Wind River Wilderness

Wind River Wilderness


  • This is the original NOLS course and the most popular expedition we offer
  • Opportunities for rock climbing and non-technical peak ascents
  • Learn grizzly and black bear camping practice
  • Hiking route of ~100 miles at elevations between 8,000 and 13,000 feet
  • Potential for Independent Student Group Expedition if the group is prepared (determined by instructors)
This is the original NOLS course and the most popular expedition we offer.

For 30 days, you'll explore the Wind River Mountains, a wilderness range renowned for its pristine lakes and rugged mountain beauty. After carrying a pack efficiently loaded with everything you need to the top of your first high mountain pass, you'll descend into a glacial valley and help lead your hiking group to camp.

You and your peers will take turns baking pizzas over a camp stove and catching cutthroat trout for dinner. At night, a star-filled sky will shroud your tent as you rest for the next stimulating day of exploration and learning. In addition to hiking as many as 120 miles on and off trail, you'll fly-fish, learn how to use a GPS, summit towering granite mountains, and may have an opportunity to rock climb.

The leadership skills you master here will serve you well in the wilderness and beyond.


Location NOLS Rocky Mountain
Tuition $4,590 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $350
Minimum Age 16
Duration 30 Days
Type Classic
Start/End Lander, Wyoming
Fly in/out Casper, Wyoming
College Credit
  • 6 Credit Hours
  • 2 Hours Environmental Studies
  • 2 Hours Leadership Techniques
  • 2 Hours Skills Practicum
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High School Credit
  • 1.5 Carnegie Units
  • 0.5 CUs Physical Education
  • 1 CU Leadership
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-Cressida R.

Wind River Wilderness Grad