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River 'n' Ruins

Ages: 10 - 12
Dates: June 6 - 9
Tuition: $1,100
Overnights: 3
Challenge Level:  

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Deep in the canyons of Utah lies an entire ancient civilization where Ancestral Pueblo descendants resided centuries ago. Their cultural remnants have been discovered and preserved over the years, and left accessible to those eager to hike through the massive, remote canyons to find them. During this Telluride Academy program, we will spend our days hiking into prehistoric hidden pueblos, searching the red sands for old fragments of Native American pottery, and admiring the hundreds of petroglyphs etched into the towering rock walls. We will also spend a day paddling our way down the San Juan River, where we will discover “The River House,” which is only accessible to those willing to brave its swift waters. A short distance from the shoreline are rock art panels dating back to the 1200s, and a two-story cliff dwelling that tells the story of how our ancestors survived in the rugged Southwest. These ruins are fascinating reminders of the strength, perseverance, and talents of these ancient cultures. Join us on this Rivers and Ruins program and embark on a unique and exciting adventure, while gaining new perspective on the people who dwelled in this land before us. 

General Program Schedule:
Monday: Meet and Greet! Meal plan for the week and hit the road for Bluff, Utah!
Tuesday: Explore the ancient Petroglyphs and Kivas of Butler Wash. Camp beneath massive cottonwoods.
Wednesday: Raft the San Juan with Wild Expeditions!
Thursday: Morning hike in Bultler Wash. Pack up our gear, grab a treat on the road and head home!


*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

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This is a SAMPLE itinerary from a previous summer. Specific activities will vary from year to year.

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A negative COVID-19 test will be required for students attending this program. We are working on our current policies and will send more information about this requirement in the spring.

Important Notes: It gets HOT in the desert this time of year! Please prepare for the heat by bringing a large water bottle, plenty of sunscreen and long-sleeved, light layers. There are lots of bugs at night,. We recommend bringing good bug spray and thick evening layers, such as rain gear.