Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about 100 Elk. If you have any additional questions, you can reach out to us by email or phone.
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1: When does 100 Elk run outdoor education programs?
We offer outdoor education programs in the fall and spring. Groups can come from late August through October — or later in the school year in April and May. If you’re interested in coming, we recommend reserving a spot as far out as possible. But there are occasionally schedule changes, so we do have spots open up. Contact us with potential dates and your group’s interest and size.
2: What outdoor ed activities do you offer?
Lots of options! Our most popular activities are challenge-focused activities such as the high ropes course, Leap of Faith, Giant’s Ladder and rock climbing. However, we have a number of community building and ecology activities including canoeing, eco hikes, low ropes courses, service projects and team building to round out the schedule. To see a full list of activities including evening and all-group activities, visit the Activities page.
3: How long can we stay?
As long as you like! Or, as long as your parents say. We offer partial, single and multi-day programs. Our most popular option is a three-day trip, arriving the first day at noon and leaving around noon on the third day. Some schools stay longer (up to a week), and some come only for a day because that’s what fits in their schedule. Learn more about our program options.
4: What are the rates for outdoor education programs?
For multi-day programs, we charge a fixed rate per student per 24-hour period. That rate changes slightly each school year due to variable costs. Our single and partial-day programs are priced according to your group size and activities. If you are interested in learning more about our daily rate, please use the contact form, call, or email us directly at [email protected]. Our programs tend to be affordable and very customizable, with a variety of activities to choose from.
5: What size groups can you accommodate?
The number we can accommodate depends upon how long you plan to stay. For example, for a multi-day program, we can accommodate up to 130 over three days and 180 over four days. If your group is larger, contact us and we will discuss what options we can offer. Our overall capacity on property is 350, but we typically do not host outdoor ed groups that large. If you are interested in coming to 100 Elk outside of our outdoor ed seasons, visit our 100 Elk Events website.
6: What happens if it rains or snows?
Be prepared for all sorts of weather at 100 Elk! We provide a detailed packing list to trip leaders, as well as on our website. Occasionally, we have to cut activities short due to weather but very rarely do we have to cancel an activity. The 100 Elk staff are prepared to run activities rain or shine. We monitor weather systems moving in and have safety protocols in place for inclement weather. We also work with trip leaders to determine what works best for their groups’ needs.
7: What if my child has special dietary or other needs?
We would love to work with you to best support your child at 100 Elk. Our kitchen is experienced with handling a wide variety of food allergies and sensitivities. Each group’s trip leader completes dietary and special needs forms before they arrive, but sometimes it is helpful to have a conversation as well. Please call the A/U Ranches and 100 Elk department at 888.543.4849 x110 or email us directly at [email protected].
8: What are the 100 Elk Outdoor Center’s COVID-19 protocols?
Our protocols for safely running programs are outlined in the COVID-19 Handbook.
9: How do I communicate with my child at 100 Elk?
Most schools ask students not to bring cell phones or electronics with them, so the best way to contact your child would be through your group’s trip leader. If you have an urgent message to pass along and cannot reach someone from the school, please call the A/U Ranches and 100 Elk department at 888.543.4849 x110 or email us directly at [email protected].
10: Is there cell phone coverage on property?
Cell phone service has progressed over the years, but is still limited due to the geography of where 100 Elk is located — at the foot 14,000′ peaks in the Rocky Mountains. It is strongest with AT&T, but other carriers such as Verizon do work occasionally. If you do get service, we ask that you be mindful of those around you in dining and lodge areas and consider stepping outside to take calls.
11: Is there wireless internet available?
We have a guest network available on property. The best place to access the Internet is the Hub, our office located near Sky Valley Ranch. There is wireless Internet available in certain buildings on property, including Valerie Lodge. At this time, our bunkhouse cabins and cabin apartments are not set up for Internet access. While the Internet coverage is strong, we are located in a rural environment where outages can occur.
12: Is 100 Elk open for events and rentals?
Yes! We often have teachers and chaperones ask this very question. 100 Elk rentals are available in the fall, winter and spring from late August through mid-May. We offer spaces and activities for corporate retreats, groups and workshops, weddings, private parties and overnight stays. Learn more about 100 Elk rentals.
13: Do you offer corporate team building or leadership development services?
Several of our activities—such as the high ropes course, low ropes course, rock gym, Leap of Faith and Giant’s Ladder—involve a significant level of team building and communication skills. 100 Elk is a great location to host a company retreat or leadership training. If you have specific needs for corporate training, we have a number of professional contacts we recommend who specialize in corporate team building and leadership development. We are happy to connect you with them based upon your group’s needs. For information on corporate retreats and rentals, visit our 100 Elk Events website.
14: What kind of wildlife can we expect to see?
We are called 100 Elk for a reason! From late fall through spring, you may get a rare glimpse of a large herd of elk that pass through our property each year. The most common wildlife sightings are mule deer, rabbits, and birds, along with the occasional coyote. You’ll also spot horses in our pastures on property. Because we have so many furry neighbors, though, we recommend keeping all food in a plastic container (available at Valerie Lodge) to avoid attracting critters such as mice. In the spring season we do have ticks – please read this page for info on preventing and removing ticks.
15: Does 100 Elk offer summer camp?
100 Elk, the public programming arm of the A/U Ranches, does not operate in the summer. From June to August, the A/U Ranches provides faith-based programs for youth, adults and families that require full use of the property. To learn more about our programs, visit the A/U Ranches’ website.
16: What is 100 Elk’s alcohol and drug policy?
The 100 Elk Outdoor Center is a place designed to encourage personal growth and clarity of thought. In support of this, we are a drug-, alcohol- and smoke-free facility.