Colorado Discovery
Colorado Discovery
Colorado Discovery
Colorado Discovery
Colorado Discovery
Colorado Discovery
Colorado Discovery
Colorado Discovery

USA › Colorado Bold, 14 days

Our most backcountry-intensive trip! Grow from a wilderness novice to the capacity to lead your own backcountry adventures! Adventure skills, leadership and fun for all.

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Adventure dates

  • CB#1: July 1 - 14
  • CB#2: July 16 - 29
  • CB#3: July 31 - August 13

Other details

  • Trip begins: Denver, Colorado
  • Trip ends: Denver, Colorado
  • Age range: 14-18

Tuition fees


Price Includes

Two CPR and First Aid certified Bold Earth leaders; all ground costs, all ground transportation including airport pickup and drop-off; all camping fees and camping gear (except sleeping bags, sleep mats and mess kits); all activities and gear listed in the above itinerary; all meals; local gratuities to wait-staff and all hotels or hostels.

Price Doesn’t Include

Flights to/from Denver, Colorado; optional gratuities, extra snacks and souvenirs.

Trip highlights

  • Learn to Lead Your Own Backpack Trip
  • Backpack: Copper Mt. to Vail
  • Skills: Climb a 14,000-foot Peak
  • Graduation: Camper-Led Backpack in Uncompahgre Wilderness
  • Leave No Trace & Wilderness Hard Skills


Our group assembles in Denver International Airport and we immediately head west for the mountains. We’ll jump right into our skills orientation, and there’s no better place to learn than in the field. On our four-day backpack between Copper and Vail, we’ll take plenty of time to go over basic skills like campsite selection and backcountry cooking, while taking side hikes to pristine mountain lakes along the way. This introduction will lay the foundation for our adventures ahead.


With the first backpack under our belts, we head south into the Sawatch Range to summit one of Colorado’s famous 14,000-foot peaks. We’ll spend day one hiking into the spectacular Holy Cross Wilderness and setting up a base camp for our summit ascent. The following day, we’ll strap on our headlamps and get started before sunrise, with the reward for our early wakeup and challenging hike being incredible views from one of Colorado’s most spectacular 14er’s. More skills, a sense of accomplishment and amazing scenery make this a Colorado Bold highlight!


Our course culminates in an amazing backpack among the sweeping valleys and soaring peaks of the San Juan Mountains. Campers, this backpack is yours to lead! Using the skills we’ve learned and honed over our first two trips, you’ll take on daily leadership responsibilities including route-finding, scheduling, packing and logistics. The incredible Uncompahgre Wilderness is the ideal setting for your official graduation from Bold Earth camper to future Trip Leader!


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