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All Inclusive Package: Colorado National Monument River Overnight

All Inclusive Package: Colorado National Monument River Overnight

location icon Colorado National Monument

April through October
5 Days
Grades Entering
up to 60 students
Natural and Human History of the Colorado Plateau

Bring your students to the outdoor classroom in the Colorado National Monument! This field trip package provides your class the opportunity to learn and gain experience in hiking desert canyons before embarking on a multi-day overnight river canoe trip. All students are welcome, no experience is needed for any of the activities!

The deserts of Colorado are some of the most stunning and often forgotten landscapes in the state. This area offers a unique chance to look back in time with petroglyphs, or ancient rock carvings. Come and show your students some of the best red rock Colorado has to offer while learning about the human and natural history of this area!

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Activities & Skills

We can make small adjustments based on your class.
There also may be deviations to this schedule based on group size, weather other factors.


Day 1

Orientation Day

On the first day when the group arrives to Colorado National Monument, we will have an orientation to the upcoming experience, including the basics of camping, and an introduction to the activities planned for the week. We usually embark on a short hike neaby, and visit the Colorado National Monumnet Visitors Center to gain a better understanding of the natural and human history of the area.

Rock Climbing

Day 2

Earth Trek - Canyon Hike

Earth Trek day features a day-hike in one of the non-technical canyons, or on a scenic trail nearby inside the Colorado National Monument. Along the way we'll study the geology of the rock layers around us, be on the lookout for local wildlife like the bighorn sheep, and view ancient rock formations and rock carvings.


Day 3

Begin Overnight Canoeing Trip

The group will pack their bags, load up the canoes and embark on a 3-day, 2-night canoe trip down the river through Ruby Horsethief Canyon. Over the course of the trip students will travel 25 miles downstream. We'll camp in multiple locations, explore the shore with canyon hikes, and learn about basics of backcountry travel.


Day 4

Overnight Canoeing Trip

On the second day of the canoe trip students will continue their way down river, while stopping at various spots on shore to explore the surrounding environment on foot.


Day 5

Finish Overnight Canoeing Trip

On the last day of the canoe trip the class will finish their 25 mile journey on the water. We'll dock our canoes and head back to camp to debrief the trip and talk about what we learned before loading the vans and heading home.


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Evening Programs

Evening programs at the campsite

After the day's activities are complete and dinner is cleaned up, the group will participate in our evening programs. This may include astronomy, night hikes, team building exercises, or a camp fire (depending on the fire ban status).

Students on Evening Hike

Designed Curriculum

Desert Ecology
Natural and Human History of the Colorado Plateau

Students will explore the Western Colorado desert ecosystem and discover the interdependent relationships between living and nonliving components. Students will learn about the many intriguing organisms that are native to the desert ecosystem and will understand how their unique traits help them to find water, survive and reproduce in their extreme environment. Students will search for clues such as tracks and scat to infer what wild animals call the forest their home. Students may even get to observe wildlife firsthand!


KSS Vans picking up students

Schools can meet us at our KSS campus, or head directly to the program camping location. Need help with transportation from Denver International Airport? Call us!


kss camping outdoor ed accom

Students will sleep in 3-4 person tents under the amazing Colorado sky. Each campsite has a short walk to bathroom facilities. Keystone Science School provides tents, kitchen gear, and sun/rain shelters.


kss camping outdoor ed meals

Our kitchen staff prepares nutritious hot meals for breakfast and dinner each day. Each meal will be prepared with students' individual dietary restrictions in mind. Lunch will be a sack lunch which will be made by students themselves each morning.

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Important Info

Teacher Resources

We provide all of the necessary camping and kitchen gear. Students only need to arrive with their sleeping bag, pillow, and clothes for the program. All meals, instruction, and lodging are covered within the program costs.