Rusty Stars Alpaca Farm in Madison County, Iowa

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Rusty Stars Alpaca Farm in Madison County, Iowa

Nestled along a beautiful country road in Iowa, Rusty Stars Alpacas offers guests an opportunity to be up close with dozens of Alpacas. Having heard about them from others who have visited, my family couldn’t wait to make the short trip to Winterset, in Madison County, to experience the magic ourselves. Locally owned by Aron Shultz and Kari Shultz, Rusty Stars Alpacas is located just half an hour south of Des Moines. While we loved so many endearing features of the farm, here are our top three reasons others should consider planning a visit to Rusty Stars Alpaca Farm in Madison County, Iowa.


The Alpacas are the star of the show! Guests are welcomed to the farm with a brief overview and are provided a cup of feed. The farm boasts over 30 Alpacas to interact with and during our visit, several of them were eager for a snack. Petting their soft wool and basking in their gentle nature is somehow therapeutic on a sunny Iowa afternoon.


Rusty Stars Alpacas is free to visit and accepts donations. This includes admission to the farm to enjoy the Alpacas and a cup of feed. For families on a budget, this is an excellent activity for a Saturday! My family packed lunch and stopped for a picnic after our visit to make a whole afternoon of the excursion. There are many fun things to do in and around Winterset!

Alpaca Shop

Available to the public is an adorable gift shop filled with Alpaca souvenirs. With a plethora of Alpaca-themed items, including Alpaca wool hats, socks, and more, guests are certain to find the perfect gift. 

Rusty Stars Alpacas is open every Saturday year-round. You can follow them on social media on their Facebook page and/or Instagram for the latest in their Alpaca adventures!

Rusty Stars Alpacas Address

2054 Rustic Lane, Winterset, Iowa 50273

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Michelle Jarnagin

Michelle Jarnagin

My name is Michelle Jarnagin and I live with my husband Dave and our son Devic in Des Moines. We have two Chihuahuas - Loki and Ollie. I work full time as a social worker and Dave is the stay-at-home parent in our household. Devic is currently in Kindergarten and will be entering 1st Grade this fall. In our free time, our family enjoys walking with the dogs, exploring parks and playgrounds, and visiting bowling/arcade centers. This summer you're likely to find us at the baseball fields for Devic's second season or enjoying one of the many festivals/activities Des Moines has to offer.

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