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3 Day Goat Cheese Making Holiday and Farm Tour in Salida, Colorado

Mountain Goat Lodge, 9582 US HWY 285 N, Salida, 81201, Chaffee County, Colorado, USA

Cheese Making Holiday in the USA

Stay at Mountain Goat Lodge that offers casual and comfortable lodging with all the modern conveniences of home. You can make your stay even more memorable by taking some of Mountain Goat Lodge's many unforgettable classes in Colorado, USA! They will teach you everything you will need to know about cheese making and raising your own chickens.


  • 2-hour cheese making class
  • 2-hour class of raising backyard chickens
  • A farm tour for a goat meet and greet
  • Breathtaking mountain views
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • 3 fresh farm breakfasts


2 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
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  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Shopping
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Special menu request
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Library
  • Parking lot
  • Wedding

Mountain Goat Lodge offers a variety of accommodation options from the luxurious to the quirky, all within 20 acres of rolling pastures at the foot of the famous Sawatch Range. The lodge is pet-friendly so feel free to bring along your four-legged friends! You'll be warmly welcomed (by humans and animals) and experience a truly unforgettable stay. They have plenty of their own animals, including goats, chickens and ducks, a dog, and a llama. The resident goats roam the meadows, providing them with the milk, cheese, and yogurt for their tasty homecooked breakfasts and cheese making classes.

Each room has free Wi-Fi, HDTV, HBO, a mini-fridge, a private bathroom and fluffy bathrobes, a rustic king-size bed with luxury linens, and a private balcony with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Suites are available, as are vintage trailers and campers during the summer months. They also have a commercial hot tub for you to use 24 hours a day. It's the perfect place to soak your post-hike aching muscles!

Two-room suite

Named for the widespread mountain range just to the west of the lodge, the Sawatch suite is perfect for a romantic Colorado Rockies honeymoon or any other occasion. This large, two-room suite can sleep up to four with a king bed in the bedroom and a couch that folds out into a full sized bed in the living room. A faux fireplace in the living room creates a cozy atmosphere.

The room’s entrance is on the lodge’s main floor and the room’s two balconies offer mountain views to the north and the northwest for truly beautiful views. The Sawatch suite includes a private full bathroom. This suite provides lots of room to stretch out and relax after a day on the river or the slopes. Flat-screen HDTV provides entertainment and relaxation with the latest from HBO and a host of other viewing options. Mini-fridge and free Wi-Fi are included.

King room

This room has a gorgeous west-facing mountain view. The Shavano room is a wildflower and bird-themed room featuring beautiful light sage-colored walls, a balcony, brand new king-size pillow topped log bed, two built-in log desks, log end tables, and wildflower accessories and artwork. The room includes a private bath, HDTV with HBO and premium satellite service, mini-fridge, and free Wi-Fi.

Other room amenities

  • Alarm clock
  • All news channel
  • AM / FM radio
  • Barbeque grills
  • Bathroom amenities
  • Bathtub / shower combination
  • Comphy brand bedding
  • Chair provided with desk
  • Color television
  • Cribs
  • Cups / glassware
  • Desk with electrical outlet
  • Dining guide
  • Maid service
  • Water purification system
  • Smoke detectors
  • Self-controlled heating / cooling system
  • Premium movie channels
  • Pets allowed


Cheese making

Who doesn't love the taste and texture of goat cheese! Mountain Goat Lodge's cheese making courses allow you the chance to learn everything from how to milk a goat (although any type of milk can be used), take the fresh milk, and make simple cheeses quickly and economically.

Depending on the time of year, they will provide you with either freshly pasteurized goat milk or locally produced pasteurized cow's milk. Their dairy goats provide milk to support the in-house cheese making and is also used for the cheese making classes. They will make enough for you to enjoy during your visit, along with generous samples of all the cheeses you make to take home. You may also enjoy varieties of goat cheese at breakfast during your stay.

This two-hour class includes an overview on goat husbandry and a hands-on workshop where you will learn to make one or more of the following: chevre, fresh mozzarella, feta, paneer, or a fabulous fool-proof method for Greek-style yogurt. This informal cheese making workshop allows ample time to relax and chat with Gina and the other guests while sampling local refreshments, homemade cheeses, and snacks.

Farm tour

The goats are the stars of the show here! Take a tour of the farm for a goat meet and greet - you'll get to know them all and their wonderful personalities.

Raising backyard chickens

Learn everything you need to know to start raising your own flock of backyard chickens! This class features a hands-on classroom and lots of handouts. Come learn about a variety of topics including:

  • Housing to avoid predators
  • Proper feeding
  • First aid
  • Raising chicks
  • Incubating eggs
  • Breed types
  • Meat and bird egg


Mountain Goat Lodge is your gateway to adventure in the wilds of Colorado, USA! With everything from hiking trails and whitewater rafting to shopping and sightseeing on offer, you won't be short of things to see, do, and experience during your stay. They are located in central Colorado in the pristine wilderness, yet just six miles from the historic town of Salida, which has history and thrills and spills in abundance.

Arkansas River rafting is a hugely popular activity in the summertime, with a number of professional companies offering whitewater rafting trips on all lengths of the river at all skill levels. If winter sports are more your thing, head to the Monarch Mountain ski resort. There, you can hit the slopes for downhill skiing, snowcat skiing, and snowboarding. If you're new to skiing, they offer fun lessons for all abilities. Monarch Mountain offers some of the best skiing in Colorado, so it's a place not to be missed.

Hikers and trailblazers should have the Colorado 14ers on their wishlist! Named for their heights of 14,000 plus feet, these 58 mountains offer an epic climbing challenge. Be sure to fully prepare for your trek by acclimating yourself to the altitude; train hard for hiking in the thin air and start your hike early in the day to avoid afternoon storms. Also, remember to take plenty of water and antacids to combat altitude sickness.


  • Salida, 6 miles



  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Hot spring
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking
  • Shopping
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Zip lining


  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Special menu request
  • Pet friendly


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Library
  • Parking lot
  • Room cleaning
  • Toiletries
  • Wedding


Mountain Goat Lodge offers a hearty farm breakfast, served from 08:00-09:00 each morning. Come to the dining area to enjoy specially prepared breakfast entrees, including homemade biscuits and gravy, Monte Cristos, Eggs Benedict, Huevos rancheros, goat cheese, and tomato frittata. More specifically, your breakfast includes:

  • Custom-made lattes and espresso drinks using locally roasted Phoenix Mountain coffee beans
  • Locally roasted and freshly brewed Phoenix Mountain coffee
  • Specialty teas from around the world
  • Orange pineapple juice
  • Milk (from either cow or fresh goat milk)
  • Alternative dairies such as soy, coconut or almond milk
  • Freshly baked pastries
  • Homemade Greek-style goat's milk yogurt and fruit
  • A hot farm-fresh breakfast such as farm fresh eggs, bacon, and hash browns or similar

Please let Mountain Goat Lodge know if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies when making your reservations.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • ATV riding
  • Camping
  • Climbing
  • Fine dining
  • Four-wheeling
  • Geocaching
  • Ghost town tour
  • Goat care
  • Goat yoga
  • Golfing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Photography class
  • Rockhounding
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowcat skiing
  • Soaking in the hot springs
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Trailblazing
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Zip-lining

What's included

  • 2-hour cheese making class
  • 2-hour class of raising backyard chickens
  • 1 farm tour
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • 3 fresh farm breakfasts

What's not included

  • Tax

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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