Wilderness Ridge Trail Llamas
Wilderness Ridge Trail Llamas, established in 2011, is a family operated business located in eastern Idaho. Our family fell in love with llamas while using a friend’s llamas on an elk hunt in Montana many years ago. We have been packing, hunting, fishing, and outfitting in the backcountry for over 16 years and life has finally allowed us to breed what we think to be the best of all pack llamas i.e. The CCara or Classic Working Llama.After many years of using horses, mules, and half draft horses, we have found the perfect pack animal for our needs. As a family we enjoy summer trips, in the local mountain ranges and national parks, near our home. Hunting and extreme backcountry trips have been a part of our lives for many generations. Using llamas for our style of hiking and hunting has become an essential part of the way we see the miraculous country that constantly takes our breath away year after year.
Living in Idaho has been a lifelong dream for us. We trek with our llamas primarily in the mountain ranges that form the biggest continuous wilderness in the lower 48. We enjoy hiking and hunting in these areas because of the solitude and the feeling of accomplishment that accompanies hiking for endless miles in a place few people ever get to see.
On the top of a ridge in the middle of wilderness country, you feel entirely captivated and blessed to be in such majestic lands. We are grateful for the extreme pack animals that allow us to visit such destinations. This is how we arrived at our name “Wilderness Ridge Trail Llamas”.
We have long packed with llamas but only recently discovered the ever increasing need for quality pack llamas. This propelled our idea to rent and breed llamas for our needs and the benefit of others. For generations our family has been breeding cattle & horses and we have carried over many of the similar select breeding ideals from these programs.
We have searched all over Northern America to find the right breeding stock for our packing and breeding program. In our search for the best of the best, we have met many truly amazing individuals that have helped us achieve our goals and ambitions. Without them we would never experience camping and hunting as we currently do. We are grateful for their efforts to continue the true working llama breed. Our packing and breeding program is in tribute to them.
Our goal is to continue introducing working/pack llamas to the public, on a large scale, through our sales and rentals of fully trained and trail experienced llamas. We hope to interact with many fellow breeders and those interested in using llamas to enrich their lives. We are eager to help and be a resource for all that cross our paths.
We have lived by the Philosophy that knowledge speaks but wisdom watches and listens. You will find that we have established a foundation for our program on many years of packing with animals that perform year after year and mile after mile. As they say the proof is in the pudding. We feel this to be true and even though there are outliers in every circumstance we hold exact to our ideals because this is what gets you to the wilderness ridge in the end.
Josh & Lindsay Gundersen
Josh and Lindsay own 10+ acres just off of Lyman/Archer Highway in Southeast Idaho. They first went hinting with llamas back in 2011. Both of them realized how truly amazing llamas where and how this could impact their lives for the better. Since then they have started their own CCARA breeding and packing operation joint with their family. Josh has almost two decades of backcountry experience and has become a master of the trade. He is a fine backcountry chef and knows his stuff when it comes to hunting, fishing, knot tying, safety protocol, the llamas and their needs and many more backcountry skills.
Lindsay is the homemaker of the family and is really the glue that keeps everything together in the llama business. She is very thoroughly and detail oriented. She is the go to llama vet and really picks up on symptoms better than anyone. She enjoys the crias most of all and has a blast in the backcountry with both clients and family. If you ever get a chance to go on a backcountry trip with either Josh or Lindsay you will be forever grateful for the experience.
To reach Josh or Lindsay call 208.313.1869