one landscape interpretation of the unique geology, flora, fauna, and archeology in the area, as well as, answer any questions about your llama companions. Our llamas can carry your day hiking gear, water, food and all of our camping gear for the night. Come hike with llamas into Red Bluff Canyon, over to the Sulphur Creek Overlook or deep into the Amphitheater below Cooks and Meeks Mesa.

  • Deer Lake to Criss Lake | 1 Night/2 Day $830 per Person
  • Cooks Mesa | 1 Night / 2 Day $760 per Person
Book an Overnight Hike

“This was an unreal Experience!”                      “Thanks again for the Amazing Adventure!”

llama adventures

Multi-Day Llama Hikes

This trip is for a traveler that is looking for real adventure .The Great Western Trail is a 3,000 – mile backcountry route from Canada to Mexico. These routes have been used by indigenous people, pioneers, early settlers and travelers alike. Come explore the rich history on one of the most remote stretches of The Great Western Trail while carrying only a light day pack.  Each night we camp next to spring fed mountain lakes full of jumping trout and abundant wild flowers and grassy meadows. We will climb peaks that are just 15 feet shy of 11,000 feet, pass by two waterfalls and have great chances of wildlife sightings. This trip is not for the faint of heart, if you want to challenge yourself, enjoy some of the best backcountry cuisine around then give us the opportunity to make this an adventure you will never forget.

The Great Western Trail Multi-Day Hike Options

  • 3 day – 17+ miles of moderate to difficult trails. $1120 per Person
  • 4 day – 20+ miles of moderate to difficult trails. $1370 per Person
  • 5 day – 25+ miles of moderate to difficult trails. $1610 per Person
  • 6 day – 30+ miles of moderate to difficult trails. $1890 per Person
Book a Multi-Day Hike


“My husband and I took our two 6 year old sons for a short hike with Rusty and the llamas out of Capitol Reef Resort. We wanted to let you know how our trip went. Rusty (and the llamas) could not have been more perfect. We followed an interesting and beautiful little route, but the highlight of the trip (aside from the llamas, of course) was Rusty. He was friendly, observant, knowledgeable and obviously really enjoys what he’s doing. This was the single most “touristy” activity of a 2 week trip. Despite the fact that I knew my kids would love the llamas, I was a bit hesitant to sign on for a “guided hike.” We are so glad we did! Rusty was excellent with us, and we saw him out front of the hotel each evening with the llamas, meeting guests and generating interest in the excursions. We are small business owners, and we’d definitely want to recognize an employee or partner who displays this level of motivation, care and enthusiasm each day. We can only hope that our own clients have an experience this positive – and memorable.”

– Amy M.

“This was an unreal experience! Dennis and Rusty went above and beyond to deliver everything we expected and then SO much more. The lunch was great and healthy and our doggy traveling companions really made it perfect. Thank you a million times over.”

Mike B.

“Thanks again for an amazing adventure!

We truly had the time of our lives and Dennis and Rusty were awesome hosts. We especially enjoyed having the dogs (Skydog & Dew) with us too – it made us feel like we were really ‘trekking’ legit style. The ability to hike out in that area was particularly unique. Not another person, building, or road in site was true perfection.

The snow made it all even better – our own Machu Picchu afternoon – lol.”

– Erin M.

Capitol Reef Resort

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