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

What Can I Do? 

The great thing about Sanborn’s High Trails Ranch is that our girls can make their summer into whatever experience they want. 

Although we’re not only a riding camp, girls can participate in many activities focusing on horses, including awesome trail adventures, overnights under the stars, horse skills development, horse competitions, and even a cattle drive. Basically, a girl can create her own custom riding camp experience.

If mountain climbing, hiking and backpacking is a girl’s primary area of interest, activity choices can focus on backcountry mountaineering adventures and challenges, including climbing to the summit of one of Colorado’s famous 14,000 foot mountain peaks. An experience known as “fourteeners” it includes overnights around a campfire under a billion stars singing songs, telling stories and bonding as young girls will do.

The younger kids learn lots of new skills and many develop new interests.  Older kids develop confidence in what they’ve learned, get to feel totally comfortable challenging themselves, and venture even further in their chosen areas of interest. Many even branch out and try new things as they return year after year. 

All teens are invited to participate in Sanborn’s Peak to Performance programs consisting of CORE, SOLE and junior counselor positions that focus on individual development, team development, leadership development and problem solving skills – all of which do a great job of building self-esteem and personal empowerment, which are such important traits for young girls to develop.

Horses, mountain climbing, survival skills, ropes courses, photography, water sports, canoeing, Iron Woman training, leadership development  . . . .  there is such a variety of exciting trips and outdoor activities available at Sanborn, that no one gets bored returning year after year. 

With many campers returning for consecutive summers, the trip and activity offerings build on each other.  For example, if a girl climbed Mt. Democrat from a base camp as a 6th grader, the following year she may come back to backpack and climb Mt.Silverheels or Pikes Peak.  If her first year riding camp experience included a half-day or full-day horseback trip, and she’s built up sufficient skills, knowledge and horseback stamina, she may choose longer horseback trips or special skill development with our professional horse wranglers who coach the girls in one of our two horse arenas.

Without any intention of limiting choices – as freedom of choice is part of our basic philosophy here at Sanborn – we’ve developed the “Progression” list below to give parents and campers a general idea of some of the activities available at various age ranges and levels. It’s just a possible progression, not a program set in stone!

If you have any questions about any of the summer activities or overnight trips offered, please feel free to call us at 719-748-3341.  We would love to explore the opportunities available for your child or children and all the new and exciting adventures that are waiting for them. 

The High Trails Program Progression
A likely progression of activities:
3rd and 4th Graders
  • Two-day horseback riding overnight
  • Riding lessons and feeding barnyard animals
  • Opportunity to climb a 14,000 foot peak
  • Learn and practice Leave No Trace Outdoor ethics during Mountain Odyssey
  • Specialized arts and crafts activities
  • 30 Mile Club
  • Bouldering Saturday Special
  • Plenty of trip and activity opportunities at our “learning centers”
5th and 6th Graders
  • Opportunity to backpack and/or climb a 14,000 foot peak
  • Many off-the ranch all days (Mueller Ranch, Cripple Creek, Garden of the Gods)
  • Astronomy/High Ropes Overnight
  • 30 or 50 Mile Club 
  • Horseback Riding Lessons, See the Ranch Ride Saturday Special
  • Tech Rock Saturday Special (for 6th graders)
  • CampOUT Program (Horseback Riding, Camping, Rock Climbing Skill Emphasis)
7th Graders
  • Opportunity to climb multiple 14,000 foot peaks
  • Technical Rock Climbing All Days and Overnights
  • High Ropes Course
  • 50 or 100 Mile Club
  • Canoeing on 11-Mile Reservoir
  • Mountain Survival Course
  • Multi-day Horseback Riding Pack Trips
8th and 9th Graders

For more information, please use the navigation to the right to learn more about all that’s available for a girls’ magical Sanborn summer experience in the beautiful Colorado High Country.  We’re located on 6,000 private acres plus 6,000 leased acres for a total of 12,000 acres of pristine wilderness consisting of aspen and pine forests and wildflower meadows surrounded by stunning snow-topped mountain peaks and yet we are only 35 miles from Colorado Spring.