The Learning Camp


Facilities at The Learning Camp

Nestled securely against Hard Scrabble Mountain, The Learning Camp spreads out over 35 acres of private land known as Ute Springs Ranch, named after the Ute Indians who once lived here. While the camp is conveniently situated minutes from Eagle/Vail airport, we are worlds away in the Colorado Rockies between Eagle and Gypsum - mountain towns within Colorado’s Vail Valley.

hotairwide-200Hot air balloons dot the morning sky over the The Learning Camp. The Arts & Crafts building and camp teepee can be seen in the field.

yurt7-200Yurts are planted on decks and tucked in the hills behind Abbott Lodge.

lodge2-int-200The great room inside Abbott Lodge.

Summer Camp Living
Campers sleep in huge circular canvas structures known as yurts, first used by nomads of central Asia. Each yurt is anchored to a large wooden deck and features bunk beds, windows, a central skylight and a door. There are two adult counselors assigned to each yurt.

Abbott Lodge is the cornerstone of camp activity with the kitchen, dining and study deck, bathhouses, laundry and camp directors’ offices. Planted throughout the 35 acres are ten outdoor classrooms where morning classes are held.

Summer Camp Activity
While campers choose from adventurous daytrip activities like horseback trail rides, caving, rock climbing, river rafting, hiking and camping, there is always plenty of supervised adventure right at camp. Swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, field sports, fishing, archery and arts and crafts are some of the fun kids will find on site. Click here for a complete list of camp activities.


yurt4-vert-150Yurts have loads of interior space and are a cozy home away from home for campers.

art-buidingThe Ristow Art Pavilion features sliding walls for an open-air art studio. climbing-wallClimbing wall installed at camp in 2012.   TEEPEEOpen space with big skies for field games and recreation.
pondplay-200Swimming, canoeing and fishing in camp's spring-fed pond. kitchen-200The camp's kitchen at Abbott Lodge.spacer  roadsign-200Walking paths thread their way throughout camp.
outdoor-20010 outdoor classrooms are sprinkled along Spring Creek and the ranch. Porch-200Most meals are served on the Abbott Lodge deck. The deck is also our talent show stage and a classroom during bad weather.   yurt1-200Another yurt encampment.
lodgehill-200A view of Abbott Lodge from a yurt deck. horseback 200Horseback riding on the lower pasture.   hike-200Hiking in the hills that surround The Learning Camp.
bathhouse-200Clean bathhouses featuring showers, toilet and laundry. firecircle-200What's a camp without a camp fire.