Salmon Backpacking and Rafting Adventure

Salmon Backpacking and Rafting Adventure


  • This course is specifically designed for fourteen and fifteen year olds
  • Spend 19 days backpacking the Lemhi or Beaverhead Mountains
  • Spend 10 days rafting through deep canyons on the famous Salmon River in Idaho
  • Not a teen tour, your NOLS course will take you to amazing wilderness
  • NOLS instructors are skilled, professional educators
This course is for young teens who want to traverse a little known section of the Rocky Mountains near the Idaho-Montana border and raft the Main Salmon River, all in one action-packed month.

In two very different environments, you'll learn how to make decisions, develop confidence, and work through challenges with your coursemates (we call this expedition behavior). While backpacking, you'll become a competent map reader and backcountry cook, and you'll develop your Leave No Trace skills and stewardship and sustainability values.

Then, after climbing peaks, crossing rivers, and hiking through pristine meadows, you'll trade your backpack for a dry bag. For 10 days on over 80 miles of the wild and scenic Main Salmon River, you'll navigate deep canyons and whitewater in paddle rafts and oar rigs.

You will learn basic river skills like paddle strokes, hazard evaluation, and boat rigging. Overall, you'll work hard, have fun, and return home with leadership skills to last a lifetime.


Location NOLS Teton Valley
Tuition $6,300 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $250
Minimum Age 14
Duration 28 Days
Type Adventure - 14 & 15 Only
Start/End Driggs, Idaho
Fly in/out Jackson Hole, Wyoming
High School Credit
  • 1.5 Carnegie Units
  • 0.5 CUs Physical Education
  • 1 CU Leadership
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“I was completely amazed with how much fun I had. It was great to get up every day, take care of group gear, and take care of group tasks like packing and cooking. One of my most important lessons was learning how to get along with people on the spot and to be given the chance to trust them, learn from them, and help each other get stronger while hiking and rafting. ”

-Kenneth K.

Salmon Backpacking and Rafting Adventure Grad