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GOAT HIKES ALONG THE GOLD MINERS' TRAIL

Boulder, United StatesPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

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Animal experience hosted by Valerie

2.5 hours
Includes equipment
Up to 4 people
Hosted in English, Spanish

What you'll do

Big “Hello” from the “Girls” and I on Arkansas Mountain. We begin our adventure at the ol’ Stage Stop cabin, our home. It’s a passion of mine to unfold the feeling of the times of 1859 from the journals and letters of these miners. This is not a unique story but one shared by frontier people worldwide.

Next you’ll meet Polly, Mimi, Polka and Coco, your hiking companions. They are gentle girls, intuitively aware of our younger hikers. They trek with us as we retrace the trail of the '59ers. You'll see old mine portals, the Cloud City school house, Cornish stone walls built to shore up hillsides, mine portals and root cellars, blacksmith forge, and more. I'll point out blow holes where miners tested for gold and the triple pine tree trunks growing over old mining tunnels. The land reveals many secrets of our past when you know its contours.

Along the way there will be time for photos and a trail stops for breathing and storytelling. Our hike ends at the STAGE STOP, where we began. The STAGE STOP was named for the blacksmith services offered to the mining community right here on our property, the Ol' Crane Ranch.

A review, "The hike with Valerie and her goats was the highlight of our trip. We went to Boulder, then their location and her stories offered everything to experience the real beauty and history of Colorado."

We have an EV QUICK CHARGE STATION.
Other things to note
HIGH ALTITUDE SICKNESS could be a problem: drink water. Know the symptoms. DEHYDRATION, DIZZY, NAUSEA, HEADACHE, etc.

Coffee and alcohol are dehydrating.

Check out PHARMICA for CHLOR OXYGEN.
Big “Hello” from the “Girls” and I on Arkansas Mountain. We begin our adventure at the ol’ Stage Stop cabin, our home. It’s a passion of mine to unfold the feeling of the times of 1859 from the journals and letters of these miners. This is not a unique story but one shared by frontier people worldwide.

Next you’ll meet Polly, Mimi, Polka and Coco, your hiking companions. They are gentle girls, intuitively aware of our younger hik…

Valerie's commitment to safety

This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines—including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practicing good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.
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What's included

  • Equipment
    GOATS,
    NON-COMMERCIAL Water bottles (FILLED W/ MNT. WELL WATER), <br...
From $50
/ person
Sun, Nov 29
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Join 3 other guests
$50 per person
$50 per person
Tue, Dec 1
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
$50 per person
$50 per person
Wed, Dec 2
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
$50 per person
$50 per person

Meet your host, Valerie

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 318 Reviews
  • Identity verified
If COVID losses make this hike expensive, please email and let's settle on an affordable price .

ELDERS & OTHERS: Reserve a day for a WALK with goats.

Masks are required. 4 people limit or family.

The Stage Stops HERE! I've roamed Boulder County and beyond for over 50 years and now with GOATS! If generations count, both Jesse and my great grandparents traveled by wagon train to Colorado! I've written about old mining sites and brothels and located several while combing the miners' trails.
It's the goats that make the hike unique and fun. Mimi, Polka, Coco and Polly walk, run, EAT, and play around us. They are so accustom to being with two-leggeds (people) that they nudge you for pets and pictures. We've owned goats since 2015. I've mid-wifed, doctored, milked, groomed (hooves included) and bred goats until we are now a te
If COVID losses make this hike expensive, please email and let's settle on an affordable price .

ELDERS & OTHERS: Reserve a day for a WALK with goats.

Masks are required. 4 people limit or family.

The Stage Stops HERE! I've roamed Boulder County and beyond for over 50 years and now with GOATS! If generations count, both Jesse and my great grandparents traveled by wagon train to Colorado! I've written about old mining sites and brothels and located several…
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Where you'll be

We hike the old Arkansas Mountain mining trail 20 minutes west of Boulder. Starting at an 1860's Crane ranch, a little history, then we hit the trail with goats. Stops along the way reveal the lives of the '59ers; mines, school, tunnels and more. This is an exceptional opportunity to walk western history on sites unknown to the general public. Retracing their steps & telling their stories awakens a sense of being there.

Rated 4.98 out of 5 from 318 reviews.

Austin
November 2020
What a wonderful hike! Valerie told us many interesting tales of the area all while we hiked a beautiful landscape amongst a very friendly and amusing group of goats! It was the highlight of our trip to Boulder for sure.
Cesar
November 2020
My daughter LOVED the goats. This is one experience I guarantee your kids will love it. Valerie has great knowledge of the area.
Derek
November 2020
Such an amazing experience with a very friendly and knowledgeable host. The trail is beautiful and the Views are out of this world. Never knew hiking with goats could be so much fun.
Zeli
November 2020
This tour was great! Valerie is kind and knowledgeable with her stuff. The goats are all friendly and the view on top was amazing! Valerie is very helpful as I was not feeling great due to altitude sickness but she was patient and kind throughout the entire journey. Easy to find as long as you follow directions ! Valerie also communicated very well when we had to delay our time start due to heavy snow on the road. We really appreciated her time/ kindness.
This tour was great! Valerie is kind and knowledgeable with her stuff. The goats are all friendly and the view on top was amazing! Valerie is very helpful as I was not feeling gre…
Amy
November 2020
this experience was so much better than i expected! my friend and i texted that we would be a little late and valerie waited for us and totally understood. we still got the full experience which was so relieving. the hike was amazing and the story telling/historical insights were awesome. her dog was adorable, too! and of course, the goats were great to go on the hike with. definitely something i'd recommend as it's not an experience you'd find anywhere else!
this experience was so much better than i expected! my friend and i texted that we would be a little late and valerie waited for us and totally understood. we still got the full ex…
Tanner
November 2020
An incredible experience with an amazing host and wonderful goat friends. Valerie shared with us her unique knowledge of the mining history of the area and we enjoyed sharing the trail with some delightful four legged trailmates. We would highly recommend this experience for anyone who enjoys the mountains, history, and goats!
An incredible experience with an amazing host and wonderful goat friends. Valerie shared with us her unique knowledge of the mining history of the area and we enjoyed sharing the t…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 4 and up can attend.

What to bring

HAT, CHAPSTICK, HIGH ALTITUDE SICKNESS REMEDY (Chlor oxygen by Herbs, Etc.), SUNSCREEN,

BINOCULARS, CAMERA, LIGHT BACKPACK, HIKING BOOTS (WINTER) OR TENNIS SHOES,