We pride our self on providing the best possible experience and service for everyone. Please review our individual policies and contact us if you have any questions. We’re here for you.
An orientation class is required prior to an initial lease and should be scheduled well in advance of the actual lease dates. This session lasts approximately four hours for the average person(s) with backcountry experience and addresses the entire process of packing and caring for llamas in the backcountry.
We focus on your individual situation and address any special needs you may have, in addition to the foundational instruction common to every instruction. A maximum of four persons per instruction is advisable. Larger instructions can be arranged, but will require additional instructors and will take longer. Children are welcome as long as they are capable of participating in the instruction and focused on learning.
- Includes veterinary maintenance for animals boarded entire year.
- All boarded animals must have micro-chip implant.
- All animals will be boarded with Buckhorn pack stock.
- We pasture our animals on foothill pasture that insures conditioning and fitness, but has restrictions for full-time monitoring. Persons boarding animals recognize the advantages and drawbacks of these conditions and accept liability for their animals.
Drop Camps & Custom Services
We offer custom packing and support services for those persons needing assistance outside the scope of our leasing and guiding services. These include drop camps for those who don’t want to maintain or care for animals in the backcountry, transportation to and from trailheads, backcountry freighting, route consultation, and trail maintenance and construction. We are not limited to this list and are happy to customize a service to meet your needs if feasible.
Requirements for Llama Transportation
Rent a Trailer
Buckhorn has a variety of stock trailers lease clients may rent. For towing a trailer, a truck or SUV with at least ½ ton rating is recommended for our trailers. Higher weight ratings are recommended for large capacity trailers. Our trailer hitches require a 2-inch ball and a 7-pin electrical plug in.
Use your own Trailer
We require tandem axle trailers with functioning brake, clearance, and signal lights. For towing a trailer carrying llamas, a truck or SUV with at least ½ ton rating is recommended for common stock trailers. Higher weight ratings are recommended for large capacity trailers. All client provided transportation and associated vehicles should be approved by BLCI at the orientation session.
Rent a Stock Rack
We have slide in stock racks for rent. The racks are sized for full sized standard bed trucks. The bed needs to be covered with a carpet or mat to provide a non-slip surface for the llamas to jump on or off.
Bring your own Rack
Racks must be a minimum of 48” high measured from the bed of the truck. The rack needs to be constructed of welded metal or dimension lumber and secured to the truck bed. These racks need to pass inspection prior to lease assignment.
Loading the Llama
Trained llamas are able to jump onto the bed of a truck without the assistance of ramps. (The bed needs to be covered with a carpet or mat to provide a non-slip surface for the llamas to jump onto or off of. Steel truck beds are quite slippery, making llamas unwilling to jump onto them. Suspension systems raising the bed height of 30” may require loading from a bank.) A truck and rack is the most versatile transportation for trips that include rough, narrow, or steep backcountry roads.
Llamas are easy to transport and readily adapt to a variety of existing options. They can be hauled in a stock rack mounted in the back of a truck or in a stock trailer. They prefer to lay down when traveling, minimizing movement and lowering their center of gravity, increasing the ease of travel. The choice of conveyance is determined by a combination of factors including the number of llamas to be transported, distance and time required for transport, road conditions/weather, and transport options available.
Payments, Reservations & Refunds
Payment and Reservation Policy:
Reservations are typically needed to assure availability of llamas. We recommend reserving animals as early as possible, particularly for high demand periods such as July/August recreational packing and all the fall hunting seasons.
We require 50% of the projected lease amount with reservation. Balance of lease and transportation charges due on assignment of animals and signing of contract.
Lessee is responsible for the well-being and safe return of leased llamas as stated on the lease contract. The client must also sign a release of liability form as well as the lease contract.
No refunds for early returns.
No refunds for altered schedule or weather conditions.
8857 Llama Ranch Road
Loveland, CO 80538