Boulder Rim Llama Trek

St. George, UT
5.0 (3 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • Remote Wilderness
  • Canyon Country Views
  • Amazing Highline Trail
  • Stunningly Vivid Night Skies
  • Pristine Lakes, Meadows & Forests
  • Opportunities to See Wildlife
  • Cooler Summer Temps


This Utah llama trek heads up into the mountains that tower above Capitol Reef National Park and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. An amazing summer alternative to the hotter, drier canyon country of the lower elevations, this trip is a fantastic mountain excursion into pine-forested peaks, trout lakes, meadows, wildflowers and wildlife. We follow old cattle trails into the mountains where we earn breathtaking views of the Henry Mountains, Capitol Reef and the Grand Staircase. We will set up camp not far from the shore of a pristine lake and spend 1 or 2 days exploring these remote and beautiful mountains. The highlight of the trip is a traverse of the “highline” section of the Boulder Rim, which takes us across basalt outcroppings for an unforgettable high country experience!

Please note that this trip takes place in Dixie National Forest outside the boundaries of Capitol Reef National Park. It provides amazing views down into Capitol Reef, but does not take place inside the national park.

Operated by Wildland Llamas

This trip is operated by Wildland Llamas, an authorized guide company and llama outfitter in the Dixie National Forest. Wildland Llamas is a separate, partner company of Wildland Trekking with partially shared ownership, guide teams, and infrastructure.

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$2330 Per Person
Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Llama Trek
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 2-10 Guests
Trip Length: 5 Days
Distance: 24MI / 39KM


Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

This trip has moderate distances and elevation gains, but rugged hiking on terrain that is or feels off trail. It is a steep 2,200 ft climb to reach the Boulder Rim. The majority of this trip is spent above 10,000 feet, which also increases difficulty.

Hiking Distances:

5-7 mi

Backpack Weight:

10-20 lbs


Moderately Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

2200 ft

Heights Exposure:


Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information.


  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 10-20 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on moderately rugged terrain
  • Hiking with occasional, moderate heights exposure
* For an official and complete list of physical requirements, please see our Essential Eligibility Criteria.


1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Utah hike a solitude 5. You can expect to see a couple other groups of hikers over the duration of your trip.


Utah is the only state we are based in that charges sales tax to outfitters and guides. The sales tax is based on the St. George, UT municipality rates, which are adjusted occasionally but are in the 6-7% range. For all of our hiking and backpacking tours that originate from our St. George, Utah base (Utah, Joshua Tree and Death Valley trips), the sales tax will be applied automatically to your payments. Feel free to call us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) with any questions!

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Private Rates FOr This Trip

  • 2 People: Rate x 2.5
  • 3 People: Rate x 1.75
  • 4 People: Rate x 1.25
  • 5+ People: Rate x 1.15

*all rates are per person

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Day 1

  • Drive Time: 3.5 hours

This guided Utah llama trip begins with pickup at your hotel in St.George, UT.  We’ll enjoy a scenic drive through stunning Utah Canyon Country to the edge of Capitol Reef National Park. We’ll conduct an orientation meeting and enjoy dinner together, after which we’ll get settled in our tent accommodations a stone’s throw away from the canyon country of Capitol Reef. You can also book a room at the resort if you’d prefer (upgrade to a room not included.)

Day 2

  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 20-30 minutes
  • Hiking Mileage: 5.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 2200 feet

After breakfast we will load up the llamas and make sure everyone’s ready to go, then begin our first day’s hike. We start off on an old cattle trail, which takes us to the top of “the Rim” where we get to soak up views of Capitol Reef National Park, the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and the Henry Mountains. From this vantage we can appreciate a staggering diversity of scenery from the spruce and fir forests of the mountains around us to the rocky, high desert landscapes below. We’ll set up camp near the shores of a pristine lake and settle in for a relaxing evening, roaring campfire and feast of a dinner!

Day 3

  • Hiking Mileage: 5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 895 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 895 feet

Today we’ll enjoy a relaxing morning and hearty breakfast with plenty of hot coffee and tea for the morning junkies. If you’d like to get up early and catch the sunrise though, this a fantastic place to do it! After breakfast we’ll leave camp set up and set out to explore the natural odyssey that surrounds us. Today’s hike is a relatively relaxing one that takes us through forests and meadows to lakes and views. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch near one of the lakes, and for the fisherman in the group there will be time to wet a line. Eventually we’ll head back to camp and enjoy another amazing evening around the campfire.

Day 4

  • Hiking Mileage: 7 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1800 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 1800 feet

Today is the highlight of the trip for many guests and is a day to remember! After breakfast we will break camp and begin hiking, making our way to the “highline” section of the Boulder Rim. The Highline is an extended length of trail following a basalt fault line around 10,000 feet elevation with phenomenal views. We will keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, particularly in the morning when we leave camp. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch up high, while your guide points out all there is to see from our vantage point. In the afternoon we descend to another pristine mountain lake and set up camp in the trees not far from the shores of the lake, at the edge of a lush meadow. We’ll settle in for our last night around the campfire and a final celebratory backcountry dinner.

Day 5

  • Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
  • Elevation Loss: 2200 feet
  • Shuttle to St. George: 4 hours

We’ll get a brisk start this morning and enjoy some hot coffee and/or tea with breakfast before breaking camp and beginning our descent. Our trail out completes our loop hike on extremely seldom used trails. In fact, our trail was abandoned for years and we carved it out of the wilderness one season, bringing this ancient path back to life. We’ll take our time hiking out so we can soak up the magic of of being on Boulder Mountain and the fresh air of 10,000 feet. Eventually we’ll make our way back to the trailhead, where we’ll say our goodbyes and start planning our next adventure!

