Registered purebred and percentage Kiko Goats raised for hardiness, meat and pack goat prospects
Kopf Canyon Ranch

Pack Goats

Yes! We have pack goat prospects! And trekking goat prospects!​​

Kiko, Kiko/Saanen, Kiko/Alpine, and Kiko/Alpine/Oberhasli
Herd is CAE, CL, Johnes tested negative 

This is by far our favorite part of our operation - breeding goats who will be future pack goats and trail companions!

We were goat breeders quietly going on about our business until the packing community found us and reeled us in. Kikos are still very experimental in the packing world, and we are game to be part of the experiment. It started with the sale of a few prospects, and then came the pictures of their adventures, and then packing envy...and now, we have divided the breeding program to select for packing traits, brought in new animals specifically to grow the packing program...and not to be left out, we are beginning to train our very own for the trail! 

Packing with goats may seem like a new trend, but it has been going on for thousands of years.
While the dog was the first domesticated animal,  goats weren't far behind - and well ahead of cats
or horses!  Goats are intelligent, friendly and agile, can go places that horses and mules can't,
and require little to manage them on a trail and at home.

Watch Pack Goats in Action!

CAUTION: This video has music -
mute your apparatus before pressing play
so as not to cause disruption

Trying something new for 2019!

Pack Prospect Pick Party  over Memorial Day weekend.
We will accept deposits of $100 per pick, and pick order will be in the order of deposits received. 
You may specify a crossbred preference, or purebred preference and if there are not enough picks to accomodate your pick order, your deposit is refundable.

Pick day is Saturday, May 25th at 11 AM. We will provide lunch after the pick. You are welcome to arrive Friday to camp, and camp through the weekend until Monday at 1PM. We will be available through the weekend to help transition your prospect, hike with you and your new family member, and answer questions.

If we have more goats than picks, they will become available after Memorial Day weekend.

Our  prospects are  socialized early with adults, children and other animals - dogs, cats, horses, llamas and poultry. We generally prefer to keep kids with their dams until 6-8 weeks of age before introducing a bottle.  They learn very important goat skills, manners, and we can see how they are developing.  It also gives us the opportunity to administer vaccines and castrate. 

"Kopf Canyon  helped me select the correct kid for my purposes: bush clearing and eventual pack goat.
Even before getting our little Zorro, they helped me with a buckling I had obtained from another breeder.
As a new goat owner I had/have many questions and their replies were timely and spot-on.
Zorro has a very loving and affectionate personality. He enjoys the company of people as well as other goats and dogs.
We are looking forward to welcoming another Kopf Canyon buckling into our herd next year!
Getting a goat from Kopf Canyon is like the Nordstrom shopping experience -
strong hands-on customer service with plenty of follow-up!"

purebred Kiko pack prospect
at 5 days old
now residing in

Pack Goat  Resources:

Click on the photos to visit the links - and be sure to tell them that Kopf Canyon sent you! 

We are members and serve on the board of the North American Packgoat Association, which is an organization established specifically for promoting packing with goats.
The organization seeks to further the pursuit of goat packing by sharing the knowledge, ideas, and experiences of its members, by promoting the use of packgoats to the public as a means of low impact wilderness transportation and recreation.
Thier mission is to promote the common sense use and enjoyment of packgoats to improve, mentor, and encourage competency in the practice
of goat packing among interested persons; to provide communication among and to disseminate information to interested users; to promote scientific study of the caprine species, their care, welfare and training; to urge recognition of goat packing as a low impact pack stock alternative; and, to establish traditions which will aid, perpetuate, and further the welfare of
goat packing and the goats it employs.  Also find them on Facebook!

Membership in NAPGA
is a prerequisite to purchasing a prospect
from us.

Northwest Pack Goats and Supplies is a neighbor to us is Weippe, Idaho. They manufacture and sell pack goat equipment and supplies world wide, and  have been in business since 1995! Everything you need for a truly unique camping experience. Their site has great information about pack goats as well.

Looking for hiking buddies that will help carry your gear? Well, you've found them.  With Goat Pro Idaho our eager ungulates are ready to enrich your backcountry experience! Experience environmentally friendly packing that eases the load on your back, hips, and knees!   If you are under 10 or over 40,
anyone could use a lighter load. You do not need to be an experienced goat packer.

High Uinta Pack Goats has been providing the public with pack goat rental services and training programs since 1994.
Lots of information about goat packing on their page! Check out their resources. Talk to Clay about his experiences with Kiko goats on the trail!

An excellent resource with training videos and podcasts.
Site is being developed - more good things to come!