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 program 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 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.

Program at a Glance

Degree: Outdoor Recreation Leadership (AGS)

Locations: Leadville

Cost: $57/credit-hour (in-district), $317/credit-hour (out-of-state)
See tuition information below

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?

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

Status 100-200 Courses
per Credit Hour
100-200 Courses
per Semester*
In-District $57 $855
In-State $100.50 $1,507.50
Out-of-State $317 $4,755

Special Tuition Rates at CMC

You may qualify for a significant tuition discount at Colorado Mountain College.

Status 100-200 Courses
per Credit Hour
100-200 Courses
per Semester*
Vets & Military Families $57 $855
CMC Service Area $97 $1,455
Western States (WUE) $150.75 $1,586.25