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Welcome to Rocky Mountain

Come join us for the adventure of a lifetime! Start your expedition in the foothills of the Wind River Range at NOLS Rocky Mountain. Here in Lander, Wyoming, the first NOLS students started and ended their Wind River Wilderness course in 1965. Today, our campus is a hub for courses exploring the mountains, canyons, and rivers of Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada. Before and after your course heads into the field, you’ll stay at the historic Noble Hotel located in downtown Lander, right near our world headquarters. Then you’ll begin your adventure in the backcountry: you might backpack along high mountain ridges, navigate whitewater rapids, break trail in snow-covered mountains, or navigate some of the most remote glaciers in the lower 48. Depending on which course you choose, you’ll learn one or more technical skills—backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing, canyoneering, white water kayaking and rafting, or horsepacking—in the diverse landscapes of the western U.S. Whether you’re ready for a semester-long exploration of the Rockies, a 30-day mountaineering expedition, or a two-week backpacking trip, you’ll find a course that matches your interests at NOLS Rocky Mountain. Our programs operate in some of the most dramatic landscapes of the intermountain West and we strive to provide every student with a positive, life-changing experience.

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502 Lincoln Street
Lander, WY 82520

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A daunting task: capturing 3 months of jam-packed adventure and education across two epic western states...

In mid February I travelled to Lander, Wyoming to attend a three-month Outdoor Educator Semester at NOLS. I wanted to pick up some new skills and determine if outdoor education was a viable career path. We began the course with classes in backcountry medicine, ending up with a certification as a Wilderness First Responder.

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