Outdoor Recreation Leadership — follow your passion

Earn a hands-on degree outside in the Colorado mountains


This program is offered at Leadville.

Get the skills and knowledge to develop and lead people in the outdoors. As you earn your Outdoor Recreation Leadership degree you will learn wilderness skills and gain confidence in leadership situations. We stress low-impact techniques for responsible environmental stewardship. This two-year outdoor education program teaches:

  • Wilderness studies
  • Business and management principles
  • Group development
  • Leadership theory
  • Communication & Conflict resolution
  • Safe and efficient travel
  • Leave no trace

Start here and transfer — your low-cost college solution

Keep your cost down with our tutiton rates as low as $57/credit hour for in-district students. CMC’s Outdoor Recreation Leadership programs is designed to transfer to a four-year college or university. CMC graduates have transferred to:

  • Colorado State University’s Department of Natural Resources
  • Western State Colorado University’s Outdoor Leadership and Recreation Program
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • University of Southern Colorado

Mountain learning, mountain living in Leadville, Colorado

Leadville, Colorado is the place if you love the outdoors. Our campus in Leadville specializes in outdoor and environmental programs in a spectacular mountain setting. With over 250 acres, the campus has miles of cross country ski trails that are maintained by students in the Ski Area Operations program.

Our residence halls encompass spectacular views of the two highest mountains in Colorado. Classrooms feature state-of-the art technology, computer labs. There’s also a cybercafe/bookstore. The Timberline Analytical Lab has high end precision instruments and equipment unique to a community college.

Check out student blogger BeckyAurora’s: 43 Reasons to Attend CMC-Leadville

Download the Outdoor/Environmental Brochure (pdf)

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All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands and Waters under special permits and agreements from the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.