Southwest Alpine Backpacking, Canyoneering & Rafting

Dates Days Age Tuition Course #  
09/13/2017 - 10/06/2017 24 18+ $4695 CUAO-762
This is a three-week multi-expedition including backpacking in the La Sal Mountains, canyon backpacking and canyoneering in or around Canyonlands National Park and rafting on the Colorado or the San Juan River. This is one of Outward Bound’s premier courses and is perfect for fit motivated teens or adults looking for skills for lifelong success.
Course Area

The La Sal Mountains are located in southeastern Utah. The La Sals are known for their groves of aspen, scrub oak and incredible views into Canyonlands National Park and a taste of the type of terrain you’ll travel through on the canyon section. Hike the labyrinth of alcoves, rock bridges, pinnacles, buttes, box canyons, ledges and arches that is Utah’s canyon country.

Your course will either travel the Colorado River, the San Juan River or occasionally the Green River near Dinosaur National Monument. On the Colorado you’ll paddle through the deeply incised sandstone slick rock “goosenecks.” The San Juan is well known for archeological sites of ancient Indians, including the Fremont and Anasazi, and the phenomenon of “sand waves.” Weather and condition permitting, a mixed fleet of rafts and sit-on-top kayaks may be used on the San Juan.


Course Description

This course combines whitewater rafting, backpacking and the mysteries of the canyons. During the initial phase of your course, either on the river or in the mountains, your instructor introduces you to the most important elements of wilderness lifestyle: environmental stewardship, outdoor cooking, safety and first aid.

On the river, you and your companions work to become a team paddling a raft or sit-on-top kayaks, coordinating your positioning and spacing and even your strokes to help and protect each other as you go. In the mountains and the canyons, you climb over high passes, descend into lush, vegetated valleys and attempt several summits, learning to rely on and help each other.


Course Documents

Click below to download a sample itinerary or a list of clothing required for the course.

CUXO 2017- Required Clothing

CUXO 2017- Itinerary and Travel

CUAO 2017 – Itinerary and Travel

CUAO 2017 – Required Clothing