Summer Expeditions 2024

Since 1984 Deer Hill has been facilitating awe-inspiring wilderness adventures and meaningful cross-cultural service projects in the American Southwest, near Durango Colorado. Today’s programs are the result an intimate knowledge and familiarity with the mountains and canyons and of 35 years’ investment in relationships with service host families on the Navajo Nation and Hopi and Zuni pueblos.

Our youth programs are meticulously crafted to instill confidence, resilience, and a deep connection to nature in participants. Located in picturesque Mancos, Colorado, our overnight summer camps offer the perfect setting for teens to embark on unforgettable adventures.

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

June 26 – July 7, 2024 | 12 Days


Expeditions for Ages 13 – 14

River & Mountain Adventure

River Rafting, Cross-Cultural Service Learning, Mountain Backpacking

July 3 – July 20, 2024 | 18 Days

24 Service Credit Hours


Expeditions for Ages 14-15

Wild Pathways

Canoeing, Cross-Cultural Service Learning, Mountain Backpacking

July 15 – August 3, 2024 | 20 Days

24 Service Hours


Expeditions for Ages 15 – 17

Canyon Country

River Rafting, Canyon Backpacking, Cross-Cultural Service Learning

June 27 – July 18, 2024 | 22 Days

24 Service Hours


Heart of the Rockies

Mountain Backpacking, Conservation Service

July 11 – July 31, 2024 | 21 Days

16 Service Hours


Southwest Journey

River Rafting, Cross-Cultural Service Learning, Mountain Backpacking

July 6 – July 29, 2024 | 24 Days

24 Service Hours


Expeditions for Ages 16 – 18

Wilderness Leadership

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

June 29 – July 23, 2024 | 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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