In 1948, Sandy and Laura Sanborn founded Big Spring Camp for Boys.


In the years just after World War II, Laura and Sandy Sanborn wanted to help put the world back together. Their original dream was to set up a working ranch and develop an exciting hands-on program for boys that would allow them to gain knowledge of the outdoors and of themselves.

One dream led to another, and now, almost 70 years later, the High Trails Outdoor Education Center operates together with Sanborn Western Camps and The Nature Place to provide outdoor experiences for thousands of children and adults each year. Together, we are the nonprofit Colorado Outdoor Education Center.