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Pack out to see Alpacas

Photo courtesy The Farm at Krystal Acres

Pack out to see alpacas!

Spring is here and there's no better time to head out alpaca farms to meet new herd members

How do you take care of a camelid? Find out in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains near Carnation, where a whole herd of camelids (better known as alpacas!) roams.

Spring is a great time to pack out to alpacas a Cascade Rose Alpaca Farm and catch glimpses of the herd’s newest members. Feed, pet and learn all about these gentle, doe-eyed creatures as well as participate in other farm activities. It even has a glamp-site for overnight adventurers. 

For an alpaca experience further afield, head to Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands, home of The Farm at Krystal Acres.

Can you find Oreo, Grumpy, Pip-Squeak and Truffles? They are just some of the animals wandering this 40-acre farm.

Don’t skip the self-guided tour to learn how Krystal Acres is contributing to alpaca wool and fiber sustainability or the farm store and its unique gifts made from the softest wool. For reservations and more information go to and

About the Author

Jasmin Thankachen

Jasmin is the Associate Publisher at Seattle's Child and an Eastside mom of two boys. She enjoys parenting with lots of love and laughter. Co-Founder of PopUp StoryWalk, she also loves children's picture books, essay writing, and community stories.