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Besides eating grass, llamas love two things: selfies and carrying your bags! It’s true! At Lollygagging with Llamas at YMCA of the Rockies- Snow Mountain Ranch guests get up close and personal with llamas, while learning about their benefits as pack animals. At elevations well over 8,000 feet, hiking in the Rockies can be tough, and carrying bags full of gear only makes it harder. Thankfully, llamas are willing to help. Lollygagging with Llamas participants learn about the llamas and how to properly pack and guide them before going on a short hike, where each participant gets to take a turn leading a llama. Along the hike, llama-expert YMCA staff …

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One of the best things about our locations at YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park Center and Snow Mountain Ranch is our wildlife neighbors. They nibble around the cabins, sleep outside the lodges, run across the fields and skitter through the trees. A great photo makes a great memory and souvenir from your trip and a great talking piece when sharing with friends and family about your vacation. But it is important to remember that, for your safety and the safety of our wildlife, watching and photographing from a safe distance is the best practice. Elk, Moose and Deer During late spring and early summer, female elk, moose and deer …
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