Outdoor Adventures

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Take Your Education Outdoors

Base Camp is open from 8 p.m. - 6 p.m. 

Learn by doing—It’s one of the most effective ways to gain new knowledge and skills. Enhance your university experience as you connect with the natural environment and fellow students, peers, and faculty/staff while discovering yourself in the process.

Our Programs

  • blend education and engagement to provide a fun learning atmosphere
  • are open to all Northern Arizona University students, faculty, staff, and community members
  • encourage participants of all skill and experience levels--especially novices
  • are taught by trained and skilled professionals who are invested in providing outstanding experiences
  • are competitively priced, with an emphasis on affordability
Take a look at some of our most exciting programs! 


We offer members of the community, students, and faculty the opportunities to take your education outdoors and learn through adventure. Our trips and certification classes include:

  • Grand Canyon backpacking
  • Wilderness First Responder courses
  • Verde River rafting expeditions
  • Havasupai Falls backpacking
  • Challenge Course facilitators
  • Leave No Trace training

Review our Fall 2015 Courses

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Mountain Bike Rentals Available 

Available at Outdoor Adventures Basecamp 
***$25/day includes lock and helmet***

Our Fuji Nevada 27.5 Mountain Bikes accommodate all students. We have a range of 13" through 19" bikes in stock. The 27.5" wheels are the perfect mix between traditional 26 inch wheels, and the often unruly 29 inch wheels which recently gained popularity. The 27.5" wheels allow riders of all skill levels to experience a nimble ride that also rolls smoothly over obstacles. 


Cancellation and Refund Policy

Refund Terms and Conditions apply to all purchases no matter the method of payment – cash, check, money order, credit card or LOUIE Account Charge 

What if NAU Outdoor Adventures Cancels the trip?

There are two primary reasons NAU Outdoor Adventures would cancel a trip: unsafe conditions or insufficient participant enrollment to cover trip costs. If a trip is cancelled by NAU Outdoor Adventures, participants will be immediately notified, and will automatically receive a refund in the amount paid to NAU Outdoor Adventures. If NAU Outdoor Adventures cancels the course, there is no processing fee for a cash refund. 

What if I can no longer go on the trip?

Participant Cancellation BEFORE the drop deadline:
The drop deadline is 14 days before the first day of the trip. If a refund is desired and the request is made before the drop deadline, a refund will be processed minus a 20% processing fee

Participant Cancellation AFTER the drop deadline:
Participant cancellations after the drop deadline will require the participant to forfeit all payments made to NAU Outdoors, and will not be eligible for a refund. In the event of a life emergency (death in the family, illness, or injury) participants must provide formal documentation to the Program Coordinator within one week of cancellation. If documentation is received, a refund with NAU Outdoor Adventures will be issued, minus a 20% processing fee. No refunds will be given for participant cancellations due to weather conditions.

Academic Credit

NAU students have the option to enroll for academic credit, and must request this when enrolling in the course. If taking for academic credit, students should be aware of the following:

  • You will receive a letter grade in this course (please refer to the syllabus for more details)
  • You may elect or refuse to take credit until the first course meeting. Changes after this date may require additional paperwork and fees, such as "Permission to Drop a Course after Deadline" form. 
  • You should verify you are enrolled in the course for credit by checking your Louie account. If the course doesn't appear on your LOUIE account, you are NOT enrolled and should contact NAU Outdoor Adventures. 
  • If you decide to drop the course, you must alert NAU Outdoor Adventures and drop the course from your LOUIE account. Being removed from the NAU Outdoors rosters does not remove you from the registrar's roster.