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Survive and thrive. We teach primitive and traditional skills and offer a unique physical and mental challenge in southern Utah. And we’ve been doing it for 50 years. Are you ready?

BOSS course area including desert waterfall
“A step beyond Outward Bound… we recommend BOSS.”
– Men’s Health Magazine
Making fire with a bow drill
“I look back and I think ‘how could a two week trip change things this much?’”
– B. Winkle, 14-day field course alum

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★★★★ (top rating) “…the place to go to gain primitive survival skills.”
– The Ultimate Adventure Sourcebook

“From now on, nothing… was unconquerable.”
– Vogue Magazine

After roughing it with the BOSS, you’ll be ready for just about anything.”
– Men’s Fitness Magazine

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The Boulder Outdoor Survival School (BOSS) has been teaching outdoor survival, wilderness, and primitive skills in the sandy canyon bottoms of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the high mountain tops surrounding Boulder, UT since 1968.

BOSS is a school dedicated to the instruction and preservation of traditional living skills and the development of people through experiences within the natural world.

We serve students from around the world. Every year students come to study with us from: across the US, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Germany, South Korea, Japan, Brazil, the Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, and beyond.

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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