Llama Walks

Join a lovely pack of llamas on a magical walking adventure at ShangriLlama Castle! Begin in the castle barn, where you will help groom the llamas and learn how to care for them on your journey. Then enter the Enchanted Forest Trail, and take turns in groups of two or three people to walk every llama in the pack. Greet your new llama with a treat and then take photos and selfies. Continue your walk, pausing for Trail Talks with Llama Llady, who will teach you many fascinating llama facts. Stop in front of fairytale statues and the castle gatehouse for more photos with the llamas. Your 2.5-hour visit will be unforgettable!

 

Llama Walks take place each November through April, weather-permitting. Tickets are offered at $50 per person for ages 8 and up. Click the green Book Now button to select your date!

ShangriLlama complies with best health practices to avoid COVID-19 by only grouping guests who arrive in the same vehicle, spacing groups six feet apart, providing hand sanitizer, requiring face masks, and operating a high-tech air scrubber in the castle barn.

What will I learn on a Llama Walk?

You will experience what it’s like to walk among a pack of safe animals. You will observe how llamas communicate. You will find out that llamas have BIG personalities, and you will enjoy getting to know each llama. You will also learn more than 50 interesting facts about llamas.

What should I wear on a Llama Walk?

Dress in comfortable clothing and walking shoes or boots for an enjoyable journey on an earthy mulch, gravel and dirt trail.

Arrive with your belongings in a small backpack or crossbody bag, so that your hands are always free to handle each llama’s reigns. Please tighten the straps on your bag, so it doesn’t swing around and prevent you from jogging or running, if a llama picks up his pace. Thank you!

When are Llama Walks offered?

Join us for a Llama Walk on a Saturday or Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Our season runs from November through April each year.

How much do Llama Walks cost?

This unusual, 2.5-hour adventure costs $50 per person. Guests who live together or arrive together will walk in groups of two or three people per llama for the safety and comfort of the llamas. Each group walks every llama.

How do I purchase tickets for a Llama Walk?

All tickets are offered online only via www.ShangriLlama.com. Please click the green Book Now button or the link at the bottom of this page. You will be taken to the online calendar to choose your date and to register for that date. When you check out, you will immediately receive an e-mail confirmation. Two days prior to your reservation, you will receive a reminder e-mail.

Which Llama Will I Walk?

You will walk ALL the llamas! Each llama will be accompanied by two or three people from the same party. Our llamas feel safest this way, and they are also protected from stealing plants off the trail. Approximately every 10 minutes, you will swap llamas with another pair or trio of guests with the assistance of two llama guides, who will remain six feet from you.

Do You Offer Private Llama Walks For Groups?

Yes! We offer private Llama Walks on weekdays at our regular rate of $50 per person. A minimum of 12 people and a maximum of 18 people are needed to host a private Llama Walk. Participants that traveled together will be grouped together, with up to three people per llama. It is easy to keep everyone six feet apart, because the length of each llama is six feet! Please contact llama@shangrillama with your proposed date. We’re happy to set up a private-group listing online, so that each of your guests can pay separately, if you’d like.

Do you cancel Llama Walks if it rains?

ShangriLlama will contact you at the earliest possible moment to reschedule your Llama Walk if a storm is heavily predicted, if trails are flooded, or if temperatures will drop to freezing—even though llamas love cold weather. Please track multiple weather reports for zip code
75189, as we will be doing. If you are visiting ShangriLlama from out of the area, we encourage you to make changeable hotel and flight reservations because of weather unpredictability. The closest hotels are the Holiday Inn Express in Royse City, and The Hilton in Rockwall.

How long does a Llama Walk last?

Your total adventure will lasts 2.5 hours. You will stop along the way for Trail Talks given by Llama Llady, and for photos with each llama. The pace is leisurely, but we do rely on each participant to complete their Llama Walk, so that each llama is accompanied by two people at all times.

Is there an age limit to participate in a Llama Walk?

