We invite you to join us for the 2023 Wilderness Guides Council annual in-person gathering:
September 29 @ 2:00 pm – October 4 @ 12:00 pm MDT
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED – STAY TUNED FOR FALL 2024 DETAILS – WHIDBEY ISLAND, WA and 2025 IN THE UK !
What a gift to be able to meet in person, and to sit together with the land near Mancos, Colorado. This is an opportunity to spend spacious and meaningful time with friends and colleagues, old and new. We will talk about what is coming up in the guiding work, how we are meeting this ever-changing world and tending to the challenges of these times. More details to come as the program comes together! For now, here is a bit more about Deer Hill. You can pick up your tickets and register by scrolling to the bottom of this page!
The Deer Hill Base Camp is located on the traditional homelands of the Dine and Ute people. It is 130 acres of rolling hills, grassy fields, sage brush meadows, and piñon and juniper forest. The land is populated by ample wildlife – especially Deer. We will have have the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the land and facilities including:
The House with Kitchen and dining area, Meeting Space with a beautiful wood floor and windows, shower house, a wood-stove fired sauna/steam room big enough for about 20 people that Deer Hill uses for ceremony, a small office / lounge space, and accommodations that include 40 acres of open space for camping, camp-like bunks, indoor loft, and cabins.
Deer Hill is a small adventure and community Service program that provides wilderness expeditions and cultural exchange to 150 participants each summer and 20-30 organizations throughout the year. Founders Doug and Beverly Capelin built Deer Hill’s Basecamp in Mancos, Colorado. The land is at the foot of the majestic Rocky Mountains, and a stone’s throw from the rivers and canyons of southeast Utah. Over the past 30 years, the Capelins have built strong relationships with families and community leaders in the Navajo Nation, Ute Tribe and Hopi and Zuni pueblos. Deer Hill’s programs are built on the kind of intimate relationships with people and places that take time and dedication to create.
Deer Hill is in the Four Corners region of the Southwestern United States in the transition zone between the San Juan Mountains and the Canyonlands of Utah. Is about 30 minutes from Durango, CO and 20 minutes from Cortez, CO. Albuquerque is about 4 hours away. Denver, Phoenix, and Salt Lake are between 6 and 7 hours away. To pick your tickets – scroll to the bottom of this page – select how many tickets you would like to purchase and registration will continue from there!