students on a river in whitewater kayaks holding the paddles above their heads

Summer Gap Semester: Rockies

Apply Now

Tuition $8,495


18 years +



Jun 7 - Jul 18

Backpack, Community Service, Hike, Whitewater Kayak, Whitewater Raft

Arrival Location

Salt Lake City, UT

Departure Location

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Trip Overview

At Wilderness Adventures, we believe that summer should never end. We love the learning, growing and adventuring that comes with a summer season in the outdoors. In the spring, summer, and fall of each year, we are proud to offer more exciting adventures with the Wilderness Adventures Leadership Institute (WALI). Designed for college aged students yearning for an impactful learning opportunity, our (WALI) Gap Semester Programs will challenge you in new and exciting ways. Spend your semester learning and improving your outdoor skills, expanding your leadership capabilities, exploring some of the most beautiful wilderness areas in our country, and gaining certifications that you will use for the rest of your life. Join like-minded students on an adventure that takes you away from the virtual, and into the real world.


Activity Highlights

Spend 42 days with Wilderness Adventures exploring the magnificent Rocky Mountain region during our summer semester program. Starting in Salt Lake City and ending in Jackson Hole, the group will hit the trail by day 3 (after a brief orientation period) to get the most out of this semester of growth, challenge, and fun. The group’s grand adventure will include:

  • 4 days backpacking in Grand Staircase Escalante
  • 7 day Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course
  • 3 day backpacking in the Needles
  • 1 day exploring Arches National Park
  • 5 days rafting Desolation Canyon
  • 5 days working with WA trips as a Trip Leader Intern
  • 4 days whitewater kayaking and Swift Water Rescue Training
  • 1 day Service Project
  • 1 day (not overnight) Jackson Peak solo experience

Between each section, the group will have time to regroup, resupply food and other necessities, take showers, and prepare for their next adventure. Every night on this program (whether in the front country or backcountry), the group will camp in tents with occasional access to running water. This is a rustic wilderness experience that shares the best of the Rockies with students while providing opportunities for challenge and growth!

Trip Price Includes

  • Accommodations
  • Activities
  • Meals
  • Group gear

Not Included

  • Personal gear and clothing
  • Airfare to and from the trip start and end
The program incorporated lots of adventure and various activities but also a sense of community and learning about leadership that I really loved.

Grace, WALI Student


Want to talk with a member of our team? We’d love to chat!

We’re here to help you find the perfect program.


Group of people backpacking along the Lost Coast of California.

Ready to Enroll?

Tuition $8,495

Apply Now