Welcome to Pack Animal Magazine

We here at Pack Animal are passionate about our quadruped hiking companions. They willingly haul our gear so we can hike further, stay longer, and forgo counting ounces. They enable all sorts of people to get out, from families with small children, to folks with bad backs, to hobbyists with cumbersome equipment. And because of their size and disposition, many of these alternative pack animals can be leased by hikers with only a basic familiarity of animal husbandry.


Pack Animal Magazine tells the stories of people exploring the great outdoors with llamas, goats, donkeys, yaks... and any number of other animals that will happily follow you up the trail while hauling all your stuff. But a pack animal is a means to an end, albeit a companionable one, so we also print stories that matter to the hiker, the fly angler, the conservationist, the hunter, the climber, the plein air painter, the nature photographer, the mountain biker, the backcountry skier, the trail maintenance crew member—basically, anyone who values our public land. Every issue contains regular columns about navigation skills, public land advocacy, and minimum impact camping.

Nature Writing Book Club

Book Club

Pack Animal is partnering up with the American Alpine Club Library and the West Denver chapter of Trout Unlimited for a monthly nature writing book club!


We’ll meet from 6:00pm-7pm on the fourth Wednesday of every month at the American Alpine Club Library in the American Mountaineering Center, 710 Tenth Street, Suite 15, Golden, CO 80401.