About Wildland Llamas

What We Offer
backpacking tour company

Formerly known as Jackson Hole Llamas, Wildland Llamas offers unforgettable llama treks in stunning mountain destinations! Our trips are in the Greater Yellowstone region and include the Teton Mountains west of Teton National Park and the entirety of Yellowstone National Park. We also promote Wildland Trekking's trips in the Wind River Range and Jackson Hole area, which are operated directly by Wildland Trekking.

Llama treks are exceptional ways to experience the mountains! Llamas are amazing backcountry companions - not only do they carry the bulk of the supplies, they are also low impact travelers, are generally friendly, often bond with guests, and require light feed. Great for families and adults alike, llama treks provide a more comfortable hiking experience than backpacking (with an added bonus of an enriching animal companion component!)

Yellowstone National Park offers a wonderland of geysers, thermals, hot springs, vast meadows, rich wildlife, alpine mountains, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and an enthralling sense of wildness. The Tetons (in the Jedediah Smith Wilderness west of Teton National Park) offer towering mountains with amazing wildflowers, stunning alpine views, wilderness camping, and abundant wildlife. Our partner company, Wildland Trekking, also operates trips in the Wind River Range and Jackson Hole area.

Our Team
hiking tour company

The quality of your guides, llama handlers and llamas are the top factors in creating an unforgettable llama trip! We contract with Wildland Trekking, an award-winning hiking company that operates all over the U.S. and the world, to provide great customer service and expert guides as trip leaders. Wildland Trekking has earned #1 spots on Trip Advisor pages for five different national parks. They have more than 35 years of owner experience in adventure travel and have been featured in the New York Times, Backpacker, Sunset, Mens Health, and on the Discovery Channel. They are the best at what they do!

As for llamas and llama handlers, Wilderness Ridge Trail Llamas, America's largest and top pack-llama breader and packer, provides llamas and handlers for our trips. Owned by a fifth generation outfitter, Beau Baty, Wilderness Ridge boasts a level of experience, passion and expertise unmatched in the United States. Combining expertise in llama breading and training with wilderness skills and a love of the mountains of Wyoming, there is no better llama outfitter than Wilderness Ridge to host your adventure!

Meet the Owners
Beau Baty
hiking tour company

Beau is a fifth generation Wyoming outfitter and owner of Wilderness Ridge Trail Llamas, the llama supplier for our treks. Beau is a passionate and dedicated family man, spiritual man, outdoorsman, and llama breeder/wrangler. Wilderness Ridge Trail Llamas is the largest breeder of pack llamas in the United States, and possibly in the world. Growing up with horses, Beau is continually astonished at the packing prowess of llamas. His wife, Kirstin, is a partner in Wilderness Ridge and an active part of Wildland Llamas.

Brad Ball
hiking tour company

Brad is part owner of Wildland Trekking, which provides trip leaders on our treks. He has well over a quarter century of professional experience in wilderness and adventure travel. As a long time senior instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), the executive director of Sylvan Rocks Climbing School and Guide Service, and as a state, federal, and consulting forester, Brad has spent the entirety of his career in the outdoors. He is passionate about providing meaningful travel experiences that leave people with a sense of wonder with the natural world. Brad is also a strong voice for conservation, as it is a lifestyle and a mission for him. He is married and raising two young outdoor adventurers in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Scott Cundy
hiking tour company

Scott is part owner of Wildland Trekking, which provides trip leaders on our treks. He grew up hiking and backpacking with his family in New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming. He's sure backcountry hiking is severely contagious and doesn't have any known cure, because once afflicted with it the constant desire to "get out" has plagued him his whole life. He has a degree in English and has worked in the adventure travel profession most of his career. He's ventured professionally to 13 countries throughout North America, Europe, the South Pacific, and Central America. For five years Scott also enjoyed facilitating leadership development seminars and workshops with two training companies, Odyssey Performance Enhancement Network and Klemmer and Associates.

Steve Cundy
hiking tour company

Steve is part owner of Wildland Trekking, which provides trip leaders on our treks. Steve worked as a natural resources specialist for federal and state governments before discovering his passion for leading people into wild places. After this revelation, he spent his working life as a wilderness counselor for at-risk youth in Utah and as an outdoor educator and hiking guide, before co-founding the Wildland Trekking Company. Steve is a personable and attentive owner and guide who is dedicated to seeing that his guests get as much out of their wilderness hiking experience as possible. Also an avid rock climber, he can usually be found scaling the cliffs of his usual haunts when not in the office or the field.

Why Llamas?
Pack animals
Strong and gentle, quiet and agile, llamas are the perfect trail companions. They are smart and easy to train often picking up a task after several repetitions. A well-trained conditioned llama can carry up to one third its body weight, though we usually tend to pack our llamas somewhat lighter. Llamas are members of the camel family and are one of the oldest domesticated animals. Originating high in the Andes Mountains, llamas have been used as pack animals for thousands of years.

Easy on the environment
Llamas are the perfect low-impact, high altitude pack animal. Their soft padded, two-toed feet and natural agility make them sure footed and easy on the terrain. They have no more impact on the trail than a fully loaded backpacker. They will eat a variety of vegetation enjoying a sampling of leaves, grasses and plants. Their efficient digestive system yields droppings that look similar to elk scat. At home we compost the llama doo and add it to our gardens.

Interacting with llamas
Llamas calm, gentle nature and beautiful faces make them great friends for kids and great hiking companions as they walk at an easy comfortable pace. They always seem to capture our hearts with their unique and amusing personalities. They are alert, curious, and seem to enjoy being in the mountains as we do. Their keen senses of smell, hearing, and sight will often alert us to an animal in the distance.