With so many geographic landscapes to explore, Colorado offers many different opportunities for adventure-seekers. Whether you’re interested in climbing mountains, going whitewater rafting, or exploring the sandy dunes of the desert plains, there’s always a new, fascinating locale to be seen.
Colorado is home to many incredible national parks – all of which are unique and breathtakingly beautiful in their own right. For middle school students, it presents a great introduction to the joys of outdoor recreational and environmental activities. For avid adventurers, there is still something new to discover around every turn.
Colorado is known for its steep mountains, dry plains, sand dunes, canyons, and beautiful, dense forests with lakes and rivers running throughout. It is also home to many different types of wildlife, some of whom are protected in nature preserves. Mount Elbert is the highest peak in the state at 14,440 feet, but the entire state is elevated above at least 3,000 feet. In fact, Denver’s elevation 5280 feet, literally a mile high! Join us on our Middle School Program or our High School Program.
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LEARN MORE about our middle-school AND TEEN environmental community service and adventure opportunities on the colorado: 5280 and colorado: call of the wild trips!
14 years! We have a long history in Colorado and have been working with our friends at Mission Wolf since the beginning. We ran our first Call of the Wild program back in 2004, and have been enjoying the wild and scenic mountain paradise ever since.
Based in Westcliffe Colorado, Mission:Wolf provides a home for rescued captive wolves and horses. Right now in the US, there are about a quarter of a million wolves in captivity and fewer than 10,000 wolves in the wild. Most of the captive wolves born each year do not survive to see their first birthday, as they are commonly destroyed or neglected. Mission: Wolf educates people about the importance of wild wolves to our ecosystem, rehabilitates neglected animals, and strives to empower future generations to take action.
While there, we have the opportunity to learn about the wolves and possibly even come face to face with them in a safe environment. Gazing into their untamed yellow eyes, we are moved with compassion and respect. Staying in tents on the solar powered Mission: Wolf campus, we also pitch in with environmental restoration efforts, wood cutting, and food preparation.
Famous for its breathtaking mountain views, challenging class III and IV rapids, and majestic canyon scenery, rafting Brown's Canyon provides the ultimate adventure and team-building activity. From Zoom Flume to the Toilet Bowl, we experience a balance of legendary rapids and calm stretches that entertain both beginner and experienced rafters.
After his 1st day in school , when he came back home, he said " Mumma, No school can teach what I learnt in 17 days in RLT. I think this sums it all up. Going back, on the 16th of August when I picked him up from LAX airport, Dhruva usually is quiet but that day couldn’t stop talking about all his experiences, his involvement, the wolves, animal psychology, his leaders, friends he made, sleeping under the stars, camping, cooking, traveling, nature, wilds, water rafting, other activities and many things. It clearly shows how much he lived every moment, cherished every experience and connected with everything that was introduced to him," Uma G., Call of The Wild Alumni Parent
Thank you so much for your leadership and your incredible work with all of the children. You can tell that you really care and spend the time to get to know each one of them," David B., 5280' Alumni Parent
This trip made me realize that I can overcome many challenges such as fear of wolves, shyness, and be independent. Getting out of my comfort zone was a way to prove that I can live on my own and I have the ability to take care of myself without my parents worrying about me. I can live independently in college," Lian X., Call of the Wild Alum
The program was a fantastic experience for Christopher. He left with so much respect for the young adults leading the Wolf group and also the owners of the conservation site. The ultimate example of why a parent can trust your organization - judgment," Anne M., Call of the Wild Alumni Parent
The fact that he was so accepted and had so much fun on his adventures with you guys was a HUGE confidence builder for him. One that I know both he and I are grateful for," Stephanie B., 5280' Alumni Parent
Interested in hearing more? We have hundreds of alumni families who can tell you more about their RLT experience. Please contact our office at 773-342-5200 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
The Road Less Traveled is committed to providing exceptional travel experiences for young adults. In 2016, the American Camp Association recognized The Road Less Traveled as the winner of the 2016 Gordie Kaplan Program Excellence award. This ACA award honors outstanding student travel programs and recognizes organizations that develop positive and creative responses to the needs of people and ecosystems across the globe.
Our work with children is serious business. Our commitment to safety is unrivaled and we always place quality before quantity. This conviction has empowered and inspired us to provide only the best in training, emergency preparedness, and staffing over the years. To learn more about our ACA accreditation, our exceptional safety record, our Markel's Safety 1st Recognition, B-Corp Certification, and extensive leader training please visit this page.
To roll up your sleeves and assist in building shelters and restoring habitats at the wolf sanctuary
To splash and laugh while navigating a Whitewater raft on the Arkansas River
To hike and explore rivers, vistas and trails like you’ve never seen
To challenge yourself on an aerial course in the tree tops
To sled down the hills of the Great Sand Dunes National Park
To climb the crags of granite while mastering rock climbing in San Isabel National Forest
Experience shooting stars in the unrivaled night sky in a certified International Dark Sky Park
Straddle the Continental Divide, the mountainous divide that separates the Pacific Ocean watersheds from those that drain into the Atlantic Ocean
Experience an eye-to-eye connection, and if you are lucky, even wolf kisses at Mission: Wolf