The main OWA Base Camp is located about 80 miles southwest of Denver in the middle of the Colorado Rockies. The facility is at the base of Bison Peak in the Tarryall Mountains, at an elevation of 9000 feet. It is surrounded by thousands of acres of the Pike National Forest. The Lost Creek Wilderness and the Tarryall River is only a short walk away and provide countless possibilities for rock climbing, backpacking, fly fishing, mountaineering, mountain biking and camping. The heart of the OWA basecamp is Bison Peak Lodge which serves as a general meeting area, dining hall, kitchen, shower house and dorm rooms with 20 beds. In addition to the lodge we have tents and yurts which serve as bunk facilities including a large yurt set up to sleep 16. Additionally we have an insulated bunkhouse with beds for another 16. Various outbuildings house cycling gear, climbing gear, repair shop and the OWA store.
Directions: From Denver- Take Hwy 285 west over Kenosha Pass and into South Park and the small town of Jefferson. Turn south (left) in Jefferson on Park County Road 77 and proceed 23 miles (go 4 miles past Tarryall Reservoir) and look for the Base Camp sign on your right. From Colorado Springs- Take Hwy 24 west to Lake George. Turn right (north) on Park County Road 77 about 1/2 mile past Lake George. Proceed 21 miles (8 miles past the old town of Tarryall) and look for the Base Camp sign on your left.
The Wyoming base camp is located at Louis Lake in the national forest at the southern end of the Wind River mountain range near Lander, WY. The OWA Wyoming Camp serves as base for the beginning and end of many of our Wyoming trips including Wind River Backcountry, Wyoming Rock Trip and Yellowstone. The altitude is nearly 9000 feet. The base camp is just 25 minutes from the world famous Wild Iris climbing area and 35 minutes from Sinks Canyon. Visit www.louislake.com for more information about lodging only options at our Wyoming Camp.
Our Texas base camp is in Dripping Springs located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. It gives us quick access to Reimers Ranch, Enchanted rock, the Barton Creek Greenbelt and more . Our winter camp overnight retreats meet at a private ranch that offers granite rock climbing, mountain biking and more. We use this facility as a launching point for hill country adventures all over Central Texas. We also base our Mexico operations from this location, guiding Copper Canyon and the Mexican volcanoes including Orizaba. The mild winters and adbundance of rock and mountain biking venues is quickly making the Texas Hill Country a destination to escape to in the Winter, find the secrets our guides have known for years…. just don’t tell too many people!