UCCS students, faculty/staff and alumni are eligible to register for outdoor trips. In the event that there is space available, students may bring a guest, provided the guest’s attendance does not exclude a UCCS student’s. Priority is given to UCCS students and affiliates. All ability and skill levels welcome, unless otherwise indicated.
Registration begins on the first day of academic classes each semester and continues until the trip is full. S.O.L.E. encourages early sign-up at the front desk of the UCCS Recreation Center as space is limited. Print and complete BOTH the below forms to start the registration process:
For special accommodations, please contact Daniel Bowan, Manager of Intramurals, Outdoor Recreation and Club Sports at 719-255-3429 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Not all trips and workshops are offered every semester. Please check this semester’s schedule for specific trips and workshops offered.
Avalanche awareness clinic. This is a must-attend classroom based educational session for all skiers, snowboarders and snowshoers of all ability and skill levels as an introduction to snow safety and avalanches.
Backpacking in the Rockies. Spend the Labor Day weekend with the Student Outdoor Leadership Expeditions (S.O.L.E) program on this 3-day, 2-night backpacking trip in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Bike tuning workshop. This hands-on workshop teaches attendees the fundamentals of bike repair. The Outdoor Center professional mechanic will cover topics such as flat tires, gears, derailleurs and brakes.
Fly fishing. Explore one of Colorado’s local rivers in pursuit of trout. This trip is open to all ability and skill levels - a great introduction to fly fishing! Fishing equipment and transportation provided by the Outdoor Program. Fishing license, the responsibility of the trip attendee, required.
Homecoming - family hike. Join this fun and engaging family hike, made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Campus Recreation Outdoor Program, Parents Weekend and Homecoming.
Mountain biking. It’s no secret, we love mountain biking. Crave the adventure with us!
Mt. Cutler moonlight hike. Hike majestic Mt. Cutler in Cheyenne Canyon during full moon. Upon reaching the summit, you will be greeted with spectacular outlines of the Colorado Springs skyline and the surrounding Front Range mountains.
Rock climbing. Outdoor trip leaders will provide you with an opportunity to experience a new self-awareness as you appreciate the beauty of Colorado Springs while dealing with decision-making, logistics, route finding and safety during this rock climbing adventure.
Sand dunes adventure. Head to one of the United States’ most diverse parks, Great Sand Dunes National Park right here in Colorado, to spend the weekend camping, hiking, sledding, sand boarding and the like.
Ski & Soak – Monarch & Hot Springs. Jump on the UCCS Ski Bus and head up to the Monarch ski area for the day. After hitting the slopes we will soak in the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs, returning to UCCS thereafter. Trip fee includes transportation, lift ticket and hot springs pass.
Ski tuning workshop. Attend this hands-on educational workshop as the S.O.L.E. ski shop experts teach you the fundamentals of ski maintenance and repair. Topics include general ski care, waxing techniques, ski base repair and edge tuning.
Winter Park downhill biking. Can you say adrenaline? Join us on our day long visit to the Trestle Bike Park at Winter Park. Ride the lifts, then enjoy over 40 miles of freeride trails. Trip fee includes transportation and lift ticket.
Trip fees indicated are for students, faculty/staff and alumni, and cover the cost of transportation and most gear. Trip attendees, however, must provide their own personal gear, e.g. clothing, rain gear, hiking boots, etc. Multi-day trip fees do cover food costs. Single day trip fees do not cover food costs.
Payment for outdoor trips is managed at the front desk of the UCCS Recreation Center. Both the “waiver” and “medical form” are required at the time of payment for the registration process to be considered completed. Campus Recreation accepts cash, checks and credit cards (Mastercard and Visa).
The Campus Recreation Outdoor Program reserves the right to cancel a trip in the event of inclement weather, schedule conflicts, or if the minimum number of sign-ups were not met. Registrants will be contacted via e-mail to inform them of the cancellation of a trip. A full refund will be issued to registrants if the Outdoor Program cancels a trip.
Select programs, activities or trips require attendance at a pre-trip meeting. Information discussed and education provided at the pre-trip meetings are related to safety and risk management, elements essential to the enjoyment of the particular activity or trip. Meetings are held in the Outdoor Center at the UCCS Recreation Center, and registrants will be informed of the meeting date and time via e-mail. Failure to attend a pre-trip meeting disqualifies a registrant from participation in the activity or trip.
Single day trips
Single day trip attendees are expected to provide their own food, snacks and drinks. The Outdoor Program and its staff do not provide food or snacks on single day trips.
The cost of food and snacks are included in the trip fee for multi-day trips. Menu planning and special accommodations and needs are all discussed at the pre-trip meeting.
Trip departure and arrival
Outdoor Program staff and trip attendees all meet at, and depart promptly from the Outdoor Center.