Photo of alpacas
Come visit
With a luxurious fleece, you can see why alpacas are the world's finest livestock business.

Cascade Alpacas of Oregon is a member of the Hood River County Fruit Loop drive, which is a 35-mile scenic loop through valleys, orchards, forests, farmlands, and friendly communities. We invite you to visit. Call for an appointment if you want to visit outside our business hours.

Alpacas for sale
We have a complete range of alpacas for sale, from low-end to high-end, and can put together a package that will meet your needs.

Free Smart Phone App
With your smart phone you can go to, select Hood River County Chamber, and view information about Foothills Yarn & Fiber.

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Learn about our alpaca socks
Want to know more about why people love alpaca socks? Check out the Copper Crew style.

Foothills Yarn & Fiber
In addition to the largest selection of alpaca yarn in the Columbia River Gorge, our full-service yarn shop offers a wonderful selection of quality yarns and knitting, crocheting, spinning, and weaving tools, books, patterns, and gifts. We also sell Schacht, Kromshi, and Ashford weaving looms and supplies. Visit our website.

Shop Hours
March–May: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11:00–4:00
Memorial Day 11:00–4:00
June–October: Open daily 11:00–5:00
November–December 24: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11:00–4:00
Veteran's Day 11:00–4:00
Always open by appointment.

Cascade Alpacas of Oregon, Inc.
Thomas and Connie Betts
4207 Sylvester Dr
Hood River, OR 97031
541-354-1209 (fax)

See us on TV and on the Web

June 2013
William Shatner Interviewed Thomas

Thomas flew to LA on June 20 to tell his story to William Shatner who is writing a book on entrepreneurs who started businesses when over 55 years old. Hire Yourself will tell the stories and relate to us the lessons we can learn from them. Stay tuned!

CNN interviewed and filmed us for a "Small Business Success" segment that aired for a second time on December 12 & December 14. The short segment is posted on the Web at

April 2011
Watch a YouTube video of our alpacas and yarn shop Here's a fun video of what you'll see when you visit our ranch and our alpacas. See you soon!

NBC's Today show
See us in a feature that was aired on NBC's Today show on Arpil 13, 2010. Jane Pauley visited our ranch to interview Thomas about his career change from being an Operations Manager at West Marine to becoming an alpaca rancher. You can read three articles about us and about alpacas:
- A Rural Reinvention
- Alpacas Are Awesome
- Reality Check: Alpaca Ranching

Other publications
Here are some of the publications that have featured Cascade Alpacas:

  • - USA Today, May 25, 2010
  • - Off the Beaten Path Oregon, book published April 2009
  • - Fortune magazine, Special Investor's Issue, June 23, 2008
  • - Northwest Travel, May-June 2008
  • - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, November 2007
  • - American Express OPEN BOOK, summer 2007
  • - Ruralite magazine, November 2004
  • - Many articles in newspapers, such as the Hood River News, The Oregonian, Capital Press (Northwest's Ag Weekly), The Northwest Connection, and the Bend Bulletin