Leading Treks in the Wallowas
Since 1985, Wallowa Llamas has conducted guided tours of small groups into the state’s largest wilderness area, the Eagle Caps. 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 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.
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.
In 1998 we were joined by Devin Rasmussen who occasionally helps out while learning from his big sister Myra.