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 14th 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.

University Recreation is partnering with the Multicultural Center to intentionally invite traditionally underserved communities to participate in outdoor recreation pursuits. We believe that natural spaces, parks, and the opportunity to recreate in the out-of-doors should exist equitably for all. UREC and the Multicultural Center aim to create community and a sense of belonging through all our facilities, programs, and services. All are welcome on these programs! 

Event Location Date Time Student UREC Member Registration Deadline Registration
UARK Empower Day Hike
To be announced! March 9 All Day $10 $20 March 7 Register Here beginning February 24th

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UARK EMPOWER Day Hike | This hike is collaboration between UREC Outdoors and EMPOWER. Tailored for EMPOWER program participants, this inclusive outdoor adventure fosters connections, builds confidence, and celebrates the beauty of nature. Led by experienced guides, it's more than a hike—it's a journey towards independence and community support. Embrace empowerment in the great outdoors.

Event Location Date Time Student UREC Member Registration Deadline Registration
Lake Wilson SUP Lake Wilson (Meet in HPER 102) April 27 All Day $10 $20 April 13 Register here beginning April 25th
Whitewater Roll Clinic HPER Pool

1/18

1/29

2/8

2/22

3/7

4/18

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM  Free Free

1/18

1/29

2/8

2/21

3/7

4/18

Register here beginning on 1/4, 1/14, 1/23, 2/7, 2/22, 4/4

Looking for some more information about the trip options above. Check out our descriptions below! If you have specific questions, feel free to reach out to us at camp@uark.edu or by calling 479-575-CAMP. 

 

Lake Wilson SUP | Day Paddle | Seeking a break from textbooks and lectures? Dive into serenity with Lake Wilson Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Whether you're a paddleboard enthusiast or a curious first-timer, this adventure beckons students to explore the calm waters and untouched beauty of the lake. Glide across the surface, leaving stress in your wake. Embrace a moment of peace and connection with nature at Lake Wilson, your perfect escape from the daily grind.

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.

 

Event Location Date Time Student UREC Member Registration Deadline Registration
Sequoyah Sunset Hike Sequoyah (Meet at HPER 102) February 3 Sunset $10 $20 February 1 Register here benginning January 20
Day Hike To be announced! April 13 All Day $10 $20 April 11 Register here beginning September 24

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Sequoyah Sunset Hike | Nature's grandeur takes center stage during our Sequoyah Sunset Hike. As the sun begins its descent, join us on a journey through Sequoyah's breathtaking landscapes. Witness the sky ablaze with a vivid palette of colors as you soak in the tranquility of the great outdoors. It's an experience that will leave you with awe-inspiring memories and a newfound appreciation for the beauty of dusk in the wild. 

Day Hike | Come see a very popular Arkansas classic hike with UREC Outdoors. This trip is a great way to discover why Arkansas is called the Natural State. This trail is great for all experience levels.

 

Event Location Date Time Student UREC Member Registration Deadline Registration

Introduction to Top Rope Belaying

Climbing Wall, HPER Gym 1 

Every Sunday During the Spring Semester

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM  Free Free The day before the clinic Register here beginning 2 weeks prior to the clinic 
Lead Climbing Clinic Climbing Wall, HPER Gym 1 

1/23 and 1/25

2/5 and 2/7

2/19 and 2/21

3/11 and 3/13

3/26 and 3/28

4/9 and 4/11

4/23 and 4/25

 

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM  Free Free

1/23

2/5

2/19

3/11

3/26

4/9

4/23

Register here  2 weeks prior to the clinic

Day Bouldering Trip TBD

February 10

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM  $10 $20

February 8

Register Here beginning September 23

Day Climb TBD

February 24

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM  $10 $20

February 22

Register here  2 weeks prior to the clinic

 

Red River Gorge Spring Break Climbing Trip Red River Gorge

March 16-March 23

  $250 $650

February 28

Register here beginning January 15
Day Climb TBD

April 20

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM $10 $20

April 18

Register here beginning April 6

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

 

Introduction to Top Rope Belaying Clinic | The two-hour course is the perfect place to teach you the basics of climbing Top Rope 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, registration is required. 

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 this 2 day, 4 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.  

Day Bouldering | Challenge yourself both mentally and physically with our Day Bouldering adventure. Unlike traditional rock climbing, bouldering focuses on short, yet often intense, routes that require problem-solving and strength. Whether you're a seasoned climber or a newcomer to the sport, our day of outdoor bouldering will test your skills and determination. Conquer a variety of boulder problems while enjoying the thrill of climbing in a stunning natural setting. 

