Expeditions for Ages 13 and 14

The Southwest Awaits Apply

River and Mountain Adventure

19 Days | June 28 – July 16

Deer Hill’s classic combination of river exploration, backpacking in the high country, and Native American service gives the beginning explorer the chance see a bit of everything the Southwest has to offer. A multi-day river expedition on the San Juan River leads you to a community service project and cultural immersion in Navajo Nation. Cap your experience with a seven-day backpacking trip in the majestic San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado.



15 Days | July 10 – July 24

The perfect introduction to Deer Hill Expeditions, this 15-Day summer expedition includes mountain biking in the Ponderosa forests of the San Juan Mountains, day hiking and peak ascent attempts from a mountain basecamp near treeline, and a cross-cultural service project with one of our our host families in the Navajo Nation.


The canyons, the service and the mountains brought new experiences and meaning, yet the mountains provided an environment in which all my lessons and experiences came together. The hikes in the mountains opened my eyes to my own strengths both physically and as a leader, and provided a new appreciation for these activities, journeys and the wilderness. The times in which the instructors recognized my strengths were reassuring and motivating. But also, when the instructors forced you to learn without assistance were more memorable because it pushed me out of my comfort zone into a place where they knew I would succeed despite the obstacles and danger. This is why a leadership course is the most meaningful of all the courses.

Isabelle, participant