In addition to the personal skills offerings throughout the year, we also integrate three off campus trips and spread them out throughout the school year.
Starting on the first week of school in September, the entire CTA community launches into the school year by heading out on a week-long backpacking trip throughout the Weminuche Wilderness. This wilderness trip, know as “Wakan,” is an extensive, often arduous, five-day backpacking journey throughout the San Juan Mountains. Wakan provides the setting to revive old friendships, make new ones and to instill a strong sense of community and connection among staff and students.
After the first four-week bloc is completed in early October, staff and students once again pack up their backpacks for “Fall Trip.” This second backpacking trip sets its sights on the famed landscape of southeastern Utah. This unique desert environment, known by most as the “Colorado Plateau,” is very close to our campus and affords students the opportunity to gain an appreciation of this fragile desert environment.
After Winter breaks and warmer temperatures persist, we once again break into small groups for “Spring Trip.” Spring Trip is not exclusively a backpacking trip, but rather an extension of the “Personal Skills” offered throughout the school year. Past trips have included backpacking in the Havasu Canyon of Arizona, rafting down the San Juan River of Utah, whale-watching off the Oregon Coast, rock climbing in the Joshua Tree National Park of California, mountain biking in southeastern Utah, back-country skiing in the Tetons, Wyoming and fly-fishing along the Green River of Utah.