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Sunset Hike with Goats

Rated 4.89 out of 5 from 38 reviews.Encinitas, United StatesPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

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Animal experience hosted by Simone

90 mins
Includes drinks
Up to 4 people
Hosted in German, English

What you'll do

We will meet at Manchester Nature Preserve in Encinitas. The guests will meet Buttercup and Cotton Candy, our angora goats, feed them treats and then take turns holding the leashes as we walk along the nature preserve trails. This is a scenic hike through the California Sage Brush, with wild flowers (seasonal). While we're walking you can learn about the history of the angora goat and goat keeping in general, ask questions or simply enjoy their sweet personalities as we walk (or run) along the trail.
Contrary to goat yoga this activity is suitable for all ages and does not require special athletic skills. We will end the walk with a mohair spinning demonstration and enjoy a cold sparkling water.

Please note: Goat walking is slightly different from dog walking. Goats like to browse, meaning they regularly stop to nibble on vegetation. This makes the walk fun for them and mimics their natural behavior. Also, just like us humans, there are days when they feel energized and move at a fast pace (usually during cooler weather) and other days when they feel more lazy and want to stop for snacks more often. I do not want or expect my animals to perform like circus animals, instead I adapt to their energy level. For that reason the hiking times and distances do vary.

For your safety/ health we currently offer hikes only for private groups (with a maximum of 4 participants)
We will meet at Manchester Nature Preserve in Encinitas. The guests will meet Buttercup and Cotton Candy, our angora goats, feed them treats and then take turns holding the leashes as we walk along the nature preserve trails. This is a scenic hike through the California Sage Brush, with wild flowers (seasonal). While we're walking you can learn about the history of the angora goat and goat keeping in general, ask questions or simply enjoy thei…

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What's included

  • Drinks
    Flavored Sparkling Water
From $55
/ person
Mon, Nov 2
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
$55 per person
$55 per person
Tue, Nov 3
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
$55 per person
$55 per person
Wed, Nov 4
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
$55 per person
$55 per person

Meet your host, Simone

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 38 Reviews
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I am a life long animal lover. As a holistic health practitioner I have been studying the healing powers of animals, especially prey animals like horses and goats, on humans that suffer from PTSD, autism and depression. Spending time in the presence of these animals is soothing, fun and brings out the playful curious side in people. After seeing the responses of random strangers on the beach (like adults running after us squealing with excitement) every time we take Butters and Candy (our angora goats) for a walk, I thought it would be nice to share this experience with others.
I am a life long animal lover. As a holistic health practitioner I have been studying the healing powers of animals, especially prey animals like horses and goats, on humans that suffer from PTSD, autism and depression. Spending time in the presence of these animals is soothing, fun and brings out the playful curious side in people. After seeing the responses of random strangers on the beach (like adults running after us squealing with excitement) every time we take Butters and Candy (our angora…
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Where you'll be

We will be hiking through California native plants at Manchester Preserve in Encinitas.
Depending on skill level we can either take the valley trail (easy) or hike up to the ridge with views of the local mountains (moderate).
The Beach Walk is available after Labor Day due to overcrowded beaches and lack of parking during the summer. This hike is tide dependent because the beach we are allowed to walk on is only accessible during low tide.

Rated 4.89 out of 5 from 38 reviews.

Michelle
March 2020
This turned out to be the best thing I did on my entire SD trip (and I used ti live there so know the region pretty well). Simone and her daughter are phenomenal hosts. The location and goats were so magical. I left feeling like a little piece of my soul was healed that I didn't know what broken. Incredible experience, thank you Simone!
This turned out to be the best thing I did on my entire SD trip (and I used ti live there so know the region pretty well). Simone and her daughter are phenomenal hosts. The locat…
Guillermo
March 2020
Simone and her daughter Summer were super welcoming and friendly. They made this a unique experience. We loved every moment of it and would highly recommend to family and friends.
Anna
March 2020
This sunset hike with goats was such a fun experience!! I took my 10-year-old daughter with me and she enjoyed it and was an easy hike for her. The goats, Candy and Butters were so sweet and cute. But i was surprised how strong and fast they were. I loved the work out they gave me while running with them! Our host Simone taught us so much about the goats as well as the wild flowers and geographic location. This is one in a lifetime experience I recommend to all animal lovers.
This sunset hike with goats was such a fun experience!! I took my 10-year-old daughter with me and she enjoyed it and was an easy hike for her. The goats, Candy and Butters were s…
Leanne
February 2020
Simone has a real passion for her goats! The sunset hike was very unique. It's not too often you get the opportunity to walk goats on a leash! The area was beautiful and serene. If you are looking for a different experience, this is definitely worth a try.
Simone has a real passion for her goats! The sunset hike was very unique. It's not too often you get the opportunity to walk goats on a leash! The area was beautiful and serene. If…
Shannon
January 2020
We had a lovely time with Simone, her daughter, and two goats, Buttercup and Cotton Candy!! The animals were well cared for and so much fun to walk. Simone was so friendly, enthusiastic, and we enjoyed chatting with her. The hike was GORGEOUS, uncrowded, and took the perfect amount of time. I would 100% recommend this activity for anyone who likes animals and the outdoors.
We had a lovely time with Simone, her daughter, and two goats, Buttercup and Cotton Candy!! The animals were well cared for and so much fun to walk. Simone was so friendly, enthusi…
Maya
January 2020
Simone was very friendly from the start, answered many questions, knew the area well. I enjoyed this leisurely hike with the goats, in a nature reserve with different terrain options.

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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 of all ages can attend.

More tips

Try to avoid chemical sunscreens and strong perfume/ cologne since goats have sensitive noses and might not want to take treats from you.
Traffic in Socal is always intense, so please, plan plenty of time for your drive to the trail head. Please, DO NOT DISTURB HOUSE OWNER of 1475 Trabert Ranch Rd

What to bring

Sunscreen (ideally biodegradable, mineral based since our goats are sensitive to chemical smells and might not want to take treats from the guests if their hands have a strong odor)

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