Mountain Adventures

To register your child into the Mountain Adventures camp, please fill out the forms below and email them to cbmtnadventures@vailresorts.com.

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Program Overview

Gear up for an adventure of a lifetime with our Mountain Adventures program! Our program is fully state child-care licensed and also permitted with the BLM and US Forest Service in the Gunnison National Forest. This summer day recreation program is for children ages 7 to 14 and is based in Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado. Explore the Gunnison Valley Mountains while rafting rivers, paddle boarding lakes, climbing crags, hiking trails, or with a fly-rod in hand! 

*Note: Parents must provide lunch.

Do you have a passion for mountain biking? We offer programming on over 30 miles of downhill and 100s of miles of cross-country trails right out our front door. We cater toward all ability levels of bikers from beginner to advance. Each participant will be assessed and placed in a group based on riding ability.

Our mission is to provide opportunities for personal growth and connection to the environment through safe, educational, and fun adventure-based activities. We provide quality outdoor adventure experiences for residents of the Crested Butte area as well as summer visitors from mid-June through August. We believe that children grow and learn best in a supportive, nurturing environment in which participants feel safe to take on personal challenges. Mountain Adventures practices Leave-No-Trace ethics and Challenge-By-Choice learning.

Multiple activities are offered each day and your child must select one activity per day. Availability for each activity is limited, and is filled on a first come-first served basis. Activity is chosen at time of registration.

Schedules & Forms

Remember to book early as activities are subject to availability.

Mountain Adventures is offered Monday through Friday June 10 through August 23, 2019. There is no programming on July 4. 

Camp:

  • Drop off at Camp CB (14 Snowmass Rd.) at 8:30am. Rafting only drop off at 8:15am.
  • Pick up at 3:15pm in town at the 4-Way or at 3:30pm at Camp CB

After Camp (Optional late pickup):

  • Pick up at Camp CB at 5pm.

Drop Off is at 8:30am at Camp CB in the Whetstone building. 14 Snowmass Rd. Crested Butte, CO.

Drop Off for Rafting ONLY is at 8:15 at Camp CB. Early drop off is required for Rafting to make our river launch time. If your child is late they will not be able to participate in programming that day.

Pick Up is available for all activities in town at the 4 Way stop at 3:15pm OR on the mountain at Camp CB at 3:30pm. Children may be released on their own with prior parent permission. Please confirm location at check in.

Children enrolled in After Camp will need to be picked up at Camp CB at 5pm or may be released with parent permission.

***Mountain Adventures, Late Child Drop-off Policy***

To Parents and Guardians of Mountain Adventures Campers,

Please note, our programming is complex and requires our campers to be dropped off on time and at the Camp CB drop-off location.  Every camper is required to have a Parent or Guardian sign-in for each activity day, unless stated otherwise on sign up forms.  This is required by our State of Colorado Licensing agreement and no exceptions are allowed.  In addition to the sign in requirements, we do not accept campers who are late for offsite activities.  It is best practice to have all campers together, from the beginning of all activities to cover safety rules, guidelines and expectations for the activity day.  This best practice benefits the instructors and sets up all participants for activity success and safety.  If campers are late and the activity has left the Camp CB drop-off area, participants will be charged for that day’s activity and will be unable to participate. 

Forms

In order for your child to participate in the Mountain Adventures Program or in the Crested Butte Mountain Sports Bike Team, signed copies of the following forms must be submitted to cbmtnadventures@vailresorts.com or dropped off in person to the Axtel building at the mountain.

Please download and fill out these forms below:

*If your child will receive any type of medication at Camp CB, whether self-administered or given by staff, you are required to download this form and have it signed by your physician.

What to Bring

The weather and climate of our high-altitude environment are not to be underestimated!

Exposure to the sun is extreme, and temperatures can change dramatically over the course of the day. Please make sure your child is ready for a day out in the elements. Please have your child come prepared with the following:

  • Day pack with the following in it.
  • Bag Lunch
  • Sunblock
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Jacket or sweater
  • Shorts or lightweight pants
  • Rain jacket-while it may not look like rain, the weather changes very rapidly here

Fees & Payment

PRICING

The Early Season Price registration deadline was June 7. All pricing for registration after June 7 is stated below.

  • Archery & Disc Golf, Blue Mesa, Canoe/SUP, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, Mountain Nature Day, Hiking & Orienteering, Hiking & Zipline: $75
  • Rafting, Fly Fishing: $105     
  • Ropes Course: $95  
  • After Camp (3:30-5 p.m.): $20

*Employee discounts available for dependents of summer Vail Resorts employees. Summer employment must be verified at time of registration.

