Trips & Adventures

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES aka “OA” provides a variety of outdoor trips, day trips and clinics to the University of Utah community where participants can expect to see activities such as  rock climbing, river rafting, cross country skiing, backcountry skiing, split-boarding, snowshoeing, canyoneering, ice climbing, stand up paddle boarding, camping and much more. The volunteer student trip leaders are in constant training to provide a safe and positive learning environment where students can develop their outdoor skills. 

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION AND TRIPS ARE ONLY FOR UNIVERSITY OF UTAH STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF, AND THEIR GUESTS. TRIPS ARE NOT AVAILABLE TO ALUMNI OR THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

TRIPS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES SUCH AS PERMITS, WEATHER, AND OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES.

FAQ’s

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Our programs are available to all current University of Utah Students, Faculty, Staff and their guests. These trips are not open the the General Public or Alumni unless they qualify as a guest.

REGISTRATION:

Call us at 801-581-8516 and pay with a credit card over the phone, or come to see us during our office hours within the Student Life Center.

WHAT IS A “COOPERATIVE ADVENTURE?”

Cooperative Adventure trips are planned and coordinated by Outdoor Adventures volunteer trip leaders. Trip costs are shared equally by all participants. All group planning, leadership and risks are shared by all participants equally.  Because Outdoor Adventures trips are exciting, physically demanding, and take place in an environment over which we have no control, they can be potentially dangerous. As a participant on a Cooperative Adventure Trip, you must personally accept these conditions and assume full responsibility for your own safety and well-being. Trip size is limited, and registration plus payment is on a first come, first served basis. A non-refundable deposit is required when you sign-up to secure a spot for you. Each multi-day trip has a pre-trip meeting, and your attendance is strongly recommended. If you can not attend the meeting, please call to schedule a time to meet with one of the trip leaders.

UNIVERSITY POLICIES:

University of Utah policies prohibit alcohol, controlled substances, and firearms. These items are not permitted on Cooperative Adventure Trips. Participants are not required to have health insurance, but it is strongly encouraged.

DON’T FORGET OUTDOOR ADVENTURES IS OPEN DURING THE SEMESTER BREAKS TO HELP YOU ENJOY YOUR TIME AWAY FROM CLASSES. GET OUT AND PLAY!

THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH SEEKS TO PROVIDE EQUAL ACCESS TO IT’S PROGRAMS, SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES TO PEOPLE OF ALL ABILITIES.

Fall 2017 Trips:


Bonneville Shoreline Mountain Biking
Join Outdoor Adventures on one of our local treasures, the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. This trail runs all along the Wasatch Front connecting Ogden to Provo. We’ll ride straight from OA at 5pm and ride the trail until dusk.  Call 801-581-8516 or come to Outdoor Adventures to register!

Trip Dates: Wednesday, August 23
Trip Cost:  FREE Participants can rent a mountain bike from OA for $10.00 for the event.
Location: Salt Lake City, UT

The Living Room Hike
A classic hike right from campus, join Outdoor Adventures on a trip up to the Living Room and take in the view of the Salt Lake Valley. We’ll leave right from OA at 6pm. Call 801-581-8516 or come to Outdoor Adventures to register!

Trip Dates: Wednesday, August 23
Trip Cost:  $10+tax Participants get a Free Nalgene bottle for participating!
Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Ruth Lake Rock Climbing
Located in the cool and beautiful Uinta Mountains is a climbing crag unlike any other. Ruth Lake offers a wide variety of routes for all levels. Join Outdoor Adventures for a weekend of climbing, camping, and new adventure buddies! Call 801-581-8516 or come to Outdoor Adventures to register!

Trip Dates: Friday, August 25 to Sunday, August 27
Trip Cost:  $100+tax ($25+tax non-refundable deposit due at registration)
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, Aug. 22 @ 5pm
Location: Uinta Mountains, UT

Parunaweap Backpacking
Labor Day Weekend is a great time for an adventure. Follow Outdoor Adventures into a remote desert river near Zion National Park. Enjoy the serene narrow canyon walls the Virgin River has carved into the sandstone. Call 801-581-8516 or come to Outdoor Adventures to register!  Participants must have been backpacking before, can’t have a fear of heights (this route requires a 4th class climb out of the canyon bottom), and you will be hiking through the river and potentially swimming with your backpack.
Trip Dates: Friday, September 1 to Monday, September 4
Trip Cost:  $100+tax ($25+tax non-refundable deposit due at registration)
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, Aug. 29 @ 5pm
Location: Zion National Park, UT
 

Christmas Meadows Backpacking
A weekend adventure in the Uinta Mountains is exactly what you need at this point in the semester; not too busy, not to bored. Join Outdoor Adventures as we backpack from the Christmas Meadows Trailhead into a remote basin lake with mountain peaks surrounding. All experience levels are welcome. We’ll be hiking 4-7 miles a day with heavy packs. Call 801-581-8516 or come to Outdoor Adventures to register!
Trip Dates: Friday, September 8 to Sunday, September 10
Trip Cost:  $75+tax ($20.00+tax non-refundable deposit due at registration)
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 5pm.
Location: Uinta Mountains, UT
 

