Outdoor Pursuits

Get out and enjoy all the Texas Hill Country has to offer! The Outdoor Pursuits (OP) Program offers all you need to find a little adventure in your free time, whether it's committing to bike to class once a week or planning a big trip for Spring Break. You can rent equipment for personal trips, climb our campus rock wall, or join our organized trips to learn new skills or meet new folks. The San Antonio region is close to many of the state's best outdoor resources. 

For more information or questions regarding the Outdoor Pursuits Program, email outdoors@utsa.edu or call 210.458.6720
Our facility hours may vary. Please check our Facility Hours (Outdoor Resource Center and Rockwall) before visiting.

Outdoor Resource Center

Rockwall

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Clinics and Workshops


Outdoor Resource Center

The Outdoor Resource Center (ORC), located just inside Campus Rec's main entrance (at the South gate by the parking lot) is the best spot to connect with OP services. Sign up for a trip, borrow gear, and learn more about local and regional outdoor adventure opportunities. We offer high-quality equipment FREE to use for all members. Staff is on hand to help you understand how to set up and use the equipment and can even suggest a few spots to consider if you're looking for recommendations.

Equipment Available for Rental
Free* rental up to 7 days.
Tents
Sleeping Bags
Mountain Bikes
Kayaks
Canoes
Stand-Up Paddleboards
Lanterns
Camping Stoves

 

 *Late fees apply for returned equipment if turned in after check-out deadlines and/or if cleaning, repair, or replacement is applicable.


Rockwall

The climbing wall in the Recreation and Wellness Center offers up to 54 feet of climbing. If you're new to climbing, get a taste of what it's like with a 'Try-It Climb' where staff will give you a few attempts on the wall and get you oriented to climbing. If you enjoy it and want to climb regularly, sign up for our Belay Orientation. Offered weekly, you can get comfortable with the equipment and skills needed to climb independently. Climbers who complete a skills check to have access to the gym during open hours and can sign up for semester events, competitions, and lead climbing clinics.


Trips

Sign up for a trip or clinic and explore some of the region's best outdoor venues. These organized trips are great for meeting new folks, or as a way to check out a new activity. We design many of these experiences to set you up for your own independent adventures, so come ready to learn or refine a skill. Others are purely social and intended to get people out and enjoy local trails and venues. Try your hand at biking, paddling, climbing, and backpacking. Trip descriptions in our portal will tell you what each event includes.

Date Activity Location Registration Deadline

Student Cost

1/28 Friedrich Day Hike San Antonio, TX 1/25 $6
2/2-4 Texas Outdoor Leadership Conference Waco, TX 1/30 TBD
2/10 Mountain Bike Leon Creek San Antonio, TX 2/8 $6
2/18 Friedrich Day Hike San Antonio, TX 2/15 $6
2/23-25 Lost Maples Backpacking Vanderpool, TX 2/20 $100
3/2-3 Canoe & Camp Overnight San Marcos, TX 2/27 $80
3/9-17 Buffalo River Backpacking Ponca, AR 3/5 $250
3/28 Full Moon Night Hike McAllister San Antonio, TX 3/26 $6
4/5-7 Enchanted Rock Climbing Fredericksburg, TX 4/2 $105
4/12-14 Inks Lake Canoe & Camp Burnet, TX 4/9 $105
4/27 Botanical Gardens Unwind San Antonio, TX 4/25 $16
4/28 Government Canyon Mountain Bike San Antonio, TX 4/25 $6

 


Clinics & Workshops

A no-show fee applies for all free offerings. Register for clinics and workshops.

Date Time Activity Location Registration Deadline

1/23

12 2 PM Demo Campsite Sombrilla N/A

1/244/18

Alternating W/Th

3 5 PM Belay Orientation Rockwall Day of
1/31 12 - 2 PM Mountain Bike Rodeo Student Union Lawn Day of

2/6

12 – 2 PM Bike Maintenance 101 Sombrilla Day of
2/7 10 AM – 1 PM Routesetting Workshop Rockwall Day of
2/14 – 3 PM Love the Outdoors/Leave No Trace Sombrilla Day of
2/18 +25
3/7 +21
4/14 +21
– 5 PM Lead Climbing Clinic Rockwall Day of
2/28 12 – 2 PM Cooking in the Outdoors Sombrilla Day of
3/5 12 – 2 PM Women in Outdoor Spaces Outdoor Resource Center Day of
3/20 3 - 5 PM Nuts About Knots Rockwall Day of
3/27 - 4/24
Alternating W/Th
4 - 6 PM Kayak Roll Session Aquatic Center Day of
3/28 - 4/30
Weekly Tues-Fri
6 - 8 PM Trip Leader Training Classroom Session Outdoor Resource Center 3/25