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914 G Street
Salida, CO 81201
USA

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Our Story

We enable and inspire people to live more closely to the earth.

We make our home in the Upper Arkansas and Northern San Luis valleys. These two valleys have their own personalities but are unmistakably related, like siblings. Geologists confirm their connection: they are part of the same rift valley, a rare splitting apart of the Earth's crust that stretches from Leadville to Chihuahua, Mexico.

There are only two other such valleys in the world, one in Russia (Lake Baikal) and another in East Africa (the Great Rift Valley). We feel called to live along this rift in Colorado as people have for thousands of years. We are dedicated to piecing together the ancient knowledge of how to live on this land and to re-imagining a lifeway that is thoroughly sustainable and deeply fulfilling.

At Rift Valley Earth Skills, we teach wilderness, primitive, and survival skills to folks of all ages. We enable and inspire people to live more closely with the earth.

 

The Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains, as seen from Tenderfoot Hill in Salida, CO.

The Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains, as seen from Tenderfoot Hill in Salida, CO.