Our kayak instructions begin in a lake and heated pool where we learn to wet exit, roll and paddle. We continue on to the Arkansas River, where professional guides teach us to ferry, read rapids and surf waves! We spend the next 3 days camping alongside the river and running rapids like “Tin Can”, “Pinball” and “Oil Derrick.” The scenery is awesome and the challenge great as we use our newfound skills to blast through the swirling eddies and exhilarating rapids of this world-renowned river. Full of adventure, leadership and fun - this is not your average Colorado teen trip!
COLORADO: LEARN TO ROCK CLIMB
Central Colorado’s Sawatch Range is home to world-famous rock climbing and the perfect setting for our three-day climbing school. Professional instructors outfit the group with harnesses, helmets and climbing shoes. Guides create a safe and challenging environment, and give campers one-on-one attention while teaching us the essentials of belaying, rappelling, sport-climbing and on-rock technique. After full days on the rocks, we relax at the scenic Mt. Princeton Hot Springs to celebrate the success of our Colorado teen trip.
HIKE THE COLLEGIATE PEAKS & HELP BUILD A TRAIL
Our Rocky Mountain adventure culminates in the collegiate Peaks Wilderness outside of Leadville, Colorado. We will spend the day surrounded by towering mountains hiking to pristine alpine lakes. Working with the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, we grab hard hats and pickaxes to reinforce trails on some of the most heavily-impacted sections of the mountain. After giving back, we head back to Denver to celebrate our amazing 2 week Colorado teen trip!
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- Learn to Whitewater Kayak
- Rock Climb
- Summit a 14,000-foot Peak
- Help Maintain a Hiking Trail
Buying Guide: The packing list above is mandatory for your trip; however, the linked items are just shopping recommendations. Backpacks, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads may also be purchased from an outdoor store that has tested gear for varied environments. More generic gear such as mess kits, duffel bags, etc. can be bought relatively inexpensive at Target, Walmart, etc. Feel free to find the gear that suits you and your budget best. The Bold Earth office welcomes and expects questions about packing and equipment!
Travel and Packing Tips: Don't worry about how your backpack is arranged right now. Once you arrive, your Trip Leaders will show you the most efficient way to pack your bag for a multi-day trip. If you have the space for it, a great idea for your airport and travel days is to pack your empty backpacking backpack into your duffel bag. This will reduce your checked bags from two to one.
Spending Money: Bring approximately $75 per week. For most campers this is more than enough. This is for personal expenses and gifts. Unless there is an emergency, Bold Earth will not advance money.
Identification: ID is required when checking in for flights. Bring along a picture ID, library card, school ID or state ID card. Your trip leader will be happy to hold any ID or important documents.
Helmets: Helmets are provided and required for rafting and ice climbing.
Laundry: We visit laundromats weekly. You will wash your own clothes, we provide the suds, coins and know-how. Many participants have identical jeans, socks, hiking boots, etc. A good practice is to put your name on items which are not unique to you.
Trip Journal: Bring along a notebook to record the challenges and successes of your adventure. Forest Service (“USFS”) and National Park Service (“NPS”): Bold Earth is required to notify all participants that, to the extent a court determines USFS and NPS restrictions on waivers of liability apply to Bold Earth as a matter of law, Bold Earth’s liability for negligence may not be waived while you are traveling on those affected lands.
Reading List: The people, places and activities you will encounter on your trip are diverse and incredible. These are a few books offering background information. We suggest you consider reading these books before, during or after your adventure. Also, you might like to read Outside Magazine, Backpacker Magazine, Climbing Magazine, Rock & Ice or Trilogy Magazine, available everywhere. For additional adventurous reading, check out Extreme Classics: The 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time
Learn to whitewater kayak and rock climb in Colorado! Bold Earth’s hard-skills based trip is perfect for campers looking to experience the outdoors of Colorado and learn a lot!
Some SWEET Highlights:
• Whitewater Kayak: 5-Days professional instruction • Rock Climb: 3-Days professional instruction • Hike to the top of a 14,000 ft (4,267+ meter) peak
Colorado Rock and River offers the perfect combination of adrenaline sport, professional instruction and community service. Colorado Rock and River, simply put, is amazing.
What could be better than 14 days of rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, and hiking in summer, in Colorado!? Absolutely nothing! Colorado Rock and River is an adventure filled two-weeks designed for active and FUN teens! NO EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED! Bold Earth leaders and professional instructors will teach campers everything they need to know. Students will learn how to set up a multi-pitch climb and how to roll a kayak. Roaring rapids and monolith rock walls await in the distance for us to tackle together in this unforgettable experience.
