Ram Connect: Mountain for Transfer Students

What is Ram Connect: Mountain?

Ram Connect is an optional, add-on outdoor extended orientation experiences designed to help you build stronger connections with other incoming transfer students as well as experience some of what the beautiful Colorado outdoors have to offer.

Enhance your orientation experience by joining fellow new students for this add-on extended orientation program at Colorado State University’s Mountain Campus. On the border of Rocky Mountain National Park, the CSU Mountain Campus immerses students in the sights and sounds of the natural world.

For two nights and two days you will be able to create a deeper sense of community at CSU through engaging in adventure. This experience is designed to further connect you with CSU, and help prepare you for your upcoming transition to CSU, while setting a course for success.

Check out the Ram Connect: Mountain Beginning Your Adventure Guide with schedule and packing list!

At Ram Connect: Mountain, you will…

  • Build upon your Ram Orientation experience
  • Spend the weekend in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado at CSU’s unique Mountain Campus.
  • Participate in a challenge ropes course at 9,000 feet
  • Challenge yourself on a hike in the Rockies (no hiking experience necessary!)
  • Engage in a campfire community-building program
  • Build relationships with other new transfer students and staff
  • Have fun, while preparing for your upcoming semester at CSU

2022 Dates:

  • Session 1: June 17-19

Cost: $298

Download your required waivers here. If you are younger than 18 years old, your parent or legal guardian must fill out the waivers.

How do I sign up?
Reservations for Ram Connect: Mountain are available through your Ram Orientation reservation as an additional opportunity.


The Ram Connect Mountain: Beginning Your Adventure Guide will be available soon and will have the most updated packing list, but here is a sample:

Please limit your luggage to one mid-size duffel bag or suitcase and your day backpack as space is limited in the vans. 

What you need to bring: (mandatory items)

  • Reusable water bottles (essential) or hydration system (i.e. Camelbak)
  • Sturdy backpack suitable for a day hike
  • Jacket
  • T-shirt(s)
  • Shorts/pants
  • Medium weight shirt
  • Fleece/wool jacket or sweater
  • Fleece/wool hat
  • Fleece/wool gloves or mittens
  • Wool or synthetic socks
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Sturdy sneakers, hiking shoes/boots suitable for a 6 mile hike
  • Rain Protection
  • Hat w/brim or visor (baseball hat)
  • Watch
  • Bug Spray
  • Sunscreen/Sunblock
  • Lip balm
  • Headlamp or small flashlight
  • Personal toiletries
  • Sunglasses

Optional items:

  • Personal journal
  • Personal reading book
  • Spending money for snacks/souvenirs
  • Sandals


  • Linens are included in the Mountain Experience fee, but you can bring your own if that would make you more comfortable.
    *Linens include: sheets, blanket, pillow, pillowcase, and a towel. 

Please contact our office by phone at 970-491-6011 to change/cancel your reservation.

Time of Cancellation Refund
Before May 1st100% refund
At least 28 days prior to program75% refund
15-27 days prior to program50% refund
Fewer than 14 days prior to programNo refund will be issued

This is a tentative outline of the Ram Connect: Mountain schedule. You will receive a finalized schedule before departing on the experience. Times and activities are subject to change due to weather and program changes. If you have any questions about the schedule please contact us at (970) 491-6011.

Ram Connect: Mountain Schedule – Tentative

Day 1

2:00-3:00 p.m. – Check-in for program at Braiden Hall

3:00 p.m. – Welcome and Pre-trip meeting

3:30 p.m. – Depart for CSU Mountain Campus

5:00 p.m. – Arrive and Unpack                                 

5:30 p.m. – Welcome & Orientation to CSU Mountain Campus                                                                           

6:00 p.m. – Dinner                                                                                                                                        

7:00 p.m. – Evening activities                                                                                                                        

9:00 p.m. – Campfire

Day 2

6:30 a.m. – Wake Up

7:00 a.m. – Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – Ropes Course  

12:00 p.m. – Lunch                                                                                                                      

1:00 p.m. – Large Group Activity                                                                                                                  

3:00 p.m. – Large/Small Group Activity

6:00 p.m. – Dinner

7:00 p.m. – Large/Small Group Activity

9:00 p.m. – Campfire

Day 3

6:30 a.m. – Wake Up

7:00 a.m. – Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – Hike

1:00 p.m. – CSU Mountain Campus Closing & Pack Up

2:00 p.m. – Depart CSU Mountain Campus (arrive in Fort Collins by 4:00 p.m.)