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.

Summer 2018

Hike Utah's Mighty 5 National Parks

Texas - Utah May 30 - June 8
10-Days trip, Limited spaces available

Spend your week immersed in adventure with a trip to Utah’s Might 5 National Parks! We will spend a week hiking, climbing, camping along the Colorado River and more. We will also be sure to introduce you to Arches National Park, and show you where the arch on the Utah license plate resides! Transportation, meals, campsite fees, permits, park entrance fees, and equipment included in the cost. Registration deadline is 5/16/2018.

Day 1 - Drive to Palo Duro
Day 2 - Morning hike in Palo Duro, drive to New Mexico
The Grand Canyon of Texas Palo Duro is the 2nd largest canyon in the United States, Palo Duro State Park is a marvel of erosion and time. This desert landscape is the backdrop of a number of historically significant moments in Texas. In fact, during the summer, Palo Duro plays host to the musical “Texas” about the founding and defending of Texas as an independent nation, and then a state within the Union. The natural landscapes are equally impressive, with large bluffs, plateaus, and classic Texas views.
Day 3 Drive to Zion evening hike
The emerald pools in the park is an easy 3 mile signature hike with the most spectacular hiking of your lifetime and impossible landscape you will never forget. The Narrows is hailed as one of the world’s best canyon hikes. This shady walk up the shallow Virgin River can be adapted for any ability level. Red rock canyon walls reach in the sky above as you splash and stroll through the river’s cool waters.
Day 4 - Hiking in Zion, camp in Bryce Canyon
Day 5 - Explore Bryce Canyon, camp in Capital Reef
Called “Hoodoo Country” for the red rock, you will hike to a waterfall, Bryce Amphitheater. 1.3 mile hiking path that wanders through the rock formations and draw you into the mystical hoodoos’ perspective.
Day 6 Explore Capitol Reef, camp Canyonlands
Located in south central Utah in the heart of red rock country. Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic monocline (a wrinkle on the earth) extending almost 100 miles. It is hike to Cohab Canyon or down Sulphur Creek to give an up-close look at the desert region with a natural bridge spanning landscape or refreshing river walk.
Day 7 - Explore Canyonlands, camp in Arches Canyonlands National Park is Utah’s largest national park with views thousands of feet down. “Island” in the Sky, the parks most accessible allows birds eye view of this vast and awesome landscape with 1000 feet above the surrounding terrain, the source of its aptly given name. Canyonlands invites you to explore a wilderness of countless canyons and fantastically formed buttes carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries.
Day 8 - Explore Arches
Visit Arches to discover a landscape of contrasting colors, land forms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red-rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets. The 1.5 mile hike to the Delicate Arch is beautiful, with end reward of viewing Utah’s famous landmark, a famed standing any buck list. Tour thru the Fiery Furnace, a twisting labyrinth of brilliant red rock fissures and spines is so intricate it highly recommend to stay with your guide.
Day 9 - Drive to CapRock Canyon State Park, evening hike
Experience the wild in the rugged terrain, vibrant red earth tones, and stunning views of Caprock Canyons State Park on trails that offer adventures deep into the rocky canyons and onto majestic ridges. Along the hike, backpackers will pass through clarity tunnel. Home to one of the largest Mexican free-tailed bat colonies, participants can expect to encounter moving populations flying about the tunnel as the evening falls. Participants can also anticipate seeing state herds of buffalo as well as majestic views of Caprock Canyon during day and end of the trip.
Day 10 - -> UH Home

Student/Rec Center Member: $400.00
Community Member: $450.00

Tour De Houston

Houston, Texas, June 2
Day trip

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. Lunch is provided and must be able to comfortably ride a bike 10 miles per hour. Registration deadline is 5/25/2018.

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

Summer Beach Day

Crystal Beach, June 23 and July 14
Day trip

Join us for a day of play and adventure at Crystal Beach on the Bolivar Peninsula! Sandy shores and sunshine are easy to enjoy with seven miles of beach to learn how to Stand Up Paddle board, Kayak and Boogie board. All you need is a swimsuit and a towel. Meal is included to end this perfect day. Registration deadline is 6/15/2018.

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

Farmer's Market Bike Ride

City of Houston, July 7
Day trip

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! .Registration deadline 6/29 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