Along the way we will partner with the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative and their “Adopt-a-Peak” program. During this community service project teenagers will give back to the community by maintaing and updating the same trails we used to climb. This unique way of service through adventure is specific to Bold Earth Teen Adventures and we are proud of our 38 years of incorporating community service into every program.
NO. Again, no experience is required! Whether this is your first time kayaking, or you are an expert rock climber, Colorado Rock and River is designed for all skill levels. Fun, learning, leadership and friendship are the goals. Bold Earth is not a completive environment – we encourage growth, leadership, support, teamwork and FUN!
We hire the best in the business to make sure you reach your maximum potential this summer. Our professional guides not only offer us incredible hands on lessons, but are fun, friendly, and LOVE Bold Earth campers. Bold Earth hires the most qualified and experience outdoor leadership guides out there. In addition to that we be under the constant instruction of our world-class outfitters. This is a highly supervised trip with 2 Bold Earth leaders (male & female) at all times + professional kayak and rock climb instructors.
With an incredible diversity of activities, Colorado is an adventure capital of the World!
Colorado is home to Bold Earth. Bold Earth was started out of a passion for adventure, a passion that developed right here in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. We are the locals, we are the experts and we will be your guide to this amazing state.
Colorado is noted for its dynamic landscape of mountains, forests, high plains, mesas, canyons, plateaus, rivers, desert lands and on a good year the Denver Broncos. The state was named after the Colorado River, which Spanish explorers named the Río Colorado for the ruddy silt the river carried from the mountains. With more than half the state located in the Rocky Mountains, Colorado is in the middle of all the action. Tourism and recreation make up a majority of Colorado’s economy – oil, mining and agriculture are other components.
Colorado was originally inhabited by Native Americans for more than 13,000 years. The eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains was a major migration route that was important to the spread of early peoples throughout the Americas. The Ancient Pueblo Peoples lived in the valleys and mesas of the Colorado Plateau. The Ute Nation inhabited the mountain valleys of the Southern Rocky Mountains and the Western Rocky Mountains, even as far east as the Front Range (Denver) of present day. The Apache and the Comanche inhabited the Eastern and Southeastern portions of the state as well. The Arapaho Nation and the Cheyenne Nation moved west to hunt across the High Plains at times as well.
More recent Colorado history grew out of the Gold Rush of the mid 1800s. An estimated 100,000 gold seekers flocked to the region during the 1850s, populating much of the state and developing most of Colorado’s infrastructure. Farming and other agricultural elements played into the design of the current Colorado as well.
Colorado today is a blend of cultures and people. Because of its landscape, Colorado is widely known as being an adventure capitol dedicated to recreation and outdoor adventures. Whitewater kayaking, rock climbing, hiking and snow sports are incredibly popular and regularly practiced. Among the many activities Colorado is famous for is its world class ski resorts such as Vail and Aspen. If you cannot get enough of the mountains and the wilderness, Colorado is where you come to live and play.
With 300 days of sunshine a year, summer is the perfect time to explore Colorado! Many of our campers have actually never camped out before, let alone have slept in a tent or under the stars for thirteen nights. Colorado Rock and River will develop your sense of adventure and love of camping. We will stay in a combination of both wilderness and developed sites. Bold Earth provides tents. YES, they are comfortable and gender separated. Campers will share a tent with 2 or 3 other campers. This is a fun and special way of getting to know each other!
Yes, we stay clean, comfortable, wash up everyday and campers always have access to showers every 2-3 days. We stay in Colorado State Park Campgrounds that are in the most beautiful locations. Whether camping with the Rocky Mountains in view, along rivers and lakes, Colorado Rock and River enjoys the best camping, biggest views and sweetest adventures.
Why camping? Because we take you on an adventure which feels GREAT! You are probably not exactly sure about camping but what about: • Sitting around a bonfire with a group of friends for life? • Counting shooting stars? • Hearing the river as you fall asleep? • Taking a sunrise run? YES!
We will teach you everything you need to know to enjoy Colorado Rock and River. Speak to an alumni from your area and they will tell you the camping was AMAZING!
Bold Earth food is awesome! YES, the food will be healthy, delicious, local, and fun. Bold Earth campers LOVE to eat and we understand that playing hard all day requires the right nutrition. YES, we will enthusiastically accommodate vegetarians, gluten free, kosher, allergies and most special diets.
