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, climb a mountain, or ride a bike along forest trails?

At Big Spring, you will choose among these and many more all-day and overnight adventures.

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.

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.

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.

Learn more about our trips below:

More Big Springs Trips

Summer trips take place all over Sanborn’s extensive property as well as the surroudning national park land.

  • 14,000 Ft. Mountain Climbs
  • Collegiate Peaks 5 Day Backpacks
  • Park Range 4 day Backpacks
  • Alpine Valley 3 day
  • Pikes Peak Bomber Hike
  • Horseback Pack Trips
  • South Park Exploration
  • Mountain Survival Course
  • Astronomy Overnights
  • Prospecting Trips
  • River Rafting and Tubing
  • Fishing/Fly Fishing Trips
  • Technical Rock Climbing Trips
  • Tarryall Mountains 4 day Backpacks
  • Canoe All Days
  • Canoe Overnights
  • Desert Trips
  • Mountain Bike Overnights
  • Pioneering Overnight
  • Tipi Village Overnight
  • Lone Vigils
  • Cripple Creek Trip