Trips and Activities

UREC Outdoors offers trips like canoeing on the Rio Grande River

UREC Outdoors trips accommodate those of all skill levels. Space is limited and spots are filled quickly. Sign-up for trips and clinics at UREC Outdoors in HPER Room 102, or register online at the UREC Membership Portal beginning August 2nd for fall programs.

UREC Outdoors provides transportation for fall programming and provides gear and equipment to encourage students to get outside. If you have questions about any specific programming give us a call or email the UREC Outdoors team! 

If you run into issues registering online please call UREC Outdoors at 479-575-CAMP (2267) or email us at camp@uark.edu.

Event Location Date Time Student UREC Member Non-UREC Member Registration Deadline Registration
Stand Up Paddleboard at Beaver Lake Hobbs State Park - Beaver Lake August 28th 9:00 AM-12:00 PM $15 $20 $20 August 30th Register Here 
Whitewater Kayak Basics Clinic HPER Pool September 8th 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM $15 $30 $45 September 7th Register Here 
Whitewater Roll Clinic HPER Pool September 15th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM $15 $30 $30 September 14th  Register Here
Sunset Paddling Lake Wilson City Park September 16th 5:00 PM-8:00 PM $10 $15 $15 September 14th Register Here
Whitewater Practice Session HPER Pool September 22nd 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Free Free Free September 22nd Register Here
Siloam Springs Whitewater Session Siloam Springs Whitewater Park September 25th 10:00 AM-2:00 PM $15 $30 $45 September 22nd Register Here
Buffalo River Canoeing Buffalo National River October 23rd - October 26th Fall Break $150 $250 N/A October 12th  Register Here

 

Looking for some more information about the trip options above. Check out our descriptions below! 

 

Stand Up Paddleboarding | Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) offers a fun way to play on the water, with the added benefit of a full-body workout. And, since you stand at full height on your board, it gives you a unique vantage point for viewing what’s down under the water and out on the horizon. 

 

Whitewater Kayak Basics | Are you interested in whitewater kayaking? This three hour clinic covers the basics of whitewater kayaking: boats, pfds, paddle strokes, and more! You will exit the clinic knowing basic paddle strokes, understanding the whitewater boat, and basics of how to maneuver. 

 

Whitewater Roll Clinic | A great introduction to whitewater kayaking essentials.  We’ll practice skills in a flatwater location(no whitewater) and cover proper paddle technique, balance, braces and the whitewater kayak roll. UREC Outdoors will provide an instructor to help you learn the kayak roll in a controlled environment.  

 

Sunset Paddle | Looking for something new to try? Join UREC Outdoors for a relaxing evening on Lake Wilson for a sunset paddle in a canoe, kayak or on a stand up paddleboard. This event is a great way to hang out with your friends or meet new people! 

 

Whitewater Practice Session | Are the water levels a little too low to get outside? Come practice your whitewater kayaking skills in the HPER Pool. UREC Outdoors will provide the boats, PFDs, spray skirts, and more.

 

Siloam Springs Whitewater Kayaking | Join UREC Outdoors to test your whitewater kayaking skills outside at Siloam Springs Whitewater Kayak Park. An incredible resource in Northwest Arkansas and a popular destination for all whitewater paddlers to practice skills. You must be able to wet exit a kayak if you wish to participate in this trip. Attend a whitewater practice session or skills clinic to test out on this skill. 

 

Buffalo River Canoeing | Join UREC Outoors for 4 days on the Buffalo River! This trip will take you through the Buffalo River Wilderness, one of the most pristine watersheds in our part of the country. Sleep on the banks, paddle the calm waters, cook great meals, and see places that not many others get to see! This trip has a required pre trip meeting on October 15th from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM. 

Event Location Date Time Student UREC Member Non-UREC Member Registration Deadline Registration
Hawksbill Crag Day Hike Whitaker Point November 6th 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM $10 $20 $20 November 4th Register Here
Grand Canyon Backpacking Trip Grand Canyon National Park November 20th-November 28th   $550 $700 N/A November 1st Register Here
Great Sand Dunes Backpacking Trip Great Sand Dunes National Park November 23rd - November 28th   $550 $700 N/A November 1st Register Here

 

Looking for some more information about the trip options above. Check out our descriptions below! 

