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Rocky Mountain Adventure-Backpack Trek

Rocky Mountain Adventure
1 Day +4 Day-3 Nights Backpacking Trek

Ages 13-16 | $690
July 15-19

Shoulder your backpack & join seasoned adventure guides on a 4-day, 3-night backpacking trip in the high country. This trip is perfect for beginning backpackers interested in building backcountry camping skills. Take a hike with Catamount Institute this summer, because going out means discovering who you are within.

*Participants must be physically fit and able to carry 25% of their body weight in food & gear up to 7 miles daily.

  • Monday Gear Check
  • 3 Nights Tent Camping
  • Learn Leave No Trace backcountry skills
  • Hike to Alpine lakes & mountain meadows
  • See Rocky Mountain wildlife
  • Map, compass, and navigation skills
  • No Gear? No problem! You can use ours (backpacks and sleeping bags)
  • Tents provided
  • All meals lunch Tuesday-lunch Friday included (Monday Lunch also included)

July 15-19
Dropoff Monday 9:00am – Pickup 4:00pm
Drop off Tuesday 8:00am – Pick-up Friday 5:00pm

Please familiarize yourself with our Camp Policies and Procedures

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is camp drop off?

On Monday camp drop off is at Catamount Institute at 740 W. Caramillo St. Colorado Springs, CO 80907. With pick up at 
4:00pm the same day.
On Tuesday drop off location is 740 W. Caramillo St. Colorado Springs, CO 80907 MAP. or   Drop off at Catamount Institute is 8:00am and the van will be leaving promptly at 8:15am.
If you are driving your camper your drop off location is Catamount Center 3168 Co Rd 28, Woodland Park, CO 80863.  Drop off at the Catamount Center is at 9:45am. Take highway 24 W for 21.8 miles through Woodland Park, CO. Turn left onto Edlowe Rd. (County Road 28). Follow Edlowe Rd. for 3.6 miles (all the way to the very end). Drive through the Catamount Center front gate and follow the road until you see the green Director’s House on the left. Drive past the Director’s House and park on the left side of the road in the visitor parking area. MAP
Pick up on Friday will be at City Hall in Woodland Park, 220 W South Ave, Woodland Park, CO 80866 – Our camp educators will be in touch with the ETA based on the ending time of rafting. Please let us know if you would like to be dropped off in Woodland Park.
Pick up at the Catamount Institute in Colorado Springs will be at 4:30pm*.
If you have any questions about pick up or drop off please call (myself)Chris at 719-471-0910 x106 or reply to this email.

Can I get a ride from Colorado Springs?

Sign your camper up to ride in the vans with us from Catamount Institute in Colorado Springs.  Catamount Institute is located at 740 W. Caramillo St. Colorado Springs, CO 80907 MAP. There is a $30 fee to ride in the van round trip.

How tough is this camp?

This camp is great for anyone from those who have never been backpacking to the campers who have gone to Catamount Institute camps for years. There will be some tough hiking and hard work while rafting but the pay off is worth it.

Where is the rafting?

Catamount Institute is proud to work with Colorado Rafting Company Wilderness Aware Rafting. The rafting takes place on the Arkansas river which is located just outside Buena Vista, Colorado. Wilderness Aware Rafting offers outstanding guides, 39 years of white water experience, and a unique knowledge and appreciation of the natural environment. Learn more on their site www.inaraft.com


Please click the link below to sign the waiver for the rafting portion of this camp.


If you have trouble with this form call us at 719-471-0910 x106 and we can help.

What should I bring ?

Camp Packing List

What you should bring:


  • Long Underwear (top & bottom, no cotton);
  • Fleece Pants /sweatpants;
  • Fleece Top/ sweatshirt (non-cotton);
  • Warm Jacket/vest (non-cotton);
  • 2 T-shirts (at least one non-cotton);
  • 1 pair shorts/zip-offs (non-cotton);
  • 1-2 pair underwear;
  • 1 sun hat (baseball cap/brim hat);
  • 1 beanie (non-cotton);
  • 1 pair warm gloves (non-cotton);
  • Waterproof Rain Jacket;
  • Rain Pants;
  • Footwear [IMPORTANT]:
    • Hiking Boots (sturdy, ankle-high, well broken in);
    • 1 pair camp shoes (tennis shoes, sandals, crocs, etc.);
    • 2-3 pair wool or synthetic hiking socks.

Personal Equipment:

  • Eating:
    • Bowl (Tupperware, plastic bowl);
    • Spoon/Spork;
  • Water Bottles/camelback (3-4 Liters);
  • Headlamp/flashlight (new batteries);
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle;
  • 1-2 bandanas;
  • Sunscreen;
  • Sunglasses;
  • Small Folding pocket knife < 3” in length
  • 5-6 gallon-sized Ziploc bags;
  • Personal care products; toothbrush + toothpaste; floss;tampons/pads; alcohol-based hand sanitizer (NO deodorant)


  • Backpack (if available)Capacity: 4800 cu. In. or more;
  • Pack Cover (contractor trash bags, or waterproof nylon cover);
  • Bag for clothing (stuff sack or sturdy plastic bags);
  • Sleeping Bag in stuff sack (non-cotton);
  • Sleeping pad;


  • Chapstick;
  • Compass;
  • Watch;
  • Camera;
  • Binoculars;
  • Insect repellant;
  • Wet Wipes;
  • Book
  • Playing cards
  • Trekking poles 

What NOT to Pack






Available If Needed:

  • Backpack;
  • Sleeping Bag/pad.

Please call Chris at 719-471-0910  x106 if you need a backpack or sleeping bag.

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Catamount Institute
740 West Caramillo St.
Colo Spgs, CO 80907
Phone: (719) 471-0910
Fax: (719) 471-0910
Website: www.catamountinstitute.org
Email: info@catamountinstitute.org