If your child is planning a trip to Wilderness Ranch, we want you to have the information you need to rest easy while he or she is away. There are many activities at camp in which your child may be participating. Whether they are challenged while hiking, rock climbing or simply sitting around a fire with friends, their safety is our top concern.
High-quality gear is provided by Wilderness Ranch. This includes backpacks, sleeping bags, ensolite pads, rain coats, rain flies and everything your child will need to be safe and have the best experience possible!
Personal clothing (base layer, mid layer, outer layer) and proper socks/footwear are all your child needs to bring to Wilderness Ranch.
On backpacking footwear: You will be hiking with heavy packs and will need quality backpacking footwear that provides good ankle support. New footwear is more likely to cause blisters and must be properly fit and broken in to reduce the chance of blisters and sore feet, which is the most common first aid need on the trail. Your local outdoor retailer can help.
On Cotton: A cotton bandana should be the only cotton in your pack. Don’t pack cotton for backpacking, only for travel to and from camp. When cotton gets wet, it takes much longer to dry than synthetic and wool fabrics, leading to severe discomfort.
Please review our downloadable and printable packing list for a detailed list of what to bring.
Your Camper's safety is our biggest priority! Each trip is led by two experienced guides (a 1st year guide is typically paired with a 2nd year guide) who have extensive training in mountaineering, orienteering, relationship building, first-aid and high altitude medicine. Guides carry Wilderness First Aid certification through the NOLS Wilderness Medicine. At Wilderness Ranch, the guides are with their group from arrival until departure.
Wilderness Ranch is in a remote part of Colorado and communication between basecamp and trail trips is difficult. We do equip guides with communication devices in efforts to maintain communication during the week.
The Wilderness Ranch experience has been designed for success for any teenager in average health. If your child has any special condition, (allergies, etc.) please be sure to note all of that information on the Young Life Health Form. It is Colorado law that we have a completed form on file, and it will help us provide the best care possible in the unlikely event of an emergency. If there are additional health needs or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the office (719-658-2288).
For more information, please reference our Parent's Guide to Wilderness Ranch.
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2000 Forest Service Road #521
Creede, CO 81130
420 N. Cascade Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Every Day
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
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