Swan Mountain Llama Trekking offers a wide spectrum of things to do near Glacier National Park Montana. Whether you only have half a day and are looking for something novel and different or you have all day, we can accommodate you. We offer several types of llama treks that easily fit into any vacation to the area:
- 1/2-Day Llama Trek plus Lunch
- All Day Llama Trek plus Lunch
- Evening 3-hour Wine & Cheese Llama Trek
- 1-hour Intro to Llama Packing Clinic
- Llama Packing/Trekking Clinic
- Custom Daily Llama Trek Adventure
Half Day Llama Trek Plus Lunch
Hikers should arrive at the Swan Mountain Ranch at 10:30 am for their lunch date with a llama. Guests will then follow the guides in their vehicles, taking a 15 minute drive to Upper Bond trail head in the Flathead National Forest. At the trailhead, the guides will load hiking and lunch gear on the llamas, and prepare guests with a safety speech and instruction on how to hike with llamas. Guests can choose to lead or hike with their own llama, or hike without a llama (the guides can lead your llama at any time throughout the hike). The half-day llama trek includes a moderate 2.3 mile (4.6 mile round-trip) hike to beautiful Bond Falls. After arriving at Bond Falls, guides will prepare a creek side lunch including a wide array of deli meats, cheeses, spreads, bread, veggies, fruits and yummy snacks. On hot summer days, some guests take a dip in the refreshing swim-hole at Bond Falls! After enjoying the sights and sounds of Bond Falls and the respite of nature, hikers, llamas, and guides trek back to the trailhead, concluding the trip around 2:00 pm.
All Day Llama Trek Plus Lunch
Guests need to arrive at Swan Mountain Ranch at 8:30 am for their all day guided llama trekking adventure. Once everyone has arrived, we will give a llama orientation and trail safety speech. Guests then follow their guide to the trailhead. We will drive with trailered llamas in tow to the Upper Bond trail in the Flathead National Forest. Upon arrival, we will unload guests and llamas, pack up our lunch provisions and chairs, and head out onto the trail. Guests will trek along this winding trail, crossing bond creek over a charming log bridge. You can’t beat the lush flora and may have a chance to pick some seasonal berries. We take a break to dip our toes in the water and enjoy lunch at the waterfall. Ambitious hikers can make it all the way to bond lake in one day , or you may choose to take it easy and set a relaxed pace. Whichever you choose there is plenty to enjoy along this breathtaking trail.
Don’t forget to stop in and say hi to Joe & Jocelyn at the Swan Trading Post. They serve the famed Huckleberry Ice Cream – a Montana must!
Evening 3 hour Wine & Cheese Llama Trek
Guests have their choice in the summer months of a pre or post dinner wine and cheese llama trek. Those that select the pre-dinner trek, typically arrive at Swan Mountain Ranch at 4:30 pm for their wine and cheese affair with a llama. Post-dinner treks begin at 7:00 pm. We will pack the llamas with our goodies, chairs, tables, etc. and then head out into the Flathead National Forest after a briefing on llama facts and safety. We will dine creekside where we can drink up the beauty of the Swan Valley as the llamas watch us partake in the spoils they were kind enough to pack in for us. Don’t be shocked if we slip in a little chocolate in our basket to “cleanse” the taste buds before we lead our llamas back to the ranch.
1 hour Intro to Llama Packing Clinic
We consistently hear from the guests of our trips that they would like to learn more about our animals and how to pack. As a result, Swan Mountain Llama Trekking has designed a very unique and perhaps one-of-a-kind llama packing & trekking clinic. Unlike most of our trips, where our llama guides essentially pack our llamas and go, this special llama excursion emphasizes training our guests on the ins and outs of llama packing and trekking. We will cover a wide array of topics including: history of llamas; behavior of llamas; training llamas-basics for the purpose of packing; llama packing equipment; llama packing dos and don’ts; planning llama treks; safety and first aid on llama treks; llama catching, trailering, storage and feed, and; resources for the do-it-yourself llama trekker. Guests will arrive at Swan Mountain Ranch at a predetermined time where we will teach you how to saddle and pack the llamas followed by a brief walk around the property. For those of you that are interested in the llamas and not so much the hiking this is a great option for you.
Llama Packing and Trekking Clinic
Swan Mountain Llama Trekking has designed a very unique and perhaps one-of-a-kind llama packing/trekking clinic. Click here to learn more about this unique llama educational experience.
Custom Daily Llama Trek Adventure
Planning a special event, or having a corporate retreat, family reunion, or wedding in Northwest Montana? Why not work with Swan Mountain Llama Trekking to create a custom llama trek or llama based activity. We can host groups at Swan Mountain Ranch for your custom llama trek or can trailer llamas to your facility. We enjoy planning unique events and llama-based adventures, so give us a call and let’s plan a one-of-a-kind llama adventure together! Click here to learn more about Custom Llama Trek Adventures.