Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch

Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch, Molalla: Hours, Address, Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch Reviews: 5/5

Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch

Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch
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Speciality & Gift Shops • Ranches
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Who we are…Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch is an 18 acre ranch in Molalla, Oregon. We are directly in between Molalla and Silverton. We have 80+ Huacaya alpacas. We breed our animals for the fineness of their fiber, with a soft handle and good density. Our goal is to create a long term fineness in all animals that mimics the feel of cashmere or better. Presently more than half our herd is under 21 micron. We have white as well as a variety of other colors of alpacas. There are 22 natural colors of alpacas as defined by the Alpaca Registry. Bill is an AOBA Certified Fleece and Performance Judge. His education helps in the purchases and breeding of our alpacas. In the future we will be holding seminars on fleece evaluations, breeding selection, business plan write ups and fiber arts. If there is a topic you’d like to learn about, we’ll find the instructor and create the class. Or you can just stop by and we would be happy to answer your questions. We have a large fleece room dedicated for presentations and a ranch store for a quick pick up gift for yourself or someone special.Our herd consists of eight studs we either fully own or own in partnership. They are Snowmass Trilogy, Ezekial's Challenger of Marquam Hill, Crescent Moon’s Ezekial, Crescent Moon’s Accoyo Elizario, Accoyo America Kodiak, Nirvana of AMHR, Denver of AMHR and Emerald Cloud's Javelin.We love to talk about these amazing animals. Whether it is a question on how to get started, breeding questions, animal husbandry, the investment aspects (Bill is a retired CPA) or anything else that you might be interested in, please feel free to stop by, give us a call or drop us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!
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stephaniewoolsey
San Jose, CA158 contributions
First of all, it is free to come visit the alpacas. You can pay for a tour if you wish, but you have to arrange that ahead of time - at least that is what their website says.

Also, the alpacas are cute and made us smile, and there are many items to purchase in their small store. There is food you can buy to feed them, and they are clearly used to getting this, because they came near us but once they realized we had not food for them, they walked away with a disgruntled air.

The owner, Bill, was very friendly and informative - not just about alpacas, but the area in general.

Highly recommend this unique farm if you are in the area!
Written April 3, 2021
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Thank you for visiting. We will need to talk to our alpacas about only being nice to the guests that feed them!
Written April 4, 2021
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Heather V
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Friends
Visited the ranch on 6/12/2020. The ranch is open for business, 10-4! I called ahead and the owner answered all of my questions and was very helpful. Showed up and the owner remembered speaking with me over the phone and was excited that we made it in! I did the $5 feed bag option to get to meet the animals and the owner brought them to the gate and told me about each and everyone of them as they all ate from my hand! (There is a feeding option not from your hand.) Then the owner explained the shearing process to me and let me feel the wool myself. She went back into the gift shop with us and explained in great detail the rug making process and answered all of our questions! Hand sanitizer and masks are aplenty on the ranch. I definitely recommend a visit to see these beautiful animals! The owner is very friendly and will be just as excited to see you!
Written June 12, 2020
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Thank you for taking time out of your vacation to meet us and our alpacas. We hope to see you again when you are in Oregon next!
Written June 13, 2020
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Isabella K
Milwaukee, WI9 contributions
Of my entire first trip to Portland and the surrounding area, this was definitely my favorite and most memorable part. I found this opportunity through these great reviews, and I can confirm how wonderful the alpacas, cats, and owners at Marquam Hill Ranch are. The owners are very educated about their alpacas and genuinely care for each of them as they share stories and facts. Not to mention, they do an EXCELLENT job of staying environmentally conscious in many ventures including a reduction of plastic waste use associated with the grooming and sorting of fleece. The owners instructed how to properly interact with and feed an alpaca, and the alpacas themselves were very sweet. Though the tour had been booked the day we went, the owners kindly offered to make space for my family of four; they were also very flexible with their tour in that you can participate as you like, and they can accommodate their activities as needed. I would easily come back here to learn more about and interact with the alpacas for a private tour. The drive from Portland is beyond worth it!
Written June 20, 2021
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Thank you for visiting. We do try and practice sustainability throughout the ranch. We look forward to showing you more on your next visit.
Written June 22, 2021
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Stanley W
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My husband and I took our 3 grandchildren here for the first time today. They are ages 12, 9 and 5. They were very excited to see alpacas for the first time ever! Unfortunately, the people we dealt with, especially the older woman, whom I assume is the owner, were somewhat rude and unfriendly. We had heard such good things about this place and so many good reviews, that maybe our expectations were too high. But that still doesn’t excuse how we were treated. She didn’t really volunteer any information and seemed as if we were in the way of her chores. I was desperately trying to make it more fun for them and found 3 bags of feed for sale to give to the alpacas. As my 9 year old granddaughter was feeding them, one of them spit on her and she was very upset. The owners response was this “if she had been wearing a mask, it wouldn’t have happened “. Now, we were all outside and we all had masks, but she had took hers off while feeding them. Nobody else was near her at the time. I noticed afterward that there were a few others without masks on at all. We will not go back. What a disappointment for all of us.
Written October 29, 2020
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Thank you for taking time out of your day to visit us and our alpacas. We are sorry to hear you had a poor experience. After reading your review, talking with both the employees on duty and giving it alot of thought, I have a few thoughts that I will share but please call me, Bill Cameron at 971.212.2210 to discuss this further and figure out a way to get you the experience your were hoping for. When I read through some of our more recent reviews, I noticed they were sharing their experiences on two different options we provide. The intensive tour is about 75 minutes and spends about 45 minutes explaining how we care for the alpacas and traits that make them special. Then we spend about 30 minutes with the guests watching the moms eat, having the yearlings eat at out of your lap and then walking with them on lead. The tour ends up in the store where we will show you how the qualities of their fiber produce such amazing products. This tour is 19 dollars, requires a reservation and we book out about 2 to 5 weeks. We also invite guests to stop by and meet the alpacas. This is a non scheduled opportunity to meet the alpacas. We will try and answer questions and give guests some history about our alpacas. As you mentioned, we do offer grain to feed the alpacas for 5 dollars. I am sorry that your granddaughter was spit on, Jennifer feels bad that you took her comment as rude. She was trying to make your granddaughter feel better by injecting some humor. We are both sorry it was not taken that way. With this "meet the alpacas" option we cannot always spend the amount of time that we would like with guests since we have the store to oversee and cleaning to do. Speaking of cleaning, we try and clean where our guests can go as each set of guests leaves, due the Covid 19 We also follow Governor Brown's executive order that requires anyone inside the barn or store to wear a mask if the they are 5 or older. I have asked people to leave that do not follow that executive order. While this may seem tough, we can get fined and or shut down by OSHA for not following the order. It is also the best way to protect our guests and employees. In closing, I am very sorry that your visit here did not measure up to your expectations. Again, please call me at the above number so we can see how we can get the experience you were looking for.
Written November 21, 2020
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Nat M
Portland1 contribution
We had a fantastic afternoon visiting the ranch - two adults and four children between 8 and 14. We had booked a private tour (highly recommended), during which Jennifer gave us a wealth of information and background about alpacas, allowed us to feed these adorable animals and even walk them around a bit. The owners, Jennifer and Bill were MORE than welcoming and considerate, demonstrating all precautions during COVID-19. Masks and frequent sanitizing were in full force. They were so friendly, knowledgeable and we had a truly fabulous visit. The beautiful grounds have areas to picnic, corn hole to play and fun photo ops. Gift shop was well-curated with very high quality items. We will be back!
Written July 25, 2020
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We are happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Written July 25, 2020
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carrie p
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I have been meaning to write this review for a long time as my experience at the farm was unforgettable. My husband and I drove down on our way to the tulip festival. It was a nice place to stop on the way. We thought we would be there for 15-20 minutes and ended up staying 1.5 hours!!

