Year 2 Outdoor Experiences

Year 2 @ CSU, Campus Recreation Outdoor Programs and the CSU Mountain Campus have partnered to create outdoor experiences for second-year students!  These programs provide second-year students the opportunity to connect with other second year students and experience the northern Colorado outdoors.


Rocky Mountain National Park Hiking Day Trip

This trip is currently full. 

Where: Rocky Mountain National Park

When: Saturday, April 22, 7 am-5 pm

Cost: $15 (to be paid at the pre-trip meeting). Please note, once you register, your attendance is expected.

Cost Includes: National Park access and transportation

You Need to Provide: Hiking boots, warm clothing (wind pants, coat, hat, gloves, etc.), water bottles, sunscreen, a small backpack to carry things (school backpack is fine).

Pre-Trip Meeting: There will be a mandatory pre-trip meeting at the Rec Center on Wednesday, April 19th at 5:00pm. During this time important information will be discussed, you will have a chance to meet your leaders and fellow participants, as well as ask any questions.

Trip Description : Experience Rocky Mountain National Park in northern Colorado spanning the Continental Divide and encompassing protected mountains, forests and alpine tundra. We will hike a snowy trail in Rocky Mountain National Park, a gateway for plentiful outdoor adventures.  Because animals move down to lower elevations during the harsh Colorado winters, the winter months can be a great time to see wildlife. Experience the beautiful snowcapped peaks and learn about the essentials of hiking. We will depart CSU Saturday morning at 7:00 am and will plan on returning to campus by 5:00pm. 


Outdoor Adventure Moab Spring Break Trip

(This trip is currently full)

Where: Moab, Utah

When: Saturday, March 11th - Friday, March 16th 

Capacity: 12 Students (students selected through application process and interviews)

Cost: $400*

*Students will be given the opportunity to apply for grants to supplement trip cost

Cost Includes: Food, transportation, group gear (tents, stoves, cooking supplies, climbing gear etc.) Guided mountain biking excursion, entrance to national parks/public lands.

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meetings and Important Dates:

  • November 28: Application available
  • January 31:  Applications due by 5:00pm
  • February 1 - February 3: Participant Interviews
  • February 8:  Participants Notified
  • Tuesday, February 21: Moab Pre-Trip Meeting #1, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Tuesday, March 7: Moab Pre-Trip Meeting #2, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Trip Description: Experience Moab Utah and the surrounding National Parks with other second-year students on this seven day trip!  We will be tent camping for six nights at Gold Bar group campsite.  The trip will include hiking in Arches National Park and the Needles District in Canyonlands National Park, a full day of outdoor rock climbing, and a full day of mountain biking. This trip is not only an opportunity to experience one of the most incredible parts of the country but also to connect with other second-year students. No prior outdoor experience required to apply for this trip. We will cover all necessary skills in our pre-trip meetings during the spring semester. Participants will learn about back country cooking, camping, safety, and Leave No Trace principles. Please take into consideration that we will have limited services throughout this trip (no showers, sinks, kitchens, etc.). We encourage you to consider your personal comfort level before applying.

Guidelines/Expectations for the Trip:

  • Participants MUST be a second year student in their fourth semester at Colorado State University.

  • Participants are expected to contribute to the group at all times. Participants must demonstrate a willingness to assist in group activities such as cooking, cleaning, setting up camp, as well as follow careful instructions provided by the trip leaders.

  • Participants are expected to connect with other students on the trip. We ask that participants get to know everyone in the group and reach out to each other. Maintaining a positive group environment where everyone feels comfortable is essential.

  • Participants must be open to the experience! Expand your comfort zone and be open to the adventure. The itinerary for this trip is strenuous and will require all participants to be motivated and maintain a positive attitude. Be mentally up for it all.

  • Be respectful of the environment. The desert is a very delicate eco-system and we will be taking extra precautions to preserve its integrity. We will be following Leave No Trace principles for the entirety of this trip. Damaging the landscape will not tolerated. We will go over this more in detail at Pre-trip meetings.

  • Be fully present! We ask students leave their cell-phones behind or at least keep it on airplane mode for the trip. The goal is to be present and connect with each other. Texting/tweeting instagraming/ facebooking/snapchatting will not be permitted.

  • While previous experience in the outdoors may be beneficial, this trip will be targeted towards beginners. We will be covering basic outdoor skills and competencies, as well as bonding as a group and learning about the Moab area. Participants with extensive outdoor experience should consider how they will contribute to the group in ways that foster learning and growth instead of hinder it.

One grant is available for a participant who is interested in participating but has a financial need. If applying for a grant, you must complete both the trip application and the grant application below. Grant applications must be turned into the OTP office in person by 5:00pm on February 1st or e-mailed directly to Addy Rastall at addy.rastall@colostate.edu.

For more information on programs for second year students, contact us at year2@colostate.edu, (970) 491-6011.


Intro to Skiing/Snowboarding Day at Snowy Range 

(This trip is full for 2017.)

Where:  Snowy Range Ski Area

When: February 25th, 6:30 am-5:30 pm

Cost: $25 (to be paid at the pre-trip meeting). Please note, once you register, your attendance is expected.

Cost Includes: Lift ticket, ski/snowboard rental, and transportation.

You Need to Provide: Ski jacket, snow pants, hats, gloves, sunscreen, goggles, etc. Also bring either a sack lunch or money to buy your own lunch. ***Lunch will NOT be provided.

Pre-Trip Meeting: Participants in the Year 2 @ CSU Snowy Range Skiing/Snowboarding Trip must attend a mandatory pre-trip meeting on Wednesday, February 22nd at 5:00pm. During this time important information will be discussed, you will have a chance to meet your leaders and fellow participants, as well as ask any questions.

Trip Description : This trip is designed for beginner skiers and snowboarders ONLY (not experienced ones) that would like to learn to ski or snow board at a ski resort. Participants will be fitted with rental equipment for skiing or snowboarding and will participate in a professional ski lesion at Snowy Range Ski and Recreation Area.


Snowshoeing Day Trip

Where: Cameron Pass

When: Saturday, February 4th, 7 am-5 pm

Cost: $15 (to be paid at the pre-trip meeting). Please note, once you register, your attendance is expected.

Cost Includes: Snowshoes, poles, & transportation

You Need to Provide: Waterproof hiking boots are best, winter clothing (snowpants, coat, hat, gloves, etc.), water bottles, sunscreen, a small backpack to carry things (school backpack is fine).

Pre-Trip Meeting: There will be a mandatory pre-trip meeting at the Rec Center on Wednesday, February 1st at 5:00pm. During this time important information will be discussed, you will have a chance to meet your leaders and fellow participants, as well as ask any questions.

Trip Description : Have you ever wanted to try snowshoeing but never known how? Have you been itching to explore the Colorado’s beautiful backcountry in the winter? Join the Outdoor Program and Year 2 @ CSU on an introductory-level snowshoeing day hike near Cameron Pass. Nestled below towering 12,000ft mountain peaks, Lake Agnes is one of Northern Colorado’s premier snowshoe destinations. This 2.5 mile one-way hike starts on a wide and mellow access road that meanders through old-growth pine forest and past a historic cabin. The final 0.8 miles is fairly steep, but participants will be rewarded with spectacular views of Nokhu Crags, Lake Agnes, and moose sightings are not guaranteed but are highly likely. Avalanche awareness instruction will be provided by Outdoor Programs on the trip.