Yes. Our insurance forbids us from admitting anyone less than 8 years old, especially infants, strollers and baby slings. The insurance company’s reasoning is understandable: It is too much responsibility for a child younger than 8 to prevent 300 and 400 pound llamas from stealing plants off the trail. Instead of a Llama Walk, we offer Llama Llessons for younger children.

How many children may one adult bring to a Llama Walk?

Up to two minors may walk with one adult, if everyone has traveled in the same vehicle to ShangriLlama. The adult must hold onto the llama’s lead rope with the children. Children younger than 16 may not participate in a Llama Walk without a parent, guardian or friend. Each adult and each child attending a Llama Walk needs a separate admission ticket.

May I change my reservation?

Yes, if you have a conflict with the time you chose to attend a Llama Walk, please e-mail llama@ShangriLlama.com NO LESS THAN 48 HOURS PRIOR TO YOUR RESERVATION. Give us your new date by referring to our online calendar located under the green Book Now button. Mama Llama will reschedule your visit and send you a confirmation e-mail.

What If I have to cancel my reservation at the last minute?

We can only refund your tickets if you cancel NO LESS THAN 48 HOURS PRIOR TO your reservation. We need time to reach people on our waiting list, who need time to confirm their group’s availability. However, you may transfer your tickets to an adult relative, friend or neighbor for the date you had reserved! Please ask them to call Mama Llama at 972-632-9385 before they drive to ShangriLlama.

May I pet the llamas?

Due to COVID-19 precautions, we must not touch shared surfaces, and this includes not directly touching the llamas. It would not be possible to wash or sanitize a llama each time a guest pets one. Please know that almost all llamas in the world prefer to be admired but not petted! You will learn more about this oddity before you take the llamas on the trail.

May I bring other animals to my llama walk?

No. Please do not arrive with pets in your car.

May I just tag along and take pictures?

No. Llama Walks are an experiential activity providing an unusual opportunity to meet, observe and walk with a pack of llamas. So everyone who enters the barn or walks on the trail needs to purchase a ticket, out of fairness to the other guests who have purchased a ticket for this experience. Please note that we do not have a waiting area for individuals within a group who do not wish to participate in a Llama Walk.

Do you do anything special to celebrate guest birthdays?

ShangriLlama is honored to be chosen as a destination for celebrating birthdays, anniversaries and upcoming weddings. If you would like your special occasion to be announced during a Llama Walk, please leave a note for Mama Llama in the space provided on your registration form when you purchase your tickets.

What is Your Address?

ShangriLlama is located at a 10-acre private residence owned by the family that operates Llama Walks, Llama Llessons and llama-themed weddings. For the privacy of this family and for the safety of their beautiful, pedigreed llamas, ShangriLlama’s address is only provided when a reservation is made. The property is gated, and the llamas are not visible from the street. All visitors require an advance reservation. We thank you for your understanding.

Do you have a waiting list?

Yes! If there are no tickets left for the date you prefer, please use the form below to sign up for our waiting list. If tickets become available, we will gladly contact you!

PLEASE NOTE: Llama Walks are offered from November through April only.

What precautions is ShangriLlama taking against the spread of COVID-19 for Llama Walks?

Our Promise to You:

All castle staff will pass a health check prior to each Llama Walk in order to participate in the program.

Hand sanitizer stations will be available at the entry and exit of the castle barn and at the exit to the Enchanted Forest Trail.

All seating in the castle barn will be cleaned and sanitized before and after every use.

The castle barn’s central air conditioner will operate with a brand new, high-tech Aerus Air Scrubber, based on technology in use on the International Space Station!

ShangriLlama will comply with current social-distancing guidelines for seating guests inside the castle barn and for rotating llamas on the trail.

Your Promise to Us:

Please wear a nose-mouth mask during your entire visit to ShangriLlama, which is a private residence.

Please use the provided hand sanitizer before entering the castle barn and again before exiting the barn or trail.

Please use provided floor markers and seating assignments to remain six feet from guests who did not travel to ShangriLlama with you.

If you have been exposed to COVID-19 recently or if you exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, we will work directly with you to reschedule or cancel your reservation.

If you have underlying health conditions or are concerned about contracting COVID-19, please visit us during the final phase of the Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas.

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