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 backpacking 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.

Spring 2019

Tour de Houston Biking

February 2 Houston, TX

Whether you’re a Texas native or UH is your first experience with the state, this trip could be your chance to explore the theater/museum district, historic Texas Avenue, the sports stadiums and much more. Explore Buffalo Bayou, Houston’s birthplace. See the downtown historical district and admire the breathtaking skyscrapers. You’ll travel down Texas Avenue and see the Rice Hotel where President Kennedy delivered his last public speech in Houston before his assassination in 1963. Continue on to Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros baseball team. Admire the majestic Harris County Court House and the George R. Brown Convention Center. See the home of the Houston Rockets basketball team, Hermann Park/Rice University, and the Sam Houston monument. See what the largest city in Texas has to offer while you take a 35-mile bike ride with exciting stops throughout the city. You must be able to comfortably ride a bike 10 miles per hour. Price includes food, transportation, gear, and guides. Registration deadline 1/25/19 at 5pm.

$15 Student/Rec Member | $25 Non-Member

Hiking the Hill Country

February 9 McKinney Falls State Park - Austin, TX

What are you waiting for? McKinney Falls State Park is a refreshing location for a day of hiking and swimming in the hill country minutes from Austin. With the creeks splashing over ledges and rocks, this is sure to be enjoyable spot to explore. No experience necessary. Price includes food, transportation, gear, and guides. Registration deadline 2/1 at 5pm.

$50 Student/Rec Member | $75 Non-Member

Stargazing & Mountain Biking

February 16 — 17 Needville, TX

Pre-Trip meeting 2/14 at 4pm.

Are you ready for a “wild” experience? You will find it at Brazos Bend State Park, just 45 miles from downtown Houston! We will explore this Nature Lover's Paradise by bike. You must know how to ride a bike. Price includes food, transportation, gear, and guides. Registration deadline 2/8 at 5pm.

$50 Student/Rec Member | $75 Non-Member

Enchanted Rock Climbing

February 22 — 24 Fredericksburg, TX

Pre-Trip meeting 2/20 at 4pm.

Come climb and hike this magical, mystical, enchanted ancient dome to see the amazing Hill Country views. The massive pink granite dome rising above central Texas has drawn people for thousands of years, but there's more at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area than just the dome. The scenery, rock formations and legends are magical too! No experience necessary. Price includes food, transportation, gear, and guides. Registration deadline 2/15 at 5pm.

$100 Student/Rec Member | $125 Non-Member

Farmer's Market Biking

March 2 Houston, TX

Enjoy a day of biking through downtown Houston, shopping at a few farmer's markets and visiting Discovery Green! We use side streets, trails and residential roads for this 8 to 12 mile ride. Participants must be able to comfortably ride a bike at 10 miles per hour. Not only will you learn the markets and get some exercise, you'll see beautiful areas you never knew existed in Houston and take home a bounty of beautiful produce, breads, sauces and jams and/or fresh, organic food to keep you healthy! Price includes food, gear, and guides. Registration deadline 2/22 at 5pm.

$15 Student/Rec Member | $25 Non-Member

Backpacking Big Bend

March 8 — 12 Big Bend National Park, TX

Pre-Trip meeting 2/27 & 3/6 at 4pm.

What are you doing this spring break? How about the adventure of a lifetime? This is a 5 day long excursion in Bend Bend National Park. We'll hike up one of the highest peaks in Texas, eat lunch above the clouds, and then backpack our way down while admiring the beautiful backdrop of the American Southwest. Must be able to hike 8 miles per day with 40lb pack. No experience necessary. Price includes food, transportation, gear, and guides. Registration deadline 3/1 at 5pm.

$350 Student/Rec Member | $400 Non-Member

Mountain Biking

March 23 Sugar Land, TX

Sugar Land has become a mountain biker's paradise with several dozen miles of hike and bike trails for beginner and intermediate riders. No mountain bike experience necessary; however, participants must be able to ride a bike. Price includes food, transportation, gear, and guides. Registration deadline 3/18 at 5pm.

$25 Student/Rec Member | $40 Non-Member

Texas Cave Trail

March 30 — 31 Caverns of Sonora,TX

Pre-Trip meeting 3/27 at 4pm

The Caverns of Sonora are internationally recognized as one of the most beautiful show caves on the planet. Price includes food, transportation, gear, and guides. Registration deadline 3/22 at 5pm.

$150 Student/Rec Member | $175 Non-Member

Mountain Biking

April 6 Sam Houston National Park - New Waverly, TX

Experience some of the most fun and accessible trails Texas has to offer with one of our group mountain bike rides. Designed to introduce you to the basics of mountain bike equipment usage, safety principles and trail riding techniques, our goal is to give you a great day in the saddle! Your ride will begin with an equipment and safety overview of your bike, followed by a skill assessment ride, and finally opportunities to tackle more challenging terrain. Price includes food, transportation, gear, and guides. Registration deadline 3/29 at 5pm.

$50 Student/Rec Member | $75 Non-Member

Beach Excursion

April 13 Crystal Beach, TX

Join us for some fun in the sun at Crystal Beach's unspoiled shoreline, coastal marshes, rivers and bays. You will have the opportunity to surf, kayak, paddle board, play beach games, and have an amazing time! No experience necessary. Price includes food, transportation, gear, and guides. Registration deadline 4/5 at 5pm.

$25 Student/Rec Member | $30 Non-Member

Canoeing down the Colorado

April 19 — 21 Colorado River - Utley, TX.

Pre-Trip meeting 4/17 at 4pm.

Canoeing the lower Colorado River is an incredible experience and makes this one of our most popular trips. The cool waters of the river break up the desert environment, and our campsite is just a five minute walk along a warm creek to the natural hot springs that are a welcome refreshment after a long day of paddling. This trip requires that you be in good physical condition and have the ability to swim. In addition to carrying your own personal equipment, each canoe will be responsible for carrying some group food and group equipment. Price includes food, gear, and guides Registration deadline 4/12 at 5pm.

$100 Student/Rec Member | $125 Non-Member

Swimming & Paddling at Pace Bend

April 27 Pace Bend Park - Spicewood, TX

We're heading to Pace Bend Park in Travis County for a relaxing day on the water, swimming and paddling. Paddle boards will be provided to explore nine miles of shoreline along with the scenic Lake Travis. This trip is open to participants of all experience levels but the ability to swim is necessary to take a watercraft out on the water. Price includes food, gear, and guides. Registration deadline 4/19 at 5pm.

$50 Student/Rec Member | $75 Non-Member


  • 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 Assistant Director, OA.
  • 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 per-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