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Sunset Hike with Goats

Encinitas, United StatesPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

Animal experience hosted by Simone

90 minsHosted in English and German
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 4 people
Includes drinks

What you'll do

We will meet at Manchester Nature Preserve in Encinitas. The guests will meet Buttercup and Cotton Candy, our angora goats, feed them treats and then take turns holding the leashes as we walk along the nature preserve trails. This is a scenic hike through the California Sage Brush, with wild flowers (seasonal). While we're walking you can learn about the history of the angora goat and goat keeping in general, ask questions or simply enjoy their sweet personalities as we walk (or run) along the trail.
Contrary to goat yoga this activity is suitable for all ages and does not require special athletic skills. We will end the walk with a mohair spinning and knitting demonstration and enjoy a cold sparkling water.

Please note: Goat walking is slightly different from dog walking. Goats like to browse, meaning they regularly stop to nibble on vegetation. This makes the walk fun for them and mimics their natural behavior. Also, just like us humans, there are days when they feel energized and move at a fast pace (usually during cooler weather) and other days when they feel more lazy and want to stop for snacks more often. I do not want or expect my animals to perform like circus animals, instead I adapt to their energy level. For that reason the hiking times and distances do vary.

If you have health concerns consider making your goat hike "private."
We will meet at Manchester Nature Preserve in Encinitas. The guests will meet Buttercup and Cotton Candy, our angora goats, feed them treats and then take turns holding the leashes as we walk along the nature preserve trails. This is a scenic hike through the California Sage Brush, with wild flowers (seasonal). While we're walking you can learn about the history of the angora goat and goat keeping in general, ask questions or simply enjoy thei…
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What's included

  • Drinks
    Flavored Sparkling Water

Meet your host, Simone

Host on Airbnb since 2016
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I am a life long animal lover. As a holistic health practitioner I have been studying the healing powers of animals, especially prey animals like horses and goats, on humans that suffer from PTSD, autism and depression. Spending time in the presence of these animals is soothing, fun and brings out the playful curious side in people. After seeing the responses of random strangers on the beach (like adults running after us squealing with excitement) every time we take Butters and Candy (our angora goats) for a walk, I thought it would be nice to share this experience with others.
I am a life long animal lover. As a holistic health practitioner I have been studying the healing powers of animals, especially prey animals like horses and goats, on humans that suffer from PTSD, autism and depression. Spending time in the presence of these animals is soothing, fun and brings out the playful curious side in people. After seeing the responses of random strangers on the beach (like adults running after us squealing with excitement) every time we take Butters and Candy (our angora…
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Where you'll be

We will be hiking through California native plants at Manchester Preserve in Encinitas.
Depending on skill level we can either take the valley trail (easy) or hike up to the ridge with views of the local mountains (moderate).
The Beach Walk is available after Labor Day due to overcrowded beaches and lack of parking during the summer. This hike is tide dependent because the beach we are allowed to walk on is only accessible during low tide.

Rated 4.92 out of 5 from 64 reviews.

Rebekah
April 2021
Simone was wonderful and the goats are just too precious to miss out on, a definite experience for the San Diego to do list.
Susanne
April 2021
Buttercup and Cotton Candy are the sweetest goats! Simone and her daughter were very friendly and had a surprise for us during our walk with the goats. Great experience!
Elizabeth
April 2021
This was one of the most fun adventures I’ve been on. The setting was really beautiful. The goats are adorable and have a lot of personality. The host was very welcoming, friendly, kind, thoughtful and personalized the entire experience. The Easter egg hunt was the cherry on top! Highly recommend!
This was one of the most fun adventures I’ve been on. The setting was really beautiful. The goats are adorable and have a lot of personality. The host was very welcoming, friendly,…
Salem
March 2021
Absolutely amazing!! My husband and I fell in love with Cotton Candy and Buttercup. We learned so much about them and what goes into caring for angora goats. I highly recommend this experience if you’re in the area.
Jacqueline
March 2021
We had a great time walking Buttercup and Cotton Candy. Simone and Summer made the walk an informative experience in regards to the goats and our surroundings. This is definitely an adventure worth doing!
Kimberly
March 2021
Loved hiking with these goats and new friends I made in the guides! Loved this and would recommend to friends or family. Simone is a GREAT hostess!

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Please note outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests of all ages can attend.

What to bring

Sunscreen (ideally biodegradable, mineral based since our goats are sensitive to chemical smells and might not want to take treats from the guests if their hands have a strong odor)

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