FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)

The USU Challenge Course (also called a ropes course, confidence course, or COPE course) offers a variety of experiential learning activities for organized groups to help improve basic life-skills as well as teambuilding skills. Events are available for scheduled groups only. It is not normally open for individuals to walk in and participate, with the exception of a few summer nights when we will offer "Adventure Nights" that are open to individuals.

The course offers three different components:
  • Ground Initiatives – Problem-solving activities located on the ground. They require brainstorming, problem solving and teamwork.
  • Low Elements – Activities up to 18 inches off the ground that can be more physically challenging. The low elements require communication, trust, group effort, and cooperation.
  • High Elements – Activities ranging from 15-50 feet off the ground and are considered high adventure activities. High elements focus more on individual accomplishments that require team support. All high elements require participants to wear harnesses and helmets.

The USU Challenge Course is managed by the University Inn & Conference Center at Utah State University. The Challenge Course Manager is certified as a Challenge Course Manager and a Level II Facilitator, and all of the Challenge Course Facilitators are certified as Level I Facilitators through Synergo, an accredited Professional Vendor Member (PVM) of the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT).

  • Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
  • Outdoor Course Hours: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM, or dusk, Monday through Saturday. Groups are accommodated on the course from mid-April through October each year.
  • Portable Activities: Team building activities are available any time of year and can be held at an indoor location on the USU Logan Campus or any location the group prefers.

We close the outdoor course during the winter months. However, our portable, indoor programs are available year round at any location.

The group sizes vary depending on the program you would like to participate in. All programs require a minimum of 10 people, with a maximum of 500.

We encourage any organized groups to attend the Challenge Course. The following various groups have participated: corporate administrators, work groups, school groups, university groups, sport teams, youth groups, church groups and family groups. We design custom programs to meet the goals and objectives set by the leaders of each group.

The experiential education at the Challenge Course can be physically challenging, but you do not need to be in top physical shape to participate. Please inform the Challenge Course Coordinator if you or any participants have any medical/physical restrictions before participating in the Challenge Course activities.

We recommend participants be age 12 or older. Those under age 18 must complete an "Informed Consent Form for Minors" and have it signed by his or her parent or legal guardian. These forms are due on the day of the program and must be turned in to be allowed on the course. Please contact us with questions about groups with younger participants.

Yes, the USU Challenge Course meets all standards of the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT). The course is inspected and approved every year by Synergo, an accredited Professional Vendor Member (PVM) of the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT).

Call 435-797-0423 to schedule your Challenge Course Event or email challengecourse@usu.edu.

A contract and Group Planning Packet will be sent to the leader. In the Planning Packet is a "Goals and Objectives Worksheet." Return the signed contract and the completed Goals and Objectives Worksheet to us via email at challengecourse@usu.edu

Also in the Planning Packet you will find:

  • "Informed Consent Forms" for adult participants and minor participants. Each participant is required to bring a signed Informed Consent Form with them on the day of the course.
  • Driving directions and map.

Wear comfortable clothing you can move around in. Closed-toe shoes with rubber soles such as athletic shoes are recommended. Loose, comfortable, casual clothing that covers you and allows you to move around. T-shirts, long pants or long shorts are all great choices. Be mindful of the weather as you may need to bring rain gear if it looks like it may rain.

  • Bring: weather-appropriate items, jacket, sunscreen, water bottle, sunglasses, a hat, a camera/cell phone and a good attitude toward having some fun and learning something new.
  • Do not bring: gum, candy, jewelry and valuables. Rings, necklaces and earrings can be lost, broken and/or pose a hazard to you or a fellow participant.

Yes, there is a portable restroom on site.