This is resource central for parents and chaperones. Learn more about us, where we are and how to contact us.
Welcome to 100 Elk! Located in Buena Vista, the 100 Elk Outdoor Center is a public program of the A/U Ranches and provides outdoor education and character development programs for schools and groups. We’ve put together several resources for parents and guardians to help prepare for their students’ trips to 100 Elk.
Whether it’s your student’s first trip or third, we are excited to have them here. We find that when students stay multiple days away from home, school, etc., they find new friendships, gain a deeper appreciation for nature, as well as return home as part of a more connected community.
Things to Know
Parents & Guardians
Our mission here at 100 Elk is “Revealing the possibilities within.” Our staff works closely with participants to set and achieve goals — as well as to help them discover valuable and unknown abilities, talents and knowledge. We encourage you to explore our website for more information, view photos from our programs and read our welcome letter:
We love our chaperones because we couldn’t do it without them! Some schools bring teachers and other administrators, and some schools depend largely upon parents to support their trips. We recommend schools bring a 1:6 ratio of chaperones to students. Chaperones live in cabins with the students, and they lend a helping hand during activities and meal times. If you’re considering being a 100 Elk chaperone, take a look at our expectations:
Maps & Directions
Whether you’re dropping off a student or just want to know where we’re located, we have a full page on our website dedicated to maps and directions. If driving, you will see signs for the A/U Ranches on County Road 366, which is the same property, so if you see them, you’re on the right track. Follow signs on property up to 100 Elk at Round-Up Ranch.
Dietary & Special Needs
If your student has specific dietary or special needs, we recommend coordinating directly with your group or school. Groups fill out dietary and special needs forms before they arrive, so it is helpful to provide that information to your group’s trip leader. If you would like to speak with someone at 100 Elk as well, you can reach out to our team below or call us at 888.543.4849 x110:
- Dietary Needs: Matthew Leon, Food Service Manager
- Other Special Needs: Steve Creighton, 100 Elk Director
Our nearest medical facilities are in nearby Buena Vista and Salida, a 40-minute drive. 100 Elk staff are all trained in CPR and first aid. Groups are asked to bring a medical appointee with them to distribute medications and serve as the point of contact for any medical emergencies. If you have an urgent message to pass along to a participant, please coordinate with your group’s trip leader. If needed, you may email us or call the A/U Ranches’ office and the 100 Elk department at 888.543.4849 x110. See maps and directions to medical facilities below: