The Mazamas regularly lead travel adventures, both foreign and domestic, that allow our members to experience other cultures, ecosystems, mountain ranges, and the natural world in a safe and affordable manner. Our travel program is commonly referred to as "Outings" and all travel opportunities are available to members and nonmembers. Outings are defined as trips that last for five days or more, and may include hikes, walking tours, camping, kayaking, cycling, climbs, etc.
Hiking in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado
September 11 - 18, 2023
Join us for a 7 day outing in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado where we will enjoy daily B or C level hikes. Our first day will take us to Mesa Verde National Park where we will hike among the famous Anasazi ruins. We then drive along the Million Dollar Highway, recognized as one of the most scenic drives in the country, through the Victorian era preserved mining towns of Silverton and Ouray, the latter dubbed the “Switzerland of America.” We will also visit the upscale town of nearby Telluride where we will enjoy more fabulous hiking. Our hikes will be in beautiful alpine settings surrounded by mountains reaching above 14,000 feet yet close enough to each of the towns to allow post hike explorations. We will be staying outside the town of Ridgway in a gorgeous modern and spacious chalet on 35 private and wooded acres at nearly 8,000 feet atop a mesa with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.
The cost for lodging and fees will be $1,089 for members and $1,239 for non-members. Participants are responsible for their first night’s lodging in Durango plus travel and meals. Full payment is required by the signup deadline of June 1, 2023. Cancellation after July 1, 2023 will result in forfeiture in full unless and until a satisfactory replacement is found. Only those fully vaccinated against Covid-19 need apply.
Hiking Volcanoes National Park
Date: January 7-15, 2024.
Registration opens: July 15.
Cost: $900 for members, $1,050 for nonmembers.
Participants: 12 minimum, 16 maximum.
We'll spend a week, January 7-15, 2024, exploring Volcanoes National Park, one of the world's most fascinating biological landscapes in the most geographically isolated group of islands on the planet. We have reservations for eight nights right in the National Park at the Kilauea Military Camp, at 4,000 feet elevation, in two cabins featuring all the comforts of home. Our Outing itinerary will include six B level hikes plus a day to explore Hilo and the Hamakua Coast, including Akaka Falls State Park.
While hiking, participants will have the opportunity to observe first-hand the flora and geological diversity of an island microcosm isolated from all continents for millions of years. We will explore an active volcanic area of cinder cones and lava tubes, as well as notice botanical effects on tropical and subtropical flora that must adjust to the irregular but often severe incursions of an active volcano.
Want to go on an outing?
Great! There are a few steps to complete your application for an upcoming outing.
Complete your Application
- Look through the list of available outings that can be found in the Upcoming Outings section on this page (above).
- Apply for the Outing by clicking on the appropriate button and following the application process.
- Please be sure to fill out your Mazama profile with relevant medical information and your emergency contact. This information is not used to determine acceptance but to ensure the leader is adequately prepared for the outing. Withholding important, relevant medical information may result in a participant being asked to leave the outing.
Outing Participant Payment
The total cost of an outing is listed in the description of that outing, please be aware of these costs before applying. The initial deposit payment must be made to confirm your spot on the outing.
- Deposit: When you apply for an outing you will input your credit card. If you are accepted onto the outing, your credit card will be charged the DEPOSIT. The deposit includes your Outing Fee ($10/activity day for members; $20/activity day for nonmembers).
- Remaining Balance: Once accepted onto the outing, you will be sent an invoice for the balance of the outing. You may pay the remainder by check or credit card.
Note: As an incentive for Leaders to put in the time and effort to arrange and lead outings, the Leader and Assistant Leader costs may be paid by the participants.
Lead an Outing
Not finding any outings list for locations that you are interested in exploring? Perhaps you would like to lead an outing to a specific locale? Certain restrictions apply, but the majority of Mazama members already qualify to be Outing Leaders. The best Outing Leaders have already been to the location that they wish to lead an outing to, and are familiar with the languages, customs, and travel companies that operate there.
Outings are divided into two categories; domestic and international. They must consist of at least five days and include some form of educational benefit for the participants. Typically, outings include activities such as hiking, backpacking, tours, rafting, kayaking, climbing, and exploration of natural environments. Outings can be oriented toward children and families, or focused on more difficult or technical objectives.