Deer Hill Expeditions has temporarily suspended programming due to COVID-19 health concerns, effective March 23rd, 2020 until further notice. See more below.

Additional updates as of 5/20/20 at 10:30 AM:

See bulleted list below for highlights.

Our hearts continue to go out to everyone impacted by Covid-19 as we recognize how very challenging this time is for the entire world. As the Deer Hill team continuously evaluates the best paths moving forward for the health and safety of our program participants, staff, and partners, we will continue to provide you with timely updates.

During 35 years of operation, Deer Hill has endured many challenges. In the past, we always found ways to adapt our programming when met with unexpected changes. This pandemic is no different. We are continuously evaluating all possible ways to adapt amidst these times, while always staying close to our mission. We believe that this work is certainly needed now more than ever and look forward to the day that we will be able to, once again, take solace in nature together and continue to grow as a community.

Updates on the Current State of Deer Hill Expeditions:

  • A few of our staff are back to work at the office, ranging from part-time to full-time. You might be hearing more from us through social media and email, but our response times may still be delayed. The best way to get in contact with us is still by sending an email to as our in-person office hours are still limited.
  • We are still currently planning to run a full fall season and hope to run custom group and family programs as soon as it is safe to do so, however the timing is far from predictable. If you would like to learn more about scheduling a custom group or family program with us and get more information on our cancellation policy, please email us at
  • New programming opportunities! We are currently looking into new and exciting ways to bring our mission to more people during these challenging times. Family reunion river trips, yoga retreats, creative writing workshops and more come to mind first. What makes us different from other adventure outfitters? We would continue to offer all of the unique program elements that make Deer Hill special like nightly “circle,” team building exercises, opportunities for solo time, guided side hikes, and plenty of fun and games around camp to provide you with a holistic and meaningful experience. If you think this could be a good fit for your group and want to learn more, please email us at

As always, we continue to consult national, state, and local public health authorities for the best guidance on what reopening will look like for Deer Hill. Our top priority is always to protect our program participants, staff, and partners.

If you have any questions and concerns now and in the months ahead, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. The best way to get in contact with us is still by sending an email to as our in-person office hours are still limited. We will respond as promptly as we can.

Gratefully yours,

Founders/Owners Doug and Beverly; with our Admin Team: John, Jordan, Max, Mike, Merritt, Gabe, Matt, Anna, Taylor, and Emily

Wilderness Adventure, Community Service and Cultural Exchange

Empowering the individual to create authentic connection to self and community through wilderness and service experiences.

8th Graders rafting the San Juan
Descent from Rolling Mountain

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…best three weeks of my life. I felt mentally and physically stronger and more independent. I met incredible people and built friendships that I will never forget. Now that I have conquered the hardships during the trip, I believe in myself. Finding myself in the middle of nowhere was amazing!”

Kailasha, Participant, 2018 Heart of the Rockies

The Deer Hill Blog

In the October 2018 Issue of the Petroglyph…

2019 Summer Expeditions announced with a brief explanation of each program.


Including the Petroglyph (Deer Hill’s roughly quarterly email newsletter), Summer Expedition program updates, and the occasional article.

Deer Hill Expeditions is proud to have been awarded
the 2019 Organizational Member of the Year Award by
the Association for Experiential Education