Snake River Rafting
The Alpine section of the Snake River is a coveted float. River runners of all types want to get on this section of river. Good News! We have a permit and we’ll help you enjoy running this amazing, scenic location for the weekend. All experience levels are welcome. Must be able to swim.  Call 801-581-8516 or come to Outdoor Adventures to register!
Trip Dates: Friday, September 8 to Sunday, September 10
Trip Cost:  $150+tax ($37.50+tax non-refundable deposit due at registration)
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 5pm.
Location: Snake River, WY

Green River SUP
Stand Up Paddleboarding is amazing. Most people enjoy it on a lake. But you’re not most people. Come with us at Outdoor Adventures for a float down the Green River on a SUP. This is a fun and exciting experience for everyone. Enjoy great food, new friends, and one of the best weekends.  All are welcome on this trip. Must be able to swim. Call 801-581-8516 or come to Outdoor Adventures to register!
Trip Dates: Friday, September 15 to Sunday, September 17
Trip Cost:  $100+tax ($25+tax non-refundable deposit due at registration)
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 5pm.
Location: Flaming Gorge, UT

City of Rocks Women Only Climbing
Ladies at the U! Come with Outdoor Adventures’ crew of Rock Climbing women to the City of Rocks. The City is a world-renowned area for climbing and our female trip leaders will help you have a great time. Enjoy fantastic climbs, new friendships, and great food.  This is a women-only trip. All skill levels are welcome to come.  Call 801-581-8516 or come to Outdoor Adventures to register!
Trip Dates: Friday, September 15 to Sunday, September 17
Trip Cost:  $100+tax ($25+tax non-refundable deposit due at registration)
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 5pm.
Location: City of Rocks, ID
 

Olympus Day Hike
Olympus Peak stands over the Salt Lake Valley and begs for hikers to come climb it. The day trip will be one of the best things you can do with your Saturday. Enjoy a trek to the mountain of the gods with Outdoor Adventures.  This is a fairly strenuous hike. Bring water bottles and good shoes for hiking.  Call 801-581-8516 or come to Outdoor Adventures to register!
Trip Dates: Saturday, September 16
Trip Cost:  $20+tax ($10+tax non-refundable deposit due at registration)
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting:  None. Meet at OA at 8am
Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Island Lake Backpacking
Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Uinta Mountains on an overnight backpacking trip to Island Lake. Wildflowers, glaciated rocks, and alpine lakes are only a few of the things that make it so special. This trip is not only a fun weekend getaway, but a great way to meet fellow beginner to intermediate backpackers.  All skill levels welcome. Island Lake Trail is moderately strenuous and filled with many lakes and ponds along the way. It is both a great place for newcomers in backpacking as well as for beginner hikers who are looking for more of a challenge. The trail is 8.7 miles out-and-back- and has an elevation gain of 1328 ft.  Call 801-581-8516 or come to Outdoor Adventures to register!

Trip Dates: Saturday, September 16 to Sunday, September 17
Trip Cost:  $75+tax ($20.00+tax non-refundable deposit due at registration)
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting:  Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 5pm.
Location: Uinta Mountains, UT
Participant Screening Information: No prerequisities,

Maple Canyon Climbing
Enjoy the most unique sport climbing experience in Utah’s Maple Canyon! The cobblestone canyon makes Maple Canyon a world class climbing area that is welcoming to all levels of climbing ability. Whether it is your first time climbing outside or your first time climbing ever; learn to climb or challenge yourself in a safe and well-developed climbing area while having fun!  This trip is intended for all skills levels.  Call 801-581-8516 or come to Outdoor Adventures to register!

Trip Dates: Friday, September 22 to Sunday, September 24
Trip Cost:  $100+tax ($25+tax non-refundable deposit due at registration)
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 5pm
Location: Maple Canyon, UT

Little Dell Kayak
Take a break from studying with a day trip to the closest reservoir to the U. We’ll kayak, have some amazing lunch and snacks, hike around the area, and have the best time.  Participants must be able to swim.   Call 801-581-8516 or come to Outdoor Adventures to register!

Trip Dates: Saturday, September 23
Trip Cost:  $20+tax ($10+tax non-refundable deposit due at registration)
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting:  None. Meet at OA at 8 am.
Location: Little Dell Reservoir, UT
 

Weber River Float
You can’t go wrong with a day on the mighty Weber. Join Outdoor Adventures for a float on a Duckie or a SUP.  Participants must be able to swim.   Call 801-581-8516 or come to Outdoor Adventures to register!

