Wilderness Ventures boasts more than 40 years of experience operating in America’s protected landscapes. From one of the first trips trekking in Mount Rainier National Park to leadership trips in Yellowstone to biking in Acadia National Park, Wilderness Ventures offers an impressive array of unforgettable American outdoor experiences. In fact, it is the only wilderness travel program for young adults to be awarded a concession license in Grand Teton National Park and many other wilderness areas.
“Since 1973, our wilderness programs have emphasized the need to preserve wild lands for future generations,” said founder of Wilderness Ventures Mike Cottingham. “Since our program’s inception, we have taught zero impact back country ethics, and that was long before the Leave No Trace concept was developed. Today, Leave No Trace is an important component of every back country trip.”
Wilderness Ventures’ programs in national parks range from two to six weeks. During this time, students engage in multi-activity outdoor adventures including backpacking, whitewater rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, canoeing, mountaineering, fly fishing, canyoneering, cycling, ice climbing, hiking and glacier trekking. A small sampling of national park adventures Wilderness Ventures offers:
- Nova Scotia Acadia Bike
- Yellowstone Teton Horsepack
- Colorado Utah Mountain Bike featuring Arches and Canyonlands National Parks
- Mount Rainier Leadership Adventure
- Alaska Leadership Adventure featuring Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park