To unite the energy, interest and knowledge of the students, explorers and lovers of the mountains of Colorado; collect and disseminate information regarding the Rocky Mountains on behalf of science, literature, art and recreation; stimulate public interest in our mountain areas; encourage the preservation of forests, flowers, fauna and natural scenery; and, render readily accessible the alpine attractions of the region.
Founded in 1912, the Colorado Mountain Club is one of the state's leading organizations dedicated to education, conservation and mountain recreation. CMC has played an instrumental role in many landmark achievements over the past century, including the designation of Rocky Mountain National Park in 1915, Dinosaur National Monument and passage of the Wilderness Act in 1964. Today, CMC offers a diverse range of programs and activities for adults, school-age children and families, centered on responsible outdoor recreation, active learning and the spirit of adventure.
Established in 1999, CMC's award-winning Youth Education Program "brings the mountains" to thousands of K-12 students every year, helping to improve academic achievement through active learning focused on the outdoors. CMC takes preventing "nature deficit disorder" to heart by getting kids outside and exploring with team-building activities and the personal and physical challenge of rock climbing. YEP's school-based activities meet Colorado's Academic Standards and provide unique avenues for improving math, science and literacy skills.
To ensure the sustainable enjoyment of Colorado's backcountry, CMC also leads efforts to protect wilderness and public lands with its conservation and stewardship programs. CMC continues to maintain a strong voice in Colorado's conservation community, working throughout the state with partner agencies to protect the mountain backcountry, roadless areas and critical wildlife corridors and encourage the public to play an active role in protecting areas like these. CMC also offers numerous opportunities for volunteers to help construct and repair trails, restore wildlife habitat and maintain access to public lands each Summer.
"I want to thank you for helping me try to face my fears and understand how to climb. I learned that when things are hard you just keep trying." -- Rock Climbing Student
"We could write a book trying to explain what CMC's program means to Drew. The biggest challenge (among many) Drew has is interacting with people. Drew's deafness isolates him from the hearing world and Drew's autism isolates him from his signing peers. He delights in climbing because other kids try to help him and hereby become involved in his activity-- in his world. Drew desperately wants to interact with his peers but doesn't know how...I just can't express to you how important that is." -- Drew's Father
"I helped at a top rope session in Eldorado Canyon for a group of city kids, ages eight through about fourteen. They were enrolled in a weeklong YEP camp -- climbing indoors, climbing outside at Eldo and Maxwell Falls, and wrapping up with a day on St. Mary's glacier. These kids live with their families in motel rooms on Colfax Avenue. Being a part time teacher, I sometimes wonder what percentage of kids in my class are living away from a real home. They dressed and acted like regular city kids in that they were fairly new to the outdoor scene. They loved Eldo. This was a very culturally diverse group of kids who live in tough circumstances every day. But they embraced the challenge. A few words of encouragement and praise really brought out the pride and smiles in them. Being a part of getting these kids out climbing for a day really brightened up my week." -- Larry De Saules, CMC Volunteer