Trip Dates: Sunday, September 24
Trip Cost:  $20+tax
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting:  None. Meet at OA at 8 am.
Location: Weber River, UT

Red Castle Backpacking
Join Outdoor Adventures on a quick weekend get-a-way to one of the most gorgeous places in Utah. This backpacking trip is sure to be a memorable one as you take in the views at Red Castle with amazing food and new friends. Participants must be able to hike up to 8 miles a day with a heavy pack.  Call 801-581-8516 or come to Outdoor Adventures to register!

Trip Dates: Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1
Trip Cost:  $75+tax ($20+tax non-refundable deposit due at registration)
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 5pm
Location: Uinta Mountains, UT

Wind Rivers Backpacking
If you are in need of a quick weekend getaway, come backpacking in the wild and beautiful Wind Rivers. Enjoy scenic views, fun people, and lots of food.  This trip is intended for all skills levels.  Call 801-581-8516 or come to Outdoor Adventures to register!

Trip Dates: Friday, October 6 to Sunday, October 8
Trip Cost:  $100+tax($25+tax non-refundable deposit due at registration)
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 5pm
Location: Wind Rivers Mountains, WY

Labyrinth Canyon Packrafting
Do something amazing for Fall Break, journey down Labyrinth Canyon with Outdoor Adventures in a packraft. This float down the Green River is 100% worth it. Make new friends, see amazing sites, and enjoy nature.  Participants must be able to swim and willing to paddle long distances on flat water.  Call 801-581-8516 or come to Outdoor Adventures to register!

Trip Dates: Monday, October 9 to Friday, October 13
Trip Cost:  $150+tax($37.50+tax non-refundable deposit due at registration)
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 5pm
Location: Labyrinth Canyon, UT

Big Cottonwood Canyon Climbing
Before ending your Fall Break come hop on some rocks with Outdoor Adventures in Big Cottonwood Canyon. We’ll spend the day up on the cliffs in some of the best rock climbing. It’s also so close to campus and makes for a great day. This trip is intended for all skills levels.  Call 801-581-8516 or come to Outdoor Adventures to register!

Trip Dates: Saturday, October 14
Trip Cost:  $20+tax ($10+tax non-refundable deposit due at registration)
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting:  None. Meet at OA at 8am.
Location: Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT
 

Timpanogos Day Hike
Join Outdoor Adventures on one of the top hikes in the Wasatch, Mt. Timpanogos. This hike is a long one, but it is well worth the trek to the summit. Come prepared for an adventure!  This is a fairly strenuous hike. Participants must be able to hike long distances at elevation.  Call 801-581-8516 or come to Outdoor Adventures to register!

Trip Dates: Saturday, October 21
Trip Cost:  $20+tax ($10+tax non-refundable deposit due at registration)
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting:  None. Meet at OA at 7am.
Location: Mt. Timpanogos, UT

Lake Powell Sea Kayak
Think you can only sea kayak in the ocean!? Think again! Join us on a sea kayaking expedition on Lake Powell in Southern Utah as we explore the beautiful Moqui canyon. It may be a bit chilly, but the trip leaders will warm your heart and soul with delicious food, hot drinks and good vibes. Participants must be able to swim and willing to paddle long distances on flat water.  Call 801-581-8516 or come to Outdoor Adventures to register!

Trip Dates:  Thursday, October 26 to Sunday, October 29
Trip Cost:  $100+tax($25+tax non-refundable deposit due at registration)
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 5pm.
Location: Lake Powell, UT

Coyote Gulch Backpacking
We’re taking a stroll down Coyote Gulch, considered one of the best backpacking trips in Utah. Join us for a weekend of fun and adventure as we wind through the red rock canyon past cliffs, arches, pools, waterfalls, and wildlife.  All abilities are welcome.  Call 801-581-8516 or come to Outdoor Adventures to register!

Trip Dates: Friday, October 27 to Sunday, October 29
Trip Cost:  $100+tax ($25+tax non-refundable deposit due at registration)
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 5pm.
Location: Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, UT

Desert Backpacking
Now that it’s starting to cool down in the Salt Lake Valley come with OA as we escape to the desert to enjoy a weekend of solitude. Meet new people and have a good time experiencing the fun and wonder of the desert in the late fall.  :  All abilities are welcome.  Call 801-581-8516 or come to Outdoor Adventures to register!

Trip Dates: Friday, November 3 to Sunday, November 5
Trip Cost:  $100+tax($25+tax non-refundable deposit due at registration)
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 5pm.
Location: San Rafael Desert, UT

North Wash Canyoneering
There’s no better way to experience Utah’s amazing landscape then to go canyoneering. Come enjoy a weekend of navigating tight slot canyons in the North Wash.  :  All abilities are welcome.  Call 801-581-8516 or come to Outdoor Adventures to register!

Trip Dates: Friday, November 3 to Sunday, November 5
Trip Cost:  $100+tax ($25+tax non-refundable deposit due at registration)
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 5pm.
Location: North Wash, UT