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Campus Recreation Outdoor Adventure :: Campus Recreation: Outdoor Adventure

Discover the Outdoors

Hike, bike, climb or challenge yourself to new activities through our trips, clinics, challenge course, or outdoor-focused facilities.

No matter your level of familiarity with outdoor activities, we are here to guide and help you explore the vast possibilities the great outdoors have to offer.

Participation Benefits

  • Experience something new
  • Build new and lasting connections with others
  • Increase confidence and self-esteem

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Outdoor Adventure: Big Easy Links

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Campus Recreation Outdoor Adventure :: Campus Recreation : Campus Events

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Campus Recreation Outdoor Adventure :: Campus Recreation: Trips

A group of students on a hiking trip.

Trips

Outdoor Adventure offers a number of trips throughout the semester ranging from hiking and fishing trips to mountain biking and climbing trips.

Trip Details

  • Sign up for trips in the Morris Recreation Center, the Outdoor Adventure Center or Online.
  • Trip locations are subject to change.
  • The cost listed is for students and Campus Recreation Members.
  • Trips are non-refundable.
  • Trip registration opens three weeks prior to the trip date.
  • Our trips require participation in pre-trip meetings and/or skills sessions prior to the trip. This is to ensure participants are adequately prepared for the trip activities. If you are unable to complete the requirements before the trip, you will forfeit your spot with no refund.
  • For more information, visit each trip on the community calendar.
  • If you have questions about any of the trips, please email [email protected]

Activity Level Ratings

Our trips are rated with activity levels ranging between 1-5.

  1. Light Activity– Participants should be able to walk on even terrain for up to three hours.
  2. Light Moderate Activity– Participants should be comfortable exercising and can walk on even terrain for three hours or more.
  3. Moderate Activity– Participants should be exercising somewhat regularly, and are comfortable walking on all terrains for more than three hours.
  4. Moderately Strenuous Activity– Participants should be exercising regularly, comfortable with elevated cardiovascular activity, and are able to walk on any terrain for up to six hours.
  5. Strenuous Activity– Participants should be exercising regularly, comfortable with elevated cardiovascular activity, and are able to walk on any terrain for six hours or more while carrying 40 lbs of gear.
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Intro To Classes

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Outdoor Adventure Center

Outdoor Adventure Center

Discover your adventure side by playing disc golf, challenging yourself on the high ropes course, destress in a hammock, and practice your bike skills on the pump track or bike skills course.

Our knowledgeable staff is here to help you with anything you need to get outdoors including renting out tents, camp stoves, sleeping bags, backpacks, kayaks, and canoes. Need to fix a flat tire on your bike or get a tune-up? Our bike mechanics can fix it for you.

The Outdoor Adventure Center is open Monday-Friday, 1-7 p.m.

the Outdoor adventure center.

Rentals

Camping EquipmentDay RentalWeekend rentalWeek Rental
Tent (2 Person)$6$12$24
Tent (3 Person)$7$14$28
Tent (4 Person)$10$20$40
Tent (5 Person)$12$24$48
Sleeping Bag$4$8$16
Sleeping Sack and PadFree w/ sleeping bagFree w/ sleeping bagFree w/ sleeping bag
Back Pack$8$16$30
Stove (2 Burner)$5$10$20
Mess Kit$3$6$9
Hiking Poles$5$10$15
Boats and Equipment
Kayak (Single)$12$25$50
Kayak (Tandem)$15$30$60
Canoe$15$30$60
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Challenge Course at the Outdoor Adventure Center.

Outdoor Adventure: Facilities

Facilities

The climbing wall at the Morris Recreation Center.

Climbing Wall

The climbing wall is a great way to learn a new skill, improve your current skills, and make new friends. The first wall is our 45-foot climbing wall with 4 auto-belay stations and 13 manual belay set-ups. The second wall is our 12-foot boulder wall, containing over 40 climbing problems. Both walls have a wide variety of route difficulties suitable for beginner to advanced climbers and everything in between.

You need no previous experience to climb the wall and all equipment needed is included at no extra cost. Our knowledgeable staff is happy to answer any questions, teach you everything you need to know about rock climbing, and provide an engaging educational experience.

