Goat hike along the gold miners' trail

Boulder, United StatesPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

Animal experience hosted by Valerie Solheim

2.5 hours, Hosted in English and Spanish
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 8 people
Includes equipment

What you'll do

Big “Hello” from the “Girls” and I on Arkansas Mountain. We begin our goat hiking adventure at the ol’ Stage Stop cabin, our home. It’s a passion of mine to unfold the feeling of the 1859 gold rush from the journals and letters kept by these people; men, women and children.

First, you’ll meet Polly, Mimi, Polka and Coco, your hiking companions. They are gentle girl goats, 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, root cellars, blacksmith shop, and more. I'll point out holes where miners dynamited in their search for gold and multiple pine tree trunks growing over old mining tunnels. The land reveals many secrets of our past when you know its contours.

Then the celebrated goat race. Full disclosure upon arrival! Race entrance offering 25cents.

There is time for photos and trail stops for breathing and storytelling. Our hike ends at the STAGE STOP, where we began. The STAGE STOP was named for the blacksmith shop located on our property, the Ol' Crane Ranch.

A review: "The hike with Valerie and her goats was the highlight of our trip. . . [H]er stories offered everything to experience the real beauty and history of Colorado."

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Big “Hello” from the “Girls” and I on Arkansas Mountain. We begin our goat hiking adventure at the ol’ Stage Stop cabin, our home. It’s a passion of mine to unfold the feeling of the 1859 gold rush from the journals and letters kept by these people; men, women and children.

First, you’ll meet Polly, Mimi, Polka and Coco, your hiking companions. They are gentle girl goats, intuitively aware of our younger hikers. They trek with us as…
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What's included

  • Equipment
    GOATS,
    NON-COMMERCIAL Water bottles (FILLED W/ MNT. WELL WATER), <br...

Meet your host, Valerie Solheim

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

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 cabins 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 people that they nudge you for pets and pictures. We've owned goats since 2015. I've mid-wifed, doctored, milked, groomed and bred goats until we are now a team.
My family spent much of our early years with our archeologist father learning to see where "man" changed the shape of the land.
If COVID losses make this hike expensive, please email and let's settle on an affordable price .

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 cabins 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, r…
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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 500 reviews.

Elisavet
July 2021
Valerie, Gibbs and the Girls we’re wonderful hosts! Valerie got to know us more personally and we got to learn more about here as well. The hike was engaging and surrounded by gorgeous scenery. It was just my group in attendance so the experience was even more magical.
Valerie, Gibbs and the Girls we’re wonderful hosts! Valerie got to know us more personally and we got to learn more about here as well. The hike was engaging and surrounded by gorg…
Summer
July 2021
Absolutely fantastic experience! Valerie is a joy. Much love to Polly, Coco, Polka, Mimi and last but definitely not least, Special Agent Gibbs.
Kathleen
July 2021
It is truly an amazing experience. Valerie makes everyone feel right at home. Her knowledge and history of the area is unbelievable. She makes sure everyone is comfortable at all times. I struggled with my asthma along the way and Valerie was right there to be supportive and lend a helping hand. My husband, myself and my two kids ages 18 and 19 also loved the experience. There is something so special about experiencing the great outdoors in this way. Oh and "the girls" were amazing every step of the way and Gibbsy was right there with us too "making sure we were all safe." Can't recommend this enough!!! A priceless experience.
It is truly an amazing experience. Valerie makes everyone feel right at home. Her knowledge and history of the area is unbelievable. She makes sure everyone is comfortable at all t…
Cathy
July 2021
Valerie was a wonderful guide. What a delightful 2.5 hours with new friends, great stories by our host, four fleet-footed goats, and a trusty dog named Gibbs. I highly recommend this experience!!!
Stephanie
July 2021
Can’t recommend this enough! My husband and I are beginner hikers and this hike was wonderful. So much to see, amazing views and the goats were SO COOL!! It was so much fun and Valerie was so knowledgeable and made our experience great.
Gagan
July 2021
This tour was amazing! Totally blown away by the experience. Valerie was super nice and even gave us recommendations of things to do after the tour. Even the kids had a blast! Totally recommend it!!!

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Cancellation policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests of all ages can attend.

What to bring

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