Introduction to Colorado Backpacking Skills


$79 for REI Members

$99 for non-members


  • Fitness level 1 Relaxed
  • Skill level 1 Beginner
  • Minimum age 13
  • Group size 12 people

Getting ready to head out for your first unsupported overnight trip? Not sure what you need to know or do to have a successful backpacking trip? Join REI'S professional instructors on this one day course to hone your skills. During this outing we will discuss the importance of proper planning, equipment selection, and other fundamental backpacking skills. We will provide all demo gear but we encourage participants to bring their own if you want an instructor to evaluate and assist with your gear. This course is designed with beginners in mind! Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a participating parent or responsible adult.

  • - Learn pack loading principles - Learn about emergency kits. - Learn introductory skills to plan and safely execute personal overnight backpacking trips. o Site selection and set up o Water Treatment o Cooking principals o Camp sanitation

What to bring with you

Map image of Golden: White Ranch Park

More directions and information

There are 2 entrances to White Ranch; please meet us at the West entrance on Belcher Hill Road. If you have any questions or issues, please contact us @ 720-608-4198, or