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Outdoor Adventures

Do you want to escape bustling city life by exploring beautiful locations and experiencing outdoor activities? Campus Recreation’s Outdoor Adventure program provides trips and workshops that are both educational and fun.

Adventures and Workshops

Friday Rock Climbing Clinics - Every Friday!

Dates: Fridays (January 6-March 3)
Cost: $15
Registration deadline: Each Wednesday before the climb. Register at The Ray Membership Services desk, online or through The Ray at DePaul app! For details on how to get a user name and password and download the app, go to the Registration page.

Climb with us every Friday from 1:30 - 3:30 pm indoors at Lakeview Athletic Club (Belmont and Broadway). After your first climb, you'll have the opportunity to join the Cliffhangers Rock Climbing Club.

Ski/Snowboard Day Trip - Saturday, February 18

​Date/Time: Sunday, January 29, 5:45 am - 8:30 pm FULL
Second trip has been added:
Date/Time: Saturday, February 18, 5:45 am - 8:30 pm
Cost: $70 for lift ticket and transportation; $25 rental fee for snow board or skiis
Registration deadline: Tuesday, February 7
Location: Devils Head Ski Resort; Merrimac, Wisconsin

Leave early, spend the day on the slopes, and get back to campus before bed! Open to beginners and experienced skiiers/snowboarders (lessons will be available for an additional fee).

Arches National Park; Saturday, March 18-Sunday, March 26

​We are headed to southern Utah for a volunteer spring break trip at the Arches National Park! This trip is full!
  • Registration opens: Friday, November 11 at 2 pm; in-person only at The Ray. It is anticipated the trip will fill quickly!
  • Cost: $625; $225 due at time of registration and $400 balance due by Friday, January 20.  Includes transportation, camping supplies, 19 meals, work tools and national park access. Trip is open to DePaul students only.
  • Trip Details: Four days of the trip will be dedicated to repairing trails near Moab that offer scenic views of the canyon walls; two days will be free to explore the Arches National Park. Camping will be in a primitive site next to the Colorado River. Participants will travel by van to Utah leaving Friday, March 17 at 6 am and arriving back to campus on Sunday, March 26 at 7 pm.
  • Arches National Park: Located in the heart of the Colorado Plateau, Arches National Park encompasses 76,000 acres of spectacular canyonlands highlighted by an extraordinary collection of spires, fins and arches.  The myriad colors and textures of the landscape make this park a special place to spend a week.

FREE National Parks Workshop - new!

National Parks: An Intro to America's Wilderness
Thursday, January 29; 4:30-5:30 pm or
Friday, February 17; 12-1 pm
This workshop offers a crash course introduction to the United States National Parks; covering history, notable parks, planning a visit, and the importance of American wilderness. Join us for this free educational workshop and learn about our National Parks system.
Sign up online or in Membership Services


Adventure trips are designed for DePaul University students, with a limited number of spaces open to faculty and staff. Register through our online registration system​.