The Road Less Traveled
2331 N. Elston Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
June 27 - July 10, 2016 // 14 Days
July 14 - July 27, 2016 // 14 Days
Our 2017 dates, pricing and details are almost finalized. Information below is based on our 2016 program.
Our 14-day middle school summer adventure program explores the wilds of Colorado and Utah.
We hike the beautiful peaks of Collegiate Wilderness and ride whitewater rafts and inflatable kayaks through Desolation Canyon in Green River, Utah. We climb Jurassic Park in Colorado, which features some of the best crags of Estes Park.
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We discover clear creeks, shady glens, and glorious sand beaches to camp, unwind, and marvel at the scenery. With eagles, bighorn sheep, elusive beavers, and best of all: rapids! Splashy Class 2s and 3s, perfect for learning how to paddle an inflatable kayak or a stand up paddle board.
This challenging course in the Lost Canyon combines interconnected swinging bridges, swinging logs, cargo nets, balance beams, and tunnels. Something for everyone!
The San Isabel Forest is one of 11 national forests in Colorado. San Isabel includes more than 1 million acres of stunning scenery with snow-capped mountains, wildflowers, clear mountain lakes, and blue skies.
Mt. Harvard, at 14,421 feet, is the highest summit of the Collegiate Peaks, the fourth highest summit in the contiguous United States ... and just one of many prominent peaks in the area.
Every truly great small town has an excellent burger ’n’ shake place. This is one of those places to grab a meal to go, walk to the creekside park, and enjoy.
Nefertiti Petroglyphs and the Price Meet-Up Panel are two outstanding examples of Native American rock art in petroglyph panels – amazing Wild West scenery.
With majestic mountains, tundra wildflowers, abundant wildlife, Trail Ridge Road (the highest paved road in the United States), and more than 350 miles of trails, Rocky Mountain National Park is a must see.
Colorado’s Jurassic Park doesn’t have any dinosaurs but does boast The Edge of Time. The climbing route spiders up a prehistoric piece of rock jutting out of the top of a mountain. Who needs dinos?
Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch were the last of the flamboyant Western bank and train robbers. Cassidy was a fun-loving, easy-going bandit who preferred to use his brains rather than his six-gun. For necessary firepower, he depended on fast-draw gunman Sundance Kid. They established their hideout at Robbers Roost here in the mountainous southwest corner of Utah.
Estes Park elk turn up everywhere: roaming the streets, eating the flowers baskets, and stopping traffic.
Rock Climb: Estes Park, Colorado
Whitewater Raft: Desolation and Gray Canyons, Green River, Utah
Backpack: Collegiate Peaks, Colorado
Whitewater Inflatable Kayak & SUP: Desolation and Gray Canyons, Green River, Utah
Aerial Course: San Isabel National Forest
Our adventure starts in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness where the trail goes up hills, through meadows, and along lakes to campsites surrounded by the Colorado mountains. Along the way, we pass glacier-scoured valleys, silvery lakes, and sparkling creeks.
Our next stop is a five-day rafting trip where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid hid out from the law. We can raft or try an inflatable kayak on one of the great untouched stretches of river in the American West, Green River’s Desolation and Gray canyons. Around each bend lies a surprise, including traces of the Fremont Indian culture as petroglyphs, stone ruins, arrowheads, and pottery that line the river gorge.
We read the river, see the flow, and choose a path. Angle, spin, and push. ... Running the rapids is like mastering an obstacle course. Push, push, turn and pull. Pull. Pull! ... We ride the waves and scream through more than 60 rapids, from unnamed riffles to fun Class 3 whitewater. Slower sections allow us to give a stand up paddleboard a try.
At night, we make camp on pristine, cottonwood-lined beaches alongside streams that cut through soaring bedrock canyons.
After completing our journey down Desolation Canyon, we work our way back to Rocky Mountain National Park and Jurassic Park, where we learn the basics of rock climbing, knots, belaying, laybacks, and finger-locks on crags overlooking the range. We “float the rope” with the epic sky-high Tyrolean Traverse, and understand why everyone wants to reach the top of the mountain.
Feeling accomplished and on top of the world, we share in a traditional closing banquet, eating well at elevation as the sun sinks behind the Rockies one last time before our flights home the next day.
Gather as a group in Denver, CO, before transferring to the outskirts of Buena Vista, a lively mountain town in the Collegiate Peaks. Get oriented and acclimated to the elevation.
Explore Collegiate Peaks’ networks of trails near the campground on the Continental Divide. Challenge personal balance, strength, and courage on an aerial course spanning an entire canyon!
Test outdoor skills with a potential chance to summit a “fourteener” and complete an overnight adventure in the backcountry.
Transfer to Sand Wash, UT, and prepare for river adventures on rafts, kayaks, and stand up paddle boards. Set up camp on riverside beaches each night.
Transfer north to Rocky Mountain National Park for rock climbing adventure. Take in all that this legendary park has to offer before sharing in a traditional closing banquet, the perfect end to an amazing journey.
Transfer to Denver and board return flights home.
The Road Less Traveled does not require any vaccinations or immunizations to travel with us, other than an up-to-date tetanus shot or booster (within the last nine years). We do require a signed Road Less Traveled specific physician's form, which will be made available after acceptance to the program.
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For an emailed copy of this program’s day-to-day calendar, please call our office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CST at 773-342-5200 and we’ll happily send you one!
Families are individually responsible for booking their own airfare or making their own travel arrangements to get their student from home to Denver, CO on the first day of the trip, and from Denver, CO to home on the last day of the trip. RLT will provide exact windows of time that we require all students to arrive and depart within.
It is imperative that no one make any travel arrangements until RLT directs them to do so. We will provide directions to our clients, including timing specifics and arrival day details, at the appropriate time of year (usually mid-spring).