Outdoor Programs is excited to resume programming and services this fall. Please scroll down for information regarding Outdoor Trips, Outdoor Gear Rental, Virtual In-House Clinics.

Take a Trip

Venture out into Colorado’s backcountry with our experienced trip instructors

Fresh Film Fests

We host two film festivals each year, including the BANFF Centre Mountain Film Fest!

Climb On!

Our Climbing Wall offers bouldering, roped climbing, competitions, and more.

ColoRADo Adventures

Achieve your Rocky Mountain high with our Outdoor Program, which offers over 50 different guided trips, clinics, and events each semester. Learn to ski, rock climb, or snowshoe, or join a more advanced trip like backcountry skiing or ice climbing. Trip costs vary depending on the length and amount of planning needed, but you can be sure that all needed equipment items are included in the cost.

Want to experience #NEATure on your own? Get all the gear you need with the purchase of an outdoor gear rental pass. We offer tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, snowshoes, and more. In addition to gear rentals, the Outdoor Resource Room (located in the lobby of the Student Recreation Center) also provides guidebooks, maps, and advice from our staff of experienced outdoor enthusiasts to help you plan your next trip. We do live in ColoRADo, so take advantage!

2,155
participants in the Outdoor Program each year

Outdoor Program Offerings & Updates

Join the Outdoor Program on adventures throughout Colorado! Our programs are designed to introduce you to the type of outdoors you want to experience—-rock climbing, backpacking, hiking, mountaineering, and so much more.

  • Regional, interstate, and international trips/expeditions unavailable
  • Mandatory pre-trip meetings will occur virtually only
  • Required pre-trip documents/forms will be completed digitally whenever possible
  • Participants and staff will self-transport separately to all locations
  • Staff will transport all needed participant equipment to trip locations
  • All participant equipment will be disinfected after each use upon return to the facility

The Outdoor Gear Rental desk in the Student Recreation Center offers a variety of commonly used outdoor recreation gear such as sleeping bags, tents, backpacks, and much more.

  • The Outdoor Gear Rental program is currently aiming to open in the beginning of the Fall Semester
  • Please continue to visit the Outdoor Gear Rental page for updates

Tents, Tarps, Shelters  – Thursday, Oct 8 @ 5pm

Join the Outdoor Program Instructors as we setup and explore the types of tents that students can use backpacking, camping, and rent from the Outdoor Gear Rental. 

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Backcountry Cooking – Wednesday, Oct 14th @ 5 pm

Join the Outdoor Program Instructors outside of the Rec Center as we explore camping & backcountry stoves, equipment, and cooking techniques. 

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All About Bouldering @ the Rec – Thursday, Oct 22nd @ 4 pm

Join the Outdoor Program Instructors and Climbing Wall staff as we boulder outside the Student Recreation Center! Learn more about bouldering, how you can rent equipment to go bouldering, best places to go, and climb on a custom set with the Outdoor Program and Climbing Wall! 

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Intro to OP & OGR – Thursday, Oct 8 @ 6pm 

Join the Outdoor Program Instructors as we provide an introduction to the Outdoor Program and Outdoor Gear Rental at the Student Recreation Center. 

Topic: Intro to Outdoor Program and Outdoor Gear Rental 
Time: Oct 8, 2020 06:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) 
Join Zoom Meeting 
https://zoom.us/j/91069672447 

Meeting ID: 910 6967 2447 

 

Trip Planning, Mapping & Weather Forecasts – Monday, Oct 12th @ 5pm

Interested in planning your own adventures?  Want to learn about the latest tools and tricks to planning and preparing for your next time outside.  Join the Outdoor Program Instructors on this short 1-hour class! 

Topic: Outdoor Program: Trip Planning, Mapping & Weather Forecasts  

Time: Oct 12, 2020 05:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) 

Join Zoom Meeting 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85384416079 

Meeting ID: 853 8441 6079 

Passcode: csuop 

 

Hiking Your First 14er – Tuesday, Oct 13th @ 5pm

Interested in hiking some of Colorado’s tallest mountains – the “14ers?!” Join the Outdoor Program Instructors for this presentation detailing how you can prepare and successfully summit your first or next 14er!  

Topic: Outdoor Program: Hiking Your First 14er 

Time: Oct 13, 2020 05:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) 
Join Zoom Meeting 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85266670934  

Meeting ID: 852 6667 0934 

Passcode: csuop 

 

Top Local Trails for CSU Students  – Tuesday, Oct 20 @ 1pm

Northern Colorado is full of trails and places to explore.  Join the Outdoor Program Instructors as they detail some of their top trails for CSU students to hike all year round!  

Topic: Outdoor Program: Top Local Trails for CSU Students 

Time: Oct 20, 2020 01:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) 

Join Zoom Meeting 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89068252362 

Meeting ID: 890 6825 2362 

Passcode: csuop 

 

Leave No Trace: Techniques for Treading Lightly and Reducing Your Impact – Wednesday, Oct 21 @ 11am

Packing it out.  Leave what you find. Respect wildlife.  These are just a few of the 7 Leave No Trace Principles.  Join the Outdoor Program Instructors as we dive into LNT and how it shows up in some of our favorite outdoor recreation activities in Colorado.  

Topic: Outdoor Program: Leave No Trace: Techniques for Treading Lightly and Reducing Your Impact  

Time: Oct 21, 2020 11:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada) 

Join Zoom Meeting 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83418334522 

Meeting ID: 834 1833 4522 

Passcode: csuop 

 

Getting into Backpacking: Tips & Tricks – Wednesday, Oct 21 @ 4pm

Interested in getting into backpacking?  Curious where to start, including what gear you might need and other tips and tricks?  Join the Outdoor Program Instructors as we cover all the fundamentals of getting into backpacking, including outlining what backpacking equipment is available to rent in the Outdoor Gear Rental!  

Topic: Outdoor Program: Getting into Backpacking: Tips & Tricks  

Time: Oct 21, 2020 04:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) 

Join Zoom Meeting 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89164384109 

Meeting ID: 891 6438 4109 

Passcode: csuop 

 

#RecreateResponsibly – Practices and Guidance for Recreating Outside During the Pandemic – Tuesday, Oct 27 @ 3pm 

The pandemic has changed many things about our lives, including how we recreate outdoors.  Join the Outdoor Program Instructors as we outline the #RecreateResponsibly guidelines and talk about the steps we take outside to reduce our risk of transmission of Covid-19.   

Topic: Outdoor Program: #RecreateResponsibly – Practices and Guidance for Recreating Outside During the Pandemic  

Time: Oct 27, 2020 03:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81631952886 

Meeting ID: 816 3195 2886 

Passcode: csuop