2048 San Juan Mountains Llama Trek

Date and Time

Saturday, July 25, 2020 - Monday, August 3, 2020


San Juan Mountains,
Other U.S.,


Registration is required for this activity. Please contact leader(s).


The rugged terrain of the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. These mountains abound with beauty, wildlife, plant life, solitude, and the history of the "wild west." We will start the trip with a night in Durango, then spend two days in historic Silverton, with short hikes to help us acclimatize to the altitude. Our group will comprise up to 10 participants, with two leaders. The main portion of our trip will be a 6-day/5-night, one-way trek mostly on the Colorado Trail, with altitudes generally well above 9,000 feet, camping in shared backpacking tents. Seven llamas will accompany us and carry most of our gear; the humans will carry only day packs. For the trek, breakfasts and dinners will be prepared and eaten at each campsite; there is no access to any facilities. All group members will participate equally in camp chores. During our hikes, we will have many opportunities to stop for scenery, food (lunch and snacks), and relaxation. This trip offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the backcountry camping experience without the burden of a heavy pack! Llamas will accompany us and carry our group equipment and food, and 30 pounds of your personal gear. This gives you the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful area with a much lighter pack. Llamas are a low impact alternative to pack horses, and are easy-going and gentle enough that llama ranchers can send their animals out without professional wranglers. With six days of hiking, this trip will be physical, despite trails which are excellent by Northeastern standards. Although the llamas will be carrying a most of our load, this not appropriate for people with no backcountry camping experience. Because of the altitude and the length of the trek, the trip requires that participants already have experience multi-day backpacking experience.

AMC Trip Policy


Adult: $2,090 member / $2,190 non-member
*The price includes four-nights' accommodations in motels, all meals from first-night dinner through last-day breakfast, all local transportation, & emergency medical and evacuation insurance coverage. Transportation to and from Durango is not included.

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2048 Prospectus

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Hiking 5 Vigorous


Adults (18+)


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Mike has been leading outings (mostly day-hikes, some paddling and backpacking) for the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Sierra Club for 20 years. He has served as the Chair of the AMC Potomac Chapter, 2015-2016. He has led numerous multi-day trips in the northeast and mid-Atlantic U.S. For AMC AT, he has led or co-led trips to Morocco, France, Switzerland, and Italy.


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John is a leader with the Hiking/Backpacking Committee of the AMC Boston Chapter. He is also the former Chapter Ombudsman and a former Chapter Chair. He has been leading Boston Chapter hiking trips (mostly day hikes) since 1992. He has led or co-led 23 previous AMC Adventure Travel Excursions, including 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016 New Zealand trips like this one, four hut-to-hut treks in the Alps, and one in Patagonia.