Mountain Navigation

Navigation Skills

Knowing where you are is the most basic mountaineering skill of all. Three-quarters of all rescue operations do not involve injuries, just locating lost hikers. This one-day, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado based, orienteering course will teach you how to navigate using a map, compass, altimeter, and GPS. Whether you’re a mountaineer, hiker or backcountry skier, this course is extremely useful.  Mountain navigation skills are a must have skill set.

Mountain Navigation Skills in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Course Details


This course is designed to teach students to travel with confidence in the backcountry.  The following skills are covered in this course:

  • Become skilled in topographic map reading – visualize maps in three dimensions
  • Gain compass, altimeter, and basic GPS skills
  • Learn to plan your intended routes before you go
  • Learn to travel in unmarked terrain


No experience necessary


8:00am - 4:00pm


8 hours

Maximum Ratio:


Minimum Age:

Please call to register participants under 18

Price includes & Excludes:

Price Includes:

  • Use of Map and Compass for the day

Meeting location:

Colorado Mountain School
341 Moraine Avenue
Estes Park, CO 80517

Equipment List:


With a sixteen-bed lodge available, Colorado Mountain School provides students the opportunity to spend their entire stay in Estes Park without the hassle of commuting. Our lodge is conveniently located in downtown Estes Park with a full kitchen, WiFi and hot showers. Lodging must be booked separately for $40/night for CMS students.  Please call our office for reservations.


All of our courses can be run as custom outings.  If you're interested in a course, but it doesn't fit into your schedule, please check out our custom guiding options.