Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a health form?
Colorado State Law mandates that all persons coming to Wilderness Ranch must have a Health Form signed by a licensed physician within the last twelve months.

What is the weather like on the trail?

The summer weather is typically mild with temperatures ranging from 20F at night to 70-75F during the day. Afternoon showers/snow storms are common, and wet weather is prevalent in July. A good rule of thumb is to be prepared for any type of weather.

What do we do all week?
Your 5 days will typically include hiking up one valley, over a mountain pass, and down another valley. During the week you will spend some time on the Continental Divide, climbing a peak or both! You will move campsites every night, have a quiet time every day, and share life stories throughout the week with your group!

What training do the guides receive?
Our guides are trained as both mountaineers and ministers. All of our guides are required to have a minimum of 2 years of ministry experience at home and then attend a 4 day Counseling & Content training in March. They all receive Wilderness First Aid training and a rigorous 8 day Trail Training in May. Our guides are required to make a 2 year commitment, enabling each guide team to have at least one full summer of guiding under their belt.

Can I fish on my trip?
Our permits with the Rio Grande National Forest give us permission to backpack only.

Is there a basecamp, or do we meet you at the trailhead?
Wilderness Ranch does have a basecamp where you will arrive. You will spend the first morning and last afternoon at the basecamp.

How long are the trips?
Our trips arrive at 8am on Sunday morning and depart for the trail after lunch on Sunday. Trips spend the next 5 nights on the trail and return to Basecamp on Friday afternoon. After cleaning up, dinner, and Club, they will depart the Ranch and head for home.

How many people are on a trip?
On a Full Trip, you may bring a maximum number of 13 people, including leaders. On a Half Trip, you may bring up to 7 people, including leaders. All of our trips have at least 2 guides, if not 3, bringing the total number to either 9 or 10 for a Half Trip, or 15 or 16 for a Full Trip.

What do I need to bring?
Our Equipment List identifies all of the items that are needed for your trip to Wilderness Ranch.

What do I do if I need to get ahold of my child in the case of an emergency?
Our office phone is available during the work day, and there is an emergency phone number to call the office after hours. Once we receive a phone call, we do have radio contact with all of our trips and are able to get in touch with them.

What kind of food do we eat on the trail?
All of our meals are packed ahead of time at Basecamp. Most of them include fresh fruit, breads and cheeses. Our guides carry stoves and fuel and will cook each meal on the trail. There are not many meals that include dehydrated foods. We are confident that you will be impressed with the quality of food on the trail! Please let us know if there are any allergies of which we need to be aware.

Contact Us

Wilderness Ranch
420 N. Cascade Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO, 80903

CALL US: 719-867-3622

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