Enjoy creation in one of the most beautiful settings in the West
While at Spring Canyon, you’ll stay at Camp Buxton—a base camp in beautiful scenery located a few minutes’ walk from our main lodge. Eight-person cabins and large, metal-frame tents serve as sleeping quarters, and a fire pit radiates warmth for fellowship on the cool mountain nights—it’s the perfect setting to experience some of the best of God’s creation! And don’t worry, it also features a fully equipped bathhouse with facilities for men and women. Limited laundry facilities are also available.
On the overnight campout, you’ll stay warm and dry in our three-season backpacking tents and cold-weather sleeping bags, or bring your own gear if you prefer.
Arrivals and Transportation
We recommend that you arrive at camp for check-in between 1500 and 1800 on your arrival day to familiarize yourself with camp.
You are responsible for arranging your own transportation to Spring Canyon. If you are traveling by air, you may request a ride to/from the Denver International Airport provided by Spring Canyon for $25/person, each way. If you are interested in this service, please contact Spring Canyon at least 3 weeks before your session. Spring Canyon does NOT provide this service to/from the Colorado Springs airport.
If you have requested a pickup from DIA by Spring Canyon, please schedule a flight arrival no later than 1530 on the day that your session begins. We are located 3 hours away from the airport so we can only make one trip for each session. If you arrive early in the morning, be prepared to wait until other participants arrive. If you ride with us from the airport you will grab dinner at the airport or in the van on the way to camp. Once you arrive we will give you time to get settled in and get to know the other fathers and teens.
If you need transportation to DIA for your return flight, please do NOT schedule your departure before 1400 hours on the last day of your session to allow adequate travel time from camp.
Watch for an Important Email
Approximately 3 weeks before your session, you will receive an e-mail with final logistics information (confirming transportation times, pick-up locations, etc.). This e-mail will be sent to the primary and alternate e-mail you provided in the registration. Please keep an eye out for this message as it will contain important information about making sure you get to camp!
Having the Proper Gear
Your activities during FTA will require the proper gear for you to fully enjoy your experience. Please review the FTA packing list as a checklist to ensure that you bring all of the required items. Some items on the list can be provided by camp or are optional, and are noted as such. One of the most important pieces of gear is comfortable, broken-in hiking shoes or boots. We recommend footwear with ankle support as we will be hiking over uneven terrain with backpacks. If you don’t already have a pair, please plan to borrow or purchase some prior to arrival – and spend some time in them until they feel comfortable. Happy feet make a happy camper!
Get Ready Physically
Keep in mind that even normal physical activities are more strenuous at a high altitude. Spring Canyon is located at 9,000 feet and we’ll go even higher. Preparing yourself physically will make your stay more enjoyable, and less prone to injury or altitude sickness. We recommend a regular routine of cardiovascular exercise if you are not doing so already. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call.