The High Endeavors Challenge Course is a comprehensive challenge course facility that is used to benefit a variety of user groups. The course has been located on the San Juan College campus since 1993 and continues to improve and to serve the community. The course includes space for numerous lawn elements, 13 low elements, an Alpine Tower, a Pamper Pole/Net Leap, and a Breathtaker Swing. A large shade structure that overlooks the course provides an area for participants to gather, eat, and/or relax after a successful day on the course. Through custom designed programs the challenge course can be an effective educational tool for personal growth and development, team building, and the development of personal and professional leadership skills.


The mission of the High Endeavors Challenge Course is to provide valuable learning experiences to individuals, families, community groups, businesses, and other organizations through experiential, adventure-based learning opportunities.


The programs we design become effective vehicles for change and improvement for the clients we serve. From corporate executives to community leaders and from college students to professional trainers, we devise programs to enhance the effectiveness of groups and the personal growth of individuals.

Groups that come to the HECC include church groups, boy scouts, girl scouts, middle school classes, high school classes, college classes, businesses, military groups, non-profit organizations, family reunions, and the list goes on.  Courses can be designed for anything from a half day of fun to a multiple day team-building getaway.

Programs can be specifically tailored according to time and content to work on many skills including but not limited to the following: 

  • Communication                                                     Those who were not leaders, became leaders - and those who
  • Group dynamics                                                    were leaders, watched others lead. Fears turned to trust, and
  • Confidence                                                            those terrified of heights climbed the tower all the way to the
  • Decision-making                                                    top. If you need or want a day to discover yourself or observe
  • Team spirit                                                            your staff's potential, we highly recommend the SJC  HECC.
  • Trust
  • Cooperation                                                          - Desert Hills Dental Care
  • Motivation
  • Creativity
  • Conflict resolution
  • Diversity



Experiential education is a philosophy and methodology in which educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, and clarify values.

Traditionally used in the military for physical strength and conditioning, the original challenge course was an obstacle course containing numerous high and low structured static and dynamic elements. They included such things as 40-foot high climbing walls and low-lying balancing platforms.

Today, however, the physical aspects of a challenge course play a much smaller role; the problem-solving aspects that challenge a group to mutual decision-making, trust, cooperation, and self-confidence building, plays the larger role.

Known also as a ropes course, the traditional obstacle course has been adapted by modern challenge course programs to bring the sophisticated mental, emotional and physical aspects of Outward Bound type wilderness courses into more accessible urban settings.  



"Tell me and I will forget.  Show me and I may remember.  Involve me and I will understand."

                                                                                          - Chinese Proverb



Participants are encouraged to bring/not bring the following:

  • Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to climb and to move around.
  • BE READY FOR HIGH PLAINS DESERT WEATHER - Extra layers during colder months, rain jacket and pants - you never know what the weather will do here in New Mexico!
  • Sunscreen - we have shade structures but you will spend most of your day in the sun, hat for extra sun protection
  • Snacks or lunch to keep your energy levels up (depending on course).
  • WATER BOTTLE(s) and WATER - we supply extra water but you will need to bring something to drink out of. We would encourage you to bring reusable water bottles and not throw-away pre-bottled water.
  • Please leave jewlery, valuables, and pets at home.
  • Alcohol and tabacco are PROHIBITED on the course.
  • DO NOT wear sandals, other open-toed shoes, high heels, or any open heel shoes. You will not be permitted on the course if you do so.  Sneakers are the preferred shoe.
  • We do not allow you to bring and use your own harness or other equipment. We provide all the necessary equipment that is allowed on the course.



The High Endeavors Challenge Course is located just north of San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico. The course has been carefully integrated into the high desert landscape to minimize the human impact on the land and to enhance the natural beauty of the area.

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The High Endeavors Challenge Course is available year round, seven days a week, for half, full and multiple day workshops and courses.  Rates are based on program design. Please call for a free consultation, price estimate, and course availability.

ALL participants are required to fill out and sign a waiver for access onto the course. Anyone under 18 must have a parent or guardian signature.

Download an HECC Waiver



For a price quote or to book a group please call 505-566-3487.

Send an email to outdoor@sanjuancollege.edu.