Surf the Gunni

Travel Program
AGES 12-14

Grab your surf board and your paddle and prepare for an epic Colorado surf trip! This week-long SUP’ing Adventure (Stand Up Paddle Boarding) is a perfect program for beginner and shredder alike. We will spend our first day together with the Academy’s boating director on the shores of a local lake for some basic instruction and terminology before spending a quality paddle session getting familiar with strokes and techniques for both flat and moving water. The next day we’ll put-in for the Gunnison River where we’ll pack our dry bags and our support boat before we paddle into the rugged beauty of the Dominguez-Escalante Wilderness Area. Our surf tribe will spend three days navigating the slow twists and turns of the canyon as we perfect our techniques, work on our core strength and play “board games” down the canyon. Afternoons and evenings will be spent hiking side canyons in search of petroglyphs and secret swimming holes. We’ll have a Rocky Mountain Luau during our final overnight on one of the remote beaches of this magical high desert wilderness and wake in the morning for a sunshine filled paddle to the take-out. Surfs Up Colorado!

Important Notes:

Students will be on the river for most of this program. Though PFDs will be worn on the water, students should be confident swimmers and feel comfortable around moving water.


Program departs on Monday and returns on Thursday

Monday: Meet and greet! Moving Water Workshop with boating directors. Pack up, grocery shop and camp near the put-in.

Tuesday: Big breakfast! Rig the boats and launch! Paddle to your base camp on the shores of the Gunnison River.

Wednesday: Layover day. Side canyon hikes, swimming holes, “board games” and river celebration!

Thursday: Last morning on the river. Pack up camp and paddle to the take-out. Final celebration before heading back to Telluride for parent pick-up.

*A detailed itinerary will be available on the first
day of the program. Schedule subject to change.

*River trips are dependent on water levels, weather and ability and are subject to change.

  • June 12 – 15

Status: open

Camp Type: Travel Program

TUITION: $1600

AGES: 12-14

Challenge Level: 3

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.