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

At High Trails, 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. You might 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, or slide down summer snowfields.

From climbing 14,000 foot peaks to rock climbing with ropes, the richness and depth of the mountaineering program at High Trails challenge both novice and experienced hikers, backpackers, and climbers.

You’ll practice “environmentally friendly” Leave No Trace 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:

Other High Trails Trips

Summer trips take place all over Sanborn’s extensive property as well as in many public lands areas, under permits from the USDA Forest Service, the National Parks, and Colorado State Parks.

  • 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
  • Big Deal, SOLE & CORE Courses
  • Colorado Trail Backpack
  • Astronomy Overnights
  • Lone Vigils
  • Fishing Trips
  • River Rafting and Tubing
  • Canoe All Days
  • Canoe Overnights
  • Mountain Survival Course
  • Mountain Bike Overnights
  • Pioneering Overnight
  • Tipi Village Overnight
  • Maze Cave Exploration
  • Locovore All-Day Trip

“I love that they get to experience the wilds of Colorado for a month every year to augment their city experience. The adventures they have at Sanborn are hugely enriching and lead to major personal growth. They adore Sanborn and their community of friends and mentors.” Parent of a High Trails Camper