Colorado Student Conferences

Spend Two Full Weeks in Colorado with Summit.

Students who choose this location will experience the iconic location that students have enjoyed since 1962. Located in Manitou Springs, students will experience life in the Grandview Hotel and enjoy the stunning views of Pikes Peak and the Manitou Incline. Off-campus activities allow students to see the beauty of God’s creation when students choose to zip line through the Rocky Mountains, raft the white waters of the Arkansas River, or simply take a gentle walk through the Garden of the Gods. 

Manitou Springs, Colorado

May 14–May 27

May 28–June 10

June 11–June 24

July 2–July 15

July 16–July 29

July 30–August 12

August 13–August 26

What To Expect Each Day

Every morning starts with morning traditions: the pledge of allegiance, the singing of Amazing Grace, a Biblical Foundations class, and prayer time. This is followed by a morning spent in the classroom hearing lectures from top-quality teachers.

Every afternoon students enjoy a few hours of free time and activities.

Activities include the Garden of the Gods trip, porch chats with speakers, group outings, sports time, rock climbing, laser tag, exploring the town, community service options, and hiking.

After dinner, each evening session begins with live worship and ends with a classroom session or small groups.

SC Daily Schedule


Arrival Times

Regarding proper flight arrival times, please make reservations to arrive at the Colorado Springs Airport (COS) on the first Sunday of your session between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM (check-in hours on campus are from noon to 5 PM.) If arriving earlier or later at the airport, students may have to wait longer for a shuttle. If your flight is delayed or if you arrive after 5:00 PM, please call the front desk at 719-685-2866.

Departure Times

Regarding departures, please make arrangements to depart on the morning of the second Saturday of the session by 10:00 am. (Shuttle service will be provided on this day with shuttles departing Summit at 4:00 AM, 6:00 AM, 8:00 AM, and 10:00 AM)

Airport Shuttle to Manitou Springs

Summit Ministries offers a complimentary shuttle from the COS airport. A shuttle can be secured for your student by updating the travel tab in your registration portal. Summit staff will be in the baggage claim area of the Colorado Springs Airport from 10 AM to 5 PM. If you have any trouble locating our Summit staff on the day of your arrival, please call Summit Ministries at 719-685-2866. Please note, if we do not receive your transportation form by the deadline, we cannot guarantee transportation for your student.

Summit Ministries can only provide transportation to and from the Colorado Springs Airport. Those arriving from Denver must arrange transportation to the Summit Hotel or the Colorado Springs Airport. We recommend this shuttle service to arrange travel from DIA to the Colorado Springs airport.

Summit will provide shuttles to and from the Colorado Springs Airport to the Summit hotel between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM on the first day of your session (Sunday).

Driving Information

Thinking of driving to Manitou Springs? We wish we could offer that as an easy option, but we don’t have any onsite parking for students attending a session.


Don’t worry, a Summit conference is not all work! There will also be a wide range of fun (optional) activities for you to choose from.  

Students will sign up and pay for activities during the conference. This is so that every student has an equal opportunity to sign up and so the students can coordinate sign-ups with any new friends they might make during the session. Additionally, our conference is not set up to accept cash payments, so students will need a card in-person to pay for activities. A debit/credit card works best, but something like a Visa gift card will also work. 

  • White Water Rafting, $125 Optional
  • Rock Climbing,$60 (Friday), $85 (Sunday) Optional
  • Ziplining $90 Optional
  • Outdoor Laser Tag, $35 Optional
  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, $27 Optional
  • Hiking Pikes Peak $15 Optional
  • Garden of the Gods All Students
  • Park Days on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday afternoons All Students
The activity waivers can be found here.  
Rock Climbing Student Conferences

First Friday afternoon

  • Rock Climbing in Red Rock Canyon The cliffs that wall Red Rock Canyon’s flanks form a marvelous climbing area. The largest rock climbing park in the Pike’s Peak region, Red Rock Canyon contains over 100 routes that are similar to those in neighboring Garden of the Gods to the north. FRCC has been crucial to the development of Red Rock Canyon, establishing 80% of the routes! Shoes and harness included. Limit: 40 students
  • Lasertag at Battlefield Colorado Colorado’s first and only OUTDOOR Laser Tag Adventure Park! Our Urban Adventure Battlefield is located right in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs, and takes up a whole city block, with 3 acres and 6 buildings for a combined indoor/outdoor urban feel just like the video games! Limit: 30 students

