About Us

About Us

Our mission is to change lives through challenge and discovery.

For people of all ages and all walks of life, Colorado Outward Bound School is the educational organization that helps students discover strength of character, the ability to lead and a desire to serve.

There is more in us than we know.

On a Colorado Outward Bound School course, students are gently pushed out of their comfort zone in order to help them understand themselves, each other, and the world around them. While the course experience opens these new horizons, the true power of Outward Bound manifests when students return home to their families, friends, communities, and schools and bring with them the life lessons they learned on course.

COBS offers courses that range in length from 8 to 81 days for youth, adults, veterans, business professionals, and community groups. Our courses take place in the farthest reaches of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Arizona, Alaska and Ecuador. Course activities include mountaineering, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, mountain and canyon backpacking, canyoneering and backcountry snowboarding and skiing.

Since 1962, the Colorado Outward Bound School has been delivering incredible educational opportunities through the wilderness classroom in some of the most pristine areas of the Rocky Mountain West and beyond.


We explore and encourage behaviors that exemplify our values:



We design the course and activities to cultivate and provide:



To help our students discover:


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