Trips

The Outdoor Adventure trip program offers several outdoor trips per year ranging from day trips to week long adventures. Our highly trained and experienced trip leaders will guide you through places like backspacing at Lost Maples State Natural Area! If you are looking for an adventure closer to home, the Farmers Market Bike Tour is the perfect way to see a different side of Houston. There are plenty of weekend trips that are strategically planned around the stressful times of each semester so take some time to unwind and let us show you a real Outdoor Adventure. Remember to sign up fast because trips do sell out. Take a look at the schedule below for detailed information on upcoming trips and don't forget to check out these incredible videos.

*Note: To sign up for OA trips, participants must come into the Outdoor Adventure Office to be registered for the trip and fill out paperwork. Also, trip spots are available on a first come first serve basis and trips fill quickly. If you would like to sign up for a trip, sign up early to ensure a spot is still available.

Fall 2016 OA Trip Schedule

Biking

Tour de Houston Bike Ride 9/4
Day trip

Explore the city of Houston during a 35 mile-long bike ride with exciting stops throughout the city. Participants must be able to comfortably ride a bike at 10 miles per hour. Lunch is provided. Registration deadline 8/30.

Student/Rec Center Member: $15.00
Community Member: $20.00

Biking

Farmer's Market 9/11
Day trip

Enjoy a day of biking through Houston, shopping at a farmers market and visiting Discovery Green! Participants must be able to comfortably ride a bike at 10 miles per hour. Equipment is provided. Registration deadline 8/30.

Student/Rec Center Member: $15.00
Community Member: $20.00

 

Camping and Hiking

Brazos Bend Stargazing 9/16-17
Weekend trip

Enjoy a weekend of hiking, over-night camping and stargazing at George Observatory in the beautiful 5,000 acres of bottomlands and coastal prairie of Brazos Bend State Natural Area.  No experience is necessary. Register by 8/26.

Student/Rec Center Member $80
Community Member $95

Texas State Expedition

San Marcos River Float and UH vs. Texas State Football Game 9/24-25
Weekend trip

Spend your Game Day floating down the San Marcos River, followed by cheering on the Coogs at the Texas State football game!  Following the game, camp out at the Texas State University campground and then wake up and canoe Canyon Lake.  Meals and equipment provided. Registration deadline 9/2.

Student/Rec Center Member: $145.00
Community Member: $160.00

 

Hiking, Camping & Exploring

Enchanted Rock and Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge Hiking 9/30-10/2
Day trip

his is your chance to explore the famous massive pink granite rock of Central Texas- Enchanted Rock.  Spending your first day hiking at Enchanted Rock and camping at their campgrounds, and the second day exploring Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge.  Meals and equipment provided.. Registration deadline 9/9.

Student/Rec Center Member: $115.00
Community Member: $130.00

 

Biking

Farmer's Market 10/8
Day trip

Enjoy a day of biking through Houston, shopping at a farmers market and visiting Discovery Green! Participants must be able to comfortably ride a bike at 10 miles per hour. Equipment is provided. Registration deadline 10/3.

Student/Rec Center Member: $15.00
Community Member: $20.00

Backpacking

Lost Maples State Natural Area 10/14-16
Weekend trip

Backpack through 14 miles of trails in the Lost Maples State Natural Area.  Enjoy under the colorful fall leaves of the old maples.  Must be able to carry 40 pounds on back and walk up to 7 miles a day.  Meals and equipment provided. Registration deadline 9/2.

Student/Rec Center Member: $115.00
Community Member: $130.00

 

Camping, Standup Paddleboarding (SUP) & Kayaking

Crystal Beach 10/21-22
Weekend trip

Ferry over to Crystal Beach, TX for a day filled with Stand Up Paddleboarding and kayaking, followed by a night under the stars camping on the beach!  Meals and equipment provided. Registration deadline 9/30.

Student/Rec Center Member: $46.00
Community Member: $60.00

 

Hiking & Swimming

McKinney Falls State Park , Austin, TX 10/30
Day trip

Enjoy a day hike through McKinney Falls State Park, followed by a refreshing swim in Onion Creek!  Meals and equipment are provided. Registration deadline 10/7.

