Colvig Silver Camp

Durango, Colorado    

Lantern Review of Colvig Silver Camp

Perched high above the remote valleys of Colorado is the wilderness outpost Colvig Silver Camp. The Aspen groves and stands of Ponderosa Pines are classic Rocky Mountain landscape, as is the rugged landscape here that climbs almost 600 feet throughout the camp property. The boys and girls find kindred adventurers at this place, spending most of their days outdoors and their evenings in thoughtful reflection with their counselors and cabinmates. Some of the bunks are reminiscent of an Old West town, while others are quaint and welcoming tree house-style cabins.

A backcountry tripping program is center-stage at Colvig with a range of hiking, backpacking, rock-climbing, canoeing and tubing trips from one-day to twenty-six days in length. While the bunks and cabins are separated for the girls and boys, their trips are coed, an intentional outgrowth from their strong priority in the social development of their campers. An intriguing aspect to the pre-trip planning finds the counselors and directors discussing each camper’s personality, strengths, weaknesses and goals prior to the trip departure in an effort to create a more meaningful experience while on the trail. This is in striking contrast to many other camp programs that use the trips to discover each camper’s character. Colvig uses the in-camp program to reveal the camper’s personality and character, then uses the trip to reinforce those positive values that it embraces. It’s a subtle difference, but an important one that Colvig does well.

Back at camp, there is a decidedly creative bent to programming. The counselors are challenged to create, develop and implement a unique activity each summer. This serves to keep the programming fresh and unique while complementing the more traditional camp activities. It is a non-competitive program at Colvig that promotes self-discovery and community in an outdoor setting.

Yes, the trips are an important part of the culture at Colvig, but the tail does not wag the dog. They are focused on youth development and see their in-camp program as a vital piece to laying the foundation for more meaningful outdoor adventures on the trail.

Fast Facts

  • COED
  • 180 Campers per Session
  • 2-week, 4-week
  • Founded in 1969
  • $$

Director's Message

Colvig Silver Camps is a family-owned, coed, residential summer camp. Our philosophy is environmentally oriented and non-competitive, and our choice based format is designed to develop self-esteem, leadership skills, responsibility, and teamwork. We believe that the challenges of outdoor education, fun, and adventure provide some of the best opportunities to achieve this goal

Program Highlights

  • 50 Activities
  • Team Sports
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Mountains
  • Individual Activities
  • Drama
  • Tripping
  • Waterfront
  • Forest
  • Rural
  • Remote

Top 5 Activities

  • Western Riding
  • Wilderness Trips
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Rock Climbing
  • Natural History

Travel Information

Fly to Durango or Drive


Colvig Silver Camp

(800) 858-2850

Clay Colvig