The Road Less Traveled
2331 N Elston Court
Chicago, IL 60614
RLT's animal care program, Utah:Unleashed, has a new name, new location, and new activities. On our 12-day community service and adventure program in Wyoming and Colorado, middle school students will volunteer at a no-kill animal sanctuary where they will help with socialization and care of the animals. After our hard work on the ranch we'll head to Northern Colorado to stand up paddleboard, explore Rocky Mountain National Park, raft the Cache la Poudre river, and explore the beautiful Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests.
Hearing all of her stories and experiences warmed my heart. I was so happy that she was able to have this once in a lifetime experience." -2019 RLT Parent
Keep scrolling to learn more about this student travel and community service program in Wyoming and Colorado!
With endless miles of hiking trails and constant opportunities to observe wildlife, Rocky Mountain National Park is a dream destination to spend time exploring.
Lend a hand to animals in need while walking, feeding, and socializing cats and dogs at a no-kill sanctuary on a serene ranch in Wyoming. Work alongside and learn from caretakers that have dedicated their lives to putting animals first!
The High Plains of southeastern Wyoming boast a large population of North America's fastest land mammal. No doubt we'll see our share during our time in Wyoming!
Enjoy a different kind of skyline - classic Colorado "fourteeners." Colorado has more than 50 mountains with peak heights exceeding 14,000 feet.
Fly above the tree line and take in the Rocky Mountain views as you zip along the longest zip line in the state.
Rafting through the scenic Cache La Poudre River is a thrilling introduction to Colorado adventure. The continuous whitewater and impressive scenery are the perfect recipe for an epic day of rafting.
Explore The Mile High City right in the heart of it all. Visit Red Rocks amphitheatre, learn about endangered species at the Denver Zoo, and find out how candy is made at the nearly 100 year old Hammond's Candies factory.
Environmental community service, animal care and socialization at a no-kill animal sanctuary in Wyoming that specializes in rescued research animals.
A Certificate of Community Service indicating the total hours worked and a Presidential Volunteer Service Award will be issued upon successful completion of the program.
Explore: Rocky Mountain National Park, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Downtown Denver
Zip Line: Front Range, Rocky Mountain Nature Park
White Water Rafting: Cache la Poudre River
6 - 8
Lodging is in a private home. Bedrooms will be divided by gender and participants will sleep slumber party style – in sleeping bags, rotating available beds nightly. Showers are available; however, we shower every three to four days to conserve resources and support sustainability.
This summer we successfully ran our Colorado Wolf Refuge program allowing students to get outside, socialize with their peers, and volunteer their time. After months of quarantine and increased exposure to technology, time in the outdoors has proven to be exactly what students needed. With an abundance of caution and well defined protocols, we were able to keep students safe, healthy, and happy. We are confident that we are able to continue offering life changing experiences in the outdoors, mitigating risk to keep students safe.
Arrive in Denver, CO and then head north to the ranch. When we arrive we'll have orientation and a tour of the property.
Our days at the Ranch will be spent working directly with cats and dogs helping with cleaning, walking, and socializing the animals. We may also have the opportunity to help with various projects around the property such as painting, mowing grass, and minor construction.
After our hard work at the ranch and in search of a different kind of scenery, we'll transfer to Rocky Mountain National Park. We'll spend our time hiking, observing wildlife, seeing the Continental Divide, and spending time under the stars.
After departing from Rocky Mountain National Park, we'll head to the Cache La Poudre River for some rafting. Designated as a Wild and Scenic river in 1986, Cache La Poudre River is Colorado’s only National Wild and Scenic River! The next day, harness up for a ropes course in the mountains. When we are not rafting, we'll be exploring downtown Denver and the surrounding area including the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Homeward Bound (Day 12):
We say our final goodbyes and board our flights for 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).
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!
It is imperative that no one make any travel arrangements until RLT provides instructions for specific arrival and departure time windows. Those details are typically released in mid-spring.
Families are individually responsible for booking their own airfare to get their student from home to the starting destination of Denver, CO on the first day of the trip, and from the ending destination of Denver, CO back home on the last day of the trip.