Outdoor Trips & Clinics

Trip Sign Ups

All trip sign ups are conducted at the Outdoor Center in room 108 of the Activity Center. Deadlines for sign ups will be on the Wednesday before the trip at 5:30pm. Only full time students are eligible to participate in Outdoor Recreation trips. Students may pay for trips by cash, credit, or by check. (The Outdoor Center can only issue refunds to those paying by credit card.)

Pre-Trip Meetings

All trips will have a pre-trip meeting on the Wednesday prior to the trip at 5:30pm at the Outdoor Center. The pre-trip meeting is conducted to inform participants of necessary logistics, equipment, and activities associated with the trip, as well as allow participants to: meet trip leaders, meet other participants, and complete mandatory paperwork. All participants must fill out an Informed Consent Form and a Medical Information Form. If participants are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting, participants must set up other arrangements with the trip leader prior to the start of the trip.

Dona Ana Mountain Biking

Explore the mountain biking trails in our very own backyard! These are the premier mountain biking trails in the Las Cruces area, with miles and miles of trails ranging from beginner or even kid friendly to quite challenging and rocky terrain for experts. Bring your bike and join us!

Date: March 11, 2017

Cost: FREE

Pre-Trip Meeting: March 8, 2017 at 5:30pm


Grand Canyon Spring Break Trip

It’s spring break! Lets go backpacking in the Grand Canyon! We’ll be hiking and camping below the South Rim, and covering 8 + miles per day. Experience in backpacking and hiking recommended.

Date: March 17-21, 2017

Cost: $90.00

Pre-Trip Meeting: March 15, 2017 at 5:30pm


Guadalupe Peak Day Hike

Start off your spring break with a day trip to Guadalupe Peak. Enjoy the outdoors on this 8 mile round trip hike.

Date: March 18, 2017

Cost: $5.00

Pre-Trip Meeting: March 15, 2017 at 5:30pm


Needle Day Hike

Climb the highest point in the Organ Mountains! This tough trail is a great accomplishment with great views at the top!

Date: April 1, 2017

Cost: FREE

Pre-Trip Meeting: March 29, 2017 at 5:30pm


Bouldering at Hueco Tanks

Bouldering is a form of rock climbing stripped down to its raw essentials. This trip will take place at Hueco Tanks, one of the premiere spots in the country. Leaving behind the ropes and harnesses, instructors will help you navigate the challenge of bouldering problems through basic introduction to climbing techniques. All level of abilities are encouraged to join.

Date: April 2, 2017

Cost: $18.00

Pre-Trip Meeting: March 29, 2017 at 5:30pm


Better Backpacking

Better Backpacking is a three-day course that will take a beginning backpacker to the next level of outdoor skills and independence. The trip involves intermediate terrain covering increased mileage and elevation. This course builds on your basic backpacking experience and introduces additional skills such as water purification and map and compass use. Sign up and be ready to put some miles on those hiking boots!

Date: April 7-9, 2017

Cost: $25.00

Pre-Trip Meeting: April 5, 2017 at 5:30pm


Elephant Butte Sailing Overnight Trip

What a better way to spend a three-day weekend than learning how to sail! Join us for an overnight camping trip at Elephant Butte for hands-on instruction on sailing.

Date: April 13-15, 2017

Cost: $30.00

Pre-Trip Meeting: April 12, 2017 at 5:30pm


Rock Climbing-Top Rope

Bring your climbing shoes and join us at the Rough and Readies for a day of outdoor climbing! No experience needed! We’ll provide the gear and the instruction to get you started! This trip is great for those wanting to try climbing outside for the first time.

Date: April 22, 2017

Cost: $5.00

Pre-Trip Meeting: April 19, 2017 at 5:30pm


Bouldering at Hueco Tanks Again!

If you missed the opportunity to go to Hueco Tanks earlier this month, here’s your chance to go! We’ll be going back to our favorite bouldering area and spending the day climbing and covering climbing techniques.

Date: April 23, 2017

Cost: $18.00

Pre-Trip Meeting: April 19, 2017 at 5:30pm


Rock Climbing-Lead

Join us at the Rough and Readies for some top rope and lead climbing! We’ll provide the gear and instruction to further your rock climbing skills! You must be belay certified to participate.

Date: April 23, 2017

Cost: $5.00

Pre-Trip Meeting: April 19, 2017 at 5:30pm


Taos White Water Rafting Trip

Let’s go rafting! We’ll be traveling to Taos for a full day of white water river rafting! Afterwards, we’ll get to camp and relax at Jemez Hot Springs!

Date: April 28-30, 2017

Cost: $145.00

Pre-Trip Meeting: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 5:30pm


Wheeler Peak Trip

Hike up the highest mountain in New Mexico! This is a two-day backpacking trip where participants will challenge themselves on the Williams Lake Trail and hike up to 13,161ft. Be prepared for steep and challenging terrain, 3000 feet in elevation gain, and a spectacular outdoor experience on the highest mountain in New Mexico!

Date: May 5-6, 2017

Cost: $20.00

Pre-Trip Meeting: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 5:30pm


*Outdoor Recreation reserves the right to cancel activities without sufficient enrollment or due to adverse weather conditions. No refunds for “no shows.”

 Weekly Clinics

(Clinics will continue at the start of the spring semester!)

(clinics will not be held during summer sessions, holiday breaks, or the final two weeks of the semester)

 

Belay Clinics

Get belayed certified! The NMSU belay certification allows you to climb and belay on top rope. Walk-ins all semester long!

When: Mondays and Tuesdays 6pm-8pm

Lead Clinics

Get lead certified! The NMSU lead certification allows you to lead climb and belay on the big wall.

When: Wednesdays 6pm-8pm

Sign ups are held at the climbing wall. (There must be a minimum of two people signed up on the day prior to the clinic)


Special Clinic Series

All special clinics are free of charge and will meet in the Outdoor Center room 108 of the Activity Center unless otherwise specified. 

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