Deer Hill Temporary Closure Announcement

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 info@deerhillexpeditions.com 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 info@deerhillexpeditions.com.
  • 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 info@deerhillexpeditions.com.

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 info@deerhillexpeditions.com 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

 


 

Update as of 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 info@deerhillexpeditions.com. 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