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Summer Adventure: Gunnison River

Summer Adventure: Gunnison River

location icon Colorado National Monument, Gunnison River

Dates
June 5-16
Duration
12 Days
Grades Entering
9th-11th
Rate
$2,999
ROCK CLIMBING - CANYONEERING - CANOEING

Featuring Colorado National Monument, you will get to spend the week hiking, rock climbing and canyoneering in Unaweep Canyon, with a 3-night canoe trip on the Gunnison River. The deserts of Colorado are some of the most stunning and often forgotten landscapes in the state. Come and experience some of the best red rock Colorado has to offer!

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Activities & Skills

Canoeing

4 DAYS

paddleboarding icon Canoeing

This trip includes a four-day (3 night) canoe tour on the Gunnison River, where we'll access our campsite by boat and camp on the shore. We will learn to interpret the river current, practice paddling skills and beach our craft to explore secluded wilderness areas inaccessible by other means.

Rock Climbing

4 DAYS

climb icon Climbing

Rock climbing is the art or moving up or along natural rock formations with the use of specialized gear. It can be both physically and mentally demanding as it requires both endurance and agility to overcome the obstacles and puzzles that the climbing path presents. With safety systems in place, rock climbing is a fun and rewarding sport that is as difficult as you want it to be, and as safe as any other outdoor activity.

Canyoneering

1 DAY

canyoneering icon Canyoneering

Canyoneering is equal parts hiking, climbing, geology lesson, and navigation challenge. The red rock desert landscape presents unique challenges and breathtaking experiences. Along the winding canyon paths, we will learn climbing and rappelling techniques, knot-tying skills, and learn to interpret the difficult terrain with a map and compass — all while feeling connected to the prehistoric past of this environment.

Paddleboard

1 DAY

paddleboarding icon Paddleboarding

A fun way to explore and play on the water paddleboarding is an increasingly popular adventure sport. Stand-up paddleboarding, or SUPing, is an outdoor aquatic activity that involves standing on a long surfboard and using a paddle to navigate and move around the lake, or down the lazy river. It’s very easy to learn and it’s also a great workout!

Paddleboard

First & Last Day

On the first day we'll meet at Keystone Science School's campus, get checked in and meet the rest of our group at the Trip Briefing. We'll go over our gear list and make sure our packs are ready. Then we'll load up the van and head to our Adventure location, usually an hour or more of travel. Once we get to our location, we'll learn some of the basics of the activities to follow, like gear, basic climbing systems or river safety. Then we'll cook dinner and have our first Evening Meeting as we get to know each other.
On the final day after activities are done, we'll head back to KSS, and have our Pin Ceremony where we award campers for their acheivements.

 

Schedule and duration of activities are subject to change.

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Backpacking or Basecamping?

basecamping icon This Adventure Utilizes Backpacking (Overnight Canoe Trip)

Backpacking involves carrying everything needed on your back - or for this trip, in your canoe - to thrive for multiple days in the wilderness. The reward of cooking in the backcountry with your friends, sleeping in your tent with the sounds of nature, and getting away from modern amenities is immeasurable. Read our blog on maintaining proper backcountry hygiene here.



From Parents

Words of camper parents from our 2022 Adventure programs.

"My kid looks forward to this every year! It is so important for her to get out of her usual routine and meet new people and get a chance to be on her own."

"KSS is important to give my son experiences in nature and in new areas of the state."

"No phones. Dedicated time to focus on self. Reminders about gratitude. Getting in touch with nature. The counselors are strong, sweet, great role models."

"We love KSS. The growth our kids have each summer is priceless. Thank you for all the hard work, planning and everything (heart) that goes into what you do!"


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