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes. Normal terms and conditions apply to trips with itinerary changes.

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Pack llamas to transport the majority of gear and food
  • Trained hiking guide(s) with years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. See Guide Bios.
  • Top-of-the-line tent, backcountry sleeping pad and multi-day backpack
  • High quality, synthetic sleeping bag (professionally laundered after every use) – or bring your own.
  • Use of trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • Roundtrip transportation from St. George, UT to the trailhead and back
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and communication device (InReach Explorer or satellite phone)
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and your kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear (see recommendations)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Waterbottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-15% of trip cost)

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.

Meals: What to Expect

All of our hiking and backpacking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:

  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Sierra Designs or Mountain Hardware tents
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty, Big Agnes and Mountain Hardware synthetic-fill sleeping bags (or bring your own)
  • Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
  • Leki trekking poles
  • Mountain Safety Research cooking stoves
  • Mountain Safety Research cookware
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency communication device(s)

Guest Packing List

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with a detailed packing list specific to this trip (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, a recommended clothing system, a headlamp or flashlight, a hydration system (water bottles and/or bladder) and other items specific to each trip.

Additionally, some guests choose to bring their own sleeping bag. We supply high quality, synthetic fill bags that are professionally laundered after every trip. Synthetic fill is non-allergenic, insulates when damp and stands up well to repeated washings, but is heavier and bulkier than down. If you’re able to bring your own down sleeping bag, there are multiple benefits. If not, we’ve got you covered!

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

Where Do We Meet?

You will rendezvous with the guide and group on the morning of Day 1 with pick up at your hotel in St. George, UT. Your guide will be in contact approximately 2 weeks before your trip starts to coordinate the rendezvous. You can also meet your guide and group in Torrey, Utah the evening of Day 1 at 5:00 PM.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, shuttles, recommended lodging and more.

Travel to St. George, Utah

This Utah trip originates in St. George, Utah where you’ll meet your guide and group. St. George has a small airport served by Delta Connection and United Express. From the St. George Airport one can take a taxi into town or some hotels offer a complimentary airport shuttle. The more popular method of travel though is to fly into Las Vegas, NV and take a shuttle ( to St. George. This is often your cheapest option. It is a 2-hour drive from Las Vegas to St. George on good roads.

Pre and Post-trip On Request Lodging

We secure limited amounts of pre and post trip lodging in St. George, Utah as an optional add-on for guests of this trip. This lodging is on request, and is available on a first come, first serve basis. If interested, please reach out directly to our team to check availability.

Start/End Times

This trip originates in the morning on Day 1 in St. George, UT. Your guide will be in contact approximately 2 weeks prior to the trip start date to coordinate the rendezvous. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day normally before 7 PM (this time is not guaranteed, as a variety of circumstances can influence our exact return time).

Safety Precautions

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. Guides adhere to standardized risk management protocols in case of any potential or actual incident, and all tours carry an emergency communication device and comprehensive first-aid kit. Additionally we have a “24/7” system through which guides or guests can reach Wildland support personnel at any time.

If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

Essential Eligibility Criteria

Essential Eligibility Criteria (“EEC”) have been specifically identified to help you understand the skills and abilities necessary to participate on each Wildland trip, and they apply uniformly to all potential trip participants, irrespective of the presence or absence of any disability.

Once you identify a trip in which you may be interested, please carefully review the EEC and itinerary details. If after reviewing the EEC that apply to your desired trip, you determine you need an accommodation in order to meet the EEC, please contact us prior to registering to discuss your requested accommodation.

The EEC exist for your own safety and the safety and enjoyment of all participants. If you are unable to meet the EEC for the trip, with or without an accommodation, you are not eligible for that trip. If you register and arrive for a trip for which you do not meet the EEC, you will be disqualified from participation on the trip and will be dismissed or evacuated from the trip without a refund.

Weather in The Utah Mountains

Weather in Utah’s Mountains
This trip takes place in the mountains of Utah, which have very different weather than the desert and high desert areas. These mountains’ climate is more similar to that of the Rockies. You can expect warm days, chilly evenings, possible afternoon thundersorms and the potential for sudden weather shifts and dramatic temperature swings. The average highs and lows for this area are below:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)



Backcountry Sleeping


Sleeping on llama treks is in premier 1-person, 2-person or 4-person backcountry tents. Solo travelers, and anyone else who requests it, are issued single tents. Top-of-the-line self-inflating sleeping pads and synthetic-fill sleeping bags (professionally laundered after every trip) are also provided.

Backcountry Cuisine


Meals from breakfast Day 1 through lunch the last day are fully included and prepared by your trekking guide. We never use dehydrated backpacking meals, instead serving freshly prepared, delicious backcountry cuisine made with a variety of common and specialty ingredients that travel well in the wilderness.

Amazing Campsites


Of course campsites vary tremendously by destination, trip and even by the individual day of a trip. However, you can expect to camp in beautiful areas that put you right in the action to make the most of your llama trekking adventure. We carefully design our itineraries with campsites in mind.

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 5.0 (3 reviews)
Catherine N

Head B

2 years ago

Amazing family adventure, beautiful scenery, outstanding food, fantastic guides! Our guides Casey & Josh exceeded our expectations, they worked together beautifully, we’re knowledgeable, personable AND fun! Can’t wait to do another trip with Wildland Trekking !

Blake G.

would do it again!

4 years ago

I Can't say enough good things about the two guides. They seemed to work together very well. Excellent backcountry knowledge re Flora and fauna. I would do it again!

Jeffrey L.

The hiking was spectacular

4 years ago

The hiking was spectacular and our guides were top-flight - attentive, super-competent, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to be with.

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