|Tuition||$12,760 Learn about Financial Aid|
|Fly in/out||Riverton, Wyoming|
“The experience in the field and the skill sets we learned were some of the most rewarding aspects to this course. Also being able to experience the outdoors on such a personal level taught me a lot about myself and taught me lessons I will carry on with me into the front country.”
Section 3&4: WFA, Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, River (Kayak/Raft/Canoe), Canyoneering
Section 5&6: Backpacking, WFA, Climbing, Canyoneering, Backcountry Skiing
Section 7: WFA, River Travel, Climbing, Canyoneering, Backcountry Skiing
Gap Year Semester - 17-19 Year Olds Only Section 8&9: WFA, Backpacking, Climbing, Canyoneering, Backcountry Skiing
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.
Mountaineering at NOLS features glacier travel, pristine alpine lakes, astounding views and the teamwork and technical skills you need to get to the highest points in the world.
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.