Wilderness Pursuits

WP Rentals Policies

WP Membership and Rental Policies

*Please see COVID-19 WP Rental Process and Price List for our current operations.

Rental Eligibility

Current Western Colorado University students (both undergraduate and graduate) are automatic Members, and with a current University ID Card, receive a 25% discount from the published rates.

The following individuals are eligible to purchase a Membership each semester:

  • Current Faculty and Staff
    • Must hold a current Membership, and 
    • Must present a valid University ID Card.
  • Alumni 
    • Must first verify an individual’s Alumni status by calling the Alumni Office: 970-943-2493 or through the Alumni Directory, 
    • Must Rent equipment with a Driver’s License, and
    • Must pay with a credit card.
  • Non-Members/Community Members are not eligible to purchase a Membership. 
    • Must rent equipment with a Driver’s License, and
    • Must pay with a credit card.

Please remember to bring your University ID when you reserve or check out equipment.

For information on becoming a WP Member, please see the WP Membership section.

Gear is for personal use only. You may rent for one friend or up to three additional family members at your level of rental pricing.

WP reserves the right to refuse service to anyone, for any reason, but especially if you are in over your head, intoxicated, aggressive or very impatient. We are a student service run by students; we appreciate your respect and patience.

WP Membership

A WP Membership allows you to receive 25% off the published rental rates.

All students (undergraduate and graduate) are automatically WP Members.

Facutly, Staff, and Alumni are the only persons eligible to purchase WP Memberships.

The price is $60 per semester. Memberships restart at the beginning of the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.

Please see Rental Eligibility for more information.

Reservation Policy

WP takes over-the-phone or in-person reservations for only inflatable kayaks and raft packages by calling: 970-943-7051.

Boat deposits are to reserve the rental and for any damage that may occur. Paddle Rafts are $100.00 and Expedition Packages are $150.00 and due upon reservation. This charge is on top of the rental charge. Please see the Return, Late, and Damage Policy.

Reservations are possible only for rental periods of two days or longer.

Expedition River Equipment will only be reserved with an Expedition Oar Package, and is not for rent individually. (Expedition River Equipment includes bay frames, oars, groovers, firepans, partner stoves, roll-top tables, kitchen floors, Canyon coolers, dry boxes, drop bags, and paco pads.) This ensures our complete raft packages are always fully stocked.

Reservation Cancellation Policy

Cancelations for inflatable kayaks and raft packages are only refundable 14 days prior to the reservations date (not any closer).

Return, Late, and Damage Policy

All equipment is due by 3:00 pm (one hour before closing time) on the return date to avoid late fees. Each item returned late will be charged a $3.00 service fee plus the Day 1 rental fee for each day, until that item is returned.
Equipment lost, soiled, damaged or wet are subject to a cleaning and/or damage fee. It is the responsibility of the renter to check the condition of the equipment at the time of pick-up.

All inflatables must be re-inflated and cleaned upon return. Renters are responsible for washing their boats and/or SUPs upon return to avoid cleaning fees. Please plan for a 30 minute return process.

A minimum fee for damaged inflatables is $150. Equipment will be evaluated upon return (and 24 hours for inflatables, bikes, and skis). Damage charges will be applied on any items needing repair or replacement.

Deposits are only refundable if no damages are incurred upon rental return/assessment.

See our Example Ski (in WP) for damage fee estimates. All ski and splitboard damages will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by our Ski Tech.

Rental Period Definitions

1 Day: Any rental where the equipment is out only one night, or equipment returned the same day as pick up.

2 Days or 3 Days (Weekend): Any rental where the equipment is out 2 or 3 consecutive nights. Example: Friday to Monday, or Tuesday to Thursday.

Extra Days: Each night the equipment is kept out after the first three consecutive nights counts as an additional day.

Complimentary Days: Each night the equipment is out of WP’s possession counts as one rental night. If in the event WP is closed two or more consecutive days, one will be complimentary and not charged for. If WP is only closed one day (such as Memorial Day) that does not count as a complimentary day.