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  • Spend an evening paddling on the San Marcos River during the full moon! Departing right from campus at Sewell Park, we will paddle to Rio Vista Park and experience the river in a new way: at night!

    Price Includes: Trip Leaders, headlamp, all paddling equipment

    Location: San Marcos River, Sewell Park to Rio Vista Park

    Pre-Trip Meeting: None

    Eligibility: Only Texas State University faculty, staff, alumni and students are able to sign up for Adventure Trips

    Prerequisites: None

    Refunds: There are no refunds for Adventure Trips 

    Upcoming Dates:

    • Wednesday, May 11th @8:30PM
    • Wednesday, May 25th @8:30PM
    • Wednesday, June 8th @8:30PM
    • Wednesday, June 22nd @8:30PM
    • Wednesday, July 13th @8:30PM
    • Wednesday, July 27th @8:30PM
    • Wednesday, August 10th @8:30PM
  • Experience the San Marcos River in a whole new light (or lack of)! Standup Paddleboards outfitted with multi-color LED lights will be available after the sun goes down, every Friday evening post-Spring Break thru Summer. Quantities are limited, so be sure to get online and reserve your spot! 

    Rental Includes: LED outfitted standup paddleboard, headlamp, glow stick necklace.

    Dates: Every other Friday from 3/25/22 - 8/12/22

    Time: 8:00PM - 10:00PM*

    Cost: $20 per person**

    Capacity: Limited to 12 rentals per night. If a reservation no-shows, their rental will be made available. Limited to one SUP per registration

    *Rentals can begin up to 20 minutes early. Reservations are considered no-show if they have not departed by 8:30PM.

    **Late or damaged/missing equipment may result in a fine.

Fall 2022 Semester Trips

For basic trip information, click on the below dropdown options. For detailed trip information, visit the trip registration link.

Fall Trip Registration opens at Noon on September 1, 2022.

  • Explore the San Marcos River after everyone else has gone home for the night! With a bright full moon and a headlamp, paddle together down to Rio Vista, and see the river in a completely different way!

    Date: 9/7/22

    Time: 9:00PM - 11:00PM

    Location: San Marcos River (Depart From Outdoor Center)

    Cost: $15.00

    Pre-Trip Meeting: N/A

    Register By: 9/7/22 @8:00PM

    Difficulty Level: Beginner

  • Explore the San Marcos River after everyone else has gone home for the night! With a bright full moon and a headlamp, paddle together down to Rio Vista, and see the river in a completely different way!

    Date: 9/14/22

    Time: 9:00PM - 11:00PM

    Location: San Marcos River (Depart From Outdoor Center)

    Cost: $15.00

    Pre-Trip Meeting: N/A

    Register By: 9/14/22 @8:00PM

    Difficulty Level: Beginner

  • Come spend a day on the river improving your kayaking skills, and learning about your local waterways!  Experience a gently flowing experience on the water and build your skills in a kayak! No prior experience is needed!

    Date: 9/24/22

    Time: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

    Location: San Marcos River (Depart From Outdoor Center)

    Cost: $25.00

    Pre-Trip Meeting: N/A

    Register By: 9/21/22 @ Noon

    Difficulty Level: Beginner

  • If you have never gone paddleboarding, or haven't paddled Lady Bird Lake, then this is the trip for you. Experience a local paddling area just north of San Marcos, and see what all the excitement is about!

    No prior experience is needed to enjoy and explore these amazing places!

    Date: 10/1/22

    Time: 12:00PM - 7:00PM

    Location: Lady Bird Lake (Austin, TX) (Depart From Outdoor Center)

    Cost: $25.00

    Pre-Trip Meeting: N/A

    Register By: 9/28/22 @ Noon

    Difficulty Level: Beginner

  • Accidents happen. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do? Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. By learning a few basic skills, you can make the difference between a good outcome and a bad one and maybe even save a life.

    Date: 10/8-9/22

    Location: University Camp

    Cost: $220 + $20 Facility Access Fee

    Register By: 10/3/22 @4:00PM

    Difficulty Level: Beginner

    Click here to register

  • Explore the San Marcos River after everyone else has gone home for the night! With a bright full moon and a headlamp, paddle together down to Rio Vista, and see the river in a completely different way!

