Fall Gap Semester: Rockies

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Tuition $14,495


18 years +



August 22 - October 30

Backpack, Canoe, Community Service, Rock Climb, Sea Kayak, Whitewater Raft

Arrival Location

Jackson, WY

Departure Location

Salt Lake City, UT

Trip Overview

The WA Fall Gap Semester Rockies provides our students with a beautiful outdoor classroom set for many adventures along the way. Backpack through the rugged landscapes of Yellowstone National Park, Bridger Teton National Forest, and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Paddle on Yellowstone Lake, and sleep on the shores in remote backcountry sites at night. Embark on a 7 day whitewater rafting expedition down the Lower Salmon River. Follow a 3 day rock climbing progression in Missoula, MT. Build your confidence through a Wilderness First Responder / First Aid certification. Give back to the community that WA calls home, Jackson, WY, through a community service project with a local non-profit. Complete your semester with a week long canoe trip down Labyrinth Canyon while you complete your capstone project. 

Designed for students 18+, this Gap Semester program provides students with the opportunity to sharpen their backcountry hard skills and leadership abilities within a supportive and inclusive community. Whether it’s your first time camping or you’re an avid outdoors person, you will walk away with transferable skills fit for college, careers, and more.



  • Community Service with City Kids Wilderness Project in Jackson Hole – 5 days
  • Backpack in Bridger Teton National Forest + Yellowstone National Park – 10 days
  • Backcountry Sea Kayak on Yellowstone Lake – 6 days
  • Explore Grand Teton National Park – 2 days 
  • Rock Climb in Missoula – 3 days
  • Whitewater Raft in Missoula – 2 day
  • Whitewater Rafting Expedition down the Lower Salmon River – 7 days
  • Wilderness First Responder certification / CPR & First Aid course – 7 days
  • Backpack in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument – 6 days
  • Canoeing and Capstone Presentation in Labyrinth Canyon – 7 days
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Group of people trekking across a rocky mountainside.
Woman with two thumbs up and backpacking gear on.
Group of people backpacking in the desert.
Person smiling and kayaking in front of pretty sun rays on the water.
Two people in a kayak paddling through fog.
Group Sea Kayaking in Yellowstone Natinal Park
two people sitting in a yard in front of a barn practicing wilderness medicine. One is a patient with a splint on her leg.
close of up a leg being put in a splint practicing wilderness medicine
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Two people sawing a fallen tree over a hiking trail.
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Man smiling with a paddle on a raft in the river.
Group of people sitting on a raft on the shore of a river.
Person looking over their shoulder as they paddle down a river.
Person with arms in the air at the top of a rock climb.
Person looking back as they canoe down a river.
Two people smiling in front of a canyon.
Two canoes with people paddling down a river.


The Fall Gap Semester program in the Rockies includes adventure based activities in some of the most iconic National Parks and National Forests in the Rocky Mountain region. Students work on building their leadership skills along with gaining a Wilderness First Responder certification. From sea kayaking to rock climbing, join us on the Fall Gap Semester: Rockies for the adventure of a lifetime!

Thank you so much for running this Gap Semester. It has truly impacted me in ways I could never have imagined and I’m so grateful to have had this opportunity!

Fior, WALI Student

Trip Price Includes

  • Accommodations
  • Activities
  • Meals
  • Group gear
  • WFR certification

Not Included

  • Personal gear and clothing
  • Airfare to and from the trip start and end


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Group of people backpacking along the Lost Coast of California.

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