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Outdoor Orientation Trips

Rafting- RAISE

Start your Boise State journey with confidence by backpacking into the Sawtooth Mountains and whitewater rafting down the Payette River. The Outdoor Program offers a unique and engaging way for new students to make lasting memories, meet new people, and build community and connection. All new students are welcome and no experience is necessary. In recognition of the COVID-19 impact on last year’s incoming class, we are offering a limited amount of spots for second-year Boise State students.


Connection. Wilderness. Growth.

Trip Description: This 7-day adventure will consist of two days of team building and preparation with car camping at the base of the Sawtooth Mountains. Followed by four days of backpacking in some of the most scenic mountains and alpine lakes in Idaho. On the final day, we will be whitewater rafting down the Payette River.

Trip Cost: $395 (includes all necessary equipment, transportation, food, and instruction)

Trip Dates:

  • July 5 – 11
  • July 19-25
  • August 2-8

Ready to sign up? Call us at 208-426-1946 for payment and to secure your spot.

Registration closes two weeks before the trip start date. Please see the information packet for detailed information on COVID-19 protocols, itinerary, and packing list; as well as our information about refunds by clicking here: Refunds and Cancellations 

Information Packet

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Meet Ally

Hey! My name is Ally Smith, a Geoscience major here at Boise State University. The summer before my freshman year, I went on the summer orientation backpacking trip with the Outdoor Program. In the beginning, I was nervous, I didn’t know anybody, and I had never gone backpacking before. It turns out; I had nothing to worry about. The trip was my entry into a whole new community; it’s still one of my favorite memories at Boise State. Instantly I felt a part of the group, and it was a weekend of many laughs, late-night card games, and some of the most beautiful mountains in Idaho. It guided me to some of my best friends today. I wish I could go back! Now I am a part of the Outdoor Programs itself, leading the very trips that introduced me to the program. I would never have guessed that one trip would have been the door to where I am now. Every day I get to share my passion for outdoor adventure with students coming from every background, and nothing makes me happier than seeing all the new faces coming into the Outdoor Program! I am so grateful for that experience, and it’s one that I won’t forget.