High Desert Center

Gap year programs in Colorado for young adults seeking adventure, leadership skills, community, and a sense of purpose.

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The High Desert Center attracts adventurous spirits who seek the skills and inspiration to make things happen in the world.

We offer hands-on, self-directed learning alongside inspiring mentors. We challenge participants to imagine and create a playful, powerful life.  You’ll leave with greater confidence, a connection to landscape and community, a slew of practical skills, and a collection of stories worth telling.



The 2017-18 Gap Year.  Paonia and Guatemala.  One Space remaining.


The Simply Living Semester. July 17-Oct 30, 2018.  Paonia, Colorado


The Watershed Semester.  Jan 31 to May 16, 2019.  The Desert Southwest and Mexico.

Apply now for the 2017-18 Gap Year. One spot is still open.

Meet Dev Carey, director of the High Desert Center.


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