Utah & Nevada

The intermountain region of Utah and Nevada are home to a diverse range of landscapes and topography, from snowy peaks to desert canyons. The IWLS base of operations in Alta, Utah is the perfect location to access the unique wilderness areas of Utah and Nevada and for teaching wilderness education and technical skills. From the steep mountain ranges of the west desert, sandstone mesas of the Colorado plateau, and plentiful winter snow, Utah and Nevada have it all.

The intermountain region of Utah and Nevada is home to some of the most spectacular terrain in the Continental United States. Deep powder snow, lofty peaks, towering sandstone spires, remote slot canyons, and beautiful broad vistas are some of the characteristics that make Utah an excellent place for your outdoor education experience.

The skiing and snowboarding in Utah is renowned throughout the world for its deep Snowpack and dry powder. This, in combination with steep mountain terrain, makes Utah a world class ski/snowboard experience. It is an ideal classroom for learning avalanche skills, mountaineering techniques, and all about face shots.

The canyon country of Southern Utah and Nevada is one of the most unique landscapes in the world. Backpacking among pristine canyon walls and needles of red rock inspire the adventurer within everyone. Learn all about this fragile desert ecosystem and leading groups into this arid environment.

The balance of cold temperatures and sunshine make ice climbing in Utah some of the best in the country. The ice climbing in Provo canyon and surrounding areas has everything from moderate top-rope climbs to technical multi-pitch routes. There is something for everyone, and plenty of it.

12 and 24 days

Numerous peaks above 12,000 feet and vertical reliefs of 7,000 feet offer an array of climbing objectives within Great Basin National Park. Steep snow slopes, rock ridges, and big mountain terrain amidst a remote wilderness environment make it a perfect location for developing expedition mountaineering skills.


Ski/Snowboard Mountaineering
12 and 24 days

The skiing and snowboarding in Utah is renowned throughout the world. Deep snowpack, dry powder and incredible mountain terrain make the Utah and Nevada courses the premiere location for learning backcountry skills.


Rock Climbing
12 days

The course is conducted in the Notch Peak Wilderness Study Area. With vertical limestone faces that rise 4,450 feet (1,356m), Notch Peak is one of the largest cliffs in the continental U.S. There are endless climbing options ranging from 5.5 slabs and easy multi-pitch crack climbs to tenuous 5.11 overhangs and airy 5.10 off-widths.


Rock & Ice Climbing
12 days

After five days of placing cams and climbing cracks in the desert, this IWLS combo course tackles the steep waterfall ice of Provo Canyon. Easy access, consistent cold temperatures and a variety of climbs make Provo ideal for developing the technical skills and judgment for ice climbing.


Backpacking & Canyoneering
12 and 24 days

The combined area of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and surrounding wilderness offers some of the most dramatic and unique wilderness topography in the world. Deep red rock canyons, high mesas, towering pinnacles, lush river valleys and sandstone bluffs dominate the landscape.


Rescue Courses
2, 3, and 5 days

IWLS offers a full spectrum of rescue courses for outdoor enthusiasts and professionals. Learn the skills to avoid and manage emergencies in the wilderness.



First Aid
24 – 200 hours

First Aid courses are offered during the spring and summer in Haines, Alaska.  From an introductory course in wilderness medicine to an AK state certified EMT training course, IWLS offers the full spectrum of courses.


Youth Multi-Sport
10 days

Imagine standing in awe of giant sandstone towers in the Canyonlands, descending a narrow slot canyon in southern Utah, or learning how to navigate with a map and compass.

48+ days

The canyons of the southwest continental US, famous powder snow, waterfall ice and legendary rock climbing complete this semester.