Please fill out a waiver prior to visiting. A parent or guardian must sign your waiver if you are under 18.

Hours of Operation

Fall and Spring
  • Mon. – Thur.: 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Fri. – Sun.: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Summer and Break
  • Mon. – Fri.: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sat. – Sun.: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Pump Track

Located next to the Outdoor Adventure Center, the Pump Track is perfect to practice bike tricks. It has various types of terrain and features for mountain bikes.

Pump Track at the Outdoor Adventure Center.

A group of student walking on a line few inches above the ground at the challenge course.

Challenge Course

Outdoor Adventure’s Challenge Course offers adventure based learning opportunities to enhance leadership, decision-making and communication skills through an interactive process for team building. This hands-on approach is designed to help individuals learn from their interaction with others and then apply those principles to their life situations.

Disc Golf Course

Our 18-hole disc golf course is located at the Outdoor Adventure Center. The course features a mixture of long-open fairways to short-technical holes and weaves through a thick forest surrounding the challenge course. The course has 36 concrete tee pads and 36 basket positions that are rotated monthly. The fairways are open to the public to play or walk.

We also sell PDGA approved golf discs inside the Outdoor Adventure Center and have a limited number of discs available for students to rent for free.

Close up of a disc golf metal net.
Student on a bike at the Outdoor Adventure bike trail.

Hike and Bike Trail

The trail is located on the south side of Culver across from the Outdoor Adventure Center and just west of Cain Sports Complex. The trail is open to the public and provides scenic fitness opportunities away from busy streets. The Outdoor Adventure Center offers free bike rental for day use on the trail, clinics, and group rides to help develop good mountain biking skills and connect groups of bikers.

The 4-mile circuit is comprised of four different loops and designed for both bicycle and pedestrian traffic. The distances of each loop are approximate:

  • Field Loop- 1.1 miles (Green)
  • Creek Loop- 1.3 miles (White)
  • Inner Loop- .7 miles (Red)
  • Main Loop- 1 mile (Blue)

Hours of Operation

  • 5 a.m. -10 p.m.

Know before you Go

We may close the trail when it is too wet or muddy for use. Our trail is in a low-lying flood plain and has clay-based soil. This can lead to some significant time of trail closure while the trail dries out, especially in the winter months. We love using the trail and get it open as quickly as possible, but we close it to protect the trail for future users. If the trail gets footprints and bike tire tracks in it while it is wet it will lead to significant erosion issues and cause lasting damage. Trail status updates can be found on our Facebook page as well as Mountain Bike Project.

  • Waiver: All trail users must have a signed waiver on file. Once the waiver is filled out one time it does not need to be filled out again. There are blank waivers at the kiosk at the trailhead and a mailbox to put the completed waivers in. You can also fill out a waiver at the Outdoor Adventure Center.
  • Register every visit at the trailhead kiosk.
  • Hike or Bike: The trail has been professionally designed for both bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Many people use the trail as a place to walk and jog away from busy streets. No motorized vehicle or equine use is allowed on the trail.
  • Ride Open Trails: Respect trail closures. Do not trespass on private land.
  • Dogs: Must be kept on a leash at all times. If they poop, you scoop.
  • Leave No Trace: Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don’t cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.
  • Control Your Bicycle: Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Ride within your limits.
  • Yield Appropriately: Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you’re coming — a friendly greeting or bell ring are good method. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. In general, strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.
  • Never Scare Animals: Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement, or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. Running cattle and disturbing wildlife are serious offenses.
  • Plan Ahead: Know your equipment, your ability, and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear. Participation can be hazardous.
  • Organized events and activities: Must be scheduled with Outdoor Adventure.
  • No motorized vehicle or equine use allowed on the trail system.
  • Concerns or emergencies: If you have trail concerns, contact Outdoor Adventure at 903.886.5164. If it’s an emergency, contact UPD at 903.886.5111 or 911. If it’s a non-emergency, contact UPD non-emergency at 903.886.5868.
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Campus Recreation Outdoor Adventure :: Campus Recreation Contact Us

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  • 2600 W. Neal St.
  • Commerce, TX 75428
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