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 Bike Ride

Houston, Texas | February 2
Pre-trip Meeting 1/23 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 1/25/19 at 5pm.

Student/Rec Center Member: $15.00
Community Member: $25.00

Hiking the Hill Country

McKinney Falls State Park, Austin | February 9
Pre-trip Meeting 2/6 at 4pm

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.

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

Stargazing and Mountain Biking

Brazos Bend State Park, Needville| February 16 - 17
Pre-trip Meeting 2/13 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 2/8 at 5pm.

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

Enchanted Rock Hiking

Enchanted Rock State Natural Park, Fredricksburg | February 22-24
Pre-trip Meeting 2/13 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 2/15 at 5pm.

Student/Rec Center Member: $100.00
Community Member: $125.00

Farmer's Market Bike Ride

Houston, Texas | March 2

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 2/22 at 5pm.

Student/Rec Center Member: $15.00
Community Member: $25.00

Hiking the Georgia Appalachian Trail

Nimblewill, Georgia| March 8 - 18
Pre-Trip Meeting 3/1 at 4pm

The Appalachian Mountains are known as the oldest mountain range in the world and over the past two million years these mountains have truly developed into one of the world’s most unique and beautiful features. Join us on a breathtaking journey as we backpack on a section of the Appalachian Trail and spend our nights under the stars amongst panoramic views and waterfalls. Must be able to hike 7 mile per day with 40lb pack. No experience necessary however please attend one our intro to backpacking workshop. Price includes food, transportation, gear, and guides. Registration deadline 3/6 at 5pm.

Student/Rec Center Member: $350.00
Community Member: $400.00

Mountain Biking in Sugar land

Sugar Land, Texas | March 23

Sugar Land has become a mountain biker's paradise with several dozen miles of hike and bike trails for beginner, intermediate to enjoy. No experience necessary however please attend one our intro to backpacking workshop. Price includes food, transportation, gear, and guides. Price includes food, transportation, gear, and guides. Registration deadline 3/18 at 5pm.

Student/Rec Center Member: $25.00
Community Member: $40.00

Caving and SUP at Inks Lake

Longhorn Cavern State Park, Burnet | March 29-31
Pre-trip Meeting 3/27 at 4pm

Get out of Houston and cool off in the tranquil waters of Inks Lake State Park and the underground world of Longhorn Caverns! No previous experience is required for this trip, but basic swimming ability is a must. Inks Lake is surrounded by granite hills and is one of the 7 lakes in the Highland Lakes chain. The water level of Inks Lake is maintained throughout the year and is normally unaffected by drought. After some basic paddling instruction, we’ll take our time paddle boarding around the lake and swim at the “Devils’ Watering Hole”. Longhorn Cavern was first formed when the ground levels of water began to drop. As this downward movement occurred, the water began to dissolve the limestone. This downward drainage continued until great underground stream-beds were cut out of the solid rock. It is this unusual combination of dissolving and cutting by water that makes Longhorn Cavern one of the most unique caves in the world. During the 2-hour Wild Cave Tour, you will view formations that were only seen by professional spelunkers up until just a few years ago. Our staff specialists will guide you into parts of the cave not shown on regular tours. Please be aware: we will be exploring small, confined spaces and getting very dirty during the cave tour. *(PANTS REQUIRED ON TOUR, NO SHORTS)* No experience necessary. Price includes food, gear, and guides. Registration deadline 3/22 at 5pm.

Student/Rec Center Member: $150.00
Community Member: $175.00

Sam Houston National Forest Mountain Biking

Sam Houston National Forest, New Waverly | April 6

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 principals and trail riding technique, 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 11/2 at 5pm.

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

Beach Trip

Crystal Beach | April 13

Join some fun in 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.

Student/Rec Center Member: $25.00
Community Member: $30.00

Canoeing down the Colorado

Colorado River, Utley | April 19-21
Pre-Trip Meeting 4/17 at 4pm

Canoeing on the Colorado River through Black Canyon below Hoover Dam 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.

Student/Rec Center Member: $100.00
Community Member: $125.00

Swimming and Paddling at Pace Bend

Pace Bend Park, Spicewood | April 27

We're heading to Pace Bend Park in Travis County for a relaxing day on the water, swimming and paddling. Paddle boards will be provide to explore the lake. This trip is open to participants of all experience levels but the ability to swim is necessary to take watercraft out on the water. No experience necessary. Price includes food, gear, and guides. Registration deadline 4/1 at 5pm.

Student/Rec Center Member: $100.00
Community Member: $125.00

Kayaking and SUP in San Marcos

San Marcos, Texas | May 4

Come along and explore the San Marcos River by land and water! This trip will begin with kayaking from Sewell park to Stokes Park with at stop at Rio Vista for some fun in the paddle park including body surfing, kayaking through the 3 drops, and swimming in the San Marcos River. All skill levels are welcome to participate. Price includes food, gear, and guides. Registration deadline 4/26 at 5pm.

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


  • 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