Outdoor Program

The Outdoor Program is Colorado Mesa University's headquarters for outdoor adventure and education. We are a student fee funded organization, whose purpose is to offer and promote affordable, safe, environmentally conscious, common adventure trips, outdoor trainings, and equipment rental. The Outdoor Program serves as an informational resource and learning center to the CMU community regarding outdoor recreation. No experience is necessary to enjoy the adventures!


Mission Statement

We aim to inspire passion for self development by providing opportunities for life changing experiences.

Office and Rental Hours

7 days a week

9 am - 5 pm

Contact Info

970.248.1428 (OP Office)

Professional Staff

Ryan Dutch (Coordinator)


Ron Lunsford (Assistant Coordinator)




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Hosting a NOLS Wilderness First Responder Course

  • May 17 - 26 2018
  • Space is limited, call 970.248.1428 for availability
  • This 80 hour course will provide you with the tools to step forward in an emergency situation.
  • Engage in classroom lectures and demonstrations, combined with realistic scenarios where mock patients will challenge you to integrate your learning.

Services Offered

  • Clinics - FREE outdoor skills workshops
  • Equipment Rentals - We rent out all of our gear for a very CHEAP price.
  • Tuesday and Thursday Afternoon Outings - FREE weekly outdoor activities; 2pm
  • Kayak Sessions- FREE roll sessions every Monday at the pool; 7:30pm
  • Accredited Classes in Rock Climbing, Kayaking, Rafting, Telemark Skiing, Orienteering and more...
  • Common Adventure Trips- FREE to set up and post any of your own common adventure trips.

Common Adventure Trips We Can Accommodate

  • Backcountry Skiing/Snowboarding
  • Snowshoeing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Hiking
  • Caving
  • Mountain Biking
  • Backpacking
  • Ice Climbing
  • Kayaking
  • Rafting
  • Canyoneering
  • ...and much more, stop in!