- 3-day Rock Climbing School
- 5-day River Kayak Course
- Wilderness & Camping Skills
- Hike the Famous Collegiate Peaks Wilderness
- Mt. Princeton Hot Springs
2017 Dates & Prices
14 Days: $3488.00
June 30 - July 13
July 16 - July 29
August 1 - August 14
COLORADO: LEARN TO WHITEWATER KAYAK
Our kayak instruction begins in a lake and heated pool where we learn to wet exit, roll and paddle. Next, we continue to the Arkansas River, where professional guides teach us to ferry, read rapids and surf waves! We spend the next three 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 adventure.
HIKE THE COLLEGIATE PEAKS & HELP BUILD A TRAIL
Our Rocky Mountain expedition 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 two amazing weeks in the wilderness of Colorado!
- Learn to Whitewater Kayak
- Rock Climbing Instrcution
- Explore Colorado's High Country
- Help Maintain a Hiking Trail
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 gain professional instruction!
Some SWEET Highlights:
• Whitewater Kayak: 5-Days professional instruction • Rock Climb: 3-Days professional instruction • Explore Colorado’s pristine alpine backcountry
Colorado Rock and River offers the perfect combination of adrenaline sport, professional instruction and community service. Colorado Rock and River, is, quite simply, the classic Colorado adventure!
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 Friends of the Dillon Ranger District and their Trail Crew program. During this environmental service project, teenagers will give back to the community by maintaining and updating trails climbed by outdoor enthusiasts every year. This unique way of service through adventure is specific to Bold Earth Teen Adventures, and we are proud of our 41 years of incorporating community service into every program.
NONE! 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 competitive environment – we encourage growth, leadership, support, teamwork and FUN!
We hire the best leaders 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 in the industry. In addition, we work hand-in-hand with the constant instruction of world-class outfitters from the Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center. This is a highly supervised trip with two 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. Our local knowledge and expertise allows us to skillfully guide you through the multitude of wonders offered by our 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 do not have extensive camping experience, let alone having slept in a tent or under the stars for thirteen consecutive nights. Colorado Rock and River is designed to develop campers’ 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 have access to showers every 2-3 days. We stay in Colorado state park Campgrounds amidst stunning natural settings. Whether camping with beneath Rocky Mountain peaks, alongside high-country streams, or within walking distance of snow-fed 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 Friends of the Dillon Ranger District (FDRD) is a partnership among nonprofit organizations, individual volunteers and public agencies to protect and preserve the natural integrity of the backcountry surrounding Leadville, CO, and the quality of the recreational opportunities the area provides. As members of FDRD’s “Trail Crew” program, Bold Earth campers put in one day of conservation work in this pristine wilderness area. Work includes maintaining the standard hiking routes, repairing structures that have deteriorated, and restoring new impacts as they develop. We will also be camping in the region, with a dramatic culmination on the day after our project when we explore the high-country wilderness via foot! For more information, visit Friends of Dillon Ranger District website.
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 into the backcountry, 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 thoroughly screened leaders. All travel is carefully planned to minimize time spent in the van (we try to never drive for more than three hours) and maximize the trip experience for active adventure. YES, we stop frequently to throw the frisbee, use the bathrooms, or engage in impromptu roadside dance parties!
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 help you create the ultimate Rocky Mountain adventure!
Colorado Rock & River
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 maximize coordinated group flights.
- Combine 2 Trips: Many Bold Earth participants combine Bold Earth trips. We are happy to help you arrange an incredible summer combining multiple trips. Call or e-mail our office for more information!
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. 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.
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. 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. Jenny was really sympathetic with, also fun and friendly. 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!
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.
-Miranda, River Forest, IL
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.
-Miranda, River Forest IL
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.
CAMPER: Rock & River was like nothing I have ever done before!
-Angie, Coral Springs, FL
PARENTS: Definitely a very exciting program for an energetic teenager. Angie enjoyed every minute of it. The leaders did exactly what was communicated to me from the office. Excellent! Thank you!
-Jianping & Alan
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.