Outdoor Programs

Outdoor Programs (OP) provides adventure and discovery to USU students. Students are connected to their local and regional environment while learning how to recreate responsibly on public lands through non-motorized recreational opportunities. Students are encouraged to test their own real or perceived psychological and physical limitations while building relationships with each other in dynamic outdoor environments. This exposure is facilitated through programmed trips, access to outdoor equipment, and courses in outdoor skills and leadership.

Equipment Rental

Outdoor Programs offers a large variety of equipment rentals to USU students, faculty, and the public. Current students receive a 35% discount on all equipment. Reservations are recommended to insure equipment is available and for groups of four or more to avoid long wait times in shop while equipment is prepared.

You can find camping, water, winter, climbing, and biking gear!

Rental Gear List & Prices


Outdoor Trips

Outdoor Programs offers outdoor adventure-based trips for current USU students. These trips are a great way to explore the outdoors in Logan, the state Utah and the Rocky Mountain west while learning skills and making new friends. OP trips are led by trained student leaders and operate on a cost-shared, non-profit basis in order to make them as affordable as possible to students. Most OP trips are geared toward beginners but those with experience can also have a great time. Trips can range in duration from a few hours up Logan Canyon to several days in Southern Utah. Whether you're new to the outdoors or a seasoned veteran, the OP has a trip just for you!

Upcoming Trips & Events

See our events calendar for a complete schedule of OP trips and events. 

Trip Policies

All OP trip participants must be currently enrolled students (with the exception of summer semester) or a guest of a currently enrolled student on the same trip, must be 18 years of age, and have their own health insurance. Faculty and staff may participate on certain trips when indicated.

Review the full policy and our infectious disease protocols before registering to participate.

Events Calendar

Select an event on the calendar to find more details and a registration link. Click here to receive email updates on upcoming OP trips and events!


Outdoor Certification Courses

Outdoor Programs offers a variety of outdoor certification courses that are open to the general public unless specified otherwise. Priority registration may be given to USU students, faculty and staff with certain course offerings. Only USU students currently enrolled at the time of registration are eligible for the student rate. Course participants must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

  • Wilderness First Responder Certification (WFR)
  • Wilderness First Responder Re-certification
  • Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
  • AIARE 1 Avalanche
  • AIARE 2 Avalanche
  • AIARE Avalanche Rescue
  • Swiftwater Rescue Training (REC-1 & PRO-1)

Learn More about OP Courses

These course are offered in partnership with Desert Mountain Medicine, AIARE, and Swiftwater Safety Institute.

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ziplining on the challenge courseChallenge Course

The Utah State University Challenge Course provides a fun, educational approach to achieving teambuilding objectives and applying experiences at the course to a wide variety of real-world situations in both your personal and professional lives. Programs are designed to create strong, cohesive teams and develop the skills necessary for success in any organization. Experience the unique learning atmosphere the USU Challenge Course can offer your organization!

Learn More about the Challenge Course


Natural Bridges: Freshman Wilderness Experience

The Natural Bridges Freshman Wilderness Experience enhances the transition of incoming freshmen to USU. This enhancement is through building bridges with the natural environment and other incoming freshmen while spending five days backpacking in the Mount Naomi Wilderness or canoeing on the Green River through Labyrinth Canyon. Registration opens each year in March.

Find out More About the Natural Bridges Experience


Indoor Climbing Wall

Outdoor Programs operates the indoor climbing wall in the Aggie Recreation Center. The wall serves as a recreational and educational platform to train students on climbing skills and prepare them to be responsible for climbers in outdoor environments.

Find out More About the Indoor Climbing Wall


Outdoor Leadership

Outdoor Programs provides students with a passion for the outdoors the opportunity to become student trip leaders and help other students engage in various outdoor experiences. Student trip leaders enjoy working with others and are competent in one or more outdoor activities. OP trip leaders receive satisfaction from sharing their knowledge, developing lasting friendships, and providing adventure, education, and discovery to the University community.

Find out More About Becoming a Student Trip Leader


Blind Hollow Yurt

The Outdoor Programs team manages a Mongolian-style yurt at Blind Hollow, in the Bear River Range, a short drive from campus up Logan Canyon. The yurt is maintained with USU student fees which means students get priority access on weekends and a discounted rental rate.

