Camp Dates

Month Long Sessions

First Term:
June 11-July 11

Second Term:
July 14-Aug 13

Sanborn Junior

First Term:
June 11-June 25
Second Term:
June 27-July 11
Third Term:
July 14-July 28
Fourth Term:
July 30-Aug 13

Mission Statement

To live together in the outdoors building
a sense of self, a sense of community, a
sense of the earth, and a sense of wonder through fun and adventure.

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Welcome to our Colorado Summer Camps for Kids!

Since 1948, Sanborn Western Camps have been creating outdoor experiences of exceptional quality and depth. Our fun, relaxed atmosphere and caring staff provide a supportive environment for individual growth in self-confidence, independence, and awareness of others. Each child's contributions are valued in a community based on mutual respect and shared adventures. Learn more about our Colorado summer camps for girls and boys by requesting a catalog and DVD when you see Artie the Abert squirrel!

Surrounded by spectacular wilderness areas and stunning peaks, Big Spring Ranch for Boys and High Trails Ranch for Girls lie at an elevation of 8700 feet in the center of Colorado, 35 miles west of Colorado Springs. The camps own more than 6000 acres of open pine forest, wildflower meadows and rocky bluffs, an unparalleled setting for outdoor adventures.

Each year the camp community consists of campers and staff members from over 40 states and 10 countries, providing opportunities to make new friends from many places. Our permanent staff of 25 educators and support personnel work throughout the year to provide depth and consistency of programming as well as outstanding well-maintained facilities.

Colorado Outdoor Education Center/Sanborn Western Camps is a 501c3 non-profit.
To donate to our Sandy and Laura Sanborn Scholarship Fund, please visit our .

Our Blog

  • News from Camp: April 1, 2017

    Sat, April 1 2017 at 3:25 PM

    Significant rain and snowfall during the last couple of weeks has provided wonderful moisture and a promise of...

  • News from Camp: March 1, 2017

    Wed, March 1 2017 at 10:07 PM

    Our days are alternating between cold winter and warm spring days- very normal for Colorado at this time of year! Our...

  • News from Camp: February 1, 2017

    Wed, February 1 2017 at 6:15 PM

    Although we haven't had a lot of snow this month, it has been pretty cold and wintry here at Big Spring and High...

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Sanborn Western Camps/Colorado Outdoor Education Center is an equal opportunity service provider and employer


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"He loves the camp's locale and the opportunity to be an outdoorsman. After two summers I've never heard him be negative about anyone or anything. It's as if he is spending one month every year in paradise."

-Parent from Tulsa, OK-

"For the first time ever, I heard her say that she felt smart. This was worth every penny."

-Parent from Carbondale, CO-