RIESTER Foundation

Camp Colley

RIESTER has supported Camp Colley since a partial donation of the Riester family’s former ranch helped create this unique learning destination for youth.

Camp Colley is a secluded adventure camp nestled in the Ponderosa Pines on Arizona’s Mogollon Rim. The camp introduces youth who are facing life challenges to the fun and education of outdoor recreation. The camp is owned by the City of Phoenix and funded by Camp Colley Foundation. Programs at Camp Colley effectively engage youth to build self-confidence, resilience, and healthy relationships.

Image of Camp Colley grounds

Camp Colley was founded on the belief that every child should have a chance to experience nature in its purest form. For this reason, the camp is entirely off the grid and self-sustaining. Power is provided by solar power and a backup propane generator. Water is pumped from an onsite well. After it is used, the water is returned to the environment via an aquifer that organically filters wastewater.

The commitment to environmental sustainability drives Camp Colley to provide the highest quality experience to all who come to camp. Campers are educated in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), forest ecology and nature as a whole. Teachable moments are used at every opportunity.

The 30-acre camp property includes a cabin, dining hall/recreation room, bath house and several large platform tents. These facilities are ADA compliant.