Alpaca Ranch

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On our way down from Eagle’s Nest in June, we passed this alpaca ranch. We couldn’t find a way to park with our rig so we put this adventure on our list to visit when we came back to this area. This was one of our side trips this week.

We drove to the town of Mora, about 30 miles north of Storrie Lake where we are parked for a week. This is a very small town but it has a big weavers building. Just outside of town is the Victory Alpaca Ranch. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on their yarn! When we arrived we were greeted with this sign. Now, we usually don’t go to places where our dog isn’t welcome but in this instance it was a wise warning. The ranch uses Great Pyrenees to guard the alpacas and they roam all over the ranch.

The gift shop was awesome. There was so much yarn to choose from. The shelves were over-flowing with yarn. The most expensive yarn was that from their alpacas in natural colors going for $10 an ounce which has about 50 yards to a skein. I chose a skein of yarn from Peru (in purple) to make a hat. (Probably for a granddaughter!) They even gave me a great pattern and that will be my next project after I get the two I am now working on finished. Their clothes made from alpaca fleece were fantastic! As was the kids selection of sweaters and hats.

While we were browsing we heard about a tour so paid our $2 each to get on the list. We were the only ones to take the tour which really amounted to lots of information from the guide and feeding the mama’s with new babies.

Pearl is on the right and Cimmeron on the left. Pearl is a piggy!

To feed them you put the food in the palm of your hand and they chow down. They are very gentle and don’t bite. Unless they get too excited about being fed and then you can feel their teeth.

This is Indy, born on July 4th. She is about a week old. Newborns are usually up and walking within the hour of birth.
This is Axel Rose. Music is the theme this year for naming the babies (cira). His fleece is a rosy grey and beautiful. I may buy some yet!

The ranch has been in business for 21 years and you can really tell how much these people love these animals.

This was pretty much our day! Rain, black clouds. They have awesome storms in New Mexico.

2 thoughts on “Alpaca Ranch

    Sue said:
    July 12, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Oh my gosh…we have got to get to NM! maybe next year. Did you get the yarn? Bet it is beautiful and soft!

    Gwen said:
    July 12, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Yes, I did get the yarn – purple, chucky. Awesome. I just had to touch it!!! Can’t wait to work with it. Thanks, Sue.Enjoy your travels!!!

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