Day Climb | Elevate your climbing skills and your sense of adventure with our Day Climb. Ascend the craggy cliffs and enjoy breathtaking views from your lofty perch. This day of climbing not only challenges your physical abilities but also immerses you in the natural beauty of your surroundings. Whether you're a novice climber or a seasoned pro, this experience promises an unforgettable day on the rocks. 

Day Climb | UREC Outdoors believes everyone can enjoy rock climbing and our objective is to help get people outside. The climbing day trip is a great opportunity for you to get involved and try rock climbing outside. There will be a short hike to the climbing crag where UREC Outdoors staff will set up some top rope climbs. 

 

Event Location Date Time Student UREC Member Registration Deadline Registration
Introduction to Mountain Biking: Fundamental Skills HPER 102

1/17

1/24

1/31

2/7

2/14

2/21

2/28

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM  $10 $20 Registration closes the day of the clinic Register here beginning 2 weeks before the clinic
Greenway Ride & Crystal Bridges Art Tour HPER 102

1/20

2/17

3/30

4/13

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM  Free Free Registration closes the day before the ride Register here beginning 2 weeks before the ride
Bentonville Ride & Camp at Coler HPER 102

April 20-April 21

  $10 $20 Registration closes April 19 Register here beginning  April 6
Learn to Ride Clinic HPER 102

1/21

1/28

2/4

4/7

4/2

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM  Free Free Registration closes the day of the clinic  Register here beginning 2 weeks before the clinic
Navigate Fayetteville Bike Class HPER 102 January 30 4:30PM - 5:30PM Free Free January 30 Register here beginning January 15
MTB: How to dress & what to bring HPER 102 February 15 4:30PM - 5:30PM Free Free February 15 Register here beginning February 1 
Devil's Den Mountain Bike Day Trip Devil's Den State Park March 9 All Day $10 $20 March 7 Register here beginning February 24

Tuesday Traverse

(no drop ride)

Razorback Greenway

(Meet at HPER 102)

3/26

4/2

4/9

4/23

4/30

 

Meet at 5:15PM, wheels down at 5:30 PM Free Free Registration closes the day of the ride Register here beggining 2 weeks before the ride

 

Introduction to Mountain Biking: Fundamental Skills | This class is designed to teach riders of various skill levels the essential techniques required for safe off-road riding. This is a fantastic way for riders to build a solid foundation, gain confidence, elevate your trail riding skills, and connect in a fun way with other riders!   

We start at the UREC Outdoor Bike Shop in HPER 102 and will ride to a flat greenspace to learn and practice skills.  

 *Weather Policy: UREC Outdoors Cycling Programs will proceed as scheduled if the forecasted temperature is above 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsius) at the starting time of the ride. 

 

Greenway Ride and Crystal Bridges Art Tour | This trip offers a perfect blend of physical activity, appreciation of art, and immersion in nature. It's a well-rounded experience that caters to both outdoor enthusiasts and art lovers, making it a fantastic way to spend a day exploring the beauty of the world on two wheels and through artistic expression. Expect 7-9 miles of riding. 

*Weather Policy: UREC Outdoors Cycling Programs will proceed as scheduled if the forecasted temperature is above 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsius) at the starting time of the ride. 

 

Bentonville Ride & Camp at Coler | Are you new to mountain biking or looking to explore the thrill of off-road trails in a beginner-friendly setting? Join us for an unforgettable Bentonville mountain biking trip and camping experience at Coler Mountain Bike Preserve, tailor-made for beginners.  

Trip Highlights 

  • Guided Introduction: Explore-beginner-friendly trails amidst the stunning backdrop of Bentonville, with gentle slopes and manageable obstacles.  
  • Camping comfort: Enjoy the serenity of camping at Coler Mountain Bike Preserve without sacrificing comfort. We’ve created a welcoming atmosphere for novice campers.  
  • Small Group Experience: Share your adventure with like-minded beginners, creating a supportive and encouraging environment.  

What’s Included?  

  • Mountain Bike Skills Instruction: Learn the fundamental skills of mountain biking under the guidance of skilled instructors.  
  • Quality Bike Rental: Access to quality mountain bikes suitable for beginners, ensuring your ride is comfortable and enjoyable.  
  • Campsite Essentials: We provide essential camping gear and amenities, so you can relax and focus on your outdoor experience. 
  • Beginner-Friendly Trails: Explore the beauty of Bentonville with trails that are designed to build your confidence as you ride.   

*Weather Policy: UREC Outdoors Cycling Programs will proceed as scheduled if the forecasted temperature is above 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsius) at the starting time of the ride. 

