Jumpin Goats and Free Camping in Colorado
Jumping Good Goat Farm is just shy of Buena Vista, Colorado and is a part of the Harvest Hosts program…which means FREE CAMPING, fresh cheese and plenty of goats to love up on!
We were on our way from Breckenridge, CO to Taos, NM and this little goat farm was on our route and just what we needed to warm our souls in the middle of winter.
Dawn, the owner, farmer and cheese maker, showed us around the farm and even let us snuggle up with some of her favorite kids.
We learned a little about the goat’s diet, how important the right grass is to the flavor of the milk, and how the ladies refuse to milk when the boys are around. Apparently, goats are a little more high maintenance and sensitive than cows.
This furry red haired beauty was the sweetest little cow!
Oh, the baby’s! These little goats are so sweet and cuddly that I asked Dawn if they’d be willing to trade two cats for a baby goat. Sadly, she didn’t go for it.
We didn’t make our way into Buena Vista (a shame I know) because we were enjoying the peace and quiet of the farm. We heard there is a great distillery in town along with some fantastic eating and plenty of white water…so I guess we’ll have to come back another time.
We did however make off with a nice chunk of peach chipotle chevre in our fridge! The farm store will sample anything you want to try and somehow, Jason managed to snap a photo of the cheese curds and yet we didn’t taste them?!? We’ve never had goat’s milk cheese curds before and now after posting these photos my curiosity is going to kill me. So please, if you make it there before we do again, let us know how they are! Remember if they don’t squeak, its not legit!
From the moment we pulled up, to the moment we left it was quiet and calm on the farm (granted it was below freezing); and our stay provided some much needed time to relax and rejuvenate before our next adventures in Taos.
Have you stayed at this Harvest Host farm or another one we need to know about? Share your favorite farm stays, your cheese curd experiences and any thoughts in the comments below!
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Debbie from Illinois
Cute goats. Thanks for the info about Harvest Hosts.
Our Pleasure Debbie!
We have lived in Colorado before but have yet to explore in the RV. Thanks for taking us along on this little adventure. We love goat cheese. 🙂
We visited the farm with our 4 boys and they were so family friendly. They boys were able to enjoy milking the goats as well as pet and feed them. They took us down into their cheese cellar and we loved tasting all the different types of cheeses. My fridge was well stocked for a while. I hope we are able to visit there again.
Loved this post and photos! Your blog is great. I am enjoying catching up on your adventures
awe thanks, its hard not to take photos of all those cute faces!
Brett & Paul
I am so happy to see that you two got to connect with my absolute favorite animal. Most people never get to find out that goats are THE best pets!
We love goats! Seriously, if we didn’t already have 2 cats (and no yard or grass) we would get a goat now!
If you’re coming as far south as Albuquerque, I would like to meet you guys. This life sounds fascinating.
We have already made our trek through NM for this year so you may just have to take a road trip and meet us somewhere on the road!
I like it. They have goats and composting toilets.
ha ha, it’s a good combo!
Jenn - Newschool Nomads
Really enjoyed reading this post. Goats are in my top 5 favorite animals (tied at #2 with cats right behind horses). This farm looks like a dream…what I’d love to do when we settle down. That pic of Nikki holding the goat is adorable. The only harvest host site we ever stayed at was a flower farm in Vermont. It was cool but there weren’t any goats.