Wilderness Pursuits

College Outdoor Program
Wilderness Pursuits provides fun, low-cost, and professional-quality co-curricular outdoor expeditions and resources for the students of Western State Colorado University. Wilderness Pursuits trips are led by students and designed to meet the needs of a broad range of abilities and interests, while developing outdoor skills and fostering community, citizenry, environmental stewardship and healthy living.


Wilderness Pursuits is home to low cost Gear Rentals, a self-serve Tune/Bike Shop (and we host FREE CLINICS to help you get the most out of our space), the Terbush Memorial Summit, Wilderness Based Orientation, and many of our members are active participants on the Mountain Rescue Team.

WP is an equal opportunity service provider operating under BLM and USFS Special Use Permits in Colorado and Utah.

From Ice Climbing and Mountaineering to Backcountry Skiing and Backpacking, WP Instructors will help you make the most of the outdoors in the Gunnison Valley... and beyond. Check out our student-made videos about our student-led trips and make sure to sign up early for 2015/16 trips!

Backpacking forms the heart of our Wilderness Based Orientation and Mid-Fall Break trips. Spencer Schenk-Wasson's video explores why Backpacking can be more than just a walk in the woods:

While winter is a few months away, WP always wants to make sure Western students understand the risks associated with travel in avalanche terrain- it can snow almost any time of year here!! Tucker Cocchiarella's video will get you stoked about our Intro to Backcountry Trips:


WP rents boats, bikes and camping gear all summer long. This summer our fleet includes 29" hardtail mountain bikes, whitewater kayaks, inflatable kayaks, large rafts, small rafts, Stand Up Paddle boards and all the helmets, PFDs and associated equipment you need to get on the river. During the summer, we allow and encourage reservations on all inflatables, so give us a call or stop by the office to arrange your weekend adventure! 

WP rents expedition/multi-day boats, frames and equipment to the public with advance notice. Public rates vary, but are usually double the student rate listed below. Please call 970.943.7051 for public pricing and to make your reservation today! Rental Agreement and Waivers must be signed by all group members. Download, print and bring in signed waivers at the time of rental.

Whitewater EquipmentDaily rate

Stand Up Paddle Board Package 

(SUP, paddle, pump, PFD and helmet)


Duckie Package - Single

(one person inflatable kayak, paddle, pump, PFD and helmet)


Duckie Package - Double

(two person inflatable kayak, 2 paddles, pump, 2 PFDs and 2 helmets)


Culebra - personal cataraft

​(two person inflatable cataraft, 2 paddles, pump, 2 PFDs and 2 helmets)


Mini-Me: 9' Raft

(2-4 person raft, paddles, pump, PFDs and helmets)


Paddle Raft Package: 13'-14' rafts

6-8 person raft, paddles, pump, PFDs and helmets)


Oar Rig Raft Package - Basic

(13'-14' raft, day frame, oars, pump, PFDs, and 4 cam straps)


Oar Rig Raft Package - Deluxe

(13'-14' raft, expedition frame, cooler, dry box, table, oars, pump, PFDs and cam straps for frame and boxes)


For current students, staff and faculty: weekend rates are 2x and weekly rates are 4x the daily rate.

Reservations recommended for inflatables and group gear. Call 970.943.7051 to check availability. All other gear is first come, first served.