students hiking

First Tracks Pre-Orientation Trip

Get a taste of the outdoor recreation opportunities Colorado has to offer and get to know other incoming students! Activities include stand-up paddle-boarding, hiking, and biking. Due to COVID-19 concerns, participants will move-in early and lodge in their rooms on campus instead of camping together in tents. We’ll leave campus for the day’s activity and return each night. First Tracks is open to all First Year Regis College, Traditional Nursing First Year and Transfer Students.
First Tracks allowed me to meet a ton of other incoming students. You all made my transition into college much smoother.  Max, First Tracks 2018

August 11 - 14, 2020


All spots on First Tracks have been filled!

Arrival Information

First Tracks Check-In and Early Move-In

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
1:00pm - 5:00pm*
Clarke Hall Atrium

*Once registered, keep an eye out for an email with your assigned arrival time. We will have four 1-hour windows for check-in to maintain distancing.

First Tracks round-up and welcome starts at 7pm!

Air Travel Information

  • For participants flying into Denver International Airport, please make flight plans to land no later than 12:00pm on Check-In day on August 11, 2020.
  • A Regis shuttle will be provided. In order to reserve a spot, please send your flight information to
  • If you are using an alternate means of transport from DIA to Regis University, please email your flight information and relevant details to
  • Once landed, find Baggage Claim 8 in the East Terminal by 12:30pm. Regis staff will meet you there and the shuttle to campus will leave soon after.

If you have any travel questions please email

Program Cost


  • All food and lodging
  • All program activities
  • Transportation during the program
  • Gear and equipment for each activity

The cost of trip is NOT due at time of registration. The full amount will be applied to your student billing account and you will pay via Student Billing.

Camping scene with tent at sunset

Packing List

We’d recommend wearing active clothes each day that you don’t mind getting wet, especially when we’re at the lake! We’d also recommend bringing a day-pack for snacks, extra layers, and water. Full packing list below.

First Tracks adventure program group photo
Students hiking up a trail
Students taking selfie at lake
student smiling with large camping backpack

Frequently Asked Questions

Adventure activities are physically demanding. We do our best to design our program to meet the needs of individuals who have minimal experience in the outdoors. However, if you are usually inactive we would encourage you to begin a moderate level of exercise in preparation of the program such as: walking, jumping jacks, or bike riding on a daily basis.

If you have any allergies or special needs, please indicate them on the registration form. We do our best to accommodate all needs and requests.

Normally we’d be camping on First Tracks, but due to COVID-19 concerns, you’ll be sleeping in your cozy dorm room!

Denver is the Mile-High City, and we will be leaving it and heading into the mountains, at an even higher altitude. At this high of an altitude, the sun shines very directly and harshly - sunscreen is an absolute necessity. Additionally, it is easy to become dehydrated so you need to be careful to drink a lot of water. Some people can feel sick when adjusting to a high altitude, but most people who hydrate should feel fine. If you have more questions about this, just contact us!

You should arrive to campus at your assigned arrival time. You’ll check-in for First Tracks and move into your dorm room after, grab some dinner, and then meet your activity group at 7 at our round-up!

Depending on your activity group, you should be back to campus no later than 5pm.

Withdrawal and Refund Policy

All withdrawals from the trip must be emailed to

Cancellation Policy:
The following is our refund policy and we strictly adhere to this policy no matter when you register and submit payment. Please make your travel plans to arrive in advance of the course start in order to avoid weather complications, ensuring you are on time on the first day of the course. NO refunds are given due to weather.

Registration is non-transferable. If a student chooses to withdraw from a course:

  • Greater than or equal to 45 days prior to the course start date, Regis University will retain a $35 administrative fee
  • Between 30 and 44 days of the course start, sponsor will retain $125
  • Between 21 and 29 days of the course start, sponsor will retain $225
  • Less than 21 days before course start, sponsor will retain entire tuition
  • After the course has begun, the tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable

If you have questions regarding the payment process or refund policy, please email prior to registering for the course.

  • Should a participant withdraw, the participant is responsible for any airfare cancellation, change fees, or other personal expenses made in preparation for the trip
  • Should a participant violate the Student Code of Conduct, outlined in the Student Handbook, while traveling with the program and should be determined by the program directors that the participant should be sent back, the participant will bear all costs associated with his or her early return. Refunds will not be issued under these circumstances.