Another magazine (in this case, Men’s Journal) declares Durango CO the best place for an outdoor life! It is also one of the great reasons that makes the Bachelor of Arts program of Adventure Education at Fort Lewis College (location location location) a hands-down choice for your degree. Not to mention great instructors, curriculum and low cost. More reasons to come here? How about:
1. ACADEMIC RIGOR
We are one of the few undergraduate programs in the country to require our majors to do a senior research project. This makes our graduates very competitive which graduate schools and employers love. In addition, we require our graduates to complete an internship. Together, we believe these experiences will set you apart from similar degree programs.
2. OUR FACULTY
Have years of real-world experience. They’ve directed Outward Bound schools, started prominent outdoor programs, taught in K-12 schools, and worked and ventured all over the world. One has served as a board member of the Association for Experiential Education, our largest professional organization www.aee.org
3. PUBLIC LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE
Fort Lewis is a gem of a school! As a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges http://www.coplac.org, we’re part of a prestigious group of affordable, yet rigorous, liberal arts colleges that focus on undergraduates.
4. INNOVATIVE COURSES
We offer a variety of innovative courses for our majors and minors in everything from teaching methods for adventure educators to backcountry skiing. And, since we’re affiliated with a liberal arts college, our majors can easily earn a minor in one of many fields of study from environmental studies to anthropology to business.
5. DURANGO IS A GREAT COLLEGE TOWN
Durango is one of those special places in Colorado that is unforgettable. Surprisingly sophisticated, this town with a year round population of 16,000+ boasts nearly as many dining establishments per capita, as San Francisco! The downtown area on the National Historic Register, retains its Victorian charm, and teems with galleries, great shopping and other entertaining pursuits.
Wander just a few miles outside of town, and a world of outdoor activities awaits; world class downhill skiing, mountain biking, gold medal trout fishing, and river rafting/kayaking to name just a few.
And Men’s Journal is just the most recent to declare Durango a favorite outdoor place. Here’s a few (ok, a LOT) of other’s opinions:
Destinations Magazine calls Durango a Creative Haven.
Mountain Bike Magazine ranks Durango under Best Fans, Best Promoter, Ed Zink, and Coolest Dirt Destination.
Hooked on the Outdoors places The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic and Animas River Days as “Can’t Miss Events”.
Paddler ranks Durango in the Top 10 Best Whitewater Towns.
Western Style states, “Vallecito Lake is considered to be one of Colorado’s most beautiful lake resorts.” And calls Durango a “must see.”
Sports Illustrated for Women ranks Durango as the Best Mountain Biking.
Hooked on the Outdoors “Most classic boots, bike and boat travel in the southwest.” Bike: Molas Pass with soaring scenery and trail cracking 11,000 feet make this one a classic, even for Durango standards.
Hooked on the Outdoors “Hot Winter Sports”, Durango Mountain Resort boasts an average of 260 inches of white stuff and more than 300 bluebird skies per year.
Outside Magazine ranks Fort Lewis College among America’s top 40 colleges and universities.
Princeton Review ranks Fort Lewis College among best western colleges.
Where to Retire ranks Durango in the top 8 for Great Towns for Art and Music.
Society of American Travel Writers ranks Durango and Silverton Train ride as Top 10 most exciting train journeys in the world.
Ski Magazine ranks Durango #1 for weather.
Outside Magazine ranks Durango as Top 15 sports towns.
Ski Magazine ranks Durango in the Top 10 most livable ski towns in America.
Ski America stamps Durango as a hidden gem.
Mountain Bike Magazine lists Durango to Silverton ride as a sample of great rides.
4-Wheel Drive and Sport Utility states, “The San Juan Jeep trails are the most beautiful and the most popular alpine four wheel drive trails in America.”
Mountain Bike Magazine ranks Durango in the Top 10 Best Mountain Bike Towns.
Fitness Plus states, “ Durango is an outdoor paradise, it is Colorado’s secret hideaway, an old mining town , Durango is the perfect summer getaway.”
For more detailed information about the Adventure Education B.A. program please vist our website at http://explore.fortlewis.edu/adventureed/index.asp It’s all good!