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

Why Sanborn Camps?

Sanborn Western Camps were founded in 1948 by Laura and Sandy Sanborn and have been providing outstanding outdoor programs for more than 60 years.  The camps include two complete facilities—Big Spring Ranch for Boys and High Trails Ranch for Girls—and 6000 acres of beautiful mountain land 35 miles west of Colorado Springs.

Spectacular Location  

High in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado, on the west side of Pikes Peak, Sanborn Western Camps owns 6000 acres of wildflower-filled mountain meadows, open pine forests and rocky bluffs.  Whether you are hiking, camping, horseback riding, fishing or canoeing, you will discover natural beauty and amazing scenery.

Amazing Facilities  
Big Spring and High Trails each have an attractive Lodge/dining hall where delicious meals are served.  Each camp also has a heated swimming pool, tennis courts, theater building, crafts building, health center, stables, barn, riding arena, and sports fields.  The two camps share a high ropes course, a bouldering gym, an interpretive center for natural sciences, and the astronomy observatory.  There are also fun centers located around the ranch—a replica of a Ute Indian tipi village, a pioneering homestead, a working cattle ranch, an operating sawmill, two stocked fishing ponds, rock climbing sites and more than 30 developed campsites.  

Boys at Big Spring live in platform tents or mountain yurts which have electricity.  Modern washhouses are located nearby.  Girls at High Trails live in modern Western-style cabins with bathrooms and attractive living rooms dominated by a moss-rock fireplace.

You Get to Choose  
The amazing variety of our program activities provides something of interest for everyone and each camper chooses his/her activities from 12-16 options every day.  You can select from dozens of different hikes and horseback trail rides, twenty different arts and crafts activities, canoeing, swimming, archery, tennis, fishing, fossil and crystal digging, animal tracking, beaver watching, astronomy, photography, drama, and much more.  Older campers can also challenge themselves with rock climbing, mountain biking, and teambuilding on the high ropes course.  

Trips, Trips, Trips  

You won’t believe all of the trips offered at Sanborn Camps!  All-day adventures include tubing on the South Platte River, hikes to spectacular rock formations on Pikes Peak, canoeing trips to Eleven-mile Reservoir, visiting a gold mine in Cripple Creek, fossil digging and many more.  Among overnight trip options are horseback riding, fishing, technical rock climbing, pioneering, rock scrambling and 14,000’ mountain climbs.  Sleeping under bright starry skies and cooking over the campfire are awesome experiences.   

Longer trips, 3-5 days in length, take us into the amazing wilderness areas of the high mountains.  These trips are a truly unique offering at Sanborn Camps and may include backpacking and mountain climbing, horseback riding, or exploring the glacial lakes and slicker sliding in a beautiful alpine valley.  Older campers can select challenging multi-day backpack-mountain climbing trips, horseback wilderness trips up to five days in length, and advanced technical rock climbing.


It is easy to make new friends at Big Spring and High Trails!  Campers come from over 40 states and several foreign countries each year and everyone works together to build a community based on teamwork and respect.

Fun, Caring Counselors  

One thing most campers agree on is how great their counselors are.  Our staff members are enthusiastic, knowledgeable about the outdoors, and interested in working with young people.  Their average age is 21 and there is one staff member for four or five campers, so everyone receives lots of individual attention.  Experienced directors, wranglers, ridge leaders, program specialists and nurses complete the staff and provide outstanding leadership in every aspect of camp life.

  “…time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our children’s health.”                                                
                                                                                                   -Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods-  

Looking back on this summer makes me realize how much I’ve changed.  This place has allowed me to learn who I really am and no matter what happens this next year I know that I will be back for more.  The sunsets and laughs shared have meant the world.                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                     -High Trails Camper-  

This place and the times with these people bring meaning to my life.  I will never forget this month; it allows me to focus on my goals.  Big Spring rocks!                                                                                                
                                                                                                                      -Big Spring Camper-  

My daughter loves Sanborn!  She really seems to enjoy setting high goals and then working to achieve them, she enjoys the sense of accomplishment.  She also loves the camaraderie and teamwork involved.  She has learned to appreciate so many different aspects of the outdoors.                                                                                                

My son thrives on his time at Sanborn.  I think he feels independent, capable, included in a great group of guys—counselors and peers.