About Us

Louise and Raz Rasmussen

Leading Treks in the Wallowas Since 1985

Since 1985, Wallowa Llamas has conducted guided tours of small groups into the state’s largest wilderness area, the Eagle Cap. Here, at the southern edge of eastern Oregon’s spectacular Wallowa Mountains, amid towering peaks, glacier-sculpted valleys and sparkling mountain streams, our llamas carry the amenities, unburdening hikers to experience ease and luxury normally unavailable to back country travelers in such rugged environs.

Raz Rasmussen
One of your trip guides Raz Rasmussen

Raz Rasmussen and Steve Backstrom Hatch a Plan

In 1983, while on a backpacking trip, Raz Rasmussen and Steve Backstrom hatched a plan to raise llamas and offer pack trips into the Wallowas. Within a few years we were up and running. The learning curve was steep and arduous. We explored new routes, camps and day hikes. We tried out recipes in a folding oven in the back country and ate our mistakes.

Louise and Devin
Louise Antaya, your chef and sometimes guide and Devin.

Louis Antaya Rasmussen joins the Team

In 1991 we were joined by Louise Antaya who became Louise Antaya Rasmussen and head cook. It is her many hours in the kitchen before a trip goes out that makes the meals an exquisite dining experience. She is aided by the use of organic produce from our garden and orchard.

Devin and Myra
Devin and Myra

In 1998 we were joined by Devin Rasmussen who occasionally helps out while learning from his big sister Myra.