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101 Peters Rec Complex
1831 Olympic Drive
Manhattan, KS 66506


K-State Challenge Course


The K-State Challenge Course is an experiential adventure program that offers groups and individuals the opportunity to engage in a series of personal development and team building activities. A challenge course, commonly referred to as a ropes course, is composed of wood, poles, cables, logs and belaying systems that are used for activities such as ice breakers, group initiatives, and low and/or high element challenges.

We offer customized programming that caters to people of all ages and physical abilities. Groups are led through the course by our trained facilitators. We are open year-round, seven days per week, provided there is daylight and appropriate weather. You only need to be age eight and up to do the low course and age 12 and up to do the high course.

Why should my group do the course?
There are numerous benefits for groups to visit the Challenge Course, including group bonding, team building, problem-solving, trust development, and improved communication...not to mention, fun! For newly formed groups or new teams, the course offers a chance for the group to get to know each other better and for leaders to emerge. For groups that already know each other, the course offers a chance to get away from the normal interaction environment and see and learn about each other in a different light. Course activities put group members in situations that require communication, trust, and reflection. We will do everything we can to help your group meet the specific goals you have for your situation.

Who is the course best suited for?
Common visitors, we have at our course include student organizations, athletic teams, church groups, business or workgroups, elementary and high school students, birthday parties, campus leadership or activity camps, or any other group that is seeking the opportunity to grow together.

The above video was filmed by K-State Media Relations. It predominantly features parts of the high course. Our low course has over a dozen elements that take place on or near the ground and are catered to people of all physical abilities and comfort levels.

 Objectives of Participation

  • Group bonding
  • Team building
  • Goal setting
  • Group problem solving
  • Trust development
  • Communication
  • Personal growth
  • Leadership development
  • Collaboration and cooperation
  • Conflict management
  • Self-awareness
  • Healthy risk taking
  • A chance to "play"
  • And of course, FUN!