FEES & PAYMENT

Payment can be paid in full at time of registration or in 3 monthly increments. To qualify for the monthly payment plan option, you must have a current card on file and register your child/children for at least 8 days. Payment schedule is charged June 4 for programming during June, charged June 25 for programming during July and charged July 30 for programming during August.

CANCELLATIONS

Due to the complexity of scheduling multiple activities per day for hundreds of children per week and providing staff with timely work schedules, we provide these opportunities for cancellation:

  • You may cancel with more than one week’s notice (8 calendar days) to receive a full refund. Additional notice, whenever possible, is always appreciated.
  • Cancellations within one week (7 calendar days) will receive a 50% refund. No exceptions except medical or family emergencies.
  • Cancelling within 48 hours of the activity will result in no refund.

Activity Descriptions

Come experience the thrill and challenge of Archery and Disc Golf all on the same day! Experienced instructors provide a safe, fun and challenging environment for learning the skills and techniques of these exciting sports.  Half of the day is spent with our professional and experienced archery instructors at our classic range or hiking along the mountain trails and firing arrows on our 3D course.  The other half of the day campers will be traveling with instructors through the forested and wild trails playing the fun game of disc golf.  Ages 7 & up are welcome for this activity and we provide all of the necessary equipment.

WHAT TO BRING:

  • A day bag
  • Lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen/Sun protection
  • Durable footwear
  • Bug Spray
  • Rain Jacket

Spend the day on the sandy beaches of Colorado’s largest reservoir playing fun games and swimming with our lifeguard certified instructors.  Located just West of Gunnison, Blue Mesa stretches approximately 20 miles long and is a great way to stay cool during our hot summer days.  Water toys, Frisbees and games are provided for a day of fun in the sun!  One of our most free-form and popular activities, participants enjoy swimming and wading, building sand castles, catching crawdads and playing in the natural world.  Ages 7 & up are welcome for this activity and we provide all of the necessary equipment. 

WHAT TO BRING:

  • A day bag
  • Lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen/Sun protection
  • Swimsuit
  • Durable footwear AND water shoes
  • A towel
  • A change of clothes
  • Rain Jacket

Spend the day learning the paddle sports of SUP and Canoeing from our experienced instructors on some of our beautiful lakes in Gunnison County.  The day is either spent paddling around Lake Irwin or in a protected cove of Blue Mesa.  Experienced instructors will provide technical instruction in paddling skills and safe boating practices. Participants should be comfortable being around water, but no prior boating experience is necessary.  Ages 7 & up are welcome for this activity and we provide all of the necessary equipment.  

WHAT TO BRING:

  • A day bag
  • Lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen/Sun protection
  • Swimsuit
  • Durable footwear AND water shoes
  • A towel
  • A change of clothes
  • Rain jacket

Kids spend the first half of the day learning the art of fly-fishing! In cooperation with the expert guides of Three Rivers Resort & Outfitting, the group embarks on an educational and fun progression where participants learn to tie flies, cast, and try their new skills out at the trout pond.  Afterward the adventure continues by heading to Blue Mesa, playing in the park or exploring local trails in the valley.  Ages 7 & up are welcome for this activity and we provide all of the necessary equipment.

WHAT TO BRING:

  • A day bag
  • Lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen/Sun protection
  • Swimsuit
  • Durable footwear AND water shoes
  • A towel
  • A change of clothes
  • Rain Jacket

Join us for a day of hiking our epic local trails! Compasses, maps and games are provided for a fun day of hiking and exploring!  We will offer the opportunity of learning map and compass skills throughout the day while learning about local flowers and wildlife along the trail. We will provide a compass for the day and copies of maps used by the guides.  Ages 7 & up are welcome for this activity.

WHAT TO BRING:

  • A day bag
  • Lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen/Sun protection
  • Durable footwear
  • Bug Spray
  • Rain Jacket

Whether you are looking to dial in your braking, cornering or just feeling more comfortable riding your bike on a dirt trail, we have a mountain bike group for you! Prior experience and some ability is required: cyclist must be familiar riding a bike with only hand brakes(no pedal brakes) and shifting gears. Riders will be assessed and grouped into MTB 1st timers, beginner and intermediate groups. For more advanced groups please inquire about the Mt Sports Bike Team.

*Closed-toed sneakers are required!

