The Backpacker Paluza


(31 customer reviews)

Class III Backpacking Trips

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5 adventures, 14 meals, 5 nights

A Five Day Adventure Camp – Amazing relationship building time while your group is secluded in the wilderness of God’s creation makes this trip our favorite Christian summer camp. We will spend a day backpacking in to our base camp in the Sierra Mountains Wilderness. We’ll spend a few days out there, canyoneering, and rock climbing. Then we will spend a day backpacking back out of the backcountry. To top if off, we’ll celebrate on the fifth day with Class III river rafting on the South Fork of the American River. 

While out in the backcountry, we’ll explore God’s playground, and challenge ourselves to grow in our Christian faith through quiet times, campfires, climbing, waterslides, hiking, and rappelling off a 90ft. cliff. We believe this trip is simply… Unbeatable!

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4 Days of Backpacking
Rock Climbing
90 Foot Rappel
Class III River Rafting
Nights of Camping: 5
Meals: 14
Digital download of your Rafting Photos
Rock-N-Water T-Shirt

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Additional information


Rafting Class III, Canyoneering, Rock Climbing, Backpacking


5 Days


  • Available Mid-June through Mid-August
  • Limited to groups of 12-24 people
  • Limited to Middle School or older


  • You can add dinner, campfire, and camping to your trip. Departing the following morning at 8 AM with breakfast on the road for just $35/person.
  • T-shirts can be ordered for the whole group at $20/person.
  • You can lead campfire and other teaching opportunities yourself, combine your teaching efforts with those of our staff, or just ask us to handle it all for you – at no additional charge.
  • There are no additional taxes, fees, or other hidden costs.

About Rock-N-Water

Rock-N-Water is a group of Christians who want to impact campers of all ages with the joy of God’s Living Word. Our desire is that you might come to know the joy of our loving Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to pass on God’s love to others with excitement. We focus our programs on biblical principles, and use the help of nature, friendship, and adventurous outdoor challenges to develop eternal transformational change.

Located an hour East of Sacramento in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of California, our staff travel from across the United States to minister to your students. Cross trained as camp counselors, youth ministers, and high adventure guides, they positively transform the lives of youth and adults alike. Our staff savor the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus in your students’ lives.

Every Rock-N-Water trip is built around the idea that spending time in the outdoors, through fun and challenging adventures, is a great way to help youth and adults to experience real personal growth in their Christian faith. Each camp includes full action packed days of adventurous outdoor exploration with our summer counselors. And each adventure includes time intentionally set aside in the middle of each day to give you ample opportunity to just stop, and think, and pray. At night we gather together around the campfire for a time of worship and a more indepth biblical devotional.


31 reviews for The Backpacker Paluza

  1. Cassandra Bigbee

    This was my first backpacking hike trip experience. Everyone was very kind and looked after everyone in our group. They are really great at what they do and the trail itself was amazing!

  2. Deborah Markwick

    I love Rock-N-Water! It is the best camp that I have ever been to. You guys do a really great job of creating an environment to experience the Lord out in nature. I appreciate how your staff know God and are hands on when it comes to facilitating quite/study times and simple conversations. Be encouraged and keep up the good work! I am persuaded that the Lord is using this camp to bring our youth into deeper relationship with Jesus.

  3. Mason

    Awesome experience. It was a time my son will remember for the rest of his life.

  4. Yanelle Martinez

    It was a great experience, everyone was so nice. The counselors at the camp sight were fun

  5. Josiah Stringer

    My experience was great, but i wish there were more nut-allergy snack options in the back country. I brought my own snacks so I was fine, but the trail mix wouldn’t be good for other campers with nut-allergies.

  6. Micah Lowther

    It was an amazing trip. This was my first year and I am excited for next year!

  7. Sarah Teal Davis

    Incredible! You have an amazing staff that always are giving and make the trip a blast.

  8. Emily Scheible

    My experience was amazing. A lot of people in my group did not like it because they wanted to stay at camp instead of backpacking, but I loved it. I really like backpacking, so it was a lot of fun. I liked how each thing challenged me. I can not choose which day was my favorite. I loved it all.

  9. Chalin Yohley

    My experience was great! I had a really great time hiking up the rubicon trail and back, really enjoy the back country, white water rafting and I look forward to coming again next year

  10. Seth Brim

    it was great! all the guides where amazing

  11. Nicole Stepanenko

    My experience at rock n water was amazing. Everything was great. I really loved that i was never bored and all the activities we did were challenging both mentally and physically but never too hard. I definitely enjoyed the backpacking and all the adventures we went through including the repel, rock climbing, going down natural water slides and jumping off cliffs.

  12. Sonni Garcia

    I had a really good experience out in the back country. I definitely love getting out of the city and not having to be in a crazy town for a week. I live being out doors and reconnecting with people,family and God! I plan on applying to RnW and becoming a volunteer. I think it’s such a great experience for younger people to have to grow in their faith.

