Photo of alpacas

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

Alpacas for sale
We have alpacas for sale. Let's choose two or three that will melt your heart.

If you're interested in purchasing alpacas, give us a call. We can answer your questions.

Yarn shop
Our yarn shop is no longer open to the public.

Cascade Alpacas of Oregon logo

Cascade Alpacas of Oregon, Inc.
Thomas and Connie Betts
4207 Sylvester Dr
Hood River, OR 97031

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

See us on TV and on the Web

May, 2016
Documentary for Stanford Center on Longevity

This eight-minute film tells three stories of how people are planning to live and are living during their retirement years. Play the video titled, "What would you do with 30 extra years?"

May 2015
Video by Xplore Film and Oregon Lifestyles

See the video about our alpacas, yarn shop, and the Hood River County Fruit Loop.

January 2014
Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life by Jane Pauley

In 2014, every baby boomer will have reached the milestone age of fifty. For most, it's not the end, but the beginning of something new. Read our story and the delightful, compelling, and inspiring stories of many others who started their own businesses. Find the book on

October 2013
What Do Alpacas and William Shatner Have In Common?

Read the blog of Quirky Warrior Woman Writer, Kimberly A Cook, to find out!

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. We'll announce the book when it's published!

December 2012
Oregon Lifestyles

The episode of the Oregon Lifestyles cable show that features us aired on Comcast cable channels 11, 22, and 23 in Portland, Gresham, Beaverton, and Oregon City at the end of December.
December 2011


CNN interviewed and filmed us for a short "Small Business Success" segment that aired for a second time on December 12 & December 14.

April 2010
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

Fall 2010
National TV Commercial

Thomas, Connie, and some of their alpacas are in an American Express TV commercial that was filmed in Hollywood and aired during 2010. You can watch an early version of the commercial.