    Date: 10/12/22

    Time: 9:00PM - 11:00PM

    Location: San Marcos River (Depart From Outdoor Center)

    Cost: $15.00

    Pre-Trip Meeting: N/A

    Register By: 10/12/22 @8:00PM

    Difficulty Level: Beginner

  • Travelling to the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area found right in our backyard, we will explore the unique Pink Granite Batholith located in the Llano uplift area of central Texas. After an early departure to beat the crowds, we will summit the dome, hike a variety of trails and explore the caves around Enchanted Rock. This trip will be topped off with a stop in Fredericksburg for dinner and exploring the local culture.

    No prior experience is needed to enjoy and explore these amazing places!

    Date: 10/15/22

    Time: 7:00AM - 6:00PM

    Location: Enchanted Rock (Depart From Outdoor Center)

    Cost: $30.00

    Pre-Trip Meeting: N/A

    Register By: 10/12/22 @ Noon

    Difficulty Level: Beginner

  • Explore the San Marcos River after everyone else has gone home for the night! With a bright full moon and a headlamp, paddle together down to Rio Vista, and see the river in a completely different way!

    Date: 10/19/22

    Time: 9:00PM - 11:00PM

    Location: San Marcos River (Depart From Outdoor Center)

    Cost: $15.00

    Pre-Trip Meeting: N/A

    Register By: 10/19/22 @8:00PM

    Difficulty Level: Beginner

  • Explore with the Adventure Trip Program, a 10-mile stretch of the Guadalupe River in Comal County! This section of river is lined with an abundance of mature trees and a spectacular mix of limestone cliffs and shelves. Participants will enjoy an exciting 3-6 hour paddle through a variety of rapids between gentle stretches.

    Prior experience kayaking and comfortable in moving water is needed.

    Date: 10/23/22

    Time: 7:00AM - 6:00PM

    Location: Guadalupe River (Depart from Outdoor Center)

    Cost: $35.00

    Pre-Trip Meeting: N/A

    Register By: 10/19/22 @ Noon

    Difficulty Level: Intermediate

  • Join us as we hike along and explore Lost Maples State Natural Area! We will explore the steep and rugged limestone canyons, springs, plateau grasslands, wooded slopes and clear streams. 

    No prior experience is needed to enjoy and explore these amazing places!

    Date: 11/5/22

    Time: 7:00AM - 6:00PM

    Location: Lost Maples SNA (Depart from Outdoor Center)

    Cost: $40.00

    Pre-Trip Meeting: N/A

    Register By: 11/2/22 @ Noon

    Difficulty Level: Beginner

  • If you have never gone rock climbing, or have only climbed indoors, then this is the trip for you. Experience a local climbing area right nearby to San Marcos, and see what all the excitement is about!

    No prior experience is needed to enjoy and explore these amazing places!

    Date: 11/6/22

    Time: 7:00AM - 5:00PM

    Location: Reimer's Ranch Park (Depart from Outdoor Center)

    Cost: $30.00

    Pre-Trip Meeting: N/A

    Register By: 11/2/22 @ Noon

    Difficulty Level: Beginner

  • Colorado Bend State Park is a great opportunity for a first backpacking experience to learn basic skills. No prior experience is required.  With stops to take in the scenery at Gorman Falls, a 70 foot cascading, spring-fed waterfall hidden in the Hill Country landscape. This area is bursting with springs, bluffs, and beautiful views along the river so join us for some fun in the sun!

    No prior experience is needed to enjoy and explore these amazing places!

    Date: 11/12-13/22

    Location: Colorado Bend State Park (Depart From Outdoor Center)

    Cost: $75

    Pre-Trip Meeting: 11/9/22 @6:00PM

    Register By: 11/9/22 @6:00PM

    Difficulty Level: Beginner

  • Accidents happen. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do? Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. By learning a few basic skills, you can make the difference between a good outcome and a bad one and maybe even save a life.

    Date: 11/19-20/22

    Location: University Camp

    Cost: $220 + $20 Facility Access Fee

    Register By: 11/14/22 @4:00PM

    Difficulty Level: Beginner

    Click here to register

  • No Thanksgiving Break plans, and looking for an adventure? Consider participating on our trip to one of most beautiful places in the state of Texas.