Learn More About Renting the Yurt


Outdoor Leadership Scholarship

The Lyon, Maas, Mueggler Outdoor Leadership Scholarship pays 50% of the tuition for the Desert Mountain Medicine Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification course.

Named for Max Lyon, Keith Maas, and Karl Mueggler who died in an avalanche in the Bear River Range East of Logan on January 12, 1997. The three young men were exceptional athletes, noted for their climbing, kayaking and back country skiing abilities, among their many other outdoor talents. The true measure of their impact on the world, however, lay beyond their seemingly insatiable spirit of adventure. While they were alive, Max, Keith and Karl took a leap beyond just adventure into that greater world of human richness, human imagination, human kindness, compassion, and commitment. They were always driven to somehow make a difference in whatever course their lives took at the moment. They weren’t just adventurers: they were educators, outdoor activists, voices for community, committed professionals and all-around good people. This scholarship was set up as an attempt to continue that legacy.

Scholarship Requirements

  • Must be a current full-time student with minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Must submit a one page resume showing commitment to outdoor leadership
  • Must submit an original written composition not to exceed 800 words that includes the following:
    • Your personal beliefs and views on outdoor leadership.
    • Identification and description of your personal outdoor ethic using examples from experience.
    • Your intended use of the WFR training.
    • How you will contribute to the development of the outdoor recreation community through your leadership.

NOTE: The written composition should attempt to embody the spirit of Max, Keith, and Karl, using the summary about them above as a guide.

Applications are accepted starting on September 1st and are due before 5pm (MST) on October 1st.   

To apply, email the following documents to greg.j.davis@usu.edu
  • Resume that includes the following information:
    • Year in school (Freshmen, Senior, Graduate)
    • Major
    • Current GPA
    • USU A-Number
    • Relevent outdoor experience that shows your commitment to outdoor leadership
  • Original written composition as described under the scholarship requirements above.
All submitted documents must be in .doc, docx, or .pdf format. You must put your first and last name and "lmmols" as the file name of the documents (i.e. greg_davis_lmmols.pdf). Incomplete or improperly formatted application documents will not be considered.

Outdoor Program Staff

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Dan Galliher

Dan Galliher

Associate Director - Outdoor Programs & Facilities



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Ashley Brown

Ashley Brown

Coordinator of Outdoor Programs (Challenge Course, Climbing Wall)



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Greg Davis

Greg Davis

Assistant Director of Outdoor Programs




OP Program Registration Instructions

There are many ways to register for an OP trip, event or certification course.

Online Registration

With Your USU A-number and Strong Password

If you have an A# but your password isn't working, or if you have had an A# in the past but don't remember it, you can get help with MyID.

Please do not create a new account in our online store if you have had an A-number in the past, you will have issues logging in. Please use find your A-number through MyID. If you have tried recovering your A-number and stong password and are still having technical issues please email us.

With Your Campus Recreation Online Store Username and Password

Having trouble signing in? You can reset your password or recover your username. Please do not create a new account in our online store if you have created one in the past, you will have issues logging in. Please use the having trouble signing in link above. Still having technical issues please email us.

New Customer

If you do not have an A-number and you have never logged into the Campus Recreation online store, you can create a new account.

Please do not create a new account if you have an A#, have had an A# in the past, or have created a Campus Recreation online store account in the past. This is for new off-campus customers only. If you have tried recovering your username/password and are still having technical issues please email us orp@usu.edu.

Phone Registration

Call 435-797-3264 to speak with an OP shop attendant. This option will take a few minutes longer if you have never registered with us before, or if the shop staff are helping customers in-person. We encourage you to register online, but we are happy to help you over the phone during our regular business hours. At certain times and for certain courses, this may be the only registration option.

In-Person Registration

We are happy to help you in person at the OP Rental Shop in the northwest corner of the Aggie Recreation Center (ARC), 850 East 700 North, Logan, Utah.

Technical Issues & Cancellations

Please follow the directions above for registering online. If you are still having issues logging in, please email orp@usu.edu and we will look into your account. If you are having online difficulties, it may be quicker to register over the phone or in-person at the OP Rental Shop.

Cancellations can be made in-person, over the phone or by email. OP Trips and Courses Cancellation Policy.