  13. Janelle Malueg

    I have gone on 5 Rock and Water Trips over the years. Everyone always has so much fun, the staff are friendly and knowledgable, being out in nature is amazing. Overall it was a great experience every student should have

  14. Daniel Hackett

    I have been coming to this camp for the last 3 years and I have really enjoyed it. This camp provides an environment that encourages and facilitates growth in Christ and fellowship with other believers. With this type of atmosphere, the only way I can feel is blessed. Thank you for all that you do.

  15. Amanda Cancino

    It was an awesome opportunity to fellowship with my brothers and sisters in Christ and to be completely active while doing it.

  16. Isaac Ortega

    Completely safe and tons of fun

  17. Alexis Cano

    I loved every minute. It was challenging physically and mentally. My faith was tested but it was definitely worth it.

  18. Jotham Patton

    It was super fun, and the guides were well equipped.

  19. Daniel Hackett

    As always it was an amazing experience. The kids always have the best time and always grow. The guides are respectable and loving. The exhibit a true servants heart. Thank you for all you do and we look forward to next year.

  20. Jacob Atkinson

    it was really fun and relaxing I did the back packing trip and it was the best experience I’ve had .

  21. Karely Amaya

    Rock-N-Water was more than an amazing experience. Being in the back country made me realize so many things. Our God is great and is way bigger and stronger than anyone in this entire world. He created the mountains and everything we got to experience in the back country. Are guides Ellena,Reed and James also made our experience unforgettable. It amazed me how much they loved God and how patient and compassionate all three were. We became like a family by the end of our week in Rock-N-Water. It will be an experience I will never forget. I am so thankful for this camp. It didn’t only help me grow as a person but also spiritually which was amazing.

  22. Gwen Vaage

    I absolutely adore rock n water!! As a camper, it is always my favorite week of the summer!! The staff are so loving, friendly, and outgoing. They have helped me overcome physical fears I would have never done without them. God is working so wonderfully in this camp with not only campers but also the guides. I love rock b water!!! 200% recommend!!!

  23. Sydney Lima

    This was my third year going to rock n water and every year I am moved and touched by God. I believe that, that happened to me because of the environment that the guides and the people who run the camp set up. The workers always put the campers first and are always kind. When I’m at this amazing camp I’m never upset because it’s hard to be upset when your around upbeat positive people. I love everything about rock-n-water.

  24. Margaret Gedde

    Guides were very capable! ..Helpful!! Put our group at ease: regarding their skills/knowledge. They challenged the group. Challenged me personally! It’s been several years since I’ve been, but I remember several aspects: physical challenges, spiritually challenged. I was completely exhausted at the end of the experience: both physically and mentally. But I was more dependent upon God, because I was so tired. The backpacking experience was something brand new to me. I loved sleeping under the stars. I recall the full moon the few nights we were there, absolutely amazing! Do you catch a major theme here: Challenging!! Memorable!

  25. Howie Klein

    Rock-n-Water has a specific spot in the rotation of youth activities for churches and scout troops. Over the past 10+ years groups of JH – College age students have been to Rock-n-Water and the response is always the same – GREAT!

  26. Arianne Duyao

    I have enjoyed every summer I have camped at Rock N’ Water. Every experience has brought growth and unity within my church’s youth group. And it is such an incredible setting to have fun and be in awe of God’s creation.

  27. Seth Brim

    great experience especially in the back country lol but in all seriousness Rock N Water changed my life brought me closer to God then I had every been

  28. Zion Robinson

    Rated 5 out of 5 by Zion Robinson

  29. Jazmin Ortega

    I think everyone should do this once in their lives. I went twice as a church youth leader and I feel it’s great not only for the youth but for adults also.

  30. Tricia Nunez del Prado

    Rated 5 out of 5 by Tricia Nunez del Prado

  31. Rylie Herrington

    Rated 4.5 out of 5 by Rylie Herrington

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Statement of Belief

We believe we should, "Love the Lord (our) God with all (our) heart, and with all (our) soul, and with all (our) mind," and "The entire law is summed up in one command: Love your neighbor as yourself." Matthew 22:37, Galatians 5:14. We believe Jesus Christ is the eternal and only Son of God. That He died on the cross as the perfect sacrifice, paying the penalty for all our sins, and then rose from the grave. It is through faith alone in Jesus Christ that we have received the free gift of salvation and eternal life. We are saved by grace, not works, “that no one should boast”. We believe the Bible is accurate, reliable, and the Word of God. (Luke 5:20-24; John 1:1-18; John 3:15-21; John 14:1-15; Ephesians 2; 1 John)

Who we are

We are a group of Christians who want to safely lead people into the wonder of God’s creation, challenging them through adventures designed to help them grow personally, relationally, and spiritually.   We focus our program on biblical principles, and we use the help of nature, friendship, and challenge to develop character.

Booking & Reservation Questions

We've tried to spell out who we are and why we think spending time in the outdoors is so valuable. But if you've still got questions, please don't hesitate to contact us, we'd love to help.
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