Emergencies in remote locations present unique challenges to the rescuer. How do you respond when a coworker, client, loved one, or a stranger has a medical emergency or traumatic injury? Will you remain calm and take a methodical and planned approach to a rescue?

Through hands-on practice and an engaging classroom experience, Desert Mountain Medicine courses deliver skills to assess and treat common injuries and illnesses in remote locations with few resources.  Whether you work in the outdoors as a professional, lead outings with your local education group, or live or recreate far from definitive hospital care, we have a course that fits your needs.

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Women's Wild Med Program

WWMP offers wilderness medicine courses of all levels for women, taught by women. We welcome all women and girls (transgender and cisgender) as well as non- binary people who identify with the women’s community. WWMP is about women empowering each other to go higher and further in the outdoors, while feeling safer and more confident. We aim to cultivate a supportive environment, positive experience, and provide confidence-inspiring skills to mitigate and treat medical emergencies in the backcountry. With a variety of hand-tailored courses to meet your needs, whether you are a recreational backcountry traveler or a professional guide, we have you covered.

High School Wild Med Courses

The High School Wild Med Initiative offers Colorado youth access to a nationally recognized WFA certification facilitated through their school according to their community’s unique needs. a WFA course provides technical career readiness training as well as a foundation of knowledge in outdoor preparedness and risk management. Students learn life-saving first aid skills, deepen their knowledge of pathophysiology, practice risk management techniques, critical thinking, and problem solving, and strengthen social-emotional awareness, wellness, and empathy.

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Build a Custom Course For Your Organization

Are you an outdoor organization or outfitter looking for a custom wilderness medicine course? Desert Mountain Medicine is experienced in designing and delivering courses where the curriculum is tailored around your organization’s needs, including special topics, equipment, risk management considerations and more. All you have to do is secure a course venue and pick a date that works for your team — and we’ll come to you. Organizational and group discounts are available


Is a Colorado-based wilderness medicine provider offering wilderness medicine training for outdoor professionals and backcountry enthusiasts since 1998.

We teach an array of wilderness medicine courses that meet and exceed outdoor industry standards for medical training such as Wilderness First Aid (WFA), Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA), Wilderness First Responder (WFR,) and the Wilderness Refresher Course (WRC). Our courses focus on prevention, assessment, and treatment of injuries and illnesses common to backcountry recreation and travel. Our curricula emphasizes practical skills that are contextual and easy to recall in the event of a wilderness emergency or backcountry rescue.

DMM is founded by field staff, for field staff and designed for the outdoor recreation industry. We train and support outdoor professionals who work in various environments: we train raft guides, ski guides, rock climbing and mountain guides, sailing and sea kayak guides, outdoor educators, camp counselors and leaders, trail crews, and field research staff to be competent and confident in the event of a backcountry emergency.

We recognize the vital role wilderness Emergency Medical Services (EMS) plays in organized backcountry rescue. Therefore, we offer Wilderness EMS Upgrade course for pre-hospital care professionals and licensed healthcare providers who work as or support ski patrollers, search & rescue teams, land agency field staff, wildland firefighters, adventure race and remote film crews, and the military.