Colorado Adventure

Colorado Adventure

The perfect introduction to fly fishing and backpacking in the Rocky Mountains.

Rocky Mountain National Park is the perfect setting for one of our fishing Adventures. The mountains are packed with numerous small streams and lakes that are absolutely loaded with eager trout. We will start the trip off with a lot of one on one instruction on a river within casting distance of our frontcountry campsite. After everyone has got the hang of catching, fighting, and releasing some trout we will head into the backcountry in search of some bigger fish. The amazing adventure will culminate with a chance at a trophy trout during a float fishing trip on one of Colorado’s most famous rivers, and a delicious banquet dinner before everyone heads home the next day.

Upcoming Trips

Dates Cost Arrive/Depart Location
Jun 15 - Jun 22, 2024Jun 25 - Jul 02, 2024


Denver, CO
Entering 7th Grade
Entering 8th Grade
Entering 9th Grade
Entering 10th Grade
Community Service
5 Hours
What to Bring

We have put together a list of all that you will need for a successful and comfortable expedition. We offer a rental program for most of the big ticket items like fly rods, reels, sleeping bags, etc.. If you are already enrolled, you can rent gear by logging into your account at: and navigating to Forms & Documents —> Rental Options.

Our 13 year old son LOVED this experience. This was his first year attending - he participated in the Rocky Mountain Adventure and loved every second of his week in Rocky Mountain National Park. He is already talking about which trip he'd like to do next year. Guide to camper ratio was great and directors are fabulous too. They really care about the camper and parent experience. I highly recommend LFFE!

  • Backpack in the Rocky Mountains
  • Volunteer with the National Park Service
  • Fish and raft the world famous Colorado or Arkansas Rivers
  • Catch a fish on a fly you tied
  • Catch trophy-sized wild trout in in high alpine lakes
  • Explore Rocky Mountain National Park

Arrival Day

Day 1

Arrive in Denver and drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Learning the Ropes

Day 2

Fly Fishing Instruction and fishing in RMNP. 

Backcountry Adventure

Day 3-5

A short hike into the backcountry brings us to our campsite along a trout-filled creek. After two days of action-packed fishing, we will make the short hike out of the backcountry. 

Service and Big Fish

Day 6

Service project at our campsite on the Colorado River. In the evening, you will have a chance to fish the Colorado for some of the biggest fish of the trip. 

Float and Feast

Day 7

Float and fish the Colorado River with local guides from Cutthroat Anglers, showers at the Silverthorne Rec Center, and a final banquet dinner at a local restaurant.

Departure Day

Day 8

Wake up early for the drive to the Denver airport, where your guides will help you check-in, and wait with the group until the last participants' flight leaves. 


Top Secret small streams and lakes, Arkansas/Colorado Rivers.


The Colorado Adventure begins and ends at the Denver International Airport. Participants can fly to/from the airport on arrival/departure day or be dropped off/picked up by a parent/guardian. Please plan to arrive before 2 pm on arrival day. On the last day of the trip, flights that depart between 8 am and 3 pm are ideal. Unaccompanied minors will be met at their gate. Participants flying as an adults should follow signs to the baggage claim. Their LFFE trip leader will meet them there. On departure day, your trip leaders will help you get checked in and wait with the group until the last participant's flight leaves the ground.

Do I need to have fly fishing experience? 

Our Adventures are made up of students ranging in experience from total beginner to expert. Regardless of your skill level, your guides, along with a variety of water fished, will make you a more confident and independent angler. 

Do I need my own fishing equipment?

Students are responsible for their own fly rod, reel, line, and a few other personal fishing items. Please contact us for a full packing list. Don’t have your own gear? Not a problem. We have top-quality Orvis rods and reels available to rent.

What other equipment will I need?

We will send you a full packing list if you are interested in signing up for one of our Adventure Academies. Group gear such as tents, stoves, etc., is all provided by LFFE. Personal gear such as sleeping bags and backpacks are all available to rent.

The Lillard Fly Fishing Conservation Fund provides financial assistance for LFFE programs through the Charlie Parr Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship allows students passionate about joining a LFFE program to do so without regard to a family’s financial position.

Please learn more about our financial aid opportunities by visiting

Ready to Enroll?

Click "Enroll Now" or give us a call to get started. You can also send us an email at [email protected].

If you have any questions you can Request Information and we will contact you soon with answers.

Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions was started in 2010 as a graduate thesis for my Master's Degree in Environmental Conservation Education at NYU. The operating premise was simple - by coupling amazing wilderness fly fishing camps for teens with environmental education and service learning we can help inspire future generations of fly fishing conservationists. We have been growing our unique list of trips and experiences ever since.

When it comes to choosing a summer program for your teen the options are endless. For the teen who loves to fish, be outside, and has a strong sense of adventure we have made the choice easy. We are the leader in teen fly fishing adventures and are dedicated to providing the best backcountry fly fishing experience with opportunities for teens to engage in leadership training, community service, and backcountry camping.


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Will Lillard, Founder/Director/Guide

Contact Us

[email protected]

Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions
2540 King Road
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

(828) 577-8204