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!

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 7 vs. 7 
  • Sand Volleyball 2 vs. 2 and 4 vs. 4 
  • Pickleball 

Fall Sports Session B

  • Indoor Volleyball 
  • Softball 
  • 3 vs. 3 Basketball 

Fall Saturday Leagues (new)

  • Ping Pong 
  • Bowling 
  • Golf 

Spring Session A

  • 5 on 5 Basketball 
  • Ultimate Frisbee 
  • Spikeball 

Spring Session B

  • Soccer 8 vs. 8 
  • Sand Volleyball 2 vs. 2 and 4 vs. 4 
  • Dodgeball 

Spring Saturday Leagues (new)

  • Tennis 
  • Ping Pong 
  • Bowling 
  • Golf 

Fall '16





Registration Start-End

Sept. 24

Ping Pong/Bowling



Sept. 1-Sept. 21

Oct. 15



Tennis Courts

Sept. 26-Oct. 12

Nov. 12

1 Pitch Softball


Colter Field

Oct. 17-Nov. 9

Spring '17





Registration Start-End

Jan. 28



Tennis Courts

Jan. 2-Jan. 25

Feb. 18

Flag Football OT Challenge


Colter Fields

Jan. 30-Feb. 15

Nov. 11

Bowling/Ping Pong



Feb. 20-Mar. 8

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.

Fall Semester

Dates Trip Name Cost
Aug. 26 The Ultimate Lope Venture Free
Aug. 30 Outdoor Recreation Social Free
Sept. 1 - 4 Ice Lake Basin Backpacking Trip $95
Sept. 2 Fossil Springs $15
Sept. 9 Stand Up Paddle Boarding $50
Sept. 11 Piestewa Peak Memorial Night Hike $1
Sept. 16 Mt. Humphries Hike $15
Sept. 16 Verde River Kayak Adventure $50
Sept. 23 Wet Beaver Creek Hike $5
Sept. 27 Adult/Pediatric CPR First Aid Class $40
Sept. 29 - 30 Lockett Meadow Trip $25
Sept. 30 Sedona Mountain Biking and Hike $45
Oct. 6 - 8 West Fork Trail Backpacking Trip $40
Oct. 7 Seven Falls Hike $10
Oct. 13 Indoor Rock Climbing $15
Oct. 20 - 22 Lower Antelope Canyon/ Horseshoe Bend Camping Trip $45
Oct. 24 South Mountain Night Hike $5
Oct. 28 Salt River Clean Up Day $1
Nov. 11 Outdoor Yoga in Sedona $25
Nov. 17 - 19 Joshua Tree Bouldering Trip $85
Nov. 20 - 22 San Clemente Surf Trip $85
Nov. 29 Camp Cooking Class (*Dinner Included) $10
Dec. 2 Disc Golf Tournament $1

Spring Semester

Dates Trip Name Cost
Jan. 10 Outdoor Recreation Social Free
Jan. 15 Pepper Sauce Cave Trip 15
Jan. 17 Adult/Pediatric First Aid/CPR Class $40
Jan. 20 Snowbowl Ski Trip $75
Jan. 27 Tom's Thumb Hike $5
Jan. 27 - 28 SnowShoeing/ X Country Skiing Camping Trip $75
Feb. 3 Intro to Rappelling $30
Feb. 10 - 11 Black Canyon Trail Bike Packing (Experienced Riders Only) $35
Feb. 10 - 11 Essentials to Survival Camping Trip $10
Feb. 14 DragonFly Trail (Sunset Hike) $5
Feb. 17 - 18 Superstition Mountain Backpacking Trip $25
Feb. 19 Sunrise Desert Yoga $10
Feb. 23 - 25 Black Canyon Canoe Camping Trip $115
Feb. 23 - 25 Nature Photography Trip (Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley) $70
March 3 Tonto Natural Bridge/ Water Wheel Falls $15
March 3 Flagstaff Extreme Challenge Course $65
March 7 Indoor Rock Climbing $15
March 10 Moonlight Paddleboarding $50
March 10 - 11 Aravapia Canyon Backpacking Trip $50
March 17 - 20 Havasupai Backpacking Trip $250
March 21 - 25 Utah Road Trip (Zion NP, Bryce Canyon NP, Escalante) $150
March 31 Sedona Mountain Biking $45
April 7 - 8 Unplug Prescott Camping Trip $25
April 30 - May 6 Wilderness First Responder Course 750

Sign Up for Intramurals or Outdoor Recreation

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

For Intramural Sports questions, email

For Outdoor Recreation questions, email 

Matt Lamb | Campus Recreation Director
Zach Erdmann | Intramural Coordinator 
Chad Schlundt | Outdoor Recreation Coordinator 
Noemi Howard | Student Fitness Center Manager

Follow us on Social Media

  • Facebook - /GCU Campus Recreation 
  • Twitter - @GCUcampusrec
  • Instagram - @GCUintramurals 
  • Instagram - @GCUOUTDOORREC
  • Snapchat - GCUintramurals

Student Fitness

Get your move on at one of GCU's fitness centers! Our state-of-the-art fitness centers help students, faculty and staff stay active on GCU's campus, with top-of-the-line workout equipment and challenging fitness classes. The Lopes Performance Center offers NCAA Division I student-athletes a place to train for their competitive seasons.

Student Fitness Centers

GCU boasts four student fitness center locations on campus to accommodate the fitness needs and goals of our students, faculty and staff. Learn about Lopes Fitness Classes offered at the Papago II Fitness Center and the 27th Avenue Fitness Center.

  • Chaparral Fitness Center
  • Juniper Fitness Center
  • Papago II Fitness Center
  • 27th Avenue Fitness Center 



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

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. In addition to wrestling mats and a large studio, the second floor is equipped with additional weights and fitness machines for athletes to access if other teams are training in the PAC.