The Residential Life Program is intentionally designed to build a close-knit community. From rock climbing and fly fishing activities, hanging out in cabins, and meeting together as a community, students love their time on campus.


While on campus students have the opportunity to try out some of Colorado’s best known sports. Students will have the chance to go rock climbing or bouldering at Hagerman Pass, fly fishing in a beautiful high alpine lake, or trail running on local single-track.

Between expeditions students will head to the Arkansas River to experience the thrills of whitewater rafting.

Summer Term activities are an excellent way to relax, hang out with friends, and enjoy the best of a Colorado summer. Instruction is provided and all experience levels are welcome to participate.

Cabin Life

Summer in the HMI cabins means lounging on the decks, setting up hammocks, gathering around the woodstove on a cool night, and making a close community of friends. Each single-sex cabin houses 7-12 students, uses solar-powered lighting, and has plenty of space for everyone’s belongings. Cabins offer the many of the comforts of home, with a unique opportunity to learn about community through living in close quarters with 10 other teenagers—keeping things clean and tidy, deciding on cabin expectations, and, ultimately, sharing a room! While students spend much of their time outside enjoying the Colorado summer, evenings in the cabins will be a favorite memory.

Advising & Community Meeting

Every student is assigned a faculty advisor, and will be in an advisory group with 3-5 other students. Each advisor pays special attention to his/her advisees’ overall wellbeing. Advisors will meet with their advisees both individually and in a group, for lunch and adventures off campus for dinner in Leadville.  Advisors quickly become friends as you discuss academics, wilderness, personal philosophies, and more.

While on campus the entire community gathers in Stuen Hall on several occasions. This is a chance to gather as one entire student body, to appreciate one another, to establish or revisit community expectations, to address issues of concern in our community or in the broader world, or to explore a topic of interest.


Typical Day on Campus