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

Tour de Houston Bike Ride

Houston, Texas 12/02
Day trip, Spots available

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

Hiking and Backpacking

Southern Arizona 12/15-22
Day trip, Spots available

Have you ever wanted to see the Nation's largest Cacti? We are headed to Saguaro National Park to see the giant saguaro, the universal symbol of the American west. We will also visit Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and other attractions around Tuscon, AZ. Participants must have previously taken a backpacking trip with Outdoor Adventure or pass a physical fitness test. Registration deadline is December 1.

Student/Rec Center Member: $400.00
Community Member: $500.00

Spring 2018

Tour de Houston Bike Ride

Houston, Texas 02/10
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 02/02.

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

Stargazing Escape

Brazos Bend State Park 02/24
Stargazing and Hiking Day trip

Enjoy hiking in the beautifull 5,000 acres of bottomlands and coastal prairies of Brazos Bend State Natural Area and Stargazing at George Observatory. Lunch is provided. Register at the CRWC - Welcome Desk Member Services. Registration deadline 02/16.

Student/Rec Center Member: $80.00
Community Member: $95.00

Farmer's Market Bike Ride

City of Houston 03/03
Day trip, Spots available

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 02/23 at 5pm.

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

Island Horsebacking Riding

Galveston Island 03/24
Day trip

Enjoy an hour long horseback ride by the ocean. We will top off the day with a BBQ at the beach and relax in the sun. Register at the CRWC - Welcome Desk Member Service. Registration deadline 03/16 at 5pm.

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

Step into Dino Valley

Dinosaur Valley State Park Glen Rose 03/31 - 04/01
Hiking and Camping Weekend trip

Let's Explore where the Dinosaurs Roamed! Long ago, dinosaurs left footprints in the mud at the edge of an ancient ocean. Today, you can walk in their tracks in the bed of the Paluxy River. Some meals are provided. Pre-trip meeting 03/28 at 4pm. Register at the CRWC - Welcome Desk Member Service. Registration deadline 03/23 at 5pm.

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

Tour de Houston Bike Ride

Houston, Texas 04/07
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 03/30 at 5pm.

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

Hiking in the Woods

McKinney State Park , Austin 04/14
Hiking Day trip

What are you waiting for? Let's follow trails winding through the Hill Country woods, and listen to Onion Creek flowing over limestone ledges and splashing into pools pristine water. Lunch is provided. Register at the CRWC - Welcome Desk Member Services. Registration deadline 04/06 at 5pm.

Student/Rec Center Member: $50.00
Community Member: $100.00

Beach Day

Crystal Beach 04/21
Beach Day trip

Join us for a day at the beach! We will teach you how to stand up paddleboard (SUP), kayak and boogie board. Lunch is provided. Register at the CRWC - Welcome Desk Member Services. Registration deadline 04/13 at 5pm.

Student/Rec Center Member: $30.00
Community Member: $60.00

Canoeing Adventure

Eisenhower State Park, Denison, Texas 04/27-04/29
Canoeing Weekend trip

Adventure awaits on the shores of Lake Texoma! Explore trails along high bluffs, splash in sandy swimming cove. With plenty of wide open water and numerous coves, one quickly realizes the beauty and attraction of the lake the moment they put their paddle in the water. Some meals are provided. Pre-trip meeting 04/25 at 4pm. Register at the CRWC - Welcome Desk Member Services. Registration deadline 04/20 at 5pm.

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

Farmer's Market Bike Ride

Houston, Texas 05/05
Day trip, Spots available

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. Lunch is provided. Registration deadline 04/25 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 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.