Colorado Bold

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Colorado Bold

Destination

Colorado
Utah

Current Grades

9th-11th

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! Float down the Colorado River for three days of rafting in Westwater Canyon. Hike in Arches National Park to the world’s most remarkable sandstone archways, and then head on to climb your way up one of the only via ferrata routes in North America! Rope up and learn technical rock climbing skills as you problem-solve your way up beautiful granite and quartz crags, and then cruise the rapids of Browns Canyon on the Arkansas River, one of the country’s most exciting sections to whitewater raft. Spend a day planting a community garden before enjoying the splendor of Rocky Mountain National Park on different day hikes.

 

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Colorado Bold Itinerary

Day 1-4: Whitewater raft the Colorado River

Start off your adventure with 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 5: Explore Arches National Park

After we hop off the river, we’ll head to 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 hike to the famous Delicate Arch before visiting Double Arch—where parts of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade were filmed!
Accommodation: Camping

Day 6-7: Climb a Unique Via Ferrata Route in North America

Next, we’ll explore the Rockies by climbing up the mountains themselves! We will spend the day climbing using the Italian inspired climbing style for a different view of these beautiful mountains. Via Ferrata, meaning Iron Climbing Path in Italian, was created as a different way to move through the mountains using iron rungs and cable lines. Students will have the chance to climb, zipline, and traverse through the Rockies to experience long-range views and vistas of Rocky National Park.

Accommodation: Camping

Day 8: Community Service With Moab Youth Garden Center

We’ll give back to the areas we’ve visited by volunteering for the Moab Youth Garden Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that helps provide fresh produce for the local community in Moab. We’ll spend approximately six hours of our day planting, tilling, repotting, and learning about sustainability while we work side-by-side with the full-time volunteers in the Moab community.
Accommodation: Camping

Day 9: 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 10: Whitewater raft the Arkansas River

Among the great Collegiate Peaks, the renowned Browns Canyon on the Arkansas River offers 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

Day 11-14: Hike in Rocky Mountain National Park

A trip to Colorado wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Rocky Mountain National Park. You’ll enjoy hikes with sweeping mountain views, cascading waterfalls, and some of the area’s most beautiful alpine lakes surrounded by aspen and lodgepole pine. Keep your eyes peeled as you walk these trails, not only are the wildflowers in bloom, the animals are out! Moose, elk, big horned sheep, and others that Rocky Mountain National Park is known for are often sighted along these trails.
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
    06/29/25
  • Return Day
    07/12/25
  • Grade
    9–11
  • Price
    $4,688
  • Availability
    Full
Departure 1
  • Departure Day
    07/16/25
  • Return Day
    07/29/25
  • Grade
    9–11
  • Price
    $4,688
  • Availability
    Limited
Departure 1
  • Departure Day
    08/01/25
  • Return Day
    08/14/25
  • Grade
    9-11
  • Price
    $4,688
  • Availability
    Limited
Departure Day Return Day Grade Price Availability
06/29/25
07/12/25
9–11
$4,688
full
07/16/25
07/29/25
9–11
$4,688
limited
08/01/25
08/14/25
9-11
$4,688
limited

Accommodations & Service

Community Service: Approximately 6 Hours
  • Moab Youth Garden Project: Garden upkeep in a local community space
Accommodations:
  • 13 nights of camping. Bold Earth will provide comfortable 3-person tents.

Activities

Community service: 6 hours

Hiking

Via Ferrata

Rock climbing

Sightseeing

Whitewater rafting

Reviews

Sara, student from Tenafly, NJ

Bold Earth taught me basic life skills, like how to cook and clean, and how to be a better person.

Jennifer C, parent from Montclair, NJ

Michael and I cannot boast enough about our daughter’s Bold Earth experience. The program takes personal care to make sure parents are kept informed and up to date on all aspects of the child’s experience. Hands down awesome experience! The easy registration process and timely follow-up made it clear that this program and all involved are not only committed but truly care about making everyone’s experience top-notch. We already have and will continue to sing the Bold Earth praises.

Kaylin, student from Santa Rosa, CA

My Bold Earth experience was once in a lifetime. I learned so much, every activity, every guide, and every conversation, taught me something new. I loved being able to just be outdoors and with new people, in a place that was new to all of us. We were all trying to figure it out together, and I loved the sense of unity we had. Within the first couple of days, I had found myself some good friends, and by the end of the trip, I considered everyone a close friend. I will never forget the people I was with and all the amazing things we did. From rock climbing and rafting to evening meetings and meal prep, I had an amazing Bold Earth experience.

Shanna K, parent from North Salem, NY

Our son’s Bold Earth adventure to Colorado and Utah was an eye-opening and incredibly fun experience for him. He returned home with lots of story-telling about each activity and place visited; a huge appreciation for nature and all its beauty; a new sense of confidence; and enthusiasm for all that is out there to see and experience. Bold Earth knows what they are doing. Their staff are extremely knowledgeable, kind, helpful and clearly love what they do! BE sparked a new sense of adventure in him, which we hope and suspect will last a lifetime!

Estelle H, parent from Paris, France

It is the summer camp every parent is dreaming of for a teenager! A wonderful tech free experience, were students connect with each other, face challenges such as climbing or rafting, discover the wonderful US nature and learn to live as a group while camping… They are helped by incredibly skilled and enthusiastic trip leaders.

Jodi B, parent from Sarasota, FL

Bold Earth offers a wonderful travel experience with personal growth at the forefront. I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity for my son to root himself back into nature while having a blast with new friends.

Anne O, parent from New York, NY

Despite Max’s initial reservations, he had a great time. He was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed his time with Sara and Zach, who were wonderful, fun, approachable leaders. They were the highlight of his trip! I love that it was an intimate group.

Alexandra, student from Paris, France

I loved the overall group atmosphere and feeling. The activities were great. I’ve recommended this to my friends many times!

Maureen S, parent from Cooperstown, NY

Our daughter had the time of her life and is already saving up for another trip! Melissa grew tremendously on this trip and had a life-changing experience!

Spencer L, student from Glen Rock, NJ

I really enjoyed my Bold Earth trip. I feel like it greatly impacted my life, helped to develop me as a person and made me more responsible. The most valuable part of my Bold Earth experience was the tightly knit community and culture that everyone added to and shared.