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 Colorado Bend Park! 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 2017

Paddleboarding

Galveston, Texas, 09/17
Day trip, Currently Full

Just want to get away for the day? Join us at the beach to soak up the sun, relax and learn to Paddleboard and boogie board. All equipment and lunch is included. No experience required. Registration deadline 09/08.

Student/Rec Center Member: $25.00
Community Member: $50.00

Horseback Riding and Beach BBQ

Galveston, Texas, 09/24
Day trip

Enjoy an hour long horseback riding by the water and spending the rest of the day swimming, boggie boarding, paddleboarding and relaxing at Galveston Beach. Top off the day with a BBQ! No experience necessary. Food is provided. Registration deadline 10/13.

Student/Rec Center Member: $90.00
Community Member: $140.00

Paddle boarding

Mustang Island State Park, 09/29-10/01
Weekend trip

Have fun in the sun at Mustang Island State Park paddleboarding along the island's shoreline in Corpus Christi Bay. Spend the rest of your time hanging out and exploring the unspoiled barrier island before camping on the beach. No experience necessary and food is provided. .Registration deadline 09/22.

Student/Rec Center Member: $100.00
Community Member: $150.00

Hiking

McKinney Roughs Nature Park, 10/08
Day trip

Join us for a day hike through shady pine forests, river and explore steep canyons at McKinney Roughs Nature Park located 15 minutes east of Austin. Registration deadline 10/01.

Student/Rec Center Member: $50.00
Community Member: $75.00

Caving and Hiking

Kickapoo Cavern State Park, Bracketville, Texas, 10/13-10/15
Weekend trip

Explore Kickapoo Cavern State Park, which is home to over 20 known caves as well as Mexican free-tailed bats. Spend your days caving and observing the bat flight. No experience necesary and food is provided. Registration deadline 10/13.

Student/Rec Center Member: $115.00
Community Member: $170.00

Hiking and Backpacking

Garner State Park, 10/20-10/22
Weekend trip

Join us in the beautiful Texas Hill Country where we will backpack through Garner State Park and along the clear Frio River. No experience required, but you must be able to carry approximately 40 pounds on your back. Food is provided. Registration deadline 10/13.

Student/Rec Center Member: $115.00
Community Member: $165.00

Tour de Houston Bike Ride

Houston, Texas 10/29
Day trip

Explore the city of Houston during a 35 mile long bike ride with exciting stops throughout the city. Participate must be able to comfortably ride a bike at 10 miles per hour. Lunch is provided. Register at the CRWC - Welcome Desk Member Service. Registration deadline 10/25.

Student/Rec Center Member: $15.00
Community Member: $30.00

Farmer's Market Bike Ride

Houston, Texas 11/04
Day trip

Enjoy a day of biking through downtown Houston, shopping at a farmers market and visiting Discovery Green! Participants must be able to comfortably ride a bike at 10 miles per hour. Registration deadline 11/01.

Student/Rec Center Member: $15.00
Community Member: $30.00

Backpacking

Sam Houston National Forest 11/10-11/12
Weekend trip

Experience the tall pines of Sam Houston National Forest as we backpack part of the 128 mile Lone Star Trail that has gained National Recreation Trail Status. No experience required, but you must be able to carry approximately 40 pounds on your back and hike 5 miles a day. Food is provided. Registration deadline 11/03.

Student/Rec Center Member: $115.00
Community Member: $165.00

Tour de Houston Bike Ride

Houston, Texas 12/02
Day trip

Explore the city of Houston during a 35 mile- long bike ride with exciting stops throughout the city. Participate must be able to comfortably ride a bike at 10 per hour. Lunch is provided. Register at the CRWC - Welcome Desk Member Services. Registration deadline 12/01.

Student/Rec Center Member: $15.00
Community Member: $30.00

  • 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.