Our Team

As Commercial Outfitters

Provide the best trained and conditioned llamas in the industry to our rental customers and guided guest. Hire and train the hardest working and most qualified guides. Provide an organized, professional and enjoyable work environment. Maintain a high level of full disclosure within our company to employees and guest. Be readily available and quick to respond to questions, concerns and scheduling opportunities.

As Pack Llama Breeders:

Find, prove, and breed the toughest pack llamas available in North America. Preserve the genetics of the working llama for the next generation of back country enthusiast. Continue to refine, build and offer for sale trail tested pack equipment. Mentor and advise those new to llama packing. Offer top quality proven pack llamas to the end user.

Beau Baty | Founder & Operations Manager

I love 4 things in life; my family, God, the outdoors and llamas. Exploring new places in the backcountry and looking for wild animals is my passion. I grew up on a cattle and horse ranch in the Wellsville Mountain Range (known as the steepest mountain range in North America). This is where my desire for adventure was rooted. I will do everything I can to help our customers and guest to be more than satisfied with their purchase and backcountry experiences. If you ever need anything or have questions about llamas, hunting areas, maps, backcountry meals, gear or anything along these lines please give me a call or email me. I make it a priority to get back to you as soon as I can.

Kristin Baty | Owner & Field Manager

Llamas came with Beau when I married him. I wasn’t sure how llamas where going to work into our lives together at first and now I can’t imagine life without them. Having llamas has helped us stay physically active and exploring new things. My favorite part of owning llamas is training the crias and watching them grow each spring. Llamas have enriched our lives and we hope that you can find equal enjoyment and happiness from our llamas.

Rusty Carpenter

Rusty Carpenter was raised in Boise, Idaho by wildlife biologist parents who are passionate about animals and the outdoors. Scouting provided a pathway and community to help deepen and continue his connection to the wild through adolescence, and hiking and backpacking have continued to be major focal points as he aged. Rusty pursued many different careers in the outdoors, working as an archaeologist in Idaho and New Mexico, and as a sea kayak guide in Washington State. Rusty started raising alpacas with a llama herd guardian in Washington in 2014 and began working with llamas more and more frequently while beginning to reach out and form a connection with Beau Baty. Rusty made the decision to sell his herd and pursue llama guiding full time and in early 2017 jumped on the Wilderness Ridge Trail Llama team to carry our Capitol Reef Llama trekking program through its first season. He really feels that helping others connect with and explore nature (with the help of llamas!) Is his calling in life and feels blessed to be able to live this passion.

Dennis Duenas

With nearly nearly two decades of experience in mountain travel including skiing, rock climbing, hunting, mountaineering, and mountain biking, Dennis' passion for the mountains, the flora, fauna, and the remote backcountry really shows when he speaks about his mountain adventures. He likes to share this passion as a guide introducing his guests to the wonders of our natural world. To make things even more interesting, Dennis also raises and packs llamas. Llamas allow him to go longer and farther into the backcountry in style with the comfort of good, healthy food and a few other luxurious his trail companions pack for him. When he’s not guiding he can usually be found on his llama ranch in Bozeman, MT.

Brandon Anderson

Brandon grew up in southeastern Idaho enjoying hiking and backpacking in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem as well as the mountains of Central Idaho. This eventually led to him guiding hunting camps in The Frank Church Wilderness as well in Western Wyoming for the several years. Brandon met Beau Baty owner of Wilderness Trail Ridge Llamas and soon found that llamas were a great way to experience the backcountry. Brandon has slowly converted from a solo backpacker to a llama packer. Brandon adds a great deal of backcountry know-how to the guide team and is well in-tune with the heart of the mountains.

Jessiny Mkay

Growing up playing outside in rural Idaho, Jessiny has always loved the outdoors, hiking and taking care of animals. Bottle feeding and raising orphaned lambs at the age of six was her first entrepreneurial pursuit. Volunteering over 1,400 hours at a summer camp for 4th-6th graders, Jessiny took hundreds of kids on nature hikes, water hikes, and night hikes up the hills of Pine Basin. Her determined spirit propelled her through high school a year early, graduating with high honors. Her enthusiasm for hiking and calm way of handling the llamas, lead to being hired by Wilderness Ridge Trail Llamas. She can play any song she hears on the guitar, or ukulele or harmonica. She is working hard to fund her college experience at Lewis and Clark College where she is on the track and cross- country team. Jessiny is our llama wrangler and trail guide at Capitol Reef Resort.

Josh Gunderson

Boudin ground round jowl, andouille chuck capicola pig pancetta short loin pastrami biltong pork chop. Pork loin tongue burgdoggen flank. Kielbasa prosciutto salami shoulder turducken venison. Pork loin shankle spare ribs tongue meatloaf cow beef turducken flank. Meatloaf capicola chicken, t-bone turkey pork belly sirloin burgdoggen. Spare ribs venison filet mignon cow pork capicola bresaola tail meatloaf hamburger shankle ribeye rump. Chuck pork belly jowl, boudin rump t-bone landjaeger pastrami ball tip ground round doner meatloaf strip steak turducken.

McKayla

McKayla grew up in Minnesota where her love for the outdoors began with a childhood spent on the lakes and rivers. This love stirred into a full-hearted passion with a job outside the RMNP in Estes, CO as a zip line and rock climbing facilitator. The desire for travel and exploring led her later to work in the airlines as a flight attendant. Itching to get more of the great outdoors, Mckayla started with wilderness ridge trail llamas in the operating seasons of 2016 as a guide and in small business operations. McKayla fell in love with the llamas as well as the heart, vision, and passion of the company. Even more than spending time in the mountains and hiking with her beloved furry friends, mckayla finds the greatest joy in the diverse community of guests she gets to share the experiences with.