 

Hawksbill Crag Day Hike | Whitaker Point Trail (Hawksbill Crag) is a 2.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Pettigrew, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. It is one of the most photographed spots in the area. 

 

Grand Canyon Backpacking Trip | Hike in the beautiful Grand Canyon National Park over Thanksgiving Break! Enjoy 4 nights and 5 days deep within the walls of America’s largest canyon. The Grand Canyon is located entirely in northern Arizona; the park encompasses 277 miles of the Colorado River and adjacent uplands. 

The hike begins at a high elevation (7000-8000 feet) and requires a beautiful and exposed descent at the beginning of your trip, when your pack is heaviest. This trip is suitable for beginners, but participants are expected to carry everything they will need for four days in their backpacks as they hike in and out of the canyon. This trip has a required pre trip meeting on November 3rd from 6:30PM -8:00 PM.

 

Great Sand Dunes Backpacking Trip | Take a trip with UREC Outdoors into the depths of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado. This trip will spend some time exploring the backcountry area of the dunes and get a chance to camp in the dunes. The park is designated as a dark sky viewing location and with the low light pollution you may get a chance to see the beauty of thousands of stars at night. This trip is suitable for beginners. This trip has a required pre trip meeting on November 3rd from 7:30PM -8:30 PM.

Event Location Date Time Student UREC Member Non-UREC Member Registration Deadline Registration
Top Rope Belay Clinics UREC Climbing Wall (Gym 1) By Appointment   Free Free Free By Appointment Register at the Climbing Wall
Crate Stacking UREC Climbing Wall August 16th - August 19th 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Free Free Free   No Registration Required. Just stop by the climbing wall. 
Lincoln Lake Climbing Lincoln Lake August 20th 8:00 AM - 1: 00 PM $15 $30   August 17th Register Here
Lead Climbing Clinic UREC Climbing Wall September 14th 7:00 PM-10:00 PM $10 $20   September 14th Register Here
Womxn (cis, trans, and non binary) Lead Climbing Clinic UREC Climbing Wall September 29th 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM $10 $20   September 27th Register Here
Lead Climbing Clinic UREC Climbing Wall October 13th 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM $10 $20   October 13th Register Here
Upper Buffalo Climbing and Hiking Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area October 23rd- October 25th   $150 $250   October 12th Register Here
Blacklight Bouldering UREC Bouldering Wall (HPER 102) October 28th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Free       No registration required
Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Climbing Weekend Horseshoe Canyon Ranch November 13th - 14th   Free N/A N/A Fill out the application by October 1st Apply Here by October 1st
Lead Climbing Clinic UREC Climbing Wall November 18th 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM $10 $20   November 18th Register Here

 

Looking for some more information about the trip options above. Check out our descriptions below!

 

Top Rope Belay Clinic | The two-hour course is the perfect place to teach you the basics of climbing and helps you ‘learn the ropes’ with a comprehensive introduction to belaying technique that can be used to climb at the UREC Climbing Wall. Our lesson includes a tutorial on proper top rope belay technique and how to properly use climbing equipment.  

This class will give you all the tools you’ll need to take the Top Rope Belay Assessment! All equipment is provided, schedule a time with a climbing wall staff member. 

 

Crate Stacking | Crate stacking is a game. The objective is to stack as many upside down plastic milk crates as possible and stand on top! UREC Outdoors is offering crate stacking the entire week of August 16th-August 19th during open climbing wall hours. This is a limited time only event so if you want to try it come to HPER Gym 1. 

 

Lincoln Lake Climbing | Have you ever wanted to try climbing outside? We encourage you to join us at Lincoln Lake where UREC Outdoors staff will introduce you to the world of outdoor climbing. UO will provide all of the equipment needed! 

 

Lead Climbing Clinic | So you are interested in taking your climbing to the next level? Great! We can’t wait for you to explore new terrain and continue on your climbing journey. We encourage you before signing up to make sure that you are able to climb above a 5.8 comfortably and have knowledge of how to use a Petzl GriGri.  

UREC Outdoors staff will guide you through a 3 hour clinic on the basics of lead climbing to increase your knowledge and skills. You must have passed the UREC Outdoors Petzl GriGri Belay Assessment to participate in this clinic. 

