Summer Semester in the Rockies

Summer Semester in the Rockies


  • Four weeks backpacking in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
  • Three weeks whitewater rafting and kayaking on Utah's Green River
  • Three weeks of rock climbing in South Dakota's Black Hills
  • Potential to lead both traditional and sport climbs
  • Excellent wildlife and natural history
NOLS invented the outdoor semester, and this course is where it all began.

A Rockies Semester will take you on a Wild West tour de force while giving you a complete set of skills to lead and teach in the backcountry, whether in the field of outdoor education or with your own friends and family.

Our grads are among the most well-rounded and self-sufficient backcountry travelers in the world. Learn to paddle a kayak down a class-III rapid, develop and expand your rock climbing skills, and navigate through Wyoming's incredible Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

The Rockies are Mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Spend your summer honing your skills and taking in all that the American West has to offer.


Location NOLS Rocky Mountain
Tuition $11,700 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $700
Minimum Age 17
Duration 68 Days
Type Semester & Year
Start/End Lander, Wyoming
Fly in/out Casper, Wyoming
College Credit
  • 16 Credit Hours
  • 3 Hours Environmental Studies
  • 4 Hours Leadership Techniques
  • 6 Hours Skills Practicum
  • 3 Hours Risk Assessment
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High School Credit
  • 2 Carnegie Units
  • 1 CU Physical Education
  • 1 CU Leadership
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“What was most rewarding about my course? Getting to know myself better as a person through the physical and mental challenges presented in the course, particularly through the designated leadership opportunities.”

-Glen D.

Semester in the Rockies Grad