Thank you for an amazing 43rd summer at Telluride Academy!

Lime Creek Llamas

Travel Program
AGES 13-15

This is an adventure you won’t forget! Meet some curious creatures and learn about their habits and personalities during this five-day backpacking and camping adventure. The llamas from Redwood Llamas will do the heavy lifting, carrying our food, tents and kitchen gear; we’ll load up our backpacks with clothes and a sleeping bag for this trek into the spectacular San Juan Mountains. We will climb above 11,000ft and set up our high alpine base camp at the headwaters of Lime Creek. The rest of our week will be spent traveling the Colorado Trail, setting up llama obstacle courses and relaxing by the fire. We’ll return at the end of the week with new friends, new stories and a new appreciation for a truly unique animal.

Though llamas will carry much of the group gear, students will still be required to hike moderate terrain carrying moderate weight in their packs. Please pack rain gear for afternoon monsoons and warm layers for cool evenings. Students will be camping above 11,000 feet. We strongly recommend arriving to Telluride a few days early for any student prone to altitude sickness.

All participants will receive Telluride Academy backpacks, sleeping bags and sleeping pads while participating in this program! We ask that you bring your child’s belongings in a duffle bag on the first morning so instructors can help students properly pack their provided backpacks.


Program departs on Monday and returns on Friday.

Monday: Meet and greet! Load up the van, food shop in Durango and camping at the trail head.

Tuesday: Meet the llamas! Pack the panniers and take off for the trail. Hike into the Colorado Trail and set up base camp!

Wednesday – Thursday: Day hikes and exploration. Lots of laughs, llama games, gourmet camp cuisine and fun around the campfire.

Friday: Hike back out to the trailhead. Say goodbye to our llama friends and have a celebratory soak in the hot springs. Back to Telluride!

  • July 24 – 28
Redwood Llamas

Status: Open

Camp Type: Travel Program

TUITION: $1900

AGES: 13-15
SESSIONS: [acf_session_dates]


Challenge Level: 4

Telluride Academy's Overnight Policy

Our talented instructors work hard to combat student homesickness on overnight programs. For many students, this experience might be their first time camping or away from home! In the days leading up to the overnight(s), the instructors have positive conversations with the groups to get them excited and prepared for their overnight adventures. This dynamic gets interrupted when a student is picked up early from their overnight. For this reason, we can not accommodate early pick-ups, unless in the case of an emergency. If your child does not want to attend the overnight, or if you have prior commitments that require early pick-up accommodations, we ask that you consider choosing a day program instead. Please call our office with any questions or concerns.