 

Womxn Lead Climbing Clinic | UREC Outdoors is offering a womxn (cis,trans, and non-binary) lead climbing clinic. UREC Outdoors aims to create an environment where you feel safe to learn and grow (on and off the climbing wall) and comfortable to be your whole self with the group. We encourage you to take your climbing to the next level in this clinic. We will guide you through the basics of lead climbing in this 3 hour clinic. You must have passed the UREC Outdoors Petzl GriGri Belay Assessment to participate in this clinic.

 

Blacklight Bouldering | Join UREC Outdoors for our black light climbing. It will be a spooky and fun filled evening of climbing! Wear white or neon for the best effect! Free, drop-in event.

 

Upper Buffalo Climbing and Hiking | Spend your fall break with UREC Outdoors exploring the Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area. Climb some epic climbing areas such as Horseshoe Canyon Ranch and Sam's Throne and spend some time exploring hiking trails near the Buffalo National River. This trip has a required pre- trip meeting on October 14th from 6:30 PM- 8:00 PM.

 

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Climbing Weekend | UREC Outdoors is committed to engaging BIPOC leaders outdoors. This trip is designed for enable Black, Indigenous, Lantinx, Asian, and other people of color who are underrepresented in the sport of rock climbing to learn and grow in an inclusive and supportive environment.  

Black, Indigenous, and people of color have historically been underrepresented in the sport of climbing. By offering a free climbing trip, we seek to decrease the barriers to access to BIPOC communities. Our event is like Women’s specific programming that you see in other programs across the country. While these programs seek to address the gender disparity in climbing, we seek to further diversify the sport’s participants.  

There are no skills needed to participate in this program. UREC Outdoors will provide all the equipment, transportation, food, and knowledge needed to be successful. If you are interested in joining, please fill out the application at the link above by October 1st. This trip has no cost associated. You will be notified by October 8th if your application has been accepted to join the trip.  The applications will be reviewed by a committee for final trip participants. Please reach out to Katherine Miller, UREC Outdoors Coordinator at kgmiller@uark.edu for any questions. 

Event Location Date Time Student UREC Member Non-UREC Member Registration Deadline Registration
Mountain Bike Meet and Ride Centennial Park at Millsap Mountain September 1st 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM $10 $15   August 30th Register Here
Advanced Bike Maintenance UREC Outdoors, HPER 102 September 27th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM $10 $15   September 27th Register Here
Bike Maintenance 101 UREC Outdoors, HPER 102 October 6th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM $10 $15   October 6th Register Here
Advanced Bike Maintenance UREC Outdoors, HPER 102 November 4th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM $10 $15   November 2nd Register Here
Womxn's Bike Maintenance 101  UREC Outdoors, HPER 102 November 8th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM $10 $15   November 7th

Register Here

Advanced Mountain Biking Clinic TBD November 11th 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM $15 $20   November 9th

Register Here

 

Looking for some more information about the trip options above. Check out our descriptions below!

 

Mountain Bike Meet and Ride | Want to practice your mountain biking skills and meet new people? Join UREC Outdoors for a group ride on some trails in Northwest Arkansas. If you need a bike UREC Outdoors can provide one! 

 

Advanced Bike Maintenance | Did you know Fayetteville became the first community in Arkansas to be awarded the Silver Status Bicycle Friendly Community? Biking is a major part of the Fayetteville community. There are more than 100 miles of trails in the area. You may be using your bike more and more.  

Join UREC Outdoors as we dive deeper into bike maintenance including but not limited to drivetrain adjustments, in depth brake adjustments, bearing removal, cleaning, regreasing, repacking, and bottom bracket removal and replacement.  We encourage you to bring your own bike. UREC bike mechanics will walk you through the steps needed to keep your bike in good working order so you can get back on the trail.

 

Bike Maintenance 101 | Join UREC Outdoors as we go over the basics of bike maintenance including changing a tire, tube, cleaning and lubricating your bike, and learning how to do a basic brake adjustment. We encourage you to bring your own bike. UREC bike mechanics will walk you through the steps needed to keep your bike

 

Womxn's Bike Maintenance 101 | UREC Outdoors is offering a womxn (cis and trans) and non binary specific bike maintenance 101 clinic. UREC Outdoors aims to create an environment where you feel safe to learn and grow (on and off the bike) and comfortable to be your whole self with the group.

