students hiking

First Tracks Pre-Orientation Trip

Get a taste of the recreation opportunities Colorado has to offer and get to know other incoming students!  The Outdoor Adventure Program staff is currently working on designing an experience that meets state and outdoor industry standards.  Please check back often for updated information about the program design and registration.  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

Check back for registration details soon!

Arrival Information

First Tracks Participant Check-In

Saturday, August 15, 2020
10:30am - 1:00pm
Clarke Hall Atrium

All participants must check in. Please ensure you can arrive in this time window.

Air Travel Information

  • For participants flying into Denver International Airport, please make flight plans to land no later than 11:00am on August 15, 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 11:30am. 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
  • Equipment rental if needed (i.e. tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, cooking gear, and activity specific equipment)

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 recommend bringing multiple layers to account for the vast weather conditions we may experience. It can get COLD at night! We recommend packing synthetic and non-cotton clothing. 

Leave the shampoo, hairspray, and perfume/cologne at home. It is inevitable you will smell and that is okay.

First Tracks adventure program group photo
Students wearing helmets watching adventure activities
Students jumping off zipline platform
student smiling with large camping backpack

Frequently Asked Questions

That’s great! No prior experience necessary. This trip is designed to be an introduction to our lovely Colorado Rocky Mountain backyard. Leaders will be present to teach essentials and to help all participants feel confident participating in trip activities.

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.

We will be cooking at the campsites and you will be helping to create the meals. If you have any allergies or special needs, please indicate them on the registration form.

We will be camping in tents! Tents will be provided by the Regis Outdoor Adventure Program, but you will need to bring a sleeping bag and a sleeping pad to keep you warm and dry. If you don’t have these items one you can borrow them from OAP.

Definitely not. This is a car-camping trip designed for both people with outdoor adventure experience and those without. The included equipment list should give you a decent idea of what you need to bring. OAP has a number of items available to borrow, but you must reserve ahead to use this equipment. If you need other equipment, consider looking at second-hand stores to find bargains.

Our vans are not huge. Please limit yourself to one bag. Please stick as much as possible to the list provided. You will be happier not having to lug so much gear all over and your team will be happier because there will be room in the van for their things too!

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!

Participants on First Tracks will have the option to move in to their on-campus housing on Wednesday, August 19, 2020, a day before traditional move-in. Please check back here for more details in the future.

Participants coming from out of town can request to place their belongings in their room on the day of First Tracks check-in, August 15, 2020. Please check back here for more details in the future.

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 $200
  • Between 21 and 29 days of the course start, sponsor will retain $350
  • 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.