Located in Jamestown, Colorado, our 1,200-acre outdoor classroom features pristine Ponderosa Pine forest, diverse wildlife and plants, nine miles of trails, meadows, peaks, ponds, streams, a waterfall, a 1901 homestead, a once-active mica mine, camping areas, cabins, and a lodge. Abundant wildlife includes deer, elk, mountain lion, black bear, bobcat, coyote and countless species of birds and small mammals.
Cal-Wood is within an easy drive of the greater Denver-Boulder metropolitan area. We are located 45 minutes from North Boulder.
Get Directions! Check out the Cal-Wood Property Map: Road and Trails Read about Cal-Wood and our 2013 Flood Recovery Read about the history of Cal-Wood’s mountain site
The Calvert Lodge offers a comfortable meeting space for up to 50 people. It consists of over 10,000 square feet, complete with a classroom, a meeting room, fireplace, wood burning stoves and spacious deck with stunning views. It also contains modern bathrooms with showers, a kitchen and dining room.
Each of Cal-Wood’s eight log cabins contains 4 bunk beds (eight mattresses), a propane heater, chests of drawers and a front porch for relaxing after a long day on the trails. Cal-Wood can provide linens for a nominal fee.
Richard C. Meckley Lodging & Learning Center
Cal-Wood’s newest building – our new bunkhouse and classroom named in honor of Dick Meckley, a Boulder community member who helped found Cal-Wood in 1982. Thanks to our community for helping us build this new facility which will increase the number of kids who can join Cal-Wood each year by 500!
Tent Camp Sites
The Mica Mine Camp is Cal-Wood’s most secluded campsite, located approximately 2.5 miles from the Calvert Lodge. With a capacity of 20 people, it has an outhouse and a fire ring.
The Outpost is a campsite bordering US Forest Service Property. With a capacity of 20 people, it has a warming hut, an outhouse and a fire ring.
Longview is a vista that provides a panoramic view of Colorado’s Continental Divide, including 13,911 foot Mount Meeker. The short half mile hike will lead you to one of the most spectacular views in the entire state!
The Cruther’s Homestead Cabin was originally constructed in 1901. Cal-Wood’s staff brings pioneer history lessons alive here! In 2008, the Homestead Cabin was designated a Historical Landmark by Boulder County and underwent extensive structural and cosmetic renovations.
Solitude Point is relatively short, but strenuous hike from the Lodge, and boasts two spectacular views: one of the plains to the east – and the other of the Continental Divide to the west.
The Mica Mine was originally mined by Ellery Cruthers in the 1940’s. Today, it is one of our favorite destinations to teach about geology and Colorado mining history.
The Upper Pond is located beside Cal-Wood’s Main Parking Lot. It is home to diverse populations of macroinvertebrates – as well as rainbow trout and mistakenly introduced gold fish!
The Lower Pond is just a short hike from the Calvert Lodge. It is home to a diverse population of macroinvertebrates and amphibians, including Colorado’s native Tiger Salamander.
8125 is the highest point on Cal-Wood’s property, named for its elevation. The strenuous hike is well worth the view from the peak
The Native American Tipi is another way that Cal-Wood brings history alive! Here students learn about the Arapahoe and Ute tribes that lived along the Front Range of Colorado. Students also have the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities such as fire building and other outdoor skills.
The Campfire Circle is a wonderful way to close an evening at Cal-Wood. Many groups use this area to tell stories, sing songs, and roast marshmallows.