We were searching for things to do on a recent trip to Capitol Reef when we ran across the website for Circle Cliff Ranch. Located just outside Bicknell, Circle Cliff raises alpacas. We decided to schedule an appointment to stop by. We were so glad we did.
We knocked on the door and Diena, a retired educator came to give us a tour. She was so good with our boys and asked them what they wanted to do. Then she allowed them to use the pitchforks to take some hay to the alpacas. Though the boys weren’t much good with the forks, they certainly enjoyed trying.
The alpacas were a little interested in the hay, but we could tell they were waiting for something better. Next she helped the boys fill buckets of pellets. The alpacas were much more excited for the pellets. They ate right out of our hands! It was fun to watch the kids interact with them. They really seemed more like pets than farm animals. Honestly, they are almost human!
Next we had the opportunity to feed a few carrots to the alpacas. This was the highlight for us and the alpacas! They crowded around us, jockeying for position to get as many carrots as they could. Our boys were giggling the whole time. You could tell that these alpacas are well loved and cared for. Diena was so kind and patient with them, and they all had names.
Last of all the boys got to gather eggs from the chicken coop. They’d never had real farm experiences like this before, and they were a little surprised that the eggs came in green, brown, and blue. Best of all, we were given the eggs to take on our camping adventure. They were fresh and delicious.
Before we left, Diena also took the time to teach our boys more about the alpacas. We got a demonstration of how sheep and alpaca wool is different. She showed us how she uses the wool to make yarn, and then dyes it different colors, and even makes beautiful hats. We loved hearing the different things she uses for dye like Kool-Aid!
Circle Cliff Ranch is an awesome place to take you kids. The owners were so sweet and personal with us. They were amazing with our boys: asking questions, teaching them about the alpacas, and making the experience so fun. They do require an appointment, so use the link to the website to send an email or call. They also sell the alpaca wool and Diena makes homemade products such as hats that can be purchased on their site. We loved Circle Cliff Ranch Alpacas, and we hope that you’ll give them a call! Donations are welcome if you decide to visit.
Circle Cliff Ranch Alpacas is located near Torrey, Utah at Mile Marker 63 along Highway 24.