I impulsively purchased a Groupon for Plum Creek Alpacas during a moment of thinking, "oh crap, what am I going to do with these kids over summer break?" We were lucky to have my husband around during one of his days off and we took the drive north to Prescott Valley. At the base of Mingus Mountain there are several ranches and small farms. Plum Creek Alpacas is one of those properties.
The couple who care for the alpacas have a lovely property with two beautiful Great Pyreneses, some chickens and a turkey. The tour took about an hour and a half and we had fun feeding the alpacas treats. Did you know alpacas are a smaller cousin of the llama? Llama Llama Time to Share. There were a few babies, juveniles and lots of adults. Alpacas are friendly and so soft. They had recently been sheered, but I'd love to see them at full fluff. They are well cared for and you can tell their pet parents take great pride in them. I'd encourage anyone who loves animals to check out this unique stop!
After saying goodbye to the adorable, friendly alpacas, we found a forest road and creekside picnic spot. I pulled out the sand toys and water shoes so the kids could splash in the creek and get muddy. The cool air was refreshing and a welcome break from the desert, summer heat. The kids were sad we weren't camping out, but hopefully next time!