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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."

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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
Wed, Jan 20
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
$50 per person
$50 per person
Thu, Jan 21
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
$50 per person
$50 per person
Fri, Jan 22
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Join 2 other guests
$50 per person
$50 per person

Meet your host, Valerie

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 352 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 4.99 out of 5 from 352 reviews.

Josh
January 2021
Wonderful hike through the woods. This hike with our goat friends was the first time our kids did not complain. I am pretty sure our oldest is some kind of goat whisperer. The kids also got to hold some chickens. Great afternoon out.
Sara
January 2021
i had an amazing time hiking with Valerie and her goats The animals are super friendly and great with people! Valerie is also super knowledgeable about the history of the area. Definitely worth it!
Christina
January 2021
One of the best experiences I have ever had! The hike was so much fun with all the goats and host Valerie leading way. Loved hearing all the history of the area and the mining operation. Would definitely recommend this experience to anyone!
One of the best experiences I have ever had! The hike was so much fun with all the goats and host Valerie leading way. Loved hearing all the history of the area and the mining oper…
Bryce
January 2021
This goat hike was so much fun! Valerie is wonderful and the goats (Polly, Polka, Mimi, and Cocoa) are really sweet and chill. Also the views on this hike are amazing! Would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a relaxing morning hike with some humor and fun.
This goat hike was so much fun! Valerie is wonderful and the goats (Polly, Polka, Mimi, and Cocoa) are really sweet and chill. Also the views on this hike are amazing! Would defini…
Heather
January 2021
If you are thinking about booking, go for it! My daughter found this adventure for us and it completely exceeded our expectations. Valerie is so knowledgeable of the history of the area and has an excellent sense of humor. The goats are truly magical and the scenery is breathtaking.
If you are thinking about booking, go for it! My daughter found this adventure for us and it completely exceeded our expectations. Valerie is so knowledgeable of the history of…
Cristel
January 2021
Valerie was an awesome host. We enjoyed the whole experience. The view was amazing. It was a pleasure walking with her dog Gibson and her four goats. They are well trained, I Highly recommend!

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Please note outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

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,