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Campus Recreation

Grand Canyon University offers plenty of campus recreation to help you stay active and have fun during your time on campus! Get involved in one of our many intramural sports teams or head to a class at our student fitness centers. Take a weekend and explore the great outdoors with the GCU Outdoor Recreation Program. There is plenty to help you stay in shape while also getting to know other Lopes!

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Intramural Sports

Intramurals are your opportunity to build relationships and experience fellowship through sports! We strive to build and operate a program that promotes community on campus, but most importantly brings glory to God. We offer three different divisions so that you can participate, regardless of your skill level: competitive, recreational and coed.

For more information on game times, registration deadlines and season dates, check out our events calendar.

Fall Sports

Session A

  • Flag Football
  • Sand Volleyball
  • Pickleball

Session B

  • Soccer
  • 3 on 3 Basketball
  • Spikeball

Spring Sports

Session A

  • 5 on 5 Basketball
  • Sand Volleyball
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Session B

  • Indoor Volleyball
  • Softball
  • Dodgeball

Fall and Spring

  • Golf Tournaments at GCU Golf Course

GCU Outdoor Recreation Program

The GCU Outdoor Recreation Program serves students by providing outlets of outdoor recreation to engage both individuals and groups in adventure, fellowship, environmental stewardship, leadership development and outdoor education. Our mission is to advance relationships through these outlets and strive to provide a positive experience for the students. We will fuel endless adventures that occur in God's creation to help challenge students physically, spiritually and mentally.

Spring 2019
Wednesday, Jan. 9 Outdoor Recreation Social Free
Saturday, Jan. 12 PepperSauce Cave Trip $15
Wednesday, Jan. 16 First Aid/CPR Class $45
Saturday, Jan. 19 Snowbowl Ski/Snowboard Trip $80
Monday, Jan. 21 Wave Cave Hike $10
Thursday, Jan. 24 Campus Cooking Basics $10
Friday, Jan. 25 - Sunday, Jan. 27 Yurt Nordic Center Trip $80
Tuesday, Jan. 29 Indoor Rock Climbing $15
Saturday, Feb. 2 Tom's Thumb Hike $10
Tuesday, Feb. 5 Intro to Bouldering $15
Saturday, Feb. 9 Intro to Rappelling $40
Saturday, Feb. 9 - Sunday, Feb. 10 Bikepacking $35
Friday, Feb. 15 - Monday, Feb. 18 Havasupai Backpacking Trip (Permits Pending) $375
Friday, Feb. 22 - Sunday, Feb. 24 Black Canyon Canoe Trip $125
Saturday, March 2 Tonto Creek Fishing Trip $25
Saturday, March 2 Learn to Paint in the Sedona Landscape $15
Monday, March 4 Sunrise Desert Yoga $5
Saturday, March 9 Moonlight Paddleboarding $45
Saturday, March 9 - Sunday, March 10 Aravaipa Canyon Backpacking Trip $50
Friday, March 15 - Monday, March 18 Red Rocks Bouldering Trip $70
Friday, March 15 - Monday, March 18 Sea Kayaking Lake Powell $165
Sunday, March 17 - Tuesday, March 19 Superstition Mountain Backpacking Trip $25
Wednesday, March 20 - Sunday, March 24 Utah Road Trip (Zion NP, Bryce Canyon NP, Escalante) $150
Wednesday, March 20 - Sunday, March 24 Big Sur Expedition $195
Saturday, March 30 Tonto Natural Bridge/Water Wheel Falls $20
Saturday, April 6 - Sunday, April 7 The Taylor White Experience $20
Wednesday, April 10 Outdoor Recreation Social Free
Saturday, April 13 Verde River Kayaking $45

Trips are subject to cancellation or change due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.

Sign Up for Intramurals or Outdoor Recreation

To create an Intramural account:

  1. Visit
  2. Click "Create Account"
  3. Use your email address when registering
  4. Click "Sign Up"

View Frequently Asked Questions

Campus Recreation Contacts

Campus Recreation Office | 602-639-7559
Matt Lamb | Campus Recreation Director 

Outdoor Recreation | 602-639-8241
Chad Schlundt | Outdoor Recreation Manager 

Intramural Sports | 602-639-8241
Zach Erdmann | Intramural Manager

Student Fitness Centers
Noemi Howard | Student Fitness Center Manager

Canyon Activity Center
Kris Kuchler | Canyon Activity Center Manager 

Follow us on Social Media


  • @GCUIntramurals


  • @GCUcampusrec
  • @GCUintramurals
  • @GCUoutdoorrec

Student Fitness Centers

GCU provides an environment where students can stay active and live a healthy lifestyle. Three fully equipped student fitness centers are available on campus in the following residential locations, where students have access to strength equipment, free weights, cardio machines and fun fitness activities and classes like Zumba, yoga and more.

  • Chaparral Fitness Center: 602-639-7451
  • Juniper Fitness Center: 602-639-7823
  • Papago II Fitness Center: 602-639-8413


Mon. - Fri. 6 am - Midnight
Sat. - Sun. 8 am - 10 pm


Canyon Activity Complex

The Canyon Activity Complex is the new home for student recreation at GCU, giving students the opportunity to play, work out and relax with friends in a spacious environment. The 136,000-square-foot facility includes basketball, volleyball and pickleball courts and a weight room, along with ping-pong tables, arcade games, a full-service Lopes Mart and a lounge area with TVs, couches and Wi-Fi. The facility also includes outdoor fields, a DEK roller hockey rink and a climbing wall. The Canyon Activity Complex (CAC), located on Missouri Avenue between 29th Avenue and 30th Drive.

Due to the popularity of current activities at the center, we recommend calling the front desk to check availability.




Canyon Activity Center: 

Mon. - Fri. 8 am - Midnight
Sat. - Sun. 8 am - 10 pm



Lopes Performance Center

Our beautiful 55,000-square-foot recreation center features three full-size basketball courts as the centerpiece of this multipurpose facility. The Performance Athletic Center (PAC) on the ground level is used for training student-athletes. The second floor of the LPC is dedicated for student fitness space where you can use a variety of free weights, weight machines, and cardio and core equipment. Looking for a workout plan? We have you covered with a variety of offerings and resources to help get you on the right fitness track.




Mon. - Fri. 6 am - Midnight
Sat. - Sun. 8 am - 10 pm

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