Fall Semester in the Rockies with WFA

Fall Semester in the Rockies with WFA


  • Sections include four of the following: backpacking, mountaineering, winter camping, canyoneering, river travel, or rock climbing
  • You'll camp and travel in several of the following states: Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, South Dakota, Utah, Nevada or Arizona
  • This skills-intensive semester will give you the tools to pursue a career in the outdoors
  • 16-hour Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and Leave No Trace (LNT) Masters certifications included
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 canoe down a class-III rapid, make sound first-aid decisions miles from the nearest road, and navigate through winding slot canyons.

You'll see some of the great American West's most treasured spots, carving a telemark turn through the winter wilderness on one section and jamming your hands into cracks while climbing one of Wyoming's world-class crags on the next.

Because the Rockies are a hotspot for outdoor activities, this semester offers a variety of skill sets, allowing students to choose the combinations they prefer.


Location NOLS Rocky Mountain
Tuition $13,050 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $700
Minimum Age 17
Duration 89 Days
Type Semester & Year
Start/End Lander, Wyoming
Fly in/out Riverton, Wyoming
College Credit
  • 16 Credit Hours
  • 2 Hours Biology
  • 2 Hours Environmental Studies
  • 4 Hours Leadership Techniques
  • 6 Hours Skills Practicum
  • 2 Hours Risk Assessment
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High School Credit
  • 2 Carnegie Units
  • 1 CU Physical Education
  • 1 CU Leadership
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“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.”

-James C.

Semester in the Rockies Grad