T-Bird Outdoor Connection

T-Bird Outdoor Connection

September 1-4, 2020

T-Bird Outdoor Connection (TOC) is designed for participants to create lasting friendships, connect to the SUU community, and appreciate the amazing places surrounding Cedar City. TOC provides the opportunity to learn and be inspired in natural landscapes through meaningful adventure. Your four-day adventure awaits!

Adventure Orientation

Agenda of Events

September 1
Begin by first getting to know the surrounding area of Cedar City during the day, participating in team building activities, and finishing with camping at Three Peaks Recreation Area at night.

September 2
During your second day, you will have the opportunity to explore Southern Utah at Quail Creek State Park, just south of Cedar City. Activities such as stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming, picnic games, and large group activities at and near the lake will be provided. Return to Three Peaks Recreation Area at night to have a group dinner and camp overnight.

September 3
The third day you will divide into your designated group which is previously chosen during registration. Groups of 10 students with 2 leaders will travel to their destination and embark on a full day of activity. Each group will camp overnight at their chosen destination. Choose any one of the 4 trips listed below.

September 4
During your last day, you will continue to adventure within your small groups until the afternoon. Students will return to SUU campus where everyone will get together and end with our annual traditions. TOC will end in the afternoon whereupon students may return to their housing in time to prepare for Thunder-U. Thunder-U, a student directed orientation, will begin September 5th.

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Canyoneering - Zion National Park

Located in Southwestern Utah, Zion National Park is native to massive sandstone cliffs with an array of unique hikes, plants, and animals. This trip offers hiking to and canyoneering down narrow slot canyons of the surrounding area. Experience route planning, thrilling descends as you rappel, and an increase in confidence as you and your group conquer majestic canyoneering locations throughout the Zion area. After canyoneering, continue your adventure in Zion National Park as you explore and hike.

Difficulty Rating: Moderately Strenuous

Experience Needed: None, skills will be learned on the trip.

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Canyoneering - Zion National Park
Rock Climbing - Snow Canyon State Park

Rock Climbing - Snow Canyon State Park

Located in Southwestern Utah, Crawdad Canyon is one of the only, privately owned, outdoor rock climbing parks in the USA. Enjoy the various climbing routes in cool weather made from loads of shade and a cool breeze from the Santa Clara River flowing below the canyon walls. This trip offers sport climbing through short routes along the towering walls, strategically planning your route, and immediate gratification of completing challenging routes. Camp overnight at Snow Canyon State Park in the peaceful campground surrounded by ancient lava flows and red Navajo sandstone.

Difficulty Rating: Moderate to Moderately Strenuous

Experience Needed: None, skills will be learned on the trip.

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Hiking & Swimming - Cathedral Gorge State Park

Located in southeastern Nevada, hike within Cathedral Gorge State Park, where erosion has carved dramatic and unique patterns in the soft bentonite clay. The park’s beauty began with explosive volcanic activity that, with each eruption, deposited layers of ash hundreds of feet thick. Great walking trails abound for exploring the cave-like formations and cathedral-like spires. The park offers stunning views of the scenic canyon where you can enjoy hiking, picnicking, and crawling through short tunnels that lead to stunning views. After a day of exploring in the sun, cool down and enjoy swimming in a nearby warm-spring before making your way back to Cedar City.

Note: Expect High Temperatures

Difficulty Rating: Moderate

Experience Needed: None

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Hiking & Swimming - Cathedral Gorge State Park
Horseback Riding - Bryce Canyon National Park

Horseback Riding - Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park, located in Southwestern Utah, is famous for its beautiful rock spires called "hoodoos," scenic vistas, and the dark night sky. You and your animal will become best friends on the ride as you leave Sunrise Point to start the descent into the Canyon. On the ride, you will be informed by local cowboys of the history & geology of Bryce Canyon. Once the ride reaches the floor of Bryce Canyon our 2 hour ride will make a loop and start to travel back up to the rim of the canyon, winding through many more rock formations. After your ride, explore more of Bryce Canyon with your group on a few short hikes, and return back to Cedar City to camp overnight.

Difficulty Rating: Easy/Moderate

Experience Needed: None

Note: 220 lb. weight limit for riding horses

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Please email suuoec@gmail.com for more information.