Whatever their level of experience, we get campers comfortable riding on Buffalo Creek’s world-class mountain biking trail system, taking on increasingly technical trails as their proficiency increases. They learn more in-depth bike maintenance skills, and try riding on and jumping off rocks.
At Wellington Lake’s nearby awe-inspiring peak, campers of all skill levels master techniques for conquering a variety of climbs. They learn how to set anchors for a top-rope climb, tie knots, use climbing commands, belay each other and make sure their whole group practices sound judgment. More experienced climbers take on advanced bouldering challenges and try their hands at leading the team.
Out on the water at Nelson Pond (on site) and Wellington Lake (off site), campers hone their paddling skills, learning new strokes, attempting rescues and taking on all kinds of fun challenges—obstacle courses, races, running across boat bows—as they get comfortable on the water.
As a culminating adventure, campers strike out into the wilderness of Steamboat Springs for an unforgettable four-day expedition. Along the way, weather permitting, they hike between 20 and 30 miles, attempt to summit a high peak, whip up delicious meals on a backcountry stove, and receive a nationally recognized training in Leave No Trace principles. Campers work intensively on their team collaboration and also experience a “solo,” a time alone in the woods to reflect on their personal development. They emerge from this journey with lasting expedition knowledge and confidence they can use on future adventures.
Campers let the arrows fly on our on-site archery range, building strength and sportsmanship skills as they learn about archery technique, equipment, safety and range commands.
Campers take an adventure on site to brush up on some ecology basics and learn the fly fishing fundamentals—how to choose flies, cast, reel in fish, remove hooks—before spending a few blissful hours fishing in our trout-stocked pond.
We work with Colorado licensed rafting companies to take kids out for a half-day of rafting. They learn to paddle through small rapids, stay safe on the water and work as a team to navigate their raft.
Using their rock climbing skills and plenty of safety equipment, campers climb 40 to 60 feet up Windy Peak’s giant ponderosas and do like the monkeys do—swing through the treetops and jump from branch to branch.
Out on our on-site low ropes course, campers take on fun teambuilding challenges—walking across suspended logs, crossing a “river” without falling in, getting the whole team from one side of a “spider’s web” to the other without touching it—designed to build team camaraderie and develop conflict resolution and problem solving skills.