WHAT TO BRING:

  • A properly fitted mt bike, in good condition
  • A bike helmet
  • A mt bike back pack
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Water bottle/bladder
  • Sunscreen/Sun protection
  • Closed toe shoes, no sandals
  • A spare tube for the wheel size of the bike being used
  • Rain Jacket

*Also recommended: eyewear, gloves, knee & elbow pads

Spend the first half of the day floating the Taylor River with the expert guides of Three Rivers Resort & Outfitting. Experienced instructors take you on a ride through the rapids on oar-framed rafts.  After the excitement of floating the Taylor River concludes, campers will finish up the rest of the day swimming at Blue Mesa, playing in the park or exploring local trails in the valley. Ages 7 & up are welcome for this activity and we provide all of the necessary equipment.

Rafting leaves at 8:15 am from the Camp CB/Whetstone building in the Mt. Crested Butte Base Area.  You must be at Camp CB/Whetstone Building for morning drop off at 8:15 AM SHARP for the rafting days!!! The van will leave promptly after the 8:15 AM drop off. 

WHAT TO BRING:

  • A day bag
  • Lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen/Sun protection
  • Swimsuit
  • Durable footwear AND water shoes
  • A towel
  • A change of clothes
  • Rain Jacket

New Summer 2019! Advanced Rafting offers programming for older kids to adventure with their peers. Actively raft the Upper Taylor River with a paddle in hand. Learn river safety, paddling technique and how to read moving water. Navigate the whitewater rapids with an experienced 3 Rivers raft guide and Mountain Adventures instructors. This activity is for ages 12-14. No exceptions. 

WHAT TO BRING:

  • A day bag
  • Lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen/Sun protection
  • Swimsuit
  • Durable footwear AND water shoes
  • A towel
  • A change of clothes
  • Rain Jacket

This is the perfect day for first-timers, amateurs and experienced climbers. We will have options for easy to intermediate climbs. Participants will be encouraged to try climbing in a challenge-by-choice program with a focus on having fun, and gaining knowledge and confidence within the sport. If campers show a natural interest in climbing, they will have the opportunity to climb all day and explore the sport further.  Ages 7 & up are welcome for this activity and we provide all of the necessary equipment.

*Closed-toed sneakers are required!

WHAT TO BRING:

  • A day bag
  • Lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen/Sun protection
  • Durable CLOSED-TOED footwear
  • Rain Jacket
  • Long Shorts or Pants

You’ve experienced the basics of rock climbing.  You’ve scaled the walls and have found yourself wanting to learn even more about this exhilarating sport.  How do I belay?  How do I tie knots? Well now you can take steps to gain further knowledge and push yourself while being taught by our experienced and passionate instructors. This activity is for experienced climbers – not first timers.

*Closed-toed sneakers are required!

WHAT TO BRING:

  • A day bag
  • Lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen/Sun protection
  • Durable CLOSED-TOED footwear
  • Rain Jacket
  • Long Shorts or Pants

Find high adventure in the trees at the top of Red Lady Lift! In association with the Adaptive Sports Center, campers climb to the skies on challenge course elements such as The Swinging Bridge, The Pamper Pole and The Zip Line!  Ages 7 & up are welcome for this activity and we provide all of the necessary equipment.

*Closed-toed sneakers are required!

WHAT TO BRING:

  • A day bag
  • Lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen/Sun protection
  • Durable CLOSED-TOED footwear
  • Bug Spray
  • Rain Jacket
  • Long Shorts or Pants

Take your Mountain Adventures camp day to new heights this summer with the Crested Butte Zipline Tour and Hike Day. The day will start out with a fun and easy local hike, then will proceed to a one of a kind adventure including five zip lines ranging in length from 120 – 400 feet connected by features such as suspended wood bridges and towering platforms.  Ages 7 & up are welcome for this activity and we provide all of the necessary equipment needed for this activity.

There is a 70 lb. weight minimum for the Zipline for safety – NO EXCEPTIONS.

*Closed-toed sneakers are required!

WHAT TO BRING:

  • A day bag
  • Lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen/Sun protection
  • Durable CLOSED-TOED footwear are required
  • Rain Jacket

Spend the day exploring and having fun in the outdoors!  One of our most free form activities where participants can find themselves enjoying the day with their friends out in the wilderness surrounded by the epic and beautiful scenery of Crested Butte.  Supervised activities include playing fun games and team building initiatives, learning the natural history of the valley, and building a respect and love for being outside.

WHAT TO BRING:

  • A day bag
  • Lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen/Sun protection
  • Durable footwear
  • Bug Spray
  • Rain Jacket