Conquer the Rocky Mountains

There has always been a natural progression of skills in the Mountain program between Sky Valley Ranch for 2nd – 8th graders and Round-Up Ranch for 9th – 12th graders. You’ll love being challenged year after year through a variety of activities for your grade and skill level.

The A/U Ranches are located in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area of the Rocky Mountains. Our property is at the base of many of Colorado’s famous “fourteeners” (mountain peaks at or above 14,000 feet). Therefore, we offer unparalleled opportunities for both the beginner and advanced mountaineer, and don’t forget mountain biking! For training purposes, we operate an onsite state-of-the-art, indoor rock gym and outdoor rock wall. In addition, we have a low, middle and high ropes course that is sure to challenge you, whatever your skill level. And, we are literally across the road from a great natural climbing area called the Turtle Rocks!


SVR = Sky Valley Ranch · RUR = Round-Up Ranch
Click on the majors below to get a complete description of each program

Camp Major Grade  Session(s)
SVR Explorers 2 – 4  All
SVR Mountaineers 5 – 6  All
SVR Challengers 7 – 8  All
SVR Challengers Outcamp 7 – 8  2
RUR Mountain Mosaic 9 – 12  All
RUR Conquerors 9 – 12  2 & 3
RUR Mountain Biking 9 – 12  2 & 3

SVR Explorers (2nd – 4th graders)

Welcome to camp! There is so much fun stuff to do here. Explorers is a perfect introduction to camp and the mountains. You will explore nature, play games and go hiking. You’ll swim in the pool and canoe in the lake. You’ll climb Turtle Rocks, play on water toys in the lake and visit a nearby goat farm. You’ll go on your own camping trip and get to cook your meals in the outdoors, build a campfire and sleep under the stars.
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SVR Mountaineers (5th – 6th graders)

Mountaineers of all skill levels will find this program has plenty to offer. You will experience the adventure of rock climbing. You’ll feel the thrill of breaking through limitations on our ropes and initiatives course. And you will get a unique opportunity to explore the Porcupine Caves. Then, conquer a 14,000 foot mountain peak on your three-day backpacking trip! How awesome?
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SVR Challengers (7th – 8th graders)

This program is designed especially for our oldest Sky Valley Ranch campers. As the oldest campers in Sky Valley you are really like leaders of the Sky Valley Ranch. As such, you’ll take backpacking, rock climbing and ropes course to the next level. You’ll also get to experience rafting on the Arkansas River. You will also participate in a service project as part of a focus on developing leadership and teamwork.
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SVR Challengers Outcamp (7th – 8th graders)

This program will have you spending a good deal of your time away from camp. Designed for those who are comfortable outdoors and confident backpackers, this program lets you spend more time exploring the Colorado wilderness. The first part of the session will include team building and backcountry skills instruction. Put those skills to work on a seven day trip of backpacking, peak climbs and even a solo experience.
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RUR Mountain Mosaic (9th – 12th graders)

This program offers a variety of activities that make of the core of the mountaineering major. You will also get to explore area caves, do some mountain biking and have a chance to go whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River. During the second session, Mosaics will spend more time in the backcountry and take a three-day backpacking trip.
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RUR Conquerors (9th – 12th graders)

If you’re an experienced mountaineer looking to be challenged, Conquerors is a great option. You will take our core mountain experiences to higher levels of rock climbing and mountain biking. Then spend 5-days in the backcountry attempting to peak several 14,000 foot mountains.
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RUR Mountain Biking (9th – 12th graders)

Explore the Colorado Rockies on two wheels and under your own power. Are you a novice or experienced rider? It doesn’t matter because mountain biking is an activity that adjusts to your level of riding while constantly pushing you to improve your skills. In this program you’ll build or improve a basic set of skills while riding jeep trails and single-track, and then put those skills to test on local pump and jump tracks. Your 4-day trip will include riding from the A/U Ranches to a chosen campsite while hauling your own gear a good portion of the way.
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Youth Program Highlights


Come for one, two or all three sessions!
Session 1:
(15 Days) June 24 – July 8 | (8 Days) June 24–30

Session 2:
(15 days) July 10 – July 24
Session 3:
(15 Days) Jul. 26 – Aug. 9 | (8 Days) Jul. 26 – Aug. 1



Priority Enrollment
Through Nov. 15, 2020
15 Day Session = $1,945 | 8 Day Session = $1,175
First choice of major, priority if limited capacity
Winter Enrollment
Through Apr. 15, 2021
15 Day Session = $2,045 | 8 Day Session = $1,225
Regular Enrollment
Apr. 16 up until camp
15 Day Session = $2,145 | 8 Day Session = $1,300

Additional Fees
Surcharge for all Horsemanship programs = $225/per Session
Surcharge for Mountain Biking program = $200
Surcharge for DB NLC program = $150
Charge for stay over between Sessions = $125


Christian Science campers can still apply for financial aid through our partner, The Campership Fund. (If you had already applied for a campership for overnight Youth Camp, those funds will automatically be applied to Youth Adventure Day Camp when you sign up.)