Experience the Magic!
Courtesy of Deanna Nichols
Enchanted Packgoats provides local New Mexicans
and visitors a unique, fun, and educational opportunity to spend time with
one of the most curious, affectionate and amusing creatures on Earth — goats!
If you've never spent time around goats, or had a bad experience with them
but are willing to give them a second chance, we promise you won't regret
Walk with The Boys (our packgoats) along one of Central New Mexico's
beautiful hiking trails, enjoy a snack featuring local
foods, and learn some of the history of your trail and its surroundings.
We will make your tour a unique, memorable, and fun adventure!
What IS a packgoat?
- Courtesy of Perry Burkhart
a packgoat is a type of pack stock that carries the gear and belongings that
people don't want to or aren't able to carry. This is great
news for families with small children, people with disabilities or injuries,
and those who are getting along in years (us included!) who would rather
enjoy our surroundings and the hike than struggle with the weight of a pack
and have to stop before we want to.
Did you know?... Goats have been used as
pack animals for centuries. In more recent times,
these gentle, intelligent animals have become popular all over the world as
outdoor companions for humans, but have only become popular in the U.S. during
the last forty years or so. Packgoats are a wonderful way to hike or walk
without the need to carry a lot of camping or backpacking gear. They are also
used by hunters to pack out game from dense woods or difficult terrain for
which horses, mules, or llamas aren’t practical.
What's a packgoat tour?
Our tours are 1.5 - 3 hour, easy-to-moderate hikes through trails around the Albuquerque
and Santa Fe area. Tours always start with a short instruction in safety
and working with the goats. As you walk and get to know the goats during the
tour, you’ll learn about goat personalities (all individuals, all unique!)
and just how sweet and friendly they can be. You’ll also learn about the flora
and fauna along the trail, and a bit of history of the local area. Throughout
the tour, you’ll actually be supporting New Mexico’s forests and open spaces
by using “no trace left behind” practices. At snacktime , you'll
enjoy delicious, locally grown foods – and best of all, the goats will
carry all the stuff!