Our years of experience enable us to set up comfortable, first class base camps for our guests. Our extensive knowledge of local ecology, natural/regional history, and wilderness living skills, makes our llama trekking adventures highly educational; and sets Wild Earth apart as the llama trekking outfitter and wilderness guide service in northern New Mexico.
We operate under permits issued by the Carson and Santa Fe National Forests, as well as the Taos and Albuquerque offices of the BLM. Most of our treks take place in the remote regions of the Wheeler Peak, Columbine-Hondo, Latir Peak Wilderness Areas, and Rio Grande Gorge/Wild and Scenic Rivers Recreation Area. We know these areas intimately, enabling us to create custom wilderness experiences for any age or fitness level. We specifically choose trails and base camp locations that are seldom visited, to provide you with a true wilderness experience. We keep our group sizes small, in order to ensure a high quality adventure for all.
Wild Earth guides are trained and certified in wilderness medicine, CPR, emergency rescue and evacuation. Our level of preparedness, keen instincts, intimate understanding of local weather patterns, and pro-active attitude make our treks safe and keep our clients warm, dry, and enjoying themselves, even in the most extreme conditions. Our safety record is impeccable, and we are proud to say that we have never had a major injury in all our years as a wilderness outfitter.
Our company offers gourmet lunch day hikes, multi day pack trips, and custom wilderness experiences into the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico. On the trail, gentle and surefooted llamas carry the gear while our experienced guides share knowledge of local ecology. Backcountry gourmet meals served on all trips.
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
M06749 has been leading fun and educational wilderness excursions in the Southern Rockies and High Desert of New Mexico, since 1993. We are gearing up for our 20th incredible season of hiking and exploring New Mexico’s Pristine Wilderness.
2. What is your company's mission?
Our mission is to promote conservation and stewardship of our public wild lands, by sharing quality wilderness adventures with people of all ages, backgrounds and fitness levels.
3. What does your company specialize in?
M06749 offers guided wilderness hiking excursions with llamas. We specialize in “hands-on”, interpretive wilderness ecology and education. On the trail, gentle, eco-friendly pack llamas carry the gear, while experienced naturalist guides share information about local ecology, natural history, native flora and fauna, ancient cultures, and wilderness skills.
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
The Founder and Director of M06749 is Stuart Wilde. In addition to guiding and outfitting, Stuart is a passionate advocate for wilderness protection and conservation of our public wild lands. He works directly with the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, as well as local conservation organizations, to protect New Mexico’s natural and cultural heritage, for future generations to enjoy.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
Our most popular tour is the “Take a Llama to Lunch!”™ Wilderness Day Hike, which is a full day of hiking, exploring, and interpretive ecology, with a fabulous gourmet lunch, served in a scenic wilderness location. For the more adventurous, we offer multi-day expeditions to remote areas with opportunities to camp near crystal clear alpine lakes, encounter Rocky Mountain wildlife, and climb New Mexico’s tallest peaks.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
Many of our guests say that their wilderness experience with M06749 was the highlight of their New Mexico vacation. Others have said it was the best outdoor experience of their lives. M06749 was recently ranked in the Top Ten Tours in America, and is currently listed as the #1 Tour/Activity in the Taos area.