We had a great summer of Rockies Rock, and are looking forward to 2021!

If you participated this year, we’d love to hear how it went through our Community Input Survey!


About Rockies Rock

At Get Outdoors Leadville! we believe summer camp is about more than just having fun together outside. It’s also about developing a life-long love of nature, challenging yourself to try new activities and grow your skills, developing and strengthening friendships, living a healthy active lifestyle, and learning about yourself and your passions along the way. And, yes, we do have a lot of fun outside together in the process, too! At Rockies Rock Adventure Camp we do all this and more!

The teamwork, outdoor confidence and technical skills we help develop are truly life skills for our region and beyond. We teach kids to mountain bike, to fish, to swim, to climb, to hike and backpack and responsibly recreate in myriad ways, and ultimately, to challenge themselves and expand their passions and self-reliance. We explore and celebrate the “7 Habits of a Learner” that guide our local schools: Perserverance, Compassion, Craftsmanship, Respect, Responsibility, Curiosity, Collaboration. In each session we introduce special topic programming on local history, environmental education, navigation, wilderness safety, and sustainable high-altitude agriculture, among others.

2020 Tuition

Cost per 2-week session includes optional bus transportation, morning snack and lunch, 1 camp T-shirt per summer, and accident insurance for all participants . There are 3 tuition levels for in-county Lake County campers, and 1 option for out-of-county campers. Monthly payment plans are available for no additional cost! A $10 (in-county)  or $50 (out-of-county) non-refundable deposit is required per camper per session to reserve a camper’s spot. If you have an outstanding balance with GOL! we will also require that 20% of your balance be paid at the time of enrollment, in addition to the deposit.

  • In-County Full Tuition Rate: $300 (Suggested for those who aren’t eligible for free or reduced school lunches)
  • In-County Reduced Tuition Rate: $180 (Suggested for those who are eligible for the reduced school lunch program)
  • In-County Minimum Tuition Rate: $40 (Suggested for those who are eligible for the free school lunch program)
  • Out-of-County Rate: $420

To check your Free and Reduced Lunch Eligibility click here. (Information in English)

Para verificar su elegibilidad para comida gratis y reducido dentro de las escuelas, haga clic aquí (para información en español) 

Reduced and minimum tution qualificaiton is SUGGESTION only, and we do not require income verification. We ask that each family choose the highest tuition rate that they can afford to support access to Rockies Rock for many years to come. We offer monthly payment plans with no interest, and custom tuition levels if desired. For example, you may be able to afford more than one level but less than the next.

There are two ways for a camper to qualify for “In-County” tuition: 1) A camper is enrolled in Lake County School District; 2) The primary residence of a camper’s legal guardian is within Lake County

For any questions or enrollment help, or if finances are a barrier to participation, please contact Cisco Tharp: 719.293.0445 or habla español. 

We strive to make all programming diverse and inclusive so all community members feel welcome and comfortable. We balance financial sustainability with financial accessibility to ensure no camper is turned away due to cost.

After-camp programming from Lake County Recreation and Library
Lake County Recreation and Library will both be offering daily post-Rockies Rock programming until 5:00 p.m. for families looking for a full day option. Campers can bus directly from Rockies Rock to either the Library or the Rec program site each day. There are only 20 spots available in each program, so sign up early! The Library program will be free, and includes reading, writing, art, experiments, movies, and more! The Rec program will have a small fee, and includes an assortment of sports and games. Registration is per session, just like Rockies Rock (two 4-day weeks, Mon-Thurs). Sign up for Library through the Rockies Rock Enrollment process. Rec department program enrollment info is coming soon!  Please note: there will not be bus service home from the Library and Rec programs.

Rockies Rock Explorers

For 2020, rising 6th-8th graders will be able to enroll in Rockies Rock Explorers, an in-depth exploration of special outdoor topics with some classic Rockies Rock elements mixed in. The cost and schedule are the same! Explorers crew is limited to 10 participants 2020. Due to limited space in 2020, 6th-8th graders can only enroll in Explorers, and will not have the choice between Explorers and Rockies Rock Classic as we did last year.

Explorers topics are:

Session 1 – Mountain Biking
Enjoy 8 days focused on having fun and learning about mountain biking skills, technique, and safety on local trails. Ability to ride a bike without training wheels required, and some familiarity with biking on dirt roads and trails is recommended.

Session 2 – Stream Explorers and Fly Fishing with GARNA 

Try on some aquatic waders and join us this summer for Stream Explorers!  Stream Explorers is a 2 week program with the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association and Trout Unlimited where campers will have hands-on experience with living organisms, collect river data, and learn all about fly fishing.  Campers will help design experiments and collect data about the river, learn to tie flies, learn parts of a fly rod and reel, how to cast, AND of course, spend time fishing. One half science camp and one half fishing camp, dive into learning more about what makes the Arkansas River such a special place for trout!

Session 3 – Farm to Table Gardening and Cooking (the only group open to rising 9th graders)
Want to cook your own delicious snacks and meals? Curious about what makes the food we eat? In this special session you will take part in growing food then take those ingredients into the kitchen and make dishes! Farm to Table camp is a two-week Rockies Rock session only for rising 6th – 9th graders (this special session of Rockies Rock is open to rising 9th graders). This camp will give you a taste of what it is like to do a summer-long paid internship at the Cloud City Farm or enroll in the Culinary Arts Program, in case you are curious about one of these programs in the future.

GARNA Connecting to Nature Curriculum
Our partners at the Greater Arkansas River Naturalists Association have developed a custom Rockies Rock curriculum for connecting to the natural world, and practicing conservation in our everyday lives.