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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, Dec 2
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
$50 per person
$50 per person
Thu, Dec 3
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
$50 per person
$50 per person
Fri, Dec 4
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
$50 per person
$50 per person

Meet your host, Valerie

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 328 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 328 reviews.

Paige
November 2020
This hike was an absolute blast. Valerie is such a joy as are her furry hiking guides. I would recommend this experience to anyone! We absolutely plan on coming back in the summer.
Christopher
November 2020
This was a blast! How can you beat tromping around the Colorado mountains with four wacky (and mischevious!) goats? Valerie was a great host and full of interesting stories about the area. I grew up in Boulder and learned a bunch of things I didn't know. The scenery is gorgeous, can't be beat. I'd say the hike is moderate difficulty but that's because I now live closer to level - be prepared for the altitude!
This was a blast! How can you beat tromping around the Colorado mountains with four wacky (and mischevious!) goats? Valerie was a great host and full of interesting stories about…
Robyn
November 2020
This was one of my favorite Airbnb experiences to date. Valarie was very communicative and had wonderful stories to tell along the hike. The gals (goats) were a blast to have along the hike. We have been talking about them days later and we will return again to see them and Valarie in the future!
This was one of my favorite Airbnb experiences to date. Valarie was very communicative and had wonderful stories to tell along the hike. The gals (goats) were a blast to have alo…
Reilly
November 2020
Valerie’s goat hike was the highlight of my trip! A beautiful, informative hike through a private mountain with friendly goats. So many great stops for photo-ops and we even got to feed the animals! Looking forward to a return trip.
Robert
November 2020
What a wonderful trip on the mountain in the company of wonderful hosts-humans and goats included! It was the perfect level of difficulty and amount of storytelling/teaching was spot on and interesting to all. The goats were wonderful!
Ben
November 2020
I loved this trip because I learned a lot about the old times and all the mining holes and the goats where super kind. -Bribri I learned a lot on this hike, the area, the history and so much more!! The goats are a bonus to this fun experience!! Everyone will love this hike to many historical places!! -Vicky
I loved this trip because I learned a lot about the old times and all the mining holes and the goats where super kind. -Bribri I learne…

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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,