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.

Fall 2018

Tour de Houston Bike Ride

Houston, Texas | September 15
Pre-trip Meeting 9/12 at 4pm

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 9/7 at 5pm.

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

Canoeing Adventure

Village Creek State Park | September 23
Pre-trip Meeting 9/19 at 4pm

Come paddle Village Creek located in Big Thicket National Preserve where you will be amazed at the diversity of plants and wildlife. You will learn the skills of canoeing this unique river with other paddling enthusiasts. Price includes food, transportation, gear, and guides. Registration deadline 9/14 at 5pm.

Student/Rec Center Member: $50.00
Community Member: $70.00

Paddle Boarding Thrill

Padre Island National Seashore | September 28-30
Pre-trip Meeting 9/26 at 4pm

Hit the beach for two days and learn to stand up paddle board or work on your skills. When we're not hanging ten or enjoying the beach, we'll be paying it back by cleaning up the shoreline of one of a few hypersaline lagoons in the world. Fall asleep to the sound of waves and the smell of salt water. Price includes food, transportation, gear, and guides. Registration deadline 9/21 at 5pm.

Student/Rec Center Member: $120.00
Community Member: $150.00

Wilderness Trek at Pedernales Falls

Pedernales Falls State Park | October 12 - 14
Pre-trip Meeting 10/10 at 4pm

The falls are the main attraction in the park with interesting geological features formed by powerful floods. You will love to hike and will enjoy exploring the diversity of Pedernales as it has relatively short, flat hikes and clean trails. Price includes food, transportation, gear, and guides. Registration deadline 10/5 at 5pm.

Student/Rec Center Member: $150.00
Community Member: $170.00

Horseback Journey

Galveston Island, Texas | October 20
Pre-Trip Meeting 10/17 at 4pm

Enjoy a 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. Price includes food, transportation, gear, and guides. Registration deadline 10/12 at 5pm.

Student/Rec Center Member: $90.00
Community Member: $100.00

Texas Hidden Oasis

Hamilton Pool Preserve Dripping Springs | October 21
Pre-trip Meeting 10/17 at 4pm

You don't want to miss this EPIC road trip to this Texas town dripping with adventure. Located 3/4 mile upstream from its confluence with the Pedernales River, Hamilton Creek spills out over limestone outcroppings to create a 50 foot waterfall as it plunges into the head of a steep box canyon making it the perfect mix of sun, shade and tons of splashing! Price includes food, transportation, gear, and guides. Registration deadline 10/12 at 5pm.

Student/Rec Center Member: $50.00
Community Member: $70.00

Tour de Houston Bike Ride

Houston, Texas | October 28
Pre-trip Meeting 10/24 at 4pm

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, gear, and guides. Registration deadline 10/19 at 5pm.

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

Rock Climbing at Greenbelt

Barton Creek Greenbelt | November 3
Pre-trip Meeting 10/31 at 4pm

The Barton Creek Greenbelt is nestled on the banks of the Barton Creek (when there is water), this climbing destination is a great location to learn and something for all levels. Price includes food, transportation, gear, and guides. Registration deadline 10/26.

Student/Rec Center Member: $50.00
Community Member: $70.00

Hike the Lone Star Trail

Sam Houston National Forest | November 11
Pre-trip Meeting 11/7 at 4pm

Hiking is a popular way to enjoy the forest> and its beauty. The 128-mile Lone Star Hiking Trail winds through the Sam Houston National Forest. We will hike through beautiful woodland areas and some ancient bayous, perhaps catching views of red-cockaded woodpeckers or bald eagles. Price includes food, transportation, gear, and guides. Registration deadline 11/2 at 5pm.

Student/Rec Center Member: $50.00
Community Member: $70.00

Farmer's Market Bike Ride

Houston, Texas | November 17
Pre-Trip Meeting 11/13 at 4pm

Enjoy a day of biking through downtown Houston, shopping at a farmers markets and visiting Discovery Green! We meet and then take an easy tour of a few markets around the city. 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 11/9 at 5pm.

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

West Texas Entrada Backpacking & Caving

Guadalupe Mountains National Park | November 20-25
Pre-trip Meeting 11/14 at 4pm

Come experience what it feels like to summit the highest peak in Guadalupe Mountains National Park. This trip isn’t just for the spectacular vistas, it’s also for the experience. You can expect a first class trip that emphasizes a safe and inclusive environment that can add to your mental health and well-being. This trip is so big that it crosses state lines. You will get to backpack through mountains, canyons, dunes and even explore the “Big Room”, or as Will Rogers called it "The Grand Canyon with a roof over it", at Carlsbad Caverns. in Carlsbad Caverns. Price includes food, transportation, gear, and guides. Registration deadline 11/12 at 5pm.

Student/Rec Center Member: $300.00
Community Member: $400.00

Farmer's Market Bike Ride

Houston, Texas | December 1
Pre-Trip Meeting 11/28 at 4pm

Enjoy a day of biking through downtown Houston, shopping at a farmers markets and visiting Discovery Green! We meet and then take an easy tour of a few markets around the city. 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 11/26 at 5pm.

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 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