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We rate our seminars to assist you in choosing the learning experience that’s right for you. Trips are assigned a number from 1 to 4 according to the degree of activity and fitness required. A careful reading of our trip descriptions should provide additional information about trip activities such as hiking or sea kayaking.

(1) EASY: Hotel, lodge, ship, or boat-based, no camping, hikes of up to 2 miles, and minimal exposure to high elevations.

(2) EASY TO MODERATE: Lodge, ship, or camping based, hikes of 2-4 miles, optional sea kayaking, possible small plane travel, and moderate elevation gains.

(3) MODERATE TO STRENUOUS: Expedition ship, boat or raft-based, remote wilderness localities, possible primitive camping, small plane travel as needed, and trail or off-trail hikes of up to 6-8 miles over rugged, mountainous terrain.

(4) STRENUOUS: Expeditionary and rugged in nature, primitive camping, full-day hikes in steep, mountainous terrain, some hikes in excess of 8 miles, and possible sea kayaking or whitewater rafting.


Because of the agility required on most expeditionary-class ships or on raft-based trips, participants with significant disabilities, chronic heart and/or respiratory problems, or other potentially debilitating medical conditions are advised NOT to register for these trips. Please note that the M/V Sea Wolf is rated as fully Accessible. By forwarding the registration deposit for any expedition-class trip (3 or 4) you are certifying that you are in good physical health and capable of performing all normal activities on the expedition.


We now require that all trip participants purchase some form of travel insurance, either trip cancellation or medical emergency/evacuation coverage, or some combination, to protect your travel investment in the event of illness or injury to you or to a family member prior to or during the trip. Contact Cloud Ridge for information on the range of insurance options available. Emergency evacuation from remote, wilderness-sites is extremely expensive and is generally not included in standard medical insurance policies. Participants covered by Medicare are advised that Medicare does not provide coverage outside the U.S; a travel insurance policy does. Don’t leave home without it!

Special Note:
Itinerary dates include time allowance for international/overnight flights.


To register for one of Cloud Ridge’s seminars, simply fill out the registration form and send it to us, along with your non-refundable deposit (in parentheses). In the event that a trip is full, we’ll add your name to a wait-list and return your deposit. Trip prices are based on double occupancy. Should you wish single accommodations (when available) or have no roommate and we are unable to assign one, please be advised that you will need to pay a single supplement. The balance of all tour fees is due 90 days prior to departure, unless otherwise noted. Registrations received within 90 days of departure must include payment in full.


All cancellations must be made in writing. Because we must send payments to our travel suppliers well in advance of our departures, we cannot offer refunds beyond those described below. We appreciate your understanding! Cancellation refunds are made according to the following schedule:

Cancellation received 90 days or more prior to a trip’s departure, all trip costs, less the deposit, will be refunded. The deposit will also be refunded if we are able to fill your space from a wait-list.

Cancellation received less than 90 days prior to departure, no refund is possible unless we can fill your space from a wait-list.


Cloud Ridge Naturalists is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c) 3 organization providing educational opportunities in the natural sciences and financial support to entities and individuals conducting research in critical areas of conservation concern. If you feel that you would like to become a Supporting Member ($25) or a Sponsor ($50 or more), we would be grateful for your support. All contributions, unless you wish to support a specific project, are used to underwrite our scholarships or to help defray Cloud Ridge expenses.

Cloud Ridge Naturalists
Audrey Benedict
8297 Overland Road
Ward, CO 80481-9532
Phone: (303) 459-3248


Visit Marilyn’s website to purchase or see more of her art: Brochure Credits:
Design and text by Audrey Benedict.

Artwork by Marilyn Hailbronner, Wild Inkwell.

Cloud Ridge sage grouse logo by Barbara Bash.

Printing by Silver Star; Boulder, Colorado.

Website design by Clyde Lovett’s Crestone Creations.


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