Deer Hill Expeditions is temporarily closed due to COVID-19 health concerns, effective March 23rd, 2020 through
mid-August 2020. See more below.

Updated 3/20/20 at 4:00 PM

From All of Us at the Deer Hill Basecamp to all of you in the ‘Deer Hill Circle,’

Our hearts go out to everyone impacted by Covid-19. It is a very challenging time for the entire world as we face an unprecedented pandemic that is disrupting all aspects of life.

With the health and well-being of our participants, families (yours and ours), Native American service hosts, and local communities being our first priority, Deer Hill Expeditions is suspending operations until further notice, effective Monday, March 23rd, 2020. This includes canceling all spring and summer programs.

Currently, we are planning to run a full fall season. Because this situation is far from predictable, we will make decisions about the fall season based on how things unfold in the coming months.

For the past 35 years, it has been our honor and joy to serve young people in guiding them to the wild places and Native American communities of the Four Corners region. This year, we were poised to have more participants than ever which leaves us deeply disappointed with the need to cancel these powerful and transformational experiences.

What about the Deer Hill Foundation (DHF)? The Trustees are as committed as ever to DHF’s mission to fund scholarships and support cross-cultural service. Since 1998, DHF has sponsored 1400 students, infusing our summer programs with language, stories, and passions from diverse cultures, enriching the Journey for all of us.

We now look forward to the future when we can once again pursue our mission of promoting authentic connection to self, others, and the natural world. It is certainly needed now more than ever. Until then, we wish everyone our best as we all support each other in these very trying times.

If you have any questions and concerns now and in the months ahead, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. It’s best to direct all communications to Staffing will be limited until we are back up to speed in the fall, but 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