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

Big Spring Trips

Have you ever wondered what it is like to take a horse pack trip, canoe among the granite cliffs of a Colorado lake, find a fossil, explore a cave, or ride a bike along mountain trails? At Big Spring, you will choose among these and many more all-day and overnight adventures.

From climbing 14,000 foot peaks to rock climbing with ropes, the richness and depth of the mountaineering program at Big Spring challenges both novice and experienced hikers, backpackers, and climbers. After hiking and camping at some of the 30 developed campsites on Sanborn property, you will be prepared to head into the high country for a 2-5 day adventure in Colorado’s most pristine wilderness: backpack with friends and expert leaders along the Colorado Trail, pitch your tent in high alpine meadows at the base of Mt. Sherman or Mt. Yale, celebrate on the top of a Fourteener, and slide down snowfields. You’ll practice "environmentally friendly" camping skills, learn mountain safety and gain confidence in your ability to live within the natural world.  Sanborn Western Camps/Colorado Outdoor Education Center operates many trips under special use permit from the USDA Forest Service, Pike & San Isabel National Forests.

Horseback riding is also a major program at Big Spring and many boys enjoy a 2-5 day horse pack trip. These uniquely Western adventures explore the spectacular and rugged areas to the west and south of camp.
  • 14,000 Ft. Mountain Climbs
  • Collegiate Peaks 5 Day Backpacks
  • Park Range 4 day Backpacks
  • Tarryall Mountains 4 day Backpacks
  • Alpine Valley 3 day
  • Pikes Peak Bomber Hike
  • Horseback Pack Trips
  • South Park Exploration
  • Mountain Survival Course
  • Astronomy Overnights
  • Technical Rock Climbing Trips
  • Prospecting Trips
  • River Rafting and Tubing
  • Canoe All Days
  • Canoe Overnights
  • Desert Trips
  • Mountain Bike Overnights
  • Pioneering Overnight
  • Tipi Village Overnight
  • Lone Vigils
  • Cripple Creek Trip
  • Fishing/Fly Fishing Trips