BookTrails is Ready to Grow

Help us Double our Reach:

The Reading Ranch is the home to BookTrails literacy programs, where children can explore the outdoors while also improving their reading and writing skills. Located in beautiful North Routt County, The Reading Ranch features hundreds of acres for children to hike and explore while also providing amenities such as yurts, a library, and outdoor classrooms.

Since 2011, BookTrails has served over 1,000 children with literacy education at The Reading Ranch. We are now ready to grow to provide this experience for even more children for years to come.

Upon Completion of the Reading Ranch:

BookTrails will be able to host groups of 50 campers and staff, enabling us to serve an additional 100 children per year with literacy education in the outdoors. Improvements will double our annual enrollment to help meet the growing demand for BookTrails programs. In 2021, we had 217 children on our waiting lists!

The improvements will include:

  • A new pavilion building to provide indoor/outdoor community space
  • A permanent kitchen
  • 3 additional sleeping tents
  • Washhouse
  • 2 new outdoor classrooms
Booktrails Camp 2019-045

An Immersive Educational Center

The Reading Ranch is completely off-the-grid, giving students a chance to unplug from technology and reconnect with themselves and their peers. BookTrails is working with sustainability specialists to help create the best innovations in water treatment, solar power, and more. The new facilities will allow our students to focus on improving their literacy skills and experience the outdoors in a comfortable and safe setting.

The Reading Ranch



  • Site prep-beetle kill mitigation
  • New access road
  • 3 sleeping tents
  • Kitchen yurt
  • Library


(to be completed in 2021)
Water system & solar array


To Be Completed:
  • Pavilion with permanent kitchen – $400,000
  • Washhouse – $100,000
  • 3 sleeping tents – $36,000
  • Outdoor classrooms – $14,000
  • Operations/maintenance endowment – $100,000
  • TOTAL PROJECT COST: $900,000 51% 51%
Amount completed: $458,000
To be raised: $442,000

Questions or want to get involved? Contact us admin@steamboatbooktrails.org

Ways To Give

Sponsorship Levels:

Mountain Lion $300,001+
Black Bear $201,000-$300,000
Bobcat $100,001-$200,000
Bald Eagle $50,001-$100,000
Badger $25,001-$50,000
Pronghorn $10,001-$25,000
River Otter $5,001-$10,000
Pine Martin $1,001-$5,000
Sandhill Crane $501-$1,000
Snowshoe Hare $101-$500
Rainbow Trout $50-$100
Grasshopper $10-$49



Hearth Stones:

Hearth Stones can be inscribed with the name of your family to commemorate your support in building the Reading Ranch.

All stones will be laid around the new campfire area to support thousands of future campers as they share memories, sing songs, and make s’mores.

Hearth Stones can be purchased for $250 in 2021 and include three lines of engraving. The price will be raised to $300 in 2022, purchase now!



Want to help BookTrails grow?

Questions or want to get involved? Contact us admin@steamboatbooktrails.org

“Thank you, thank you, thank you, for hosting camp this year. The kids of Steamboat really needed it socially and mentally with everything going on. It made such a positive difference in my kids’ lives.”

-Parent of Camper

We created a committee of dedicated & talented professionals to help build the Reading Ranch:

Chancie Keenan
Chris Rundall
Tim Travis
Jake Mielke
Simon Wood

Jonah Lotz
Ian London
Paul Weese
Rob Taylor
Ron Krall

Eric Schankerman
Todd Pedersen
Andrew Rossi
Scott London
Paul Brinkman

Thank you to these businesses who are helping to build the Reading Ranch:

Sustainable Solutions Building, Inc
Mountain Architecture
Grove Mountain Construction
Raindrop Water
Baseline Engineering

Fair and Square Construction
Marshall Forestry Solutions
Wilderness Excavating

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