We did not purchase a tour ahead of time but when I went down there the owner still took the time to let me feed and pet the animals. He explained to be all about the fibers (which I am really into because I am studying materials). He was so willing to share his wisdom about the animals, the fibers, and how the animals were all judged and award winning.

I would 100% recommend visiting this farm and buying the tour. I will purchase the tour the next time someone comes to visit us.
Written January 18, 2020
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Thank you for taking time to visit. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay! We look forward to seeing you again.
Written February 11, 2020
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Jay Flats
Los Angeles, CA274 contributions
Solo
I did an internet search for weird things to do with n Portland. 45 mins later I’m walking around the Alpaca Ranch with One of the owners Jen! I needed a unique experience and I found one! I learned a lot about these animals and was able to capture video of myself feeding them. Super cute and since I’m a big kid… I loved it! I even purchased a pair of Alpaca socks and Alpaca stickers from the gift shop!
Written August 18, 2021
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Thank you for coming out and meeting our alpacas. We are expecting another 6 to 7 cria, so we will have lots of activity out here!
Written August 23, 2021
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Lyle R
4 contributions
This place was wonderful! We went not knowing what to expect and came away with so much knowledge! We were taken around an shown the Alpacas in the different fields while learning about them, followed by the change to get to feed them.
Then in the shop we were educated about the different types of fibers and what the ratings meant. This was our favorite stop on a great vacation and we are looking forward to going again.
Written June 17, 2021
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Thank you so much for taking time out of your vacation. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed meeting our alpacas. We look forward to seeing you again!
Written June 22, 2021
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trekkeross
Portland, OR24 contributions
Today I took my two grandkids, ages 9 and 12, to Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch. Bill, the owner, gave us an alpaca short course--what they eat, when they are shorn, how their fleece is used. The kids got to feed them, too. They have a lovely gift shop so we could see what wonderful products are made from alpaca fleece.
Written June 25, 2020
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Thank you for coming out to see us! It was great to meet you and your grandkids. We have had our first cria and are looking forward to many more. I sure the grandkids would enjoy seeing the little cria running around!
Written July 7, 2020
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Katrina D
6 contributions
Couples
We went here yesterday around noon. It was about 50 minutes from Portland but its definitely worth the drive! Once we got there we were greeted by a lady and she was very friendly and welcoming! We are from out of town and she suggested a lot of places to see in Oregon. Also, COVID safety guidelines were implemented. They have sanitizers and people were wearing masks. Definitely recommend stopping by! 10/10 experience :)
Written July 9, 2020
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Thank you for visiting! I hope you had a chance to meet our newest cria. We are expecting another 20 cria this summer. We hope to see you again soon.
Written July 11, 2020
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