Outdoor Recreation Leadership
Outdoor Recreation Leadership — follow your passion
Earn a hands-on outdoor recreation degree in the Colorado mountains
Students interested in an outdoor recreation degree can get the skills and knowledge to develop and lead people in the outdoors with our two-year outdoor education program. 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 school teaches:
- Wilderness studies
- Business and management principles
- Group development
- Leadership theory
- Communication & Conflict resolution
- Safe and efficient travel
- Leave no trace
Mountain learning, mountain living in Leadville, Colorado
Leadville, Colorado is the place if you love the outdoors. Our school 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.
Program at a Glance
Degree: Outdoor Recreation Leadership (AGS)
Locations: LeadvilleCost: $57/credit-hour (in-district), $373/credit-hour (out-of-state)
See tuition information below
Our students learn in and outside the classroom — in Colorado and around the world! Check out the ORL Interactive Map
Download the Outdoor/Environmental Programs Brochure (pdf)
Check out student blogger BeckyAurora’s: 43 Reasons to Attend CMC-Leadville
What Outdoor Recreation Leadership careers are available?
Our hands-on approach to learning Outdoor Recreation Leadership prepares you to enter the job market immediately following graduation, to transfer to a four-year institution, or stay right here and complete a Bachelors degree in Sustainability Studies or Business.
Colorado Mountain College ORL students become:
- Adventure travel planners
- Nature and outdoor center guides
- Wilderness instructors
- Forestry technicians
- Outdoor recreation retail business owners or managers
- Resort recreation or camp leaders
What classes will I take?
Outdoor Recreation Leadership (AGS) (online catalog)
How much is tuition?
Don’t go deep into debt. Find your affordable education here! Colorado Mountain College tuition is one of the lowest in Colorado, and is lower than in-state tuition in many other states. See more tuition information and net price calculators.
Tuition Rates for this program
per Credit Hour
|See Residency Requirements, District Map
*Based on an estimated 15 credits per semester.
**Colorado residents who own a second home in the six-county CMC District may qualify. See In-district.
***Non-residents who own a second home in the six-county CMC District may qualify for a limited, special rate. See Second Home Owner Rate.
Special Tuition Rates at CMC
You may qualify for a significant tuition discount at Colorado Mountain College.
per Credit Hour
|Vets & Military Families||$103||$1,545|
|CMC Service Area||$103||$1,545|
|Western States (WUE)||$160.50||$2,407.50|
|*Based on an estimated 15 credits per semester
See Residency Requirements
See Second Home Owner Tuition Rate
See District Employer Sponsored Rate