Durango, Colorado Boasts an Average 320 Days of Sunshine Per Year
Open Sky maintains two base camps: one in southwestern Colorado and one in southeastern Utah. As the hub of operations, Durango strikes a good balance between accessibility to the backcountry and proximity to the necessities of civilization. Thus we are able to provide our students a safe, yet effective wilderness experience.
Durango and the surrounding area enjoy an ideal four-season climate with moderate temperatures and over 300 days of sun per year. Our expansive course area covers all facets of the regional landscape, from jagged alpine peaks with wildflower-filled meadows to red-rock canyons and cacti.
Among the ponderosa and lodgepole pine trees, at the southwestern tip of the San Juan National Forest, lies our Colorado base camp. This area is shaded, dry, and usually not too warm or too cold in the spring, summer, and fall. At an elevation of around 7,000 feet, crisp mountain air greets our students and guides every morning, with cool evening breezes helping to refresh and facilitate sleep at the end of the day.
As the seasons shift from fall to winter, base camp migrates from the high country of Colorado to the Canyonlands area of southeastern Utah. This high-desert habitat is arid and mild from November through March, with average high temps ranging from 41-61° F and average lows from 20-32° F. Unlike its snowier Colorado counterpart, our Utah base camp receives an average annual snowfall of 0.5 to 4.5 inches.
Occupying these two distinctly different and uniquely beautiful locations, Open Sky provides a dynamic and inspiring wilderness experience while building emotional strength and security.