Outdoor Pursuits Trips

Outdoor Pursuits offers many trips, classes and clinics each semester to provide individuals with the opportunity to learn new skills or enhance his or her knowledge of the great outdoors. Trips are open to all UNC students, faculty, and staff. Participants need to complete and return a participant health form to the Gear Shop, by the departure of your trip. (Health forms are required for all overnight trips and day trips).

Cancellation Policies

In order to minimize our environmental impact, maintain facilitator-to-participant ratios, meet permit criteria, and transportation logistics, OP trips are often programmed for small groups. Late cancellations can seriously impact our ability to accommodate others and recover costs.

Refunds will be given for cancellations made up until 1 week prior to the trip leaving for day trips and 2 weeks prior to the trip leaving to extended night trips.
Trips are open on a first-come, first-serve basis. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. For more information email outdoor.pursuits@unco.edu. To sign-up, visit the Outdoor Pursuits Gear Shop.

  • Sunset SUP  -  Sept 1st 2017  -  $10 

    Sunset Stand Up Paddle
    September 1st, 2017
    Fee $10
    Difficulty Beginner
    Duration Half Day
    Start your weekend adventures early with
    this sunset trip to Ft. Collins Friday evening!
    Leaders, transportation and equipment are all

  • Day Hike and Yoga  -  Sept 2nd  -  $15

    Day Hike and Yoga
    September 2nd, 2017
    Fee $15
    Difficulty Beginner
    Duration Full day
    Escape to the outdoors to enjoy a day hike
    and the art of yoga as we surround ourselves
    with the beauty and sounds of nature under
    the sun.

  • Whitewater Kayaking  -  Sept 9th  -  $20

    Whitewater Kayaking
    September 9th, 2017
    Fee $20
    Difficulty Beginner
    Duration Full day
    Develop a variety of kayaking skills including
    surfing, eddy hoping, and spins on one of
    Colorado’s whitewater rivers. Beginners must
    first enroll in a kayak roll clinic, held in the
    Butler-Hancock pool, prior to registration.
    Those classes will be held on August 31st and
    September 4th and are free for students.

  • Hiking and Sport Climbing Overnight  -  Sept 9th- 10th  -  $50

    Hiking and Sport Climbing
    September 9th – 10th, 2017
    Fee $50
    Difficulty Beginner
    Duration 2 days, 1 night
    Located just outside Estes Park, Colorado join
    us at UNC’s very own mountain cabin at Old
    Man Mountain. We will spend the weekend
    outdoor sport climbing, hiking in Rocky
    Mountain National Park and hanging out
    around the fire. Price includes transportation,
    all meals, leaders, lodging, park fees and

  • RMNP Day Hike  -  Sept 16th  -  $15

    RMNP Day Hike
    September 16th, 2017
    Fee $15
    Difficulty Beginner
    Duration Full day
    UNC is less than an hour from Rocky
    Mountain National Park. Take a day with us
    to go hiking in the mountains and experience
    what this classic national park has to offer.

  • Backpacking  -  September 16th  -  Fee $45

    September 16th – 17th, 2017
    Fee $45
    Difficulty Beginner
    Duration 2 days, 1 night
    Do you love the outdoors and care what
    happens to the environment? If so, this course
    is for you. We will spend two days in the
    backcountry learning and practicing Leave
    No Trace ethics on how to minimize your
    impact. At the end of the course you will
    receive a Leave No Trace trainer certification
    that will allow you to train and teach others.

  • Women’s Backpacking  -  September 23rd – 24th  -  Fee $45

    Women’s Backpacking
    September 23rd – 24th, 2017
    Fee $45
    Difficulty Beginner
    Duration 2 Days, 1 night
    Take a girl’s weekend on a two-day
    backpacking experience in the mountains. We
    will carry everything we need for two nights
    on our backs. Beginners are welcome and
    basic backpacking equipment will be provided
    upon request.

