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Colorado Leadership Expedition


Hike, raft, and climb deep into the heart of the Rocky Mountains

 

 

Scroll down for highlights, photos, and a sample itinerary

SCROLL DOWN

Colorado Leadership Expedition


Hike, raft, and climb deep into the heart of the Rocky Mountains

 

 

Scroll down for highlights, photos, and a sample itinerary

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Backpack in the Rocky Mountains


Hike through some of North America’s most jaw-dropping scenery as you learn navigation with a map and compass, leave no trace principles, and more wilderness skills

Backpack in the Rocky Mountains


Hike through some of North America’s most jaw-dropping scenery as you learn navigation with a map and compass, leave no trace principles, and more wilderness skills

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Whitewater Raft


Paddle class III-IV rapids in an action-packed descent through Brown’s Canyon on the Arkansas River

Whitewater Raft


Paddle class III-IV rapids in an action-packed descent through Brown’s Canyon on the Arkansas River

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Mesa Verde


Explore the amazingly well-preserved Cliff Palace, the largest cliff dwelling in North America

Mesa Verde


Explore the amazingly well-preserved Cliff Palace, the largest cliff dwelling in North America

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Climb a Fourteener


Summit one Colorado’s fifty-four 14,000 ft peaks, a rite of passage for Colorado visitors

Climb a Fourteener


Summit one Colorado’s fifty-four 14,000 ft peaks, a rite of passage for Colorado visitors

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Sandboard Great Sand Dunes N.P.


Climb up and weave your way back down all 750 feet of Star Dune in this spectacular National Park

Sandboard Great Sand Dunes N.P.


Climb up and weave your way back down all 750 feet of Star Dune in this spectacular National Park

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Dinosaur Ridge


Check out dinosaur bones and tracks etched in stone along the “dinosaur highway”

Dinosaur Ridge


Check out dinosaur bones and tracks etched in stone along the “dinosaur highway”

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Gold Mine Tour


Descend 1,000 vertical feet into the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine and learn about mining techniques from the 19th century

Gold Mine Tour


Descend 1,000 vertical feet into the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine and learn about mining techniques from the 19th century

Sample Itinerary


Day 1: Dinosaur Ridge

Once we arrive at the Denver airport, we’ll head out to Dinosaur Ridge, where we’ll get a window back into prehistoric times as we examine fossilized bones and footprints from Stegosaurus, Apatosaurus, and Allosaurus dinosaurs.  Then we will pick up some last minute supplies and get prepared for our backpacking journey.

 

Day 2 - 6: Rocky Mountains Backpacking

We’ll strap on our packs and lace up our boots as we head into the Rocky Mountains for an unforgettable backpacking adventure.  We will spend five days backpacking past lush forests, snowcapped peaks, and sparkling lakes as we learn to live in the wilderness.  Many wilderness skills will be mastered, and we’ll end each day cooking a communal dinner and spending the night under the stars.

 

Day 7 - 8: Arkansas River Whitewater Rafting

After we emerge from the backcountry and enjoy some well deserved ice cream and showers, we’ll head to the Arkansas River for a thrilling two day whitewater rafting trip through class III and IV rapids.

 

Day 9 - 10: Mt. Elbert Climb

We will take a day to recharge and prepare for our summit attempt on Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in Colorado at 14,439 feet above sea level.  We will awake before dawn on the next day to ascend through the clouds to the top of this magnificent peak. After the exciting end to our journey, we’ll head back to Denver for a final dinner and goodbye.