|Location||NOLS Rocky Mountain|
|Tuition||$3,690 Learn about Financial Aid|
|Type||Prime - Adult Courses|
|Fly in/out||Casper, Wyoming|
“This course provided communication and physical challenges. Meeting these challenges was extremely empowering particularly as they related to influencing the group.”
The backpacking section during the semester will take you to the remote Brazilian Highlands on the southern rim of the Amazon Basin.
The little-explored area is where you will be challenged to navigate through tricky terrain navigation and at the same time rewarded with amazing vistas, excellent swimming holes, and giant waterfalls. On backpacking sections, opportunities for small group travel and independent student expeditions are possible.
Learn innovative lightweight backpacking techniques, like cooking one-pot meals and staying warm and dry with minimal gear on these courses. Outfitted with 22- to 28 -pound packs (10-15 pounds without food and fuel), you will enjoy the wilderness as you never thought imaginable, without the burden of a heavy load, while honing traditional backpacking skills like navigation and Leave No Trace.
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.