Wilderness Ranch – Young Life’s Outdoor Ministry Program in Southwestern Colorado

Located in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, Wilderness Ranch provides kids and leaders with an opportunity to get away from the distractions of the city and encounter God in ways they can’t back home. With a long and storied history, their 6-day backpacking trips will provide kids with a chance to hike through some of the most beautiful country in America. Wilderness Ranch is owned and operated by Young Life.

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WILDERNESS RANCH’S VISION

Every adolescent will have the opportunity to meet Jesus Christ and follow Him.

BRIEF HISTORY OF HOW WILDERESS RANCH GOT STARTED AND WHY IT EXISTS

Wilderness Ranch started in 1973 as a rugged option for high school students to experience a Colorado backpacking adventure with Young Life. The context of adventure, small group dynamics and biblical focused ministry has proven a meaningful springboard for powerful life transformations.

WHAT MAKES A SUCCESSFUL WILDERNESS ADVENTURE TRIP?

A successful trip includes adventure, acceptable risks, outstanding leadership, spiritual connections and conversations, consideration for safety and hazard management, fun and great food.

DURATION OF TRIPS OFFERED

They offer 6-7 days trips!

EXPEDITIONARY LEARNING ELEMENTS TYPICALLY INCLUDED IN THEIR TRIPS

  • Daily devotion or quiet times
  • Solo experience (either a few hours or day-long solos)
  • Teachable moments or trail talks along the journey
  • Having participants share their testimony or life storyPeak climbs
  • Rock climbing
  • Backpacking
  • Practicing and Teaching Leave No Trace Ethics

COSTS

Tris cost in the range of $400-$500.

WEBSITE

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