HACKETSTOWN, NJ - If you are looking for something different this July, head to the Highland Airs Alpaca Ranch. Tucked away in a quiet section of Warren County next to the Musconetcong River, the alpaca ranch is a fun summertime adventure for families, couples and singles. Hurry though, the Highland Airs Alpaca Ranch is closing on July 14. The owners are selling the ranch after six fun years. They offered some weekday hours to start July, but only has three remaining days before the ranch closes its doors for good.
Visitors can take a guided tour of the ranch that includes backstory on the history of alpacas in America and the Garden State in addition to feeding and interacting with the gentle animals. The ranch also offers a halter training option that allows visitors to take an alpaca on a stroll through the picturesque trails.
If you are making the trip for the tour, take the time to do the halter training. The guides are a wealth of information on alpacas, serving up funny antedotes about life on the ranch. Did you know that alpacas like to sunbathe, have a pecking order, rock the fashion world and didn't arrive in the United States until the 1980s? Alpacas have a sweet temperment and are fun to be around. Talking a stroll with an alpaca is a truly unique experience and one even younger kids will enjoy doing.
Tours are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Grain to feed the alpacas is $1 a bag. Halter training is $20 for adults and $10 for children ages six through 10. If you are interested in halter training, it is recommended that you call 707-330-7178 to book a time. Pack a picnic lunch and take in the riverside scenery before or after your alpaca adventure and stop by the store for a pair of super soft alpaca socks or gloves.
The ranch will be open on Saturday, July 6, Sunday, July 7, Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14 from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. July 14 will be the last day to visit the Highland Airs Alpaca Ranch. No worries though homes have been found for all of the ranch's residents including baby Duncan who was just born on July 1.
If you can't make the Highland Airs Alpaca Ranch before it closes on July 14, New Jersey does have other alpaca farms including:
- Bluebird Farm Alpacas in Peapack
- Arrow Acres Alpacas in Wall Township
- Edel Haus Farm in Wall Township
- Jersey Shore Alpacas in Cape May
- Humming Meadow Alpacas in Newton