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Outdoor Trips

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 Tuesday 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 Tuesday 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.

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

Taos Ski and Snowboard Trip – $100.00
Feb 23 @ 8:00 am – Feb 24 @ 9:00 pm

Start off the new semester with some good friends and groomed slopes.  Travel with us to Taos Sky Valley for a casual evening and then a day of pizzas and french-fries on the slopes. Transportation and lodging are included in the price, but you must purchase your own lift ticket and equipment rental.

Introduction to Backpacking – $25.00
Mar 1 @ 2:00 pm – Mar 3 @ 5:00 pm

Introduction to Backpacking:  $25.00

March 1-3, 2019

New to backpacking? This trip is geared towards the beginner backpacker. We will cover all the basics from purifying water, map colors and legends, proper clothing and equipment, and more to help you become more confident in your own backpacking adventures. We will be hiking in the White Mountain Wilderness located in Lincoln National Forest.  Participants can expect to hike approximately 7 miles round trip.

Oliver Lee State Park Overnight – $15.00
Mar 15 @ 2:00 pm – Mar 16 @ 3:00 pm

Oliver Lee State Park Overnight:  $15.00

March 15-16, 2019

Set against the dramatic Sacramento Mountains, this park features a historic ranch house, quiet camping in the Chihuahuan Desert, and the unique oasis of pools of water under the cottonwood trees of Dog Canyon. Enjoy a short walk on the Riparian Nature Trail.  A casual camping and hiking trip; adventurers of all skill levels are encouraged to join us!

Arizona Parks Spring Break Trip – $135.00
Mar 22 @ 2:00 pm – Mar 26 @ 3:00 pm

Arizona Spring Break Trip:  $135.00

March 22-26, 2019

Make this Spring Break a Memorable One:  Spend it hiking around AZ’s most prominent parks and monuments.  Antelope Canyon, Grand Canyon, and the Petrified Forrest are just a few stops on this 5 day adventure.  Beautiful trails and peaceful campsites await, but space is limited to 7 participants so reserve your best Spring Break today!

Rockhound State Park Day Trip – $5.00
Mar 23 @ 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Rockhound State Park Day Trip:  $5.00

March 23, 2019

The rugged slopes of the Little Florida Mountains are the setting for this park, which boasts trails, unique geology, and wildflower displays. The stunning scenery of Spring Canyon provides a peaceful area for hiking and picnicking, and of course: Rockhounding for gems, geodes, and thunder eggs!

Carlsbad Caverns: $25.00
Apr 6 @ 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Carlsbad Caverns:  $25.00

April 6, 2019

Hidden beneath the surface of the Chihuahuan desert are more than 119 known caves, and we will explore 2 of the best! We will explore the Big Room, and then take a lantern-lit, guided tour deep into the Earth along the Left Hand Tunnel.  Tight, damp, dark spaces await the bravest cavers, and NMSU is giving you the opportunity to test your claustrophobia!

Trinity Site Day Trip: $5.00
Apr 6 @ 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Trinity Site Day Trip:  $5.00

April 6, 2019

Come tour the site that birthed the Atomic Age!  Normally off-limits, the Trinity detonation site is only open to the public twice a year, so take advantage of this rare opportunity to explore some of NM’s unique history, science, and geology!

Bouldering at Hueco Tanks: $18.00
Apr 7 @ 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Bouldering at Hueco Tanks: $18.00

April 7, 2019

Miss out on the first trip?  Here is a second chance to boulder at Hueco Tanks and send that project you’ve been eyeing all winter.  No experience is necessary, and all skill levels are encouraged to join us as we tour North Mountain Classics.

Top Rope Climbing: $5.00
Apr 13 all-day

Top Rope Climbing:  $5.00

April 13, 2019

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.

Capulin Volcano Overnight: $10.00
Apr 13 @ 7:00 am – Apr 14 @ 5:00 pm

Capulin Volcano Overnight:  $10.00

April 13-14, 2019

Born of fire and geologic forces that continually reshaping the earth’s surface, Capulin Volcano provides access to nature’s most awe-inspiring work, and a prime example of recent volcanic activity and a rich diversity of plant and animal life for you to explore on this casual overnight trip.