    Spent predominantly in the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park, we will backpack close to 19 miles navigating the remarkable South Rim as well as the highest point in the park, Emory Peak. If you’ve never hiked this trail or been to Big Bend National Park, it is not one to miss!

    Must be comfortable walking long distances (sometimes up steep elevation), while carrying at least 30lbs for extended periods at a time.

    Date: 11/23-27/22

    Location: Big Bend National Park (Depart From Outdoor Center)

    Cost: $250.00

    Pre-Trip Meeting: 11/16/22 @6:00PM

    Register By: 11/16/22 @6:00PM

    Difficulty Level: Intermediate

  • Accidents happen. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do? Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. By learning a few basic skills, you can make the difference between a good outcome and a bad one and maybe even save a life.

    Date: 12/7-11/22

    Location: University Camp

    Cost: $800 + $20 Facility Access Fee

    Register By: 12/1/22 @4:00PM

    Difficulty Level: Beginner

    Click here to register

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GENERAL TRIP POLICY INFO

What's Included, Pre-Trip Meetings, Understanding the Risks, Cancellations, Refunds & Transfers

"I was blown away. Absolutely a life changing experience that I will forever carry with me. The bond our team made between such different people was an awesome experience and I will without a doubt keep in contact with some of the friends I made this trip. We all learned so much about backpacking, respect and appreciation for the environment, and about ourselves. Every person on this trip shared some truly moving life lessons and experiences that they will take from this, and my experience was no different. This program is an incredible resource to those of all backgrounds and I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to take part."

-Adventure Trip Participant

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Custom Trip Programming

Let the Adventure Trip Program plan your next group experience, including the logistics and itinerary on a custom trip for your department or organization!

Day and Weekend Trips

Explore the Texas Hill Country with the Adventure Trip Program on a day or overnight trip!

  • Day Hikes
  • Moonlight Paddles
  • Rock Climbing
  • Standup Paddle Boarding
  • Overnight Canoeing
  • ...and so much more!
Kayaking at Spring Lake
Hiking near the ocean

Extended Break Trips

Look out for expedition-style adventures throughout the United States and beyond during the academic breaks!

  • Thanksgiving Break
  • Winter Break
  • Spring Break
  • May Break
  • Summer Semester 

University Partnerships

The Adventure Trip Program collaborates with and helps outfit experiences for departments across campus. Partnerships include:

Interested in how the Adventure Trip Program could help elevate your department or program offerings? Submit a Custom Programming Request today!

Rafting on the San Marcos River

Become an Adventure Trip Leader!

The Trip Staff Training Program (TSTP) is open to all Texas State students to become leaders among their peers in outdoor recreation settings. This can include short activities here in San Marcos, or longer trips around Texas and beyond.

We focus on providing outdoor education and the instructor development opportunities for anyone interested in working in outdoor recreation and education.

No prior outdoor experience is needed to start your training adventure!

To Apply: Search "Adventure Trip Leader" on Handshake (Jobs4Cats) and submit your Experience Questionnaire. 

Applications will open in Fall 2022. See the below "Trip Staff Training Schedule" for all mandatory dates & events before applying.

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  • Come learn what being a member of the Adventure Trip Staff is all about!

    See what the training program entails, staff expectations, trip opportunities, and more! Attending an Interest Meeting is not mandatory, to be considered for the Trip Staff position, but greatly preferred.

    Interest Meeting Dates: (5:00PM - 7:00PM at Sewell Park Outdoor Center)

    • September 8
    • September 14
    • September 23
  • All training dates are mandatory to attend for incoming trip leaders.

    • Application opening date
      • September 8 @ Noon
    • Application Closing Date
      • September 30
    • In-Person Interview Dates (1-day only)
      • Oct 11 or 12 at 5-7PM​
    • Onboarding Training
      • Oct 28 3PM-8PM
    • ​​​​​​Pre-Trip meeting for Winter Break Training Trip
      • December 5
    • Winter Break Training Trip
      • January 6-10 (overnight)
    • January Training
      • January 12-13