Middle Sunday

  • Hike Pikes Peak We will leave the Summit hotel at 6:00 AM and drive about 45 minutes to the trailhead at The Crags, where we’ll ascend and conquer Devil’s Playground! The trail climbs 6.3 miles up the “backside” of Pikes Peak, ascending 4,200 vertical feet to an altitude of 14,110 feet at the summit! It takes 3–4 hours to hike, and Summit vans will wait at the top to shuttle hikers back down. The Pikes Peak Hike is operated under a special use permit from the Pike National Forest. Limit: 37 students
  • Noah’s Ark Colorado Rafting ministry leaders in the white water rafting industry since 1983, for a 10 mile trip down the Arkansas River. Rapids are mostly class 2 and 3, so if you want to see and enjoy Colorado, this activity is for you! Limit: 80 students
  • Outdoor Rock Climbing at Garden of the Gods The Garden of the Gods, one of Colorado Springs’ city parks, is a marvel to the eye and the soul. Offering climbing for all skill levels, the Garden of the Gods is an exceptional location to climb. (4-5 hours): Shoes and harness included. Limit: 10 students
  • Zipline This is a natural terrain Zipline course utilizing cliffs and steep wooded forest for launch and landing zones (No artificial platforms). This is an extreme activity at over 6500 feet in elevation.  Our Ziplines range in length from 225′ to 650′ in length. Our highest line is 100′ above the canyon floor. Our tour is the real deal and you won’t be disappointed! Limit: 24 students

Second Monday

  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is about sharing the wonders of the natural world with kids of all ages and providing memories for a lifetime at America’s mountain Zoo. Named #4 Best Zoo in North America by USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, you’re in for way more than just watching. Limit: 40
  • Lasertag at Battlefield Colorado Colorado’s first and only OUTDOOR Laser Tag Adventure Park! Our Urban Adventure Battlefield is located right in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs. It takes up a whole city block, with 3 acres and six buildings, for a combined indoor/outdoor urban feel, just like the video games! Limit: 30 students

Second Friday afternoon

  • The Focus on the Family headquarters, where you can see the radio broadcast taping room, bookstore, and Visitor Center, including Whit’s End and a 3-story slide. Limit: 25 students

The activity waivers can be found here.  

Campus Information

What to Wear

The way we dress is a reflection of our personality, culture, and background. At Summit, we encourage individual expression and creativity. However, we also have found that the following guidelines help set an atmosphere of respect for all of our faculty, staff, and fellow students.

Shirts and tops

  • Please do not wear halter tops, spaghetti straps, or tops that show midriff or cleavage
  • Please make sure all undergarments are covered
  • Please only wear clothes without offensive words and images

Shorts & pants

  • Shorts are welcome as long as they have at least a 4-inch inseam
  • Dresses or skirts must fall no shorter than 4-inches above the knee

Helpful suggestions

  • Classroom: bring casual or dress casual clothes acceptable for an educational setting
  • Recreation time: make sure to bring shorts, t-shirts, and a swimsuit for outdoor activities
  • Swimwear: Men please wear swim shorts, and women please wear a one-piece or two-piece swimsuit that covers your midsection and cleavage
  • Graduation: wear semi-formal clothes (i.e. khakis, ties, blazers, dresses)

What to Pack

  • Bible and devotional materials
  • Layers of clothing – Colorado temperatures tend to fluctuate being cold in the mornings, but very warm by the afternoon
  • Classroom and graduation attire
  • Sports clothes
  • Closed-toed shoes for some of our activities
  • Personal ID & copy of your insurance card
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Toiletries
  • Instruments (optional)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Rain Jacket

Summit is a “cashless program.” Please bring a credit, debit, or VISA gift card to pay for activities, books, apparel, and other incidentals. $50-$100 is recommended for bookstore purchases. $100-150 is recommended for optional off-site activities.

What to Leave at Home

    • Weapons of any kind
    • Tobacco
    • Alcohol
    • Vaping and marijuana products
    • Valuables
    • Laptop — A notebook will be provided so we ask that you leave your personal computers at home
    • Towels and Bedding (Summit will provide these at our Colorado location)

Communication & Technology

Cellphones are permitted, though no texting or talking is allowed during classroom time. We also have an 11 pm curfew, so no use of phones is permitted after curfew.

To receive letters or boxes while at Summit, use the following address:

[Student Name]
C/O Summit Ministries
941 Osage Ave.
Manitou Springs, CO 80829

Food Allergies

Our Summit Ministries Kitchen Staff can accommodate most food allergies including gluten, dairy, soy, and nuts. Please contact us if you have special dietary needs.


Laundry facilities are available in the Summit Hotel. Washers and dryers are coin-operated so please bring quarters for the machines. Laundry detergent is available for $2 at the front desk.

The Program Director of Summit reserves the right to dismiss any student whose influence and/or conduct is detrimental to the other students’ best interest. No refund will be made for absences, dismissals, or withdrawals before the end of your session, except in cases on doctor’s orders, in which the remaining tuition may be refunded.

If you need to contact staff on-site, call 719-685-2866 to connect directly with our team. 

Have more questions? Use the chat feature in the bottom right corner of this page to chat with the Summit team.