Meet the gun-toting ‘Tenacious Unicorns’ in rural Colorado

How a transgender-owned alpaca ranch in Colorado foretells the future of the rural queer West.

  • Before heading off to their work sites, the ranchers gather at Peregrine Coffee Roasters in Westcliffe every morning.

  • Nelson buys food for the ranch’s dogs, cats and ducks. Nelson and other ranchers open-carry when they are running errands in town.

  • Tenacious Unicorn Ranch members deliver chicken carcasses killed by a predator on their ranch to Mission: Wolf, an off-the-grid wolf sanctuary. The ranchers were thrilled when they discovered there was another countercultural community just down the road from their new home.