Women's Wilderness Trip Summer, 2019

Dates: Leaving Denver the morning of June 17; returning to Denver the night of June 20

The trip is led by Rivkah Goldberg. Rivkah, nature enthusiast, wife and mother has been living CO for the past 20 years. She graduated Prescott College with a BA in Wilderness Leadership spring of 1999. In the summer of 2006, Rivkah, her husband and family joined the Aish Denver Jewish community where they still reside. Current interests and passions include reintroducing ourselves to ourselves through inner and outer wilderness exploration. Our Scholar in Residence on this trip is Gila Manolson, celebrated author and international speaker. Gila's books include: "The Magic Touch"; "Outside/Inside"; and "Choosing to Love". Learn more about Gila

Read Below for more information…

Rivkah Goldberg

Rivkah Goldberg

Gila Manolson

Gila Manolson


Trip Details

Avanim Adventures supplies transportation, equipment, food, and guide from Ari Hoffman's house in Denver on the departure and back to Ari's house on the return. Clothing and personal items are the responsibility of the participant. A packing list will be provided.


Price: $1,500

You missed the early bird discount but you are eligible for the “procrastinator’s special” $125 discount from now until midnight on June 1st.

Ultimate shwag bag: Nalgene, brand name headlamp, pocket knife, and other surprises.

The shwag bags are all taken but every participant will receive a Nalgene with other goodies.


Day 1

First thing in the morning you will be at Ari's house where you will get a backpack, utensils, sleeping bag, food/cooking supplies, and you will pack up your backpack to the point that you are ready to hike. By 9:30 you will be driving to the trailhead with a short stop at the river base to drop off lunch that will be served on your full day raft trip. Upon arrival at the trailhead you will stretch, pose for a group picture and then hike in to the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains. After a challenging hike you will arrive at the lower of the three Bushnell Lakes and set up camp, there you will prepare a delicious and well deserved hot meal and revel in your accomplishment and the cameraderie of women like you in the shadow of Bushnell Peak and the sound of the stream flowing next to the camp site.

Day 2

Exploration time! Today you will explore all three lakes including the famed Cave of Bushnell. You will also learn technical climbing and belay skills on a cliff near the lower lake. You will have an opportunity to take time alone to meditate, pray, enjoy the scenery or all three at once.


Day 3

You will get an opportunity to attempt a climb of the challenging Bushnell Peak, summit 13,110 feet above sea level. Then you will pack up camp and hike back down to the car and drive to the river base where you will camp in preparation for a full day raft trip tomorrow.

Day 4

You will go rafting on the Arkansas River's exciting Bighorn Sheep Canyon in the morning and then the hardcore Royal Gorge in the afternoon with a full lunch in between. After this full day you will get back in the vehicles and head back to Denver via Buena Vista and the beautiful collegiate peaks.

Important Forms to fill out

We're looking forward to seeing you on the trail. Before we can head out we need some paperwork from you. Please click on these links and download the forms. You can often fill them out on the computer and email them back to us at avanimadventures@gmail.com. If you're not able to fill them out on the computer then print them out and contact us. If there's enough time before the trip you can snail mail them otherwise scan the completed forms and email them to us.


Let’s Get Started!