Rock and River

Rock and River


  • Exposure to two technical skill-types
  • 85 miles in Desolation/Gray Canyon, 45 miles in Dinosaur National Monument
  • Travel by kayak, oar raft, or paddle raft
  • Potential to lead both traditional and sport climbs
Imagine learning two skills in two very different wilderness environments: the stunning crags of Wyoming and the whitewater of Utah and Colorado's Green River.

The climbing section in either Sinks Canyon outside Lander, Wyo., or Vedauwoo near Laramie, Wyo., explores granite, limestone, and sandstone rock as well as stunning scenery. You'll learn movement on rock, knots, rope handling, belaying, anchors, protection placement, traditional and sport climbing systems, rappelling, and risk management. If you are ready, experience the thrill of being on the sharp end of the rope while lead climbing.

The second component of your course will take you through Green Rivers Desolation and Gray canyons, where you'll get the chance to row an oar rig, captain a paddle raft, and steer a whitewater kayak—all through Class I–III+ rapids. You'll live and travel within the canyons sandstone walls rimmed with sage and pion pine, experiencing what it takes to organize and lead your own river trips.


Location NOLS Rocky Mountain
Tuition $6,250 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $350
Minimum Age 16
Duration 30 Days
Type Classic
Start/End Start Vernal, Utah / End Riverton, Wyoming
Fly in/out Salt Lake City, UT / Casper, WY
College Credit
  • 6 Credit Hours
  • 4 Hours Skills Practicum
  • 2 Hours Risk Assessment
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High School Credit
  • 1.5 Carnegie Units
  • 0.5 CUs Physical Education
  • 1 CU Leadership
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“The most rewarding aspects of this course were opportunities for personal growth, practice with group dynamics and team building and getting to know an amazing crew of NOLS instructors.”

-Lauryn H.

Rock and River Grad