Girls Camp ActivitiesAt High Trails, campers can participate in a ton of activities such as horseback riding, canoeing, mountain climbing, backpacking, camping, fishing, swimming, ropes courses, trips, photography, and much much more. Like many girls horseback riding camps, High Trails has great horses, an arena, and an awesome stable facility. Unlike many other girls horseback riding camps, at High Trails, you can work with horses and improve your skills almost every day if you want—or you can decide to climb a mountain, go swimming, or make a decoupage treasure at the Art Barn – it’s your choice.
List of ActivitiesFor many campers riding is the main focus here. For others, it’s hiking, with the aim of summitting a “fourteener” (one of Colorado’s 14,000 foot mountain peaks) before the summer is through. For some campers, it’s all about sports or artistic interests like photography or pottery. Counselors are skilled in teaching beginners so it's easy to try things you've never done before and develop the sense of pride, confidence and self esteem that comes from mastering new challenges. Situated on 6,000 acres in the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains -- you can try all of the activities, or just choose those that interest you.
Free ChoiceHigh Trails is all about choice. You get to decide what trips and activites you want to pursue and what experiences you want to fill your summer with. Staff members help you determine which adventures best fit your interests, then you plan your own schedule.
For many campers riding is the main focus here. For others, its hiking, with the aim of summitting a “fourteener” (one of Colorado’s 14,000 foot mountain peaks) before the summer is through. For some campers, it’s all about sports or artistic interests like photography or pottery. Counselors are skilled in teaching beginners so it's easy to try things you've never done before and develop the sense of pride, confidence and self esteem that comes from mastering new challenges.
We encourage free choice at camp, because we feel that’s how kids best discover their true interests, passions and strengths. ”Free play” and teachable moments are utilized in all areas of the program. A hike at High Trails isn’t about getting from here to there, it is about the animal tracks on the trail; the impromptu, camper-led yoga session in the Aspen grove; and the opportunity to lie on your back staring at clouds for an afternoon. Our philosophy is that personal growth happens with outdoor time in nature, alone time mixed with community time, lots of free choice and a good dose of fun, adventure and challenges mixed in.
Horse Riding ProgramsIf horses are your passion, we have lots of programs, trips and activities for you! With over 100 horses (55 at High Trails and 55 at Big Spring for boys), plus skilled wranglers and gifted instructors for beginning, intermediate or advanced riders, High Trails is the place to be if horses are your love. Unlike some other horse camps, here you can custom create your own experience and choose from many different activities. If you want to focus your summer exclusively on horses, mostly on horses, or have lots of other activities mixed in, that is your choice…it’s up to you.
We offer instruction, trail rides and two arenas for teaching and coaching specific maneuvers and challenges. Once basic skills are mastered, we offer a variety of special events and activities like swimming with horses, bareback rides, arena games, cattle drives, and the ever popular “FUN RIDE” with our Ranch Manager (aka Super Cowboy Sam). We also have a boy-girl competition in pole bending, ring spear, and barrel racing, plus Sunday afternoon time for honing special skills.
Overnight Horse TripsWe offer ½ day, full day and multi-day trips into the beautiful Colorado Rockies with overnight camping. For details on these trips, please visit our horse riding camps page. We also maintain a working cattle ranch that has been in operation since the 1850s, and use some of our rides to help move cattle. These cattle drives are always a huge hit with campers and staff. Any way you look at it, it’s a summer full of adventure, fun and friendship in a great community that brings campers back year after year. Won’t you join us?
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