Want to Approach the Llamas on New year's Day?

 

December 22, 2015

The Central Oregon Llama Association (COLA) graces the park with an annual New Year's Day hike when conditions are favorable. Not just the weather, but the people factor too.

New Year's Day Llama hikers on trail at Smith Rock State Park

New Year's Day Llama hikers on trail at Smith Rock State Park

New Year's Day Llama hiker at Smith Rock State Park 

New Year's Day Llama hiker at Smith Rock State Park 

With the growth of tourism to the park, COLA has been reluctant to bring their buddies here, as they often get approached on the trail because they're just SOOO cute.

They've given us some helpful guidelines below to give everybody a good experience.

Know these 3 things before you do:

  1. Llamas are very leery of dogs they do not know, or that are allowed to bark at them.
     
  2. Children running up or approaching from the rear of the llamas may mistake the smaller children for dogs (albeit two-legged) and kick when they cannot see them approaching.
     
  3. Many of the llamas can be petted, on their necks is preferred.
New Year's Day Llama Hike at Smith Rock State Park staging at Rex house
New Year's Day Llama Hike at Smith Rock State Park staging at Rex house

The New Year's Day hike will be in the northeast end of the park.

The group will be hiking out from the "Rex House" park property over by the Turnaround Fee station at around 11:00. They will be gathering at 10:00 AM, and done by 1:00 PM.

COLA welcomes people coming to visit the llamas, just follow the guidelines and enjoy!