Making Character a Man’s Stock and Trade
More than someone who tends cattle, a cowboy is a symbol of independence—someone who is true to his word and who will stand for right even when he stands alone. That’s the mission of Cowboy College: to develop in each of its students the character, skill, maturity, accountability, and leadership typical of a cowboy.
The experiential learning program of the Cowboy College is unique. Not only will students work the land, train animals, participate in the day-to-day labor of a working cattle ranch but also they will enjoy some of the finest recreation activities the West has to offer.
The family-owned Rockin’ R Ranch is home to the Cowboy College. The Black family first established their cattle ranch in the Antimony, Utah, area in the 1870s. And they couldn’t have picked a more breathtaking location; the Rocking R’ Ranch is in driving distance of Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Escalante Grand Staircase, and the Grand Canyon.
Well Known & True to its Roots
A few decades ago, the Rockin’ R Ranch opened to visitors who were eager to experience a grassroots, Western lifestyle. And the world has beaten a path to their door ever since; the ranch has been featured on the Discovery Channel, Jay Leno, and TLC.
Still, the ranch remains true to its roots. It has access to thousands of acres of land and hundreds of head of cattle–and students at the Cowboy College will be part of that. They will learn ranch operations, cattle management, how to work and train horses, leatherwork, gardening, irrigation and general farm maintenance.
The unique combination of the Cowboy College experiential labor program and animal training helps youth develop resiliency, self-awareness, and strength of character. But it isn’t all work and no play. Positive recreation activities built into the program, like day trips to nearby national parks, rock climbing, and hiking also provide opportunity for youth to develop their identity and character.
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*Cowboy College is not an accredited institution.