Derek, Denny, and John on a peak in the snowy San Juan Mountains

Rocky Mountain Veteran Expedition Sponsored By Prudential –
7-Day Difficult


Location: Colorado and New Mexico

Eligibility: Veterans with verified service and a VA disability rating, some dates have specific gender requirements, see below.

Essential Eligibility Criteria: Please review criteria here.

Duration: 7 days

Focus area(s): No Barriers Warriors curriculum, Mountaineering

Cost: Entirely free

No Barriers Expedition FAQs: View other Frequently Asked Questions here.


When was the last time you spent 5 days in the backcountry trekking and mountaineering at elevations ranging from 7,500 to 14,000 feet with a group of 12 veterans? Probably during your time in the service. Teams will cover between 20 and 40 miles depending on the location and elevation. All experiences are designed to push participants to their physical limits and encourage team camaraderie. Well, here’s your chance to get back at it. Our 7-Day Veteran Expedition sponsored by Prudential is set in the middle of the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains. This seven-day expedition is led by four No Barriers Warriors expedition leaders.

The expedition begins when you arrive at Denver International Airport and meet your expeditions leaders and fellow veterans before heading west towards the snow capped mountains. That evening will focus on getting to know each other as your leaders walk the team through preparing personal gear, group gear, and your packs for the following morning. All meals, food and group camping gear is provided; personal gear is available to borrow (see our FAQs for more details). The second day starts early as you step off onto the trail. You’ll be welcomed into the backcountry of Colorado, surrounded by some of the highest points in the Rockies. The terrain and altitude present a challenge, one we know you are ready to rise to, as your team navigates from low camp to high camp together. You may be tired when you roll into camp each night, but you and your cook team will create a backcountry masterpiece, rest up, and sip hot drinks as the stars come out. Depending on time and weather, there may be an opportunity to summit one of the many peaks in this area.  After leaving the field, the journey is not over.  For many of our veterans, the desire to serve continues after they take off the uniform and on the last full day we connect your team with a service opportunity in the local community.  That night, your team will enjoy a large celebration dinner before departing for home the following day.

Throughout the experience, your leaders will be there to facilitate our No Barriers curriculum and remind you that what’s within you is stronger than what’s in your way. After the expedition, alumni are welcomed into the No Barriers family for ongoing support from our community and the possibility to be eligible for future opportunities with No Barriers USA.

Why Prudential Supports No Barriers

Prudential Retirement, a business of Prudential Financial, Inc. is a U.S.-based company that, through its subsidiaries, provides the financial solutions that empower individuals and institutions to reach their financial wellness goals. Our expertise and strength help distinguish Prudential as an admired financial services leader, trusted partner and provider of innovative strategies. Prudential plays a critical role in ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to achieve economic success, and is committed to helping the underserved in our communities by eliminating barriers to financial security. For generations, it has been our highest honor to help make life more secure for the men and women and their families who have served our country. We are honored to give back to those protecting our freedom and proud to sponsor the No Barriers Rocky Mountain Expedition.