• United States of America
1 - 4 weeks
Program Categories
Adventure Travel

Program Details



What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Meals Transportation
What's Not Included
Jul 31, 2019
Nov 20, 2021
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About Program

Bold Earth was founded in 1976 operating multi-week adventure travel programs throughout the western United States and Canada. Since 1976, we've retained the very best of our USA programs, and have also added adventures in Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. For many of our international programs, we've been operating on-the-ground for nearly three decades.

Our domestic programs in Hawaii, Colorado, Utah, California, Nevada, and Arizona are camping-based adventures that allow students the opportunity to travel in small, cohesive groups while having a ton of fun! No wilderness experience is necessary for any of our programs. Our trips travel through the best of the western USA and Hawaii, and include activities like surfing, rock climbing, white water rafting, hiking, visiting national parks, snorkeling, service projects, and more.

Experience the beauty of the United States as you've never seen before with Bold Earth's USA adventure travel programs!

Program Reviews

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Yes, I recommend this program

Outstanding experience with Bold Earth!

My son had an incredible, and most importantly SAFE experience with Bold Earth this past summer. I was incredibly impressed with the professionalism of the organization and the leaders, especially how they approached safety and risk management on the trip. They didn't just enforce strict safety rules, they taught my son how to help manage risk. He really connected with the counselors, and made some graet friends. It was more than just a teen tour, I loved the intentionality and the focus on growth. Highly recommend Bold Earth! Thanks for a great experience.

4 people found this review helpful.
Response from Bold Earth Adventures

Thanks Jeff, we're so glad to hear that your son had a great experience! We enjoyed getting to know him, and thanks for your kind words!

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Highlight of My Year

I’ve been on THREE Bold Earth Trips and all of them have been uniquely amazing. The first one I went on was the first trip I’d gone on without my family so I was a little nervous, but it turned out to be so fun and exciting that I decided to go again the next year. I got to connect with teens from all around the country. On my second trip, I got to connect with teens from around the globe! I still keep in contact with friends from France and Vietnam which is incredible to me. The no phone policy was a little bit tough on my Mom the first time, but I thought it was a great policy because it allowed everyone to connect and anyways, we barely had time to be on our phones as new adventures constantly awaited: white water rafting, white water kayaking, rock climbing, hiking up fourteeners, spotting all sorts of wildlife (I hadn’t even heard of a pika before going on a trip into the Rockies) and so much more! Honestly I can’t say enough about how great the trips all were. From learning how to go on belay (rock climbing) to planning out and cooking a good meal for everyone to share around a campfire, the experiences have left an unforgettable impact on my life and allowed me to find the adventurer in me.

What was your funniest moment?
I like to laugh. A lot. So this is a tough question, but I think the funniest moment on a Bold Earth trip was when we all went thrifting and picked out outfits for one another. Everyone had outlandishly mismatched outfits and we all ended up dancing in them to try and cheer up younger kids in a neighboring camp. Seeing and being one of 13 teens dancing in the dark with headlamps on in the worst outfits someone could come up with was just hilarious to me.
10 people found this review helpful.
Response from Bold Earth Adventures

We're so glad you could make it back for another trip! Colorado Bold was a special group this year, a large part of it thanks to you. Thanks for the kind words Sam!

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Bold West

The trip I went on with Bold Earth was a three week long camping trip around the western United States. It was awesome! Bold Earth’s no phone policy allowed all twelve of us and two leaders to become very close during that time without the distractions of the internet. It was a great way to spend time in the outdoors and create memories of a lifetime. I recommend this trip to anyone who is looking for an adventure and wants to unplug from their regular routines. thank you Bold Earth for a great summer!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I burned my hands cutting chili peppers, it was pretty surprising when someone at our campgrounds recommended holding bread to my hands to ease the burning. (It didn’t work)
12 people found this review helpful.
Response from Bold Earth Adventures

So glad to hear you had a great time on Bold West Jocelyn we really enjoyed having you back for another trip! Thanks for helping form such a positive community on your trip.

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An unforgettable summer!

