Wilderness Excursions in Colorado’s Backcountry
Your Adventure Begins
Spend your week rafting the Arkansas River, hiking through Colorado Mountains, or rock climbing in the backcountry on one of our life-changing Multi-Day Adventures! Multi-Day Trips are an incredible way to grow deeper in your relationship with God, build friendships, and learn new skills. Our customizable trips are perfect adventures for families, youth groups, scout troops, and schools. Enjoy God’s incredible creation on one of our phenomenal Multi-Day Adventures!
Plan Your Adventure
All of our Multi-Day Trips are fully customizable to meet the needs of your group and typically run Monday-Saturday. Follow a sample itinerary for your trip or build your trip from scratch selecting from any of our exciting activities. Your guides can provide the ministry content of your trip, or bring your own content and continue a teaching you have been working through. All food, tents, and necessary gear for the activities are included in the price for your trip.
Purpose in the Wilderness
Jesus often sought out quiet places to be alone with God in the wilderness. He also used the wilderness as a teaching ground for some of His most profound sermons. Here at Journey Quest, we like to model our ministry after the ministry of Jesus Christ and use the wilderness as a place to seek refuge with God and teach.
Our guides have a true heart for people and seek to build purposeful relationships with everyone. As you grow in a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, our guides seek opportunities to challenge you in your faith using thought provoking questions, challenging activities, teachable moments, and personal testimonies.
Grow deeper in your relationship with Jesus Christ as you seek Him throughout the week. Enjoy a quiet time with God every morning, learn from His word every evening with a lesson prepared by one of your guides, and be challenged in your faith with spiritual analogies throughout the day. Spending time in God’s creation is a one of the best ways to grow closer to Him
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Customize Your Adventure
Any overnight trip can be fully customized for your group
Whether you’re looking for an overnight rafting trip for your family or a week-long backcountry excursion for your group, we’ll work with you to craft an unforgettable adventure.
Build your trip with any combination of our exciting, purposeful activities. A day of rock climbing, three days backpacking, and a day of rafting? You got it!
Strap on a PFD and helmet, grab a paddle, and run Colorado’s most popular river! Your guide will show you what whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River is all about as you navigate multiple Class III-IV rapids along the way. Between the rapids there are great places for your guide to share spiritual analogies, attack the other boats in epic water-fights, or jump off a rock into the river’s current.
Lessons: Teamwork, Trust, Listening
Rock Climbing & Rappelling
Tie-in to a rope, check with your belayer, then begin your ascent! You’ll be sure to find a route that will challenge you as you learn to crimp, edge, smear, and jam your way up the wall. And what if you slip? There is nothing to worry about! Your best friend was just taught how to belay by an expert guide who is watching their every move.
How do I get down?
Do you have the faith to lean back on an 11mm rope when there is over 100ft of air below you? Rappelling is an incredible object lesson for the type of faith that God asks us to place in Jesus Christ! Put your faith into action: lean back, feed a little rope, and start taking steps right down the rock-face. You won’t regret it!
Lessons: Faith, Trust, Overcoming Fears, Encouragement
Few things bring a group together better than backpacking. Load your pack and embark on an amazing adventure into the Sangre de Cristo or San Juan mountains! Each day you’ll cover 3-6 miles of some of the most remarkable wilderness in Colorado! Drop your packs along the way and scramble up to the summit of a peak, have a snowball fight in July, and sleep out under the stars at 12,000 feet! Backpack trips can be as short as a single overnight, but why rush it? Take 4 or 5 days and do it right!
Lessons: Perseverance, Encouragement Teamwork, Friendship, Accountability
These little boats are wet, wild, and ridiculously fun — a perfect way to experience the river, up close and personal! Our guides will teach you basic hydrology, paddling techniques, and self-rescue skills before embarking on an unforgettable river adventure. Inflatable Kayaks, or “Duckies,” put you in the driver’s seat as you navigate the rapids in upper or lower Bighorn Sheep Canyon. But don’t lose your focus or you’ll find yourself taking a wild and unplanned swim down river.
Lessons: Following, Leadership, Teamwork Overcoming Fears
Day Hikes & Peak Ascents
You’ll wake up early (very early) and begin your ascent up one of the beautiful 13,000-14,000ft peaks in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. You’ll hike through Aspen forests, see amazing mountain streams and lakes, and finally break out into the alpine tundra. If you make it to the top you’ll be rewarded with 360-degree panoramic views of high mountains and deep valleys as far as the eye can see. That’s the icing on the cake, but it’s not all about the summit, it’s about the process, the challenge, and the growth that happens along the way.
Lessons: Perseverance, Encouragement Teamwork
Low Ropes & Challenge Course
This is a series of challenging initiatives and games thought up by some really creative minds, perfect for developing trust and teamwork within a group. Most of these use simple props like a hula hoop or a handful of balls, but before long you’ll find yourself heli-skiing off a peak, raiding the enemy camp, and navigating the open seas at night (not really, but a good story-line makes it so much fun).
Lessons: Teamwork, Problem-Solving, Listening, Leadership
When is the last time you took 4 hours to be alone with God? That’s what we thought. Solos are just that, a purposeful, extended quite time. Whether it is a two-hour extended quiet time during the week or a 24-hour experience at a layover camp, Solos can be incorporated into any of our extended trips.
Lessons: Solitude, Listening, Perseverance, Focus