  • Sport Climbing  - September 30th  - Fee $20

    Sport Climbing
    September 30th, 2017
    Fee $20
    Difficulty Beginner
    Duration Full day
    Get outside and experience what it’s like
    to climb on real rock. This is a great trip
    for anyone new to rock climbing. Belay
    orientations are required for this trip and are
    free at the climbing wall inside the Campus
    Recreation Center.

  • Canoeing Overnight  -  October 7th – 8th  -  Fee $50

    Canoeing Overnight
    October 7th – 8th, 2017
    Fee $50
    Difficulty Beginner
    Duration 2 days, 1 night
    Join Outdoor Pursuits as we enjoy one of the
    many beautiful waterways in Colorado on this
    overnight canoe trip. No previous canoeing
    experience required. Can you Canoe?
    Workshop offered September 21st if you want
    to make the most of your experience.

  • Garden of the Gods &Manitou Incline  -  October 14th, 2017  -  Fee $15

    Garden of the Gods &
    Manitou Incline
    October 14th, 2017
    Fee $15
    Difficulty Intermediate
    Duration Full day
    This trip is a true test of your grit and
    determination! The Manitou Incline was
    originally built as a cable car to carry
    materials to build pipelines on Pikes Peakbut
    after the cable car was removed, locals
    began to use it as a workout! This 1 mile hike
    up Pikes Peak comes with a 2,000’ elevation
    gain, ending in the most spectacular view
    of Colorado Springs and the eastern plains.
    What goes up must come down, so we will
    run (or walk) 4 miles down Barr Trail to get
    back to the base of Pikes Peak. Never fear, this
    strenuous hike will be followed by a low-key
    lunch and walk around Garden of the Godsa
    state park surrounded by the most idyllic
    rocks in Colorado Springs. Transportation is
    included in the trip cost.

  • Mountain Biking  -  October 14th  -  Fee $15

    Mountain Biking
    October 14th, 2017
    Fee $15
    Difficulty Beginner
    Duration Full day
    Have you always wanted to go mountain
    biking but either don’t have a bike or don’t
    know where to go? Join Outdoor Pursuits on
    our mountain biking adventure off campus.
    Transportation and bike rentals included in
    registration cost.

  • Day Hike  -  October 21st  -  Fee $15

    Day Hike
    October 21st, 2017
    Fee $15
    Difficulty Beginner
    Duration Full day
    Get the most out of your weekend by
    spending the day in the mountains! We will
    spend the day on the trail hiking between
    5-7 miles and having lunch on the trail.
    Transportation, entrance fees and equipment
    are included.

  • Cave of the Winds  -  November 11th  -  Fee $50

    Cave of the Winds
    November 11th, 2017
    Fee $50
    Difficulty Beginner
    Duration Full day
    Cave of the Winds is a cave in the Pikes Peak
    region of Colorado. Explore undeveloped
    sections of the Manitou Grand Caverns. You
    will climb and crawl through passageways
    lit only by flashlights. Prepare to get muddy!
    Entrance fee and transportation included.

  • Thanksgiving Cabin Retreat  -  November 22nd – 26th  -  Fee $250

    Thanksgiving Cabin Retreat
    November 22nd – 26th, 2017
    Fee $250
    Difficulty Intermediate (lessons not included)
    Duration 4 days, 3 nights
    Take a break with Outdoor Pursuits with a
    four-day getaway as we stay in a stunning two
    story cabin with a hot tub nested in Winter
    Park, Colorado. This adventure also includes
    three days of skiing or snowboarding in
    Copper Mountain and Winter Park, as well as
    a Thanksgiving meal.

  • Loveland Ski/Board  -  December 2nd  -  Fee $70

    Loveland Ski/Board
    December 2nd, 2017
    Fee $70
    Difficulty Intermediate (lessons not included)
    Duration Full day
    Take an adventure with Outdoor Pursuits
    to the slopes at the Loveland Ski Area!
    Your fee includes transportation, lift ticket
    and equipment. Previous experience is
    encouraged, as no professional instruction will
    be included.