August 11 - 15, 2018

God's Creation & Man's Creations

Start your year right with good friends, fun activities, and holy leisure in the beautiful mountains of Colorado. In the mornings, we will explore the wilds of Colorado, go white-water rafting, and hike mountains. Afternoons include free time to read, relax, or visit various towns in the Tenmile Range. In the evenings, there will be games, bonfires, and star-gazing (coinciding with the annual Perseid Meteor Shower).

Students are invited to participate in the liturgical rhythm of the Church with daily opportunities for Mass, praying the Divine Office, and rosary. In addition, our chaplain will be offering meditations  on the theme of God's Creation at beautiful locations along our daily hikes!

Finally, St. Lawrence faculty will lead students in daily discussions of select readings from the Catholic intellectual tradition. This year our theme is: God's Creation and Man's Creations. We'll explore what we can learn of God from Creation as well as man's imitation of God in our own creations. God and nature, man and technology, there are no greater or more urgent themes to explore in our time.

St. Lawrence supplements the cost of the trip to keep student cost to $195. This includes travel, housing, meals, activity fees (white-water rafting, etc.), and more. Students are encouraged to bring some cash with them for snacks on the road or any souvenirs they might want to bring back from Colorado.

For returning KU students, deposit of $95 is due by May 15. For incoming freshmen, deposit is due July 1. Final payment for all students is due July 15. SLC scholarship students may pay for the trip out of their scholarship--just check the appropriate box on the registration form below. Deposit and final payments can be made here.


At this point, all spots have been filled on the trip. If you are interested in joining us in future years, please send us a message at



For packing list and other details, please refer to this sheet.

August 11

  • Mass @ St. John the Evangelist in Lawrence, KS (7:00am)
  • Load cars and travel to Beaver Creek, CO
  • Dinner & Unpack
  • Stargazing (Perseid Meteor Shower Observation)

August 12

  • Morning Prayer & Breakfast
  • Morning Hike
  • Lunch & Discussion
  • Free Time in Town or on the Lake
  • Mass & Dinner

August 13

  • Morning Prayer & Breakfast
  • White-water Rafting
  • Lunch
  • Free Time
  • Discussion, Mass & Dinner

August 14

  • Breakfast, then Morning Prayer en route to 14er
  • Ascend to Mt. Holy Cross (n.b. there will be an alternative hike for those unable to make such an ascent)
  • Lunch & Free Time
  • Mass & Dinner

August 15

  • Morning Prayer, Mass, Breakfast, and final Discussion
  • Return to Lawrence, KS