Cooking on Colorado Rock and River is a combination of planning, preparing and enjoying our own food and eating out. Approximately twice during your trip you and two other campers will have the chance to make a meal for the group. Most campers find this to be incredibly fun and rewarding. Your leaders help you as much or as little as necessary and of course everything is included. We eat out locally once a week to celebrate our accomplishments and enjoy a night out between adventures.
Community Service is a Bold Earth core value. Bold Earth carefully chooses hands on community service projects that are active, engaging and . . . LIFE CHANGING! All Bold Earth participants will receive a certificate to document their service hours.
Service Credit: 5 Hours
Project: The Colorado Fourteeners Initiative (CFI) is a partnership among nonprofit organizations, individual volunteers and public agencies to protect and preserve the natural integrity of Colorado’s Fourteeners (peaks over 14,000 ft.) and the quality of the recreational opportunities they provide. As members of CFI’s “Adopt-a-Peak” program, Bold Earth campers put in one day of conservation work on one of these mammoth peaks. Work includes maintaining the standard hiking routes, repairing structures that have deteriorated, and restoring new impacts as they develop. We will also be camping on the mountain, with a dramatic culmination on the day after our project when we summit our peak as a group! Hiking the very trail we helped to maintain! For more information visit:Colorado Fourteeners Initiative
Click to View: ALL Bold Earth community service projects
Over the last 30 years, Bold Earth has carefully crafted the Colorado Rock and River Packing List to include everything a participant needs to be comfortable on the trip. Click to view: Colorado Rock and River Packing List for a detailed description of exactly what to bring. Anything not included on the list is provided by Bold Earth.
Checking Bags? On airport day, campers will check the large duffle bag. We recommend using the small daypack as a carry-on. Campers should either bring a credit card or enough cash to check their bags home.
Give Bold Earth a call at 303-526-0806 if you have any questions. The Bold Earth Trip Advisor Team is always available to help answer packing questions or provide gear recommendations.
Small group size = SUCCESS!
• Maximum of 13 incredible and enthusiastic campers • 2 adult trip leaders (one male and one female)
Especially on an outdoor adventure trip – group size is incredibly important. Bold Earth would not be permitted to visit the natural wonders we see with a bigger group. Consider yourself one of the lucky – only 13 campers at a time!
Bold Earth campers are leaders who seek independence, responsibility and fun. We know teenagers and we understand that a small group size is ESSENTIAL to camper success – especially on Colorado Rock and River. Our guide to camper ratio is very small – therefore each camper receives individualized instruction and lots of encouragement.
Leadership is a planned part of every day. Everyone has a chance to be Leader of the Day (LOD) and will have the opportunity to step into a leadership role and help to run the trip! The challenges and rewards of Colorado Rock and River bring the unity and bonding of the group together
Bold Earth is based in Colorado. This is what we do.
Bold Earth has spent years perfecting the minute-by-minute details ofColorado Rock and River. Every activity has been reviewed and selected to ensure the best and most balanced experience possible. Whether whitewater kayaking, rock climbing, doing community service or hiking a 14er, Bold Earth explores Colorado to the fullest.
This is not a teen tour. This trip is FUN and ADVENTUROUS. Year after year campers come back from Colorado with new found passions in their hearts – for wilderness, for camping and for adventure.
We travel by 15 passenger vans, with a roof-rack for all of our personal gear. The van will be driven by your experienced and carefully screened leaders. All travel is carefully planned to minimize time spent in the van (we try to never drive for more than 3 hours) and maximize the trip experience for active adventure. YES, we stop frequently to throw a frisbee and for bathroom breaks – DUH!
Sunny with a chance of beautiful! With 300 days of annual sunshine, summer is the perfect time to come to Colorado.
The weather in Colorado during summer months is beautiful. Sunshine, blue skies, clear night skies, 80’s during the day and 60’s at night.
Yes!Colorado Rock and River and all Bold Earth trips are designed to be combined to make a 4 or 8 week Bold Earth summer. For example, A popular combination is Colorado Rock and River and Bike Hike Raft and/or Colorado Bold. If you are interested contact our Colorado office at 303-526-0806 for more information! A Bold Earth Director will handle all the arrangements to create an incredible summer for you!
ONE OF THE BEST SUMMER CAMPS EVER!
Colorado Rock & River was one of the best summer camps ever. I couldn't believe that I found a camp where I could do whitewater kayaking and climbing together. Also the service project and the 14'ers were great. I want to get the Wilderness First Responder certification and come back as a Bold Earth Leader!
It was great that Ian knew about and liked climbing. He was well-suited for the trip. Ian taught me new things about climbing and made sure we stayed safe while doing it. I had fun bouldering with him. Jenny was always happy and encouraging. Both Ian and Jenny worked really hard in general, and especially on the service project. They gave us freedom but were really clear about where the line would be.
