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We are excited to offer five of our favorite trips in 2021!  These trips are currently being adapted to ensure that we can follow health and safety guidelines from the CDC, state, federal, and University level.  Each trip will offer opportunities for students to get to know their classmates, prepare for their first year at the U of R, and meet current students, administrators and faculty!

Each trip also has its own unique itinerary with specific activities and themes to help prepare you on your journey into college. 

When you're ready, fill out an FYJ Application!


Important First Year Journey Application Dates

  • Friday, May 7, 2021:  Website is updated and a new FYJ Application is available!
  • Thursday, July 8, 2021:  Applications are due
  • Friday, July 16, 2021:  Trip Assignments are sent via email
  • Friday, July 30, 2021:  Payment for Trips are due
  • Friday, August 6, 2021:  All Paperwork is due


Front Country Experience FYJ's focus primarily the many outdoor opportunities within a day's drive from campus.  Front Country Experience FYJ's introduce students to skills such as camping, hiking, teamwork, and caring for the environment.  Front Country means that you will often times have access to restrooms, running water, and will be camping near basic facilities.  You will be participating in activities based around your campground.  All Front Country Experience FYJ's practice Leave No Trace principles.12331841_854126708019965_2034856197_n.jpg

In addition to connecting with your classmates, these trips are a great way to introduce yourself to opportunities throughout the Southwest.  No previous experience is necessary to attend a Front Country Experience FYJ.


Backcountry Experience FYJ's offer students the opportunity to spend multiple nights in the backcountry.  Students will work together as a team to backpack into a wilderness setting where they will set up camp away from many front country facilities.  This empowering experience offers opportunities to learn new skills, visit remote and peaceful locations, and be a part of a wilderness team!

There is no experience required for backcountry FYJ's.  Gear such as backpacks, sleeping bags, etc. are available to borrow.  These trips typically offer more physically challenging hikes!