Student/Rec Center Member: $62.00
Community Member: $75.00

Biking

Farmer's Market 11/12
Day trip

Enjoy a day of biking through Houston, shopping at a farmers market and visiting Discovery Green! Participants must be able to comfortably ride a bike at 10 miles per hour. Equipment is provided. Registration deadline 11/7.

Student/Rec Center Member: $15.00
Community Member: $20.00

Backpacking

Big Bend National Park 11/22-27
Thanksgiving break 6 days trip

This Thanksgiving trip will consist of two day hikes and a one-night backpacking trip in Big Bend National Park.  You will get a chance to visit the ghost town of Terlingua, and enjoy your Thanksgiving meal in the Chisos Mountains under the beautiful West Texas sky.  Must be able to carry 25-30 pounds on your back and hike 7-10 miles a day.  Meals and equipment provided. Registration deadline 11/1.

Student/Rec Center Member: $295.00
Community Member: $310.00

Hiking & Lodging

Palo Duro Canyon 1/4-8, 2017
Winter break 5 days trip

Enjoy a mini West Texas vacation filled with fun and exciting day hikes through the Palo Duro Canyon, aka the Grand Canyon of Texas! Staying in cabins in the park, you are sure to get your fill of Palo Duro!  Must be able to hike 5-7 miles a day.  Meals and equipment provided. Registration deadline 12/14/16.

Student/Rec Center Member: $380.00
Community Member: $395.00

  • All Outdoor Adventure trips are alcohol, and illegal substance free.
  • All trips must be paid in full at time of enrollment. To cancel your participation, you must contact (713) 743-0808.
  • 100% refund minus the $25 cancellation fee if contacted more than 28 days out from the trip.
  • 50% if notified between 27 and 14 days of the trip.
  • 25% if notified between 13 and 7 days of the trip.
  • 0% if notified less than 7 days before the trip.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Outdoor Adventure (OA) Trips?
Each semester OA schedules are variety of outdoor adventures. These trips are geared towards student experimental learning in a safe, outdoor environment.

Who can take a trip with OA?
All current members of the CRWC are eligible to enroll in a trip – This includes students enrolled in classes and individual memberships.

What if I am a member of the CRWC, can I bring a guest that is not affiliated with UH?
Yes, if you are a student currently enrolled in class or have an individual membership and enroll in a trip, you may bring a guest on the trip as well. On outings, the guest fee is listed as “community” and requires a higher cost than members.

Is there an age/size requirement participant to enroll?
Yes, you must be 18 years old or a current UH student.

What types of trips are available?
Each semester varies, but OA strives to offer a variety of options – backpacking, biking, climbing, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, surfing, biking, and caving.

How long are the trips?
The trips vary in length – from local day trips, to statewide weekend trips, to nationwide week-long trips. The goal of each semester is to incorporate an assortment of day and weekend trips with a culminating multi-day trip during the scheduled school break.

How much does it cost?
The cost varies depending upon several factors – mostly the required travel distance and length of the trip. The cost for guests to enroll is a slightly increased due to the lack of membership.

What does the cost cover?
When applicable, the cost includes: leadership, instruction, transportation, entrance fees, meals, and equipment.

Is any experience required?
For the majority of trips, no experience is necessary. On some adventures, such as climbing or biking longer distances, some experience would be beneficial, but not mandatory.  Before each trip begins, the OA guides will instruct on technical skills required for the adventure. Also, there will be a pre-trip meeting for every trip. See the Climbing wall staff for more information.

How do I sign up?
To sign up for OA trips, participants must come into the Outdoor Adventure Office to be registered for the trip and fill out paperwork. Also, trip spots are available on a first come first serve basis and trips fill quickly. If you would like to sign up for a trip, sign up early to ensure a spot is still available. All trips must be paid in full at time of enrollment.

How many people can enroll in a trip?
For local bike trips around Houston, we allow up to 15 participants. For off-campus adventures, we are limited to 10 participants due to transportation.

Can I reserve spots for my friends/family/guests?
Spots on the trips are only guaranteed once payment has been received. In order to reserve spots for other individual, you would be required to pay the fee.


For Information contact Outdoor Adventure Office at 713-743-9512 or outdoors@uh.edu.