Camp Dates

Month Long Sessions

First Term:
June 14-July 14

Second Term:
July 17-Aug 16

Sanborn Junior

First Term:
June 14-June 28
Second Term:
June 30-July 14
Third Term:
July 17-July 31
Fourth Term:
Aug 2-Aug 16

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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*For returning campers only

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: August 9, 2015

    Sun, August 9 2015 at 3:27 PM

    We have had another great week at camp. This morning's gymkhana was a real highlight- riders from Big Spring and High...

  • Flower Filled Fields

    Fri, August 7 2015 at 1:59 PM

    After several years of drought, we have been blessed this summer by higher than average moisture. It began in May when...

  • News from Camp: August 2nd, 2015

    Mon, August 3 2015 at 7:30 PM

    We had some fabulous trips last week, including five successful mountain climbs. Groups from High Trails reached the...

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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-