Campus Recreation Outdoor Adventure :: Campus Recreation: Outdoor Adventure
Hike, bike, climb or challenge yourself to some new activities.
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.
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Intro To Classes
Are you ready to improve your biking skills? This class is beneficial for any skill level. We provide mountain bikes, helmets, water bottles and gloves. We will begin with skill improvement drills and end with a ride on our mountain bike trail, putting all your newly developed skills to the test. It is also a great way to get ready for your next mountain biking trip.
Do you want to learn the basics to wilderness survival, then make sure you register for this class. In this class we will cover the many different ways to start a fire, how to obtain drinking water, how to create a shelter and the other essentials you would need to know to survive in the great outdoors.
Have you ever wanted to be able to grow your own food? Or have your own floral garden. Then let the Outdoor Adventure program walk you through the process of making that happen. We will discuss the appropriate season to plant things. Talk about which plants grow well in our climate and general area. There will also be a portion of the class where we show you how you can make your own planter box. The outdoor program hopes you come join us for an evening filled with great information.
This class will give you the knowledge and skills to go out on your own and catch some trout on a fly fishing rod and reel. We will go over all the equipment you will use and then spend time learning how to cast a fly rod.
This class will give you the skills and knowledge to be comfortable renting a surfboard and hitting the waves at your next beach destination. In this class we will teach you how to stay safe in the ocean, learning surfing terminology, learning about the types of gear and the basics on how to get you shredding some choice waves. If you are not comfortable in the water we recommend joining one of our swim lessons before taking this class.
Outdoor Adventure Center
|Camping Equipment||Day Rental||Weekend rental||Week 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 Sack and Pad||Free w/ sleeping bag||Free w/ sleeping bag||Free w/ sleeping bag|
|Stove (2 Burner)||$5||$10||$20|
|Boats and Equipment|
Outdoor Adventure: Facilities
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.
- Ride Open Trails: Respect trail closures. Do not trespass on private land.
- 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 methods. 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.
- Register every visit at the trail head kiosk.
- No motorized vehicle or equine use allowed on the trail system.
How long is the trail?
The entire trail is 4.1 miles. The distances of each loop are approximately:
- Field Loop- 1.1 miles (Green)
- Creek Loop- 1.3 miles (White)
- Inner Loop- .7 miles (Red)
- Main Loop- 1 mile (Blue)
Is the trail only for biking?
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.
Is a waiver required to use the trail?
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.
In addition to completing the waiver once, we do ask trail users to sign in at the kiosk each time they use the trail.
Are bike rentals available?
We rent mountain bikes at the Outdoor Adventure Center (located across the street from the trail) Monday-Friday 1 p.m.-7 p.m. The bikes are free to rent out for day use on our trail.
Why is the trail closed?
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.
Who do I contact for questions or concerns?
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.