About Us & FAQ

Contact Us:  801.581.8516

Outdoor Adventures at The University of Utah has been operating for over 40 years to bring the best outdoor experiences to the U community.

Our outdoor equipment rental shop is the largest of its kind in the nation and is open to students, faculty, staff, and general public. Whether you’re looking for gear to hit the slopes or to adventure in the red rock, we have it. Our selection of equipment comes from some of the best manufactures in the Outdoor Industry.

Our trips and adventures program takes University of Utah students and their guests to world renowned landscapes. The University of Utah is within a five hour drive of over 50 national and state parks, national forests, and recreation areas. The U Campus is also within an hour drive of 11 ski resorts, three of which were ranked in the top 10 ski resorts in North America. Past trips include: backcountry skiing, canyoneering, rafting, rock climbing, cross-country skiing, and so much more.


We are located just west of the Legacy Pedestrian Bridge across Mario Capecci Drive.

Address: 1836 Student Life Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Fall Semester 2017 HOURS 

Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 7:00pm

Saturday: 8:00am – 12:00pm

Sunday:  2:00pm – 6:00pm

Holiday Hours & Closures

Labor Day Weekend Hours
Saturday, September 2nd 9am-12 noon
Sunday, September 3rd 2pm-5pm
Monday, September 4th 9am-5pm

Thanksgiving Weekend Hours
Thursday, November 23rd : Closed
Friday, November 24th: Closed
Saturday, November 25th 9am-12 noon
Sunday, November 26th 2pm-5pm


Rental Policy

Current University of Utah students and faculty and staff with current Campus Recreation Services membership with a U card are eligible to rent equipment and receive a 25% discount from the published rates.  You must present your valid U Card in order to receive the discounted rate.  Please remember to bring your University ID when you reserve or check out equipment.

Non-Members may rent equipment with a Drivers License and must pay with a credit card.

For information on becoming a CRS member visit the CRS homepage.

Reservation Policy

Equipment may be reserved beginning Monday of the week of check-out by paying the full rental fee.

Boat reservations for any time during the river running season may be made beginning on the last Monday of March. To reserve boats or bikes two days rental fee must be paid. The balance is due one week prior to equipment pick-up.

Reservations are possible only for rental periods of two days or longer.
Reservations for one day are not possible.

Cancellation Policy

Equipment cancelled the day of pick up will result in a 75% shop rental credit only.  Other cancelled reservations are subject to a 10% cancellation fee, or a renter may opt for a 100% shop credit for future rental instead of the 90% refund. Boats and bikes have a more specific cancellation policy. See the supplemental contract for details.

Return Policy

All equipment is due by one hour before closing time on the return date. Equipment returned late will be charged a $3.00 service fee plus the additional day or days rental fee for each day late for each item.

Equipment returned soiled or damaged will be assessed a cleaning and/or damage fee. It is the responsibility of the renter to check the condition of the equipment at the time of check out.

* Note: In compliance with University of Utah policies, no firearms, alcohol or controlled substances are permitted on Cooperative Adventure Trips.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are your hours?

Our hours do change with breaks and different seasons, but for the most part our hours at Outdoor Adventures are pretty consistent.

Spring Break to Fall Break

Monday to Friday: 8 am – 7 pm

Saturday: 9 am – noon

Sunday: 2 pm – 5 pm

Fall Break to Spring Break

Monday to Friday: 8 am – 7 pm

Saturday: 8am – noon

Sunday: 2 pm – 6 pm

Where are you guys located?

We are in the ground floor of the George S. Eccles Student Life Center as of January 2015.

1836 Student Life Way

Salt Lake City UT 84112

Can I rent your equipment even though I’m not a student at the U?

Of course you can rent gear from us, we want to help everyone get outside. The prices listed on our equipment rental page is what you’ll pay.

As a student or faculty do I get a discount?

Any current student or faculty/staff paying the Campus Recreation fee will receive a 25% discount to the listed prices.

When can I reserve Gear?

For most things we only take reservations “week-of” the rental period. To be clear, we said “week-of” and NOT “week-before.” Call us the Monday prior to your adventure and we’ll get you hooked up with the gear you need.

The only exception to that rule is raft and bike rentals. Rafts and bikes can be reserved starting the last Monday of March for anytime during the season until November.

What if I damage the equipment?

Thanks for owning up to your accident. That’s never any fun to have to own up to something you broke, especially when you don’t own it. And we hate having to be the bad guy, but you ARE responsible for any damaged or lost gear.

What if I’m late on returning gear?

If you’re not able to get your equipment back to us on time call ahead and pay for the additional day. If you fail to get it to us on time you will be charged the additional day plus a late fee.

Can I go on one of your trips?

Our trips are only open to current students, faculty, and staff at the University of Utah and their guest. Sorry, but rules are rules.

Do you rent out just oar frames or dry boxes?

We have a set number of oar frames and dry boxes for our rafts. So we don’t rent out oar frame equipment separately. Sorry, but we need that gear for our raft packages.