About the Ranch

Our alpaca journey started one Saturday morning when Arleen was watching a television show called California Heartland. Using Joan Spears’ El Ranchito in Santa Ynez, CA, it showed how alpacas could be a wonderful way of life and a business. After sending for information, and visiting El Ranchito and Heartland Ranch in Arizona, we decided to pursue the “Alpaca Lifestyle”. We purchased our first alpaca from Heartland Ranch, and attended all of the informational and “hands on” classes that were given there.

Far View Ranch is located about 55 miles southeast of Tucson. It is in the scenic, rolling grasslands and wine region of southeastern Arizona (Elgin) on 38+ acres at an elevation of 4,800 feet. This is the area where the “classic” movies Red River (John Wayne) and Oklahoma (the train station musical number scene) were filmed. The main house, casita, barn, perimeter and interior fences, etc. were completed in August, 2008.  Our out-of-town guests are welcome to stay in the casita.

Arizona Alpaca Ranch

Arleen was an imaging technologist in Newport Beach, California. Jerry was a college professor (retired June,  2010) in southern California, where he taught Physical Geography and Weather and Climate. Now, we are full-time ranchers.

Our professional backgrounds, careful planning, and love of the animals have enabled us to provide a healthy, safe, and fun environment for our alpacas. Our invaluable alpaca protectors are Hunter and Jasmine (Great Pyrenees) and Panda (Heeler mix). They know their job, do it well, and make visitors feel welcome. Tia (Anatolian Shepherd) and Sundance (Australian Shepherd) passed away in 2010. We miss them terribly but life goes on.

We have 40 alpacas and 2 guanacos, which we take care of, know by name, and enjoy. Our herd is from diverse bloodlines including Sundance, Serono, Hemingway, Drambui, El Padre, Don Julio, Trinidad, Caligula, Danko, Chieftain, Camilio, Chaccu, Legacy, Victor, Royal Fawn, Yupanqui, and Presidio, with colors ranging from white to black. The goals of our breeding program are to continually improve confirmation and the fineness and density of the fiber.

We sell animals, breedings, and alpaca products (fibre, yarn, socks, gloves, scarves, sweaters, Pendleton alpaca blankets, etc.). Our alpaca products are sold at the Steak Out Restaurant gift shop in Sonoita and at various local festivals.

Please visit us, enjoy our alpacas, and see how we’ve organized our ranch. When you see our view you’ll know immediately why we call our ranch Far View.

Our Associations

AOBAAlpaca Breeders of ArizonaAlpaca RegistryChamber of Commerce