San Juan Wilderness - Location

San Juan Wilderness is located in the beautiful San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado. Our headquarters in Monte Vista, (elevation 7763 ft.) sits at the foot of the San Juan Mountain Range. Our base-camp (elevation 9400 ft.) is located on 40 acres completely surrounded by the pristine Rio Grande National Forest.
Our permits and trail projects allow us to explore over 1500 miles of trails, peaks and valleys within the 1.86 million acre Rio Grande National Forest. This includes 236 miles of the Continental Divide Trail, the San Juan Wilderness (a 280,000 acre road-less area) and the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains, including numerous 14,000 foot peaks. Counselors and Students will almost never hike the same trail twice in a season.

Our offices in Monte Vista, Colorado are three hours from Colorado Springs and three hours from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Parents and students usually fly into the Colorado Springs Airport or Alamosa Airport (20 minutes from our offices).

The San Luis Valley is sparsely populated rural area nestled between two massive mountain ranges. Our neighbors are predominately farm and ranch families living in the countryside and the descendants of Spanish colonials who migrated here from Santa Fe, New Mexico some 400 years ago.

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San Juan Wilderness
Teen Therapy Program
Experiential by Nature



San Juan Wilderness
Six to Nine WeekTherapeutic
Programs for
Troubled Teens and their Families.

  • Licensed Therapeutic
    Wilderness Program
  • Licensed Residential
    Treatment Center
  • Colorado Dept of
    Education Accredited
  • 12 Years Experience
    with Troubled Teens
  • Tuition $250
    per day

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