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About Us

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 and environmentally conscious outdoor trips. We also offer trainings and equipment rentals.

Whether you’re a student, alumni or a member of the local community, the Outdoor Program is available to anyone seeking adventure on Colorado’s Western Slope. No experience is necessary!

CMU Outdoor Program mission statement:  Our goal is to inspire growth and foster connections through a shared passion for the outdoors

Colorado Mesa University’s Outdoor Program has the West Slope’s largest inventory of outdoor rental equipment.


2 years ago, we started a scholarship endowment for OP Trip Leaders to obtain outdoor industry standard certifications. These certifications not only help our students become better trip leaders here at the Outdoor Program, but it helps them to be safer recreators in our community and gives them more opportunities as they graduate and begin to look for careers in the industry.
100% of the profit from this event goes directly to the scholarship endowment fund.
Tickets include:
- Dinner from local food trucks
- Beer and wine from local breweries and wineries
- Live music from local artists
- Photos at our awesome photo booth
- Silent auction items from our incredible community partners!

2024 Gala Tickets

Early bird pricing on tickets available from now until March 1st!