Join UREC Outdoors as we go over the basics of bike maintenance including changing a tire, tube, cleaning and lubricating your bike, and learning how to do a basic brake adjustment. We encourage you to bring your own bike. UREC bike mechanics will walk you through the steps needed to keep your bike

 

Advanced Mountain Biking Clinic | The skills taught in this course are designed to make each rider safer and more efficient on the trail in order to make mountain biking a more fun experience. UREC Outdoors will be going over skills such as berms and cornering and perfecting your bike body separation skills. 

Event Location Date Time Student UREC Member Non-UREC Member Registration Deadline Registration
 Blacklight Bouldering UREC Outdoors, HPER 102  October 28th  6:00 PM - 9:00 PM  Free  Free  Free    No Registration 
Painting a Perspective - Mural Bike Tour Link to Webpage

Ongoing

Anytime N/A N/A N/A   No Registration, Bike Rentals Available Here

 

Looking for some more information about the trip options above. Check out our descriptions below!

 

Blacklight Bouldering | Join UREC Outdoors for our black light climbing. It will be a spooky and fun filled evening of climbing! Wear white or neon for the best effect! Free, drop-in event.

 

Painting a Perspective - Mural Bike Tour | If you can’t join us for one of our mural bike tours, you can use the resources below to go on your own self-guided tour across Fayetteville. There are two routes to choose from, both of which are close to the University of Arkansas campus. Resources on how to rent a bike, maps, outdoor safety, and discussion of social justice and unity can also be found at UREC Outdoors. When visiting these murals keep the three questions below in mind: What do you SEE?  What do you FEEL?  What can we DO? 

Event Location Date Time Student UREC Member Non-UREC Member Registration Deadline Registration
Buffalo River Canoeing Buffalo National River October 23rd - October 25th   $150 $250   October 12th Register Here
Upper Buffalo Climbing and Hiking Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area October 23rd - October 25th   $150 $250   October 12th Register Here
Grand Canyon Backpacking Grand Canyon National Park November 20th - November 28th   $550 $700   November 1st Register Here
Great Sand Dunes Backpacking Trip Great Sand Dunes National Park November 23rd - November 28th   $550 $700   November 1st Register Here

 

Looking for some more information about the trip options above. Check out our descriptions below!

 

Buffalo River Canoeing | Join UREC Outoors for 4 days on the Buffalo River! This trip will take you through the Buffalo River Wilderness, one of the most pristine watersheds in our part of the country. Sleep on the banks, paddle the calm waters, cook great meals, and see places that not many others get to see! This trip has a required pre trip meeting on October 14th from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM  (updated 10/1/21- was previously Oct. 15th). 

 

Upper Buffalo Climbing and Hiking | Spend your fall break with UREC Outdoors exploring the Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area. Climb some epic climbing areas such as Horseshoe Canyon Ranch and Sam's Throne and spend some time exploring hiking trails near the Buffalo National River. This trip has a required pre- trip meeting on October 14th from 6:30 PM- 8:00 PM.

 

Grand Canyon Backpacking Trip | Hike in the beautiful Grand Canyon National Park over Thanksgiving Break! Enjoy 4 nights and 5 days deep within the walls of America’s largest canyon. The Grand Canyon is located entirely in northern Arizona; the park encompasses 277 miles of the Colorado River and adjacent uplands. You will be hiking in a desert climate, where water and protection from the elements make the difference between life and death.

The hike begins at a high elevation (7000-8000 feet) and requires a beautiful and exposed descent at the beginning of your trip, when your pack is heaviest. This trip is suitable for beginners, but participants are expected to carry everything they will need for four days in their backpacks as they hike in and out of the canyon. This trip has a required pre trip meeting on November 3rd from 6:30PM -8:00 PM.

 

Great Sand Dunes Backpacking Trip | Take a trip with UREC Outdoors into the depths of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado. This trip will spend some time exploring the backcountry area of the dunes and get a chance to camp in the dunes. The park is designated as a dark sky viewing location and with the low light pollution you may get a chance to see the beauty of thousands of stars at night. This trip is suitable for beginners. This trip has a required pre trip meeting on November 3rd from 7:30PM -8:30 PM.


For additional information on the trips and activities contact UREC Outdoors at camp@uark.edu