Colorado Discovery

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Colorado Discovery

Destination

Colorado
Utah

Current Grades

7th-9th

length

14 Days

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Airports

Arrive: Denver, CO (DEN)
Depart: Denver, CO (DEN)

Head to Colorful Colorado and the Salt Lake State for the most fun two weeks of your summer! Enjoy the splendor of Rocky Mountain National Park while day hiking before volunteering for trail work with the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative. Head south to whitewater raft the Arkansas River’s Browns Canyon section, and then rope up and improve your rock climbing skills on beautiful and beginner-friendly granite and quartz crags. Float down the Colorado River for three days of rafting in Westwater Canyon, and then walk beneath the world’s most remarkable rock archways in Arches National Park. Head on to mountain bike your way up the world’s largest flattop mesa, and then finish your western adventure with a multi-day trip down the Colorado River!

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Colorado Discovery Itinerary

Day 1-3: Hike in Rocky Mountain National Park

Start off your trip with two days in Rocky Mountain National Park. Our first hike will take us to the 200-foot-tall Calypso Cascades, a waterfall in the southeast corner of the park. The next day, we’ll tour some of the area’s most beautiful alpine lakes surrounded by aspen and lodgepole pine: Bear Lake, Nymph Lake (which contains hundreds of magical-looking lily pads), Dream Lake (turquoise water isn’t limited to the Bahamas!), and Lake Haiyaha (Haiyaha is a Native American word for “lake of many rocks”).
Accommodation: Camping

Day 4-5: Mountain bike on the Grand Mesa

Next, we’ll head back to Colorado for two days of mountain biking part of the largest flattop mountain in the world—Grand Mesa! More red rock formations contrast sharply with lush meadows as you cycle toward Long Slough and Flowing Park reservoirs. Though you’re in the desert, more than 300 small lakes populate Grand Mesa National Forest. We’ll stop and admire miles-long views of western Colorado along the way and make sure to cool off in creeks!
Accommodation: Camping

Day 6-8: Raft the Colorado River

We then head west for three days of rafting in Westwater Canyon on the Colorado River! You’ll be surrounded by dramatic Utah red rock, with bald eagles soaring hundreds of feet above you. You’ll start off with calm water, where you’ll get to cool off with splash wars and cliff jumps. You may even get to paddle a stand-up paddleboard! The river starts to pick up with class II and eventually class III rapids. With names like Big Hummer, Surprise Rapid, and Funnel Falls, you’ll want to hold on tight! We’ll take breaks from the boats every few miles with special hikes to historic Native American sites.
Accommodation: Camping

Day 9: Explore Arches National Park

After we hop off the river, it’s time for Moab and Arches National Park, home to more than 2,000 of the world’s most beautiful sandstone arch formations. We’ll wake early for a special sunrise hike to the famous Delicate Arch before visiting Double Arch (where parts of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade were filmed!).
Accommodation: Camping

Day 10: Community service on a Colorado 14er

We’ll give back to the areas we’ve visited by volunteering for the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that helps protect fragile mountain ecosystems, build trails, and educate hikers about sustainable outdoor practices. About six hours of our day will be spent restoring trails, where we’ll learn from and work side-by-side with the full-time trail crews to understand more about how great trails are maintained.
Accommodation: Camping

Day 11: Rock climb near Buena Vista

It’s time to change course—this time toward vertical endeavors. Spend a day learning the ropes at the Pump Station, where routes from beginner to advanced await on this granite and quartzite crag. You’ll have spectacular views of the Collegiate Peaks to the west, and Pike and San Isabel National Forests to the east. After you’ve had your fill of climbing, tie in for a unique rappelling experience!
Accommodation: Camping

Day 12-14: Whitewater raft the Arkansas River

Among the great Collegiate Peaks, the renowned Browns Canyon on the Arkansas River awaits another day of adventure. Browns Canyon offers the perfect mix of calm stretches (did someone say splash wars?) and exciting rapids—hold on tight for Zume Flume and Big Drop! You may see a few golden eagles and peregrine falcons as you gaze up toward the 14,000-foot-high mountains.
Accommodation: Camping

 

*Listed above is Bold Earth’s intended itinerary for this trip. All itineraries are subject to change in order to provide the best possible program quality.

Dates and Prices

Departure 1
  • Departure Day
    06/29/20
  • Return Day
    07/12/20
  • Grade
    7–9
  • Price
    $3,888
  • Availability
    Open
Departure 2
  • Departure Day
    07/15/20
  • Return Day
    07/28/20
  • Grade
    7-9
  • Price
    $3,888
  • Availability
    Open
Departure Day Return Day Grade Price Availability
06/29/20
07/12/20
7–9
$3,888
open
07/15/20
07/28/20
7-9
$3,888
open

Accommodations & Service

Community Service: Approximately 6 Hours
  • Colorado Fourteeners Initiative: Trail work on Colorado’s iconic 14,000 peaks.
Accommodations:
  • 13 nights of camping. Bold Earth will provide comfortable 3-person tents.

Community service: 6 hours

Hiking

Mountain biking

Rock climbing

Whitewater rafting

Reviews

Kira, student from Boynton Beach, FL

The entire trip was great. I don’t have only one favorite part; I really enjoyed being able to connect with everyone while surrounded by nature.

Iris Gavin, parent from Castle Rock, CO
2019

Halem had a wonderful time on his trip. He loved his trip leaders, and I believe he learned a better sense of self. He did a lot of challenging things on his trip; while it was adventurous, I felt he was safe at all times.

Holly Lichtenfeld, parent from Boynton Beach, FL
2019

This is the second child I have sent to Bold Earth, and I was thrilled once again. Bold Earth has amazing trip leaders, and the vibe of the program—from the physical activity to planning and cooking meals to playing games at the campsites—is wonderfully unique.

Chi Gettig, parent from Atlanta, GA
2019

We are extremely pleased with the experience Alex had on his trip. The change in his maturity level when he returned was noticeable not only by us, but also by friends and neighbors. I can honestly say that his experience was truly impactful. I definitely would recommend Bold Earth to friends, and we hope to send Alex’s younger brother on a trip soon.

Tinius, student, Englewood, CO
2018

My favorite part was the social interaction: making new friends, helping each other out, and teamwork. All of the activities were fun!

Trent Bullis, parent from Mobile, AL
2018

Having had my daughter participate in wonderful Bold Earth programs the prior two consecutive years, I was confident about another successful experience for my son, no matter where I sent him. He made lifelong friends and learned new skills in places he had never been, all of which got him out of his comfort zone and gave him a huge boost of positive energy and confidence. He is still extremely stoked about his bike, hike and raft trip with Sara and Zach, and is totally game for a new Bold Earth adventure next year. Thank you so much for all you do to create amazing forever memories!

Matthew D, student from Jacksonville, FL
2018

Colorado was a great learning experience and helped me develop skills I know I can use in adult life!