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CSI Outdoors

COVID-19 statement

While we at the College of Southern Idaho Outdoor Recreation Center are dedicated to providing opportunities and information about the outdoors, we advocate responsible use of our local natural trails, waterways, and crags. We support the Idaho Recreate Responsibly initiative, and encourage users to adhere to best health practices to prevent virus transmission, including staying at least six-feet away from others and avoiding groups of people who are not immediate family members or housemates.

We encourage the following guidelines when recreating outside:

Go solo or with your family unit

  • Going outdoors is for your health – not for socializing 
  • Stay 6 feet away from people you do not live with. Share the trail and yield to others to maintain a safe distance. 
  • Choose less frequented parks and trails. Check park system websites for recommendations. 
  • Do not park in a crowded parking lot or use a crowded trail. 
  • Examples of safe activities that are allowed solo or with people living in the same household: 
    • Hike/walk
    • Bike
    • Frisbee/catch/kicking a ball
    • Sit under a tree: read, write, listen to music,
    • Draw
    • Take photos of plants and animals and share them online 
  • Do not hold social gatherings at parks or anywhere. 

Stay close to home and avoid crowds

  • Stay close to home. This is not a time to go exploring. 
  • Some parks systems are closing parking lots to manage crowding. If you stay close to home, you won’t need to drive – and you’ll get more exercise. 
  • Choose less frequented parks and trails. Check park system websites for recommendations. 
  • Do not park in a crowded parking lot or use a crowded trail. 
  • Look for nearby nature to enjoy: your own neighborhood might have #hiddennature. 
  • Visit nature virtually: There are many options online. 

Stay safe and healthy

  • Do not visit parks that have been closed by local authorities. 
  • Many restrooms and facilities are closed; plan ahead before leaving home. 
  • Shorten your visit – give others the opportunity to have a safe experience. 
  • Stay at home if you or someone in your household are sick. 
  • Leave no trace: public garbage collection is limited, so pack out what you pack in


As a program, we will take the utmost precautions in ensuring risk is minimized, and your safety as priority. As staff, we will wear masks when coming within 6 feet of our participants, and all of our equipment is sanitized according to COVID019 cleaning protocol. We are staying local to protect our surrounding communities from further exposure, and we are advocating for recreationists to do the same. Thank you for your continual support of the ORC and the students we are serving!


CSI Outdoors serves to provide students, faculty & staff, and community members with adventure-based learning through outdoor and wilderness experiences. Fostering an environment of self-efficacy and interpersonal growth, each adventure seeks to create awareness for environmental stewardship, develop leaders, and promote lifetime active living.

In an effort to tap into a diverse range of interests of the CSI student population and community, CSI Outdoors offers a variety of activities for the first-timers to the seasoned outdoor enthusiast. Outdoor adventures include: kayaking, paddleboarding, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, camping, rock climbing, backpacking, caving, hot springing, snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, white water rafting, educational clinics, and special events.

CSI Outdoors Rental Shop

The CSI Outdoors Rental Shop is closed due to short staffing. Check back soon and thank you for your understanding.

Need gear for your next adventure? Check out our rental selection for more options! The CSI Outdoors Rental Shop provides a variety of camping, climbing, biking, water, and snow sports gear available to CSI Students, Staff, Faculty, and Community Members.

Rental Shop Pricing Page

Contact the Outdoor Recreation Center

Phone: 208-732-6697



Instagram: @csioutdoors

  • 11 students line up for a photo before they start skiing
  • 12 students line up for a photo after a day of skiing
  • Student poses while hanging from their rock climbing gear
  • A group of students pose for a picture on top of a crumbled lava tube
  • Two students high five inside a cramped cave
  • A group of students get ready to start scaling a cliff route
  • A large group of students gathers for a picture before their bike ride
  • six students on a rafting trip