Work in the Woods

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Are you ready for a REAL Zoom background change? In addition to our current day hiking, overnight camping and horseback riding opportunities, we invite you to bring your computer, your hiking boots, your mountain bike, and a healthy sense of work-life balance to The Nature Place for our new Work in the Woods opportunity or to do a little Glamping (which is short for Glamorous Camping…but what it really means is that you get to sleep in a bed at the end of your adventurous day).

Host a Zoom meeting from your private, quiet deck or from the comfort of your spacious, well-appointed room, apartment or suite. Bring your team up for a mini-retreat with plenty of space for productive, socially distanced, outdoor brainstorming and problem solving. Explore the 6,000 acre Sanborn/COEC property on foot or your own personal bike. Watch the stars and fall meteor showers from your deck at night. Set up your hammock in an Aspen grove and steep yourself in the calm and quiet of the natural world. Give yourself–and maybe even your small work team or family–the opportunity for new perspectives and a sense of wonder. And, if you are coming out solely for an escape and to play, you and your family can base out of comfortable The Nature Place for hikes around property, explorations on horseback ($90 for two hours), or other adventures in the area.

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Other nearby, or on-site, opportunities for exploration, learning, play and fun:

  • Learn about the region’s geologic history at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (30 minutes via car; 1.5-2 hours by foot)
  • Bring your bike, your helmet and grab a map and explore the miles of trails on our 6,000 acres. (walk out of your door for all day adventures)
  • Wander Historic Cripple Creek (quaint gold mining town-turned gambling destination; home of the Cripple Creek Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad) (50 minutes via car)
  • Check out Mueller State Park and its amazing rock formations (45 minutes via car)
  • Self-Guided Hikes on the Sanborn Property; head to your favorite (or undiscovered) spots at camp! (20 minutes to all day)
  • Take a Commercial Rafting Trip on the Arkansas River (multiple outfitters) (2-2.5 hours via car)
  • Wander through Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs (50 minutes via car)
  • Soak your feet in the South Platte River near Happy Meadows campground (25 minutes via car)
  • Explore beautiful 11-Mile Canyon; take your picnic lunch and play in the water, rock scramble and more (25 minutes via car)
  • Climb a fourteener on your own (multiple options; distance/times vary)
  • Hike in the Tarryalls (a favorite trip also makes a great all day hike) (1-1.5 hour via car)

Dates & Rates: Please book at least 3 days in advance. Dates vary due to availability, so please check out the Work in the Woods/Glamping at The Nature Place online reservation site. Payments are due at time of arrival.

  • Standard room-$175/night with a 2 night minimum
  • Apartment/Suite-is $275/night with a 2 night minimum

Meals: The Nature Place Kitchen is open on a very limited basis and most days will be closed. There is a mini fridge in the room and you can set up a camp stove on your porch.

Meals are available: August 31st-September 2nd; & September 14th-17th

If you would like to make meal reservations please email and include the dates and meals you are requesting along with any dietary restrictions or allergies at least one week prior to your arrival.

  • Breakfast $15.00
  • Lunch $15.00
  • Dinner $25.00

Facilities: Due to other groups and COVID restrictions most facilities outside of individual rooms and the main lodge are closed. Closures include the workout room, pool and gym.

Groups: If you are interested in bringing your team to work together outside of these dates or would be interested in a conference room, please contact Martie Jones, for availability.

We hope to see you up at camp sometime soon!

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Ariella Rogge
About Ariella Rogge

Ariella started her career at Sanborn when she was twelve. After five years of camper and five years of Sanborn staff experience, she continued her work with kids in the high school classroom. Ariella and her family returned to Sanborn in 2001 to take on the Program Director role which she held til 2012. She and Elizabeth Marable became co-directors of High Trails in 2013. She lists mountain golf, Gymkhana, climbing mountains and making Pad Thai in the backcountry as some of her favorite activities at camp. Ariella received a B.A. in English from Colorado College and is a certified secondary English educator,an ACCT Level 2 Ropes Course Technician, an ARC lifeguard, an AHA CPR trainer and WEMT. She lives at camp with her husband, two sons, 8 chickens, 2 salamanders, 2 hermit crabs and 1 cat.