 

Learn to Ride Clinic | Have you ever dreamed of the wind in your hair and the freedom of the open road, but the thought of riding a bike seems like an unattainable goal? Or perhaps you have fond childhood memories of biking, but it’s been years since you last hopped on a bicycle?  Introducing our “Learn to Ride Clinic” – your ticket to rediscovering the joy of cycling, regardless of your age or experience level!  

  • Learn at Your Own Pace: Our instructors will provide a safe and supportive environment, so you can learn to ride a bike at your own pace. No need to rush; we’ll be right there with you every step of the way! 
  • Rediscover Freedom: Feel the exhilaration of cruising on two wheels. Rediscover the world around you in a whole new way as you pedal your way to adventures unknown.  
  • Join a supportive community: Connect with like-minded individuals who are on the same journey as you. Share stories, tips, and encouragement in a warm and welcoming environment.  
  • Boost your confidence: As you conquer the art of cycling, you’ll boost your self-confidence and gain a skill that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.  

It’s never too late to learn or rediscover the simple pleasure of riding a bike. Join our “Learn to Ride Clinic” – we can’t wait to see you there!  

*Bikes & Helmets are provided.  
*Starts and ends in HPER 102.

 

Navigate Fayetteville Bike Class | Fayetteville is a cyclist's paradise, and our Navigate Fayetteville Bike Class is your passport to explore it all. Get ready to discover the best routes, trails, and hidden gems in this charming Arkansas city. Whether you're a local or a visitor, our expert guides will lead you through the city's bike-friendly infrastructure, sharing insider tips and historical insights along the way. From leisurely rides to more challenging routes, this class caters to all levels of cyclists.

*Weather Policy: UREC Outdoors Cycling Programs will proceed as scheduled if the forecasted temperature is above 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsius) at the starting time of the ride. 

 

MTB: How to dress & what to bring |  Gear up for mountain biking success by joining our MTB – How to Dress/What to Bring Class. Dressing appropriately and packing smartly are crucial for a successful ride. Learn the ins and outs of selecting the right clothing and gear for your mountain biking adventures. From choosing the perfect helmet to packing essential tools and equipment, this class equips you with the knowledge needed to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey.

 

Devil's Den Mountain Bike Day Trip | Are you ready to embrace the thrill of mountain biking while surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of Devil's Den State Park? Join us for an unforgettable journey through the heart of Arkansas, where adventure and nature converge seamlessly. Whether you're a seasoned cyclist or have never touched a mountain bike before, this trip is tailored just for you. Discover the Beauty of Devil's Den: Escape into the wilderness and experience the park's stunning landscapes, towering bluffs, lush forests, and sparkling streams. Enjoy the harmonious blend of adventure and serenity as you pedal through the park's scenic trails. For All Skill Levels: This trip is designed with beginners in mind. You don't need to be an expert to participate. We offer guidance and support every step of the way. 

*Weather Policy: UREC Outdoors Cycling Programs will proceed as scheduled if the forecasted temperature is above 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsius) at the starting time of the ride. 

 

Tuesday Traverse | Our weekly group bike ride is a fun and leisurely way to enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise, and connect with people who share your enthusiasm for cycling. The pace of the ride will be relaxed, designed to accommodate riders of various skill levels. We'll have designated breaks to rest, take in the scenery, and socialize. This event is open to riders of all skill levels, whether you're a seasoned cyclist or just starting out. 

Please bring your own bicycle (in good working condition) – if you have one.  

If you need a bike, you can reserve one through the URec Outdoors Rental Shop.  

Safety First: Helmets are REQUIRED.  

  • Please check the weather forecast before attending the ride, and dress appropriately.
  • Make sure your bicycle is in good working order, and consider carrying basic tools and a spare tube for minor repairs. 

*Weather Policy: UREC Outdoors Cycling Programs will proceed as scheduled if the forecasted temperature is above 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsius) at the starting time of the ride. 

 

Event Location Date Time Student UREC Member General Public Registration Deadline Registration
Wilderness First Responder (WFR) UREC

January 5 - 13

8am - 6pm $800 $850

$875

Please contact Katherine Miller at kgmiller@uark.edu to register

January 4 Register Here

 

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Wilderness First Responder (WFR) - Our Wilderness First Responder course is designed for outdoor professionals, those who take multi-day or longer personal trips, those who take part in high risk activities (rock climbing, whitewater paddling, mountaineering, multi-week expeditions of all kinds, etc.), and those who simply want to know more about wilderness medicine. Certification as a Wilderness First Responder is the industry standard for outdoor instructors and guides. We recommend taking the full course—standard or hybrid—every six years.


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