Backpacking Courses


IMG_3483The wilderness offers a powerful and unique tool for strengthening and enriching young minds.

Designed for quick access to the Front Range Mountains in Colorado, this 3 or 4 day course incorporates just about all the elements of a longer back pack  and Outdoor Education in a short amount of time. Instruction in packing a backpack, map and compass, wilderness cooking skills, camp craft, rock climbing, and Leave No Trace principles are just some of the course curriculum. Our goal is to have students return to their “normal” lives having experienced success,  increased confidence, and knowledge about nature.

We’ll provide transportation to the trail head where we’ll pack up and begin hiking into camp.  After setting up our tarps and “kitchen”, well explore our surroundings and prepare dinner.  We’ll have group time before settling into our sleeping bags.  On day two we’ll rock climb.  Day 3 brings some more advanced orienteering, a peak ascent, journaling, and nature study.  The last day we’ll have our final closure, break camp and hike out to the trail head and home.

This is an ideal course for 6th grade level and up.

Twenty eight years ago Kent Mountain Adventure Center founded its “mini” expedition model which is designed around experiential learning. Since then, thousands of students have experienced the curriculum which focuses on personal growth through adventure. Over decades of working with top-notch teachers and outdoor educators, KMAC has developed a variety of programs and options to take any sized group with any set of goals and create a custom course to suit those needs.



If your school or group is tight on time, let us design a shorter adventure course for your students. We’ll provide the gear, food, transportation and guides. One or two nights can give your group a mountain experience from our secluded and private base camp in Estes Park:

  • Rock climbing
  • LNT and interpretive instruction
  • Map, compass and orienteering
  • Ascent of Old Man Mountain right from KMAC basecamp
  • Outdoor cooking
  • Extraordinary views of the high peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park


Custom Courses are available for individuals, families, private groups, schools and clubs. We routinely custom design programs for groups specifically centered on your goals and needs. Contact us and we’ll tailor a program for your group or team.

Course lengths can range from 3 days to as much as two weeks in the mountains.
Please contact KMAC for more information on programming an expedition for your group.


Summer Journey

Utah Hiking, Rock Climbing, and Camping Adventure:

Dates: April 1 through 6:
Cost: $750
Ages: 12-14

The red Wingate sandstone of the Utah Canyonlands soars 600 feet above our heads as we pick our way down the narrow canyon floor. We round a bend and encounter the breathtaking cliff dwellings of the Anasazi, who lived here more than 1,000 years ago.
We’ll explore these ruins and learn about the lives of the Anasazi. By day we’ll hike, climb and scramble in one of the most awesome landscapes on Earth. By night we’ll learn to identify the constellations twinkling on the pure black sky above our camp.
We’ll end this trip with one last stop– a leisurely soak in the famed Glenwood Hot Springs Pool!
Don’t miss this one. It’s the adventure of a lifetime!
This course is perfect for school groups during Fall or Spring break, or to schedule privately. We have 28 years of experience designing custom outdoor adventure courses for groups and individuals from across the country. Please call or email us for details at (970) 586-5990.

Please contact KMAC for more information on programming an expedition for your group.

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