|Location||NOLS Rocky Mountain|
|Tuition||$13,450 Learn about Financial Aid|
|Fly in/out||Riverton, Wyoming|
High School Credit
“Above all, I learned how to make my voice heard, to be organized, to deliver constructive feedback, embrace hardship and the unknown, be intentional, and to live minimally. I learned to appreciate each moment; that the past and future are only thieves of today. How amazing to wake up with the sun and follow it to bed each day! ”
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.
The canyon country of the Colorado Plateau, located in southern Utah and northern Arizona is characterized by rugged terrain and delicate beauty, with red sandstone and green junipers adding color to the arid landscape. You may see relics of the Anasazi culture in the form of pueblos, petroglyphs, and potshards. At certain times you will travel across the mesa tops with spectacular vistas in all directions while at others you will wind your way through the labyrinthine depths of the steeply incised waterways that give this region its name.
NOLS horsepacking courses are unique in the field of outdoor education. More than just a trail ride at the ranch, you'll learn the fundamentals of horsemanship--including saddling, grooming and packing, as well as Leave No Trace horsepacking procedures and travel and overnight horse management.
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.
Primarily 30 days in length, these courses focus on technical traditional climbing skills in addition to camping and travel skills. You'll learn knots and rope handling, belaying, rappelling, protection placement and hazard evaluation while working on improving your movement over rock and potentially lead climbing.
It is winter in the mountains. Cloaked in a blanket of glittering snow, the world is transformed into a quiet, magical place where icicles decorate the trees, animal tracks tell a story and pristine powder calls you to ski. Temperatures can plummet to well below zero and three feet of snow can fall in one storm, but hard work and a positive attitude make winter one of the most rewarding times to travel in the backcountry.
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.