Wind River Wilderness - Prime

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Wind River Wilderness - Prime

For 14 days, you'll explore Wyoming's 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 40 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. You'll master the skills to be able to take your friends and family on outdoor expeditions long after you return from Wyoming.



2019 Dates

July 7 – July 20, 2019

Tuition: $3,900

July 21 – Aug. 3, 2019

Tuition: $3,900

Aug. 25 – Sept. 7, 2019

Tuition: $3,900


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14 days

Minimum Age

23 yrs.

Academic Credit

2 College Credits
  • 2 Environmental Studies
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Lander, Wyoming

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Casper, Wyoming

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“The nature of the course forces you into the moment, requiring you to be in touch with your surroundings, and focused on the task at hand. Instead of being attached to your phone, you’re focused on the weather patterns, or the snow conditions. This is an awareness that I think is easily lost outside of the wilderness.  There are too many distractions that draw people away from making the most of the present.” 

— Winslow Crane M., NOLS Wind River grad

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