Parking and special directions

A Simpler Time Alpacas & Mill

A Simpler Time Alpaca Mill MapA Simpler Time Alpacas & Mill is located on a hill side of Crest, California. The drive is fairly simple, and the roads are all paved. Your GPS devise will get you there safely.

As you ascend La Cresta Rd, you will be able to see several blue buildings trimmed in white clustered together on the hill side. This is their place.

La Cresta Rd, which becomes La Cresta Blvd will take you up beyond their hillside spot. Your GPS will guide you along the mountain ridge to Alta Lane.

In order to get to Alta Lane, you must turn right on Madera Verde, and then left on Alta Lane. Continue straight until you reach Alta Place. You can park along Alta lane and a few cars can park off to the side at the top of Alta Place.

The store will be located at the top of the road at 1855 Alta pl. So you do not need to drive down Alta place. If you want a tour of the mill, for your convenience,  there will be shuttle 15 passenger van that will shuttle groups down to the mill so that those who want to tour the mill and see the alpacas can do so without actually driving down Alta place.

Be sure you have your walking shoes since the area around the alpacas and mill are dirt walks.

Alpacas and Friends, Descanso

We are located at 10499 Highway 79 in Descanso, about half way between Kat's Yarn & Craft Cottage in Julian and A Simpler Time in Crest. We are about 5 miles from I-8.
Look for a white 3 rail fence on the east side of the highway and our driveway is on the north side of the property.
There is plenty of parking available on the property, someone should be there to greet you and direct you to a good parking spot.
Please let us know if you are handicapped and/or need assistance and we'll be happy to help.

Apricot Yarn & Supply

Located within Liberty Station at the corner of Historic Decatur Rd. and Dewey Rd.
Free parking lots are located next to our building (Barracks 19) and across the street, plus street parking is always free.


Emy's Yarns (formerly: Yarns at Border Leather)

Parking is limited to two hours, free street parking. There is also parking in the alley behind the building.


Needlecraft Cottage

Four parking spaces in front of store. Community parking all through out the downtown.


Yarn & Thread Expressions

Located in a residential neighborhood. There are 6 parking spaces in back of building. Street parking through community