Outdoor Program

The Outdoor Program (OP) at Colorado State encompasses the climbing wall at the Student Recreation center, and offers over 50 different trips, clinics, and events throughout the year aimed at providing students with the skills to experience outdoor recreation opportunities throughout Colorado.


Trips cover a wide range of outdoor activities, including rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, backpacking, fishing, snowshoeing, skiing, and camping. Join our trip instructors and learn to rock climb at the world-famous Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins, or a winter snowshoe trek to high alpine lakes beneath 13,000 ft. mountains.

Clinics & Events

The Outdoor Program hosts a variety of free clinics on topics ranging from backcountry cooking to careers in the outdoors. Want to be inspired by some amazing outdoor footage? Check out one of the free film nights or buy a ticket to the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival. In addition, special certification opportunities are available, such as the Wilderness First Responder course. 

Outdoor Resource Room & Gear Rental

Looking to plan your own adventure? Visit the Outdoor Resource Room (located in the lobby of the Student Rec Center). A variety of guidebooks, maps, magazines, and other instructional materials are available for checkout.

Click here to learn more about our Outdoor Gear Rental Program. Available gear includes tents, sleeping bags, climbing shoes, avalanche equipment, and more. Gear rental passes are available for $10/month or $25/ninety days. Gear is rented out with custom fit and instructions at the Outdoor Resource Room.

Get Involved

Ready to sign-up for an Outdoor Program clinic or trip? Getting involved with the OP is easy! Here's how:

  • Call the Student Rec Center Service Center at (970) 491-6359, visit the Service Center in person (located in the Rec Lobby), or use our new Purchasing website to reserve your space online.
  • For more information about all these offerings, call (970) 491-1669.