Saturday, June 8, 2024

Hiking with Pack Goats


My wife and I recently explored the New Cuyama foothills with pack goats. One of our favorite roadside places to eat is Cuyama Buckhorn, which is located along California State Route 166. We travel the 166 often on our way to explore Carrizo Plain National Monument, and when we head south to visit friends in the Inland Empire. When my wife learned that they were offering goat hikes, she signed us up for the beginner ranch land hike. We were not certain what to expect, but it sounded fun.

The beginner hike was a good starting point to get familiar with what hiking with goats is all about. Basically, the goats hike with you and carry the provisions for the trip. In our case, the goats were packed with a first aid kit, binoculars, a phone charger, water, and all the fixings to make tasty mocktails. During the hike, our guide, Sam, told us about the history of the area and taught us about the many uses of the local foliage. At the midway point, we enjoyed ice-cold mocktails and took in the view of the valley while resting on the side of the mountain among a rock outcropping.

The experience exceeded our expectations, and we will for sure return to try out the intermediate and advanced hikes. If you enjoy great food and friendly service and you find yourself near New Cuyama, make sure to check out Cuyama Buckhorn. And if you have the time, make sure to schedule a hike; you won’t be disappointed.