|Location||NOLS Rocky Mountain|
|Tuition||$750 Learn about Financial Aid|
|Fly in/out||Salt Lake City, Utah|
NOLS courses travel on the world’s best rivers and oceans for learning paddling skills, from the wild whitewater of the Salmon River to the Yukon’s pristine Hess River, all the way to the Kimberley coastline of Australia. You'll scout rapids and practice rescue techniques and learn lining and portaging skills as well.
Packrafting is at the forefront of Alaskan exploration and NOLS is right there with it. Since their inception, these single-person inflatable rafts (weighing around four pounds each) have opened up some of the world's most remote country that would be otherwise inaccessible to overland travel.
With this equipment and the help of experienced instructor teams, you will navigate the rivers of the eastern Alaska Range and the Talkeetna Mountains that would otherwise be obstacles on a traditional backpacking course.
River courses at NOLS involve a number of different craft, including oar rafts, paddle rafts, canoes and kayaks. Reading the water, scouting rapids, and executing maneuvers such as eddy turns, peel-outs and ferries are all part of the agenda no matter your method of travel.
The first NOLS courses ventured into the wilderness here over 45 years ago. Generations of students have been exploring the stunning glacier-carved granite cirques of the famous Wind River Mountains, the sprawling meadows and deep rivers of the Absarokas, and the hidden red canyons of Utah’s slickrock country with NOLS Rocky Mountain.
The heart of our operation is in Lander, Wyoming, the small town that NOLS founder Paul Petzoldt handpicked in 1965 as the base of operations for his innovative outdoor school. We also operate the Three Peaks Ranch in Boulder, Wyo. Set on the western edge of the Wind Rivers, this working ranch is where we run our horsepacking courses and re-supply other courses on horseback.
Our river base in Vernal, Utah, specializes in whitewater rafting, canoeing, and kayaking.
With a wide range of course offerings and exquisite landscapes, being here—backpacking, climbing, skiing, scrambling, exploring, and paddling—is what NOLS is all about.