Summer Expeditions 2023

Expeditions with Deer Hill are truly unique for their blend of awe-inspiring wilderness adventures and meaningful cross-cultural service projects in the American Southwest. Today’s programs are the result of 35 years’ investment in relationships with service host families in the Navajo Nation and Hopi and Zuni pueblos, and a familiarity with the mountains and canyons of the region that goes further back than that.

While all programs wrap wilderness adventure and service projects around a focus on challenging the individual to discover her or himself, each program follows a unique theme and a different adventure. Program dates and appropriate participant ages are listed below. Follow the links for program-specific information.

Your Expedition Awaits Apply

Expeditions for Ages 11-12

Southwest Discovery

Crow Canyon Archeology, River Rafting, Mountain Basecamp at High Camp Hut

July 13 – July 24, 2023 | 12 Days


Expeditions for Ages 13 – 14

River & Mountain Adventure

River Rafting, Cross-Cultural Service Learning, Mountain Backpacking

July 2 – July 19, 2023 | 18 Days | 28 Service Hours

July 10 -27, 2023 | 18 Days | 28 Service Hours


Expeditions for Ages 14-15

Wild Pathways

Canoeing, Cross-Cultural Service Learning, Mountain Backpacking

July 29 – August 17, 2023 | 20 Days


Expeditions for Ages 15 – 17

Canyon Country

River Rafting, Canyon Backpacking, Cross-Cultural Service Learning

June 30 – July 21, 2023 | 22 Days | 32 Service Hours


Heart of the Rockies

Mountain Backpacking, Conservation Service

July 6 – July 26, 2023 | 21 Days | 12 Service Hours


Southwest Journey

River Rafting, Cross-Cultural Service Learning, Mountain Backpacking

July 9 – July 31, 2023 | 23 Days | 32 Service Hours


Expeditions for Ages 16 – 18

Wilderness Leadership

Canyoneering, Mountain Backpacking, Leadership Development, Cross-Cultural Service Learning.

June 29 – July 23, 2023 | 25 Days | 32 Service Hours


Your Expedition Awaits Apply



To say that Laura enjoyed herself on Southwest Journey is an extreme understatement. She came back jubilant, refreshed, inspired, and, perhaps most important, in possession of a most valuable perspective on everyday life. She says that many of her most cherished values in life have come from her Deer Hill experiences.

Susan, parent




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