HIGHLIGHT OF MY SUMMER!
Rock & River CO was the highlight of my summer! I will never forget it or any of the amazing friends I made. My friends and family will probably get so tired of me talking about my Bold Earth trip of 2013. I cannot wait until next year!
PARENTS, Suanne & Michael: Other teens in other groups shared their experiences with our daughter. They were envious of our daughter's group and wished that their's would have been led in the same fun manner. I would suggest that others catch the Ian and Jenny "bug" and carry it throughout Bold Earth!
Both Ian and Jenny were very upbeat and enjoyable to speak with over the phone. They gave meaningful updates prior to the trip, upon Taylor's arrival in Colorado, midway, and after Taylor departed Colorado. They were enthusiastic and full of energy and seemed to really enjoy working with the kids. Taylor had nothing but wonderful things to say about them both and hoped any future Bold Earth experiences would involved them. For the first time our daughter was away from home, Ian and Jenny both made us very comfortable about the safety and wellbeing of our child.
Everything on Rock & River CO was perfect! I had so much fun, everyone was very nice, the activites were awesome, the atmosphere in the camp or in the van was so nice. Ian was awesome! He was friendly, making us have fun and very nice, but he was also leading the group perfectly. Jennifer was awesome too. She was so friendly with each one of us and was... just perfect! Thank you Bold Earth!
PARENTS, Caroline & Renaud: A great experience, humanly and sportingly speaking. Unforgettable
Rock & River CO was amazing!!! I loved everything about it, like all of the games and positive attitudes! Ian was super funny! He always danced to our DJ music, cheered me up and made me smile!Hayley was amazing and made the dance parties so funny! I loved all of our inside jokes and I know that I can trust her!
PARENTS, Dawn & James: Rachel came back exhilirated and satisfied with every day of the trip. She was exposed to very interesting members of her group and it sounded like the guides gave her the perfect combination of supervision and independence
My Bold Earth summer on Rock & River CO was one of the best of my life. I was able to discover new activities and learn English at the same time. The Trip Leaders are fun and my Bold Earth group was really friendly and cool. Ian was always fun and friendly. We shared really good moments in all activities (kayaking, climbing...). He is a really good Trip Leader. Jenny is really sympathetic with me and she is also fun and friendly. She's a very good Trip Leader too. Thanks to the Colorado Rock & River team for this amazing holiday.
PARENTS, Susan & Milad: Colorado Rock & River was a great first experience for Marc and us. Everything went as planned and described. The blogs kept us up to date on how Marc was and all the activities he participated in. Wonderful leaders!
BEST TWO WEEKS OF SUMMER!
I had the best two weeks of summer on Colorado Rock & River. I met amazing new people and learned about other countries. I was very scared to go on a trip this long by myself, but it turned out to be the best thing I have ever done. What really amazes me about the trip was how close I got with the other people in my group in the short time that I had with them. I miss everyone so much already
PARENTS, Maite & Evan: Matthieu loved the Rock & River trip. In fact, he's very eager to continue kayaking throughout the year, and we look forward to him doing that. Matthieu said he really liked both leaders and found that interesting and fun. Thanks for a great summer.
I loved the activities that we did and the people that I met on Rock & River. The trip was even more fun than I thought it would be! Beckett always kept us on task and was very relatable. Hayley was a very kind leader, and she motivated us to always be doing the right thing, and to work hard.
PARENTS, Isabelle: I’m very glad. Hugo came back very happy. He learned a lot: to share with friends, to speak in English in front of other people, to travel alone, to understand English, to go on holidays with other teenagers... Very good support.
LIKE NOTHING I HAVE EVER DONE BEFORE!
Rock & River was like nothing I have ever done before!
PARENTS, Jianping: Definitely a very exciting program for energetic teenager. Angie enjoyed every minute of it. The leaders did exactly what was communicated to me from the office. Excellent! Thank you!
Had a great time on Rock & River, can't wait for next summer!
PARENTS, Madelyn: I loved reading the blog posts and seeing the pictures! Both leaders were great. Hayley and Beckett were excellent, and I felt comfortable having them in charge of Nick.
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Travel Made Easy!
- Fly Together: Our goal is to fly together as a group. All students are met upon arrival and families are called immediately from the airport.
- We recommend participants book flights three months before departure. Booking around April 1st allows the Bold Earth team to guarantee low fares and maximum coordinated group flights.
- Combine 2 Trips: Many Bold Earth participants combine Bold Earth trips. Call or e-mail our office for more information.