Summer backpacking adventure

Everybody wants to reach the peak, but there is no growth on top of the mountain. It is in the valley that we slog through the lush grass and rich soil, learning and becoming what enables us to summit life’s next peak.
— Andy Andrews

The Stone Canyon Summer Backpacking Adventure is a six day adventure and leadership course for ages 15-18. This course is designed to fuel your sense of adventure, challenge you in exciting new ways, and help you realize the many things you are capable of. Leadership is at the heart of all we do at Stone Canyon Summer Camp. This elevated leadership experience is designed to build upon the leadership skills you already have and to prepare you for the many adventures life has in store. This trip will provide opportunities to put your leadership skills into practice in a beautiful and challenging environment.

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For five days the mountains will be our classroom. After a day of rock climbing and teambuilding at Castlewood Canyon State Park, students will embark on a four-day backcountry trek in the White River National Forest. Students will travel and camp as a group, taking turns acting as leaders of the day and practicing goal setting, decision making, and other skills necessary to achieve personal and group success.  Our outdoor classroom will be a catalyst for students to grow as individuals and as leaders. By stepping outside their comfort zone and overcoming new obstacles students will gain confidence, build character and learn invaluable lessons that they can carry with them in their everyday life. Our experienced staff will provide the group with the tools and support they need throughout the experience. The group will end the trip with a dip in beautiful natural hot springs to celebrate their achievements.




  • All three Trekking Excursion staff have a minimum CPR/FA training.  Our lead has a Wilderness First Responder certification.
  • Stone Canyon has an extensive Emergency Action Plan (EAP) for the trip as required by the United States National Forest Service.
    • Our EAP is based off of research and guidelines set forth by the National Outdoor Leadership School and has been adapted for the activities and location of this specific trip.
  • The group will be carrying a Delorme inReach Explorer for  tracking and communication for the duration of the trip. This will allow for emergency communication and for Stone Canyon Administration to track our location.
  • This trip operates under special use permit for the White River National Forest.


Monday July 16th

Teambuilding and Climbing  at Castlewood Canyon State Park

Tuesday July 17th

Campcraft and Orienteering lessons at Yampa River State Park

Wednesday July 18th - Saturday July 21st

Backpacking in the White River National Forest

Sunday July 22nd

Celebratory hot springs visit
Head back to Stone Canyon
Parent Pick-up


Program Lead - Meg Martin

Meg started guiding in 2011 with her outdoor program at Rutgers University. She has accumulated over 2000 hour of guiding experience. Following that, she spent a year guiding outdoor education programs in Australia and then worked at Stone Canyon as a program instructor. Meg is certified in Leave No Trace, as an AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor, and as a Wilderness First Responder.



The cost for this 5-day program is $1200.
This includes:

  • Staffing
  • Transportation
  • Food
  • All group equipment

*Stone Canyon Outdoor EdVentures/Summer Camp is an equal opportunity service provider and employer. Stone Canyon Outdoor EdVentures/Summer Camp operates under a special use permit from USDA Forest Service, White River National Forest.*