I went on the Ultimate Costa Rica trip with Bold Earth last summer, and it was such an unforgettable experience! I made so many new friends around the world through this trip and they quickly became family as we spent 3 weeks together. This trip pushes you out of your comfort zone by allowing you to interact with people you've never met and pushing you to do activities that you may not be able to do back at home. We did so many fun activities that I can't do in my state like surfing, snorkeling, and ziplining! We also got the chance to participate in service work which gives back to the community and gives you the opportunity to connect with the locals. This trip not only improved my Spanish, but it also taught me a lot about the culture as we stayed with host families, ate local food, and explored different areas of the country! I would definitely recommend traveling with Bold Earth!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I would recommend to be present and live in the moment. It's very easy to wonder about what is going on back at home or to think about what you are going to do when you return, but doing this takes away from the limited time that you have on your trip! The time flies by so fast, so you should definitely enjoy the time that you have together!
15 people found this review helpful.
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Ultimate Costa Rica was a trip of a lifetime!

I loved the Costa Rica trip and feel like it helped me grow not only in my Spanish but as a person as well. It pushed me out of my comfort zone constantly with all of our adventures and doing stuff that I had never done before. Traveling by myself to a new country was probably the scariest thing I have ever done but I met some of the coolest people who I still talk to today. Staying in homestays with strangers who speak a different language is something I will never forget. This trip taught me how to live courageously and be willing to take risks. It exponentially improved my Spanish as well as my ability to look at things through a new perspective. Costa Rica was life changing and I would highly recommend to everyone!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-racking moment for me was the first time we met our host families. I was super nervous because my Spanish was not super good. Very quickly though, I overcame my fears because of how nice my family was. They were super sweet and approachable, always helping me with my Spanish while I helped them with their English.
14 people found this review helpful.
Response from Bold Earth Adventures

We're so glad your Bold Earth trip made a positive impact on you! You were a great student, and we're proud of all you accomplished. Thank you Sellers!

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Best Summer of my Life

I was a part of the Hawai’i trip in the summer of 2019. The leaders of the trip became my friends and I created life long bonds with the other campers. Everyone was so nice and I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect community! Coming in I was an introvert and was scared of not making any friends. After only one week it felt like you hade known these people for years and years. There wasn’t one day that I went to bed hungry do to the amazing cook crews. I would recommend this trip for anyone looking for a big adventure and some new friends.

13 people found this review helpful.
Response from Bold Earth Adventures

Thanks for the great review Jordan! You were a big part of what made that trip successful, and we love that you're still close with all your Bold Earth friends!

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Great Summer Experience

My daughter Allison went on a summer trip with Bold Earth to Hawaii, and I can't say enough about the experience. When we signed her up, we thought it would be a fun teen tour (which it was). We were grateful to hear that she learned some useful skills (cooking), and that the counselors were kind and focused on teaching her leadership skills. She continues to stay in touch with all the kids from the trip, and she's planning to do an international trip with Bold Earth. Thanks to Bold Earth for taking such great care of her!

What would you improve about this program?
Bold Earth has some great looking trips, but would love a trip to Belize!
14 people found this review helpful.
Response from Bold Earth Adventures

We're thrilled to hear how much Allison enjoyed her trip, thank you for your kind words! We feel a Bold Earth experience can make a huge impact on young people's lives, and we're glad that it did that for your daughter. Hope you've enjoyed the meals she's been cooking!

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Best Summer of My Life

This was definitely my most diverse, fun, educational, and memorable summer. I went to camp knowing 2 people from school, but it didn't impact my bonding with the other 10 people and our two leaders. Since we traveled all over the West Coast during the Bold West trip, we got to do everything from rock-climbing to white-water rafting to surfing to exploring Vegas. When I first heard that we would cook all of our own meals, I was terrified that we'd all starve to death, because I didn't know how to cook. During the course of the trip, I learned how to improvise meals and how to cook with limited supplies. (I also really enjoyed food shopping, as I usually got driven around in a cart.) I made so many friends who I still keep in touch with. I'm even meeting up with a friend during the Costa Rica trip I'm doing this summer!! All in all, this was a great experience and I definitely recommend it to every teen out there.

12 people found this review helpful.

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