Surf the San Juan

Travel Program
AGES 11-13

Our “Surf the San Juan” program is designed for students seeking a moving water adventure combined with in-depth cultural exploration. On Monday, we’ll pack up our van and set off on a journey to Bluff, Utah, where we’ll partake in a series of brief day hikes to explore Native American historical sites before camping beneath the starry skies of Bears Ears National Monument. Tuesday marks the start of a 3-day, 2-night adventure on the San Juan River with Wild Expeditions. We’ll paddle mellow waters from Sand Island to Mexican Hat under the direction of expert guides. Along the way, we’ll hike to Ancestral Puebloan sites, uncovering rock art and cliff dwellings reminiscent of nearby Mesa Verde National Park. These sites are exclusively accessible from the river, providing us with a profound immersion in the rich culture, stories, and history of the San Juan region. On Thursday, we’ll bid farewell to the river, enjoy a celebratory lunch and head back home to Telluride! Join us for this opportunity to develop a passion for the river and a love for regional culture and new friends!

Monday – Thursday
The group will depart on Monday and return on Thursday.

*The group’s return on Thursday may extend beyond 5:00 pm, depending on water levels and what time the group gets off the river. As the date approaches, we will keep you informed with timely updates.

*All programs in Sessions 5.1 and 5.2 will be based out of the Telluride Mountain School in Lawson Hill.

Wild Expeditions

Camp Type: Travel Program

TUITION: $2200

AGES: 11-13

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.