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Outdoor Pursuits

Fall and Spring Semester Hours
Monday-Friday: 2-8 p.m.
Saturday and Saturday: Closed
Winter and Spring Intersession Hours
Monday-Friday: 2-8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed
Summer Hours
Monday-Friday: 2-8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Outdoor Pursuits provides our students with the opportunity to experience and enjoy the natural environment around them.
West Texas A&M University Outdoor Recreation and Education is dedicated to teaching environmental ethics, technical outdoor skills, safety, judgment and leadership on extended outdoor expeditions and other outdoor experiences

Trips and classes will be offered each semester. Be sure to  come to the Virgil Henson Activities and climb the new 40 foot Climbing Tower!

 For more information, please contact Outdoor Pursuits at (806)651-2353, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Participation Agreement

All physical activities offered by Recreational Sports and the VHAC carry various degrees of risk or injury. Participants assume sole responsibility for any and all such risk or injury that may result due to voluntary participation. It is each individual's responsibility to be knowledgeable of his/her own physical condition ot participate in any of the activities.

Outdoor Pursuits Center

  •  Our desire as an outdoor program is to demonstrate Leave No Trace ethics. We are guests in our national and state wilderness areas and parks. It has been said of conservationists, "Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints!" That is what we do.
  • Our staff is qualified and certified instructors in areas of technical outdoor skills. We are constantly and consistently reviewing and evaluating technical outdoor skills.
  • We strive to provide the best quality equipment for the participants enjoyment and safety, giving guidance and hands on demonstration and instruction. The participants health and safety is our top priority.
  • We want to provide our students, faculty, staff and community with the greatest amount of professionalism as possible. We want to be people of honesty and integrity.
  • Recreation comes from the word recreate which means to "bring back" or "renew." Our desire is that our staff can assist the participant in recreating or renewing positive outdoor experiences bringing students, faculty staff, community and family member together.
Sleeping bags and pads
  Daily 3-days 4-7 days
Summer 2.00 2.00 5.00
Three Seasons 5.00 5.00 10.00
  Daily 3-days 4-7 days
Two-Person 5.00 10.00 15.00
Three-Person 5.00 10.00 15.00
Four-Person 5.00 10.00 15.00
Camping and hiking supplies
  Daily 3-days 4-7 days
Backpacks 5.00 10.00 15.00
Fuel Bottles 1.00 1.00 1.00
Stoves (Single) 5.00 5.00 10.00
    Daily Weekend
Mountain   10.00 15.00
Road   10.00 15.00

Equipment Rental Fees

  • All equipment is available to current WTAMU students, faculty, staff and members of the VHAC upon presentation of a current WTAMU Buffalo ID card.
  • Reservations may be made in person up to two weeks in advance at the Outdoor Pursuits Center. The full rental fee must be paid upon making a reservation. Equipment not reserved is available on a first-come, first-served basis and must be paid in full at the time of rental pick up.
  • Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours prior to checkout time or rental fees paid will not be refunded.
  • Cancellations that occur within 48 hours from the rental date and time will receive no refund. All cancellations or reserved equipment that would qualify for a refund must be made in person at the Outdoor Pursuits Center during normal operating hours.
  • Fees will be assessed at the current retail rate for repair or replacement of damaged or lost equipment.
  • Equipment returned late will be charged a daily rental rate.
  • No credit or refunds will be issued for items reserved but not used or for early returns.
  • Rental rates are determined as followed:
    • Daily (24-hour period)
    • Weekend (three days/72-hour period) If checked out on Friday, must be returned no later than Monday at or before noon.
    • Weekly (four to seven days/96-168 hours maximum)
    • Additional days may be added using either the daily or three-day rates.
  • Individuals abusing equipment or not following procedures may be ineligible to rent equipment in the future.
  • To return equipment, please return to the Outdoor Pursuits Center during normal operating hours. Equipment returned to other areas of the VHAC will not be accepted or be considered returned equipment.

Outdoor Pursuits trip registration form

2016 Trip Calendar

Mid-Winter Ski/Snowboard Retreat
February 12-13, 2016 (Friday-Saturday)
Santa Fe, NM Ski Area
Ski/sonwboard one or both days! 7 lifts and 77 trails! (20% beginner, 40% intermediate, 40% advanced)
Cost: $50, includes transportation, overnight accommodations, an evening meal, and breakfast meal. Lift tickets, lessons, and rentals are an additional discounted cost.

Basic Rock Climbing
April 15-17, 2016 (Friday-Sunday)
Wichita Mountains Refuge, OK
Learn the basics of top rope and lead climbing, protection management, and belaying your partner safely. Plenty of buffalo, longhorn cattle, elk, and deer to be viewed throughout the refuge!
Cost: $60, includes transportation, park fees, meals, equipment, and instruction.

Grand Canyon Arizona Expedition Rim to Rim
May 16-20, 2016 (Monday-Friday)
Grand Canyon, AZ
Experience one of the most inspiring natural features on earth, the Grand Canyon! The expedition begins on the south rim of the canyon and finishes on the north rim. A very intense 24 mile four day adventure!
Cost: $200, includes transportation, park fees, meals, equipment, and instruction.

Colorado Whitewater Rafting
June 10-12, 2016 (Friday-Sunday)
Enjoy rafting the San Miguel River near Telluride CO. Enjoy incredible scenery and world class whitewater. Also ride the only free scenic gondola in the United States. Service project included on this trip.
Cost: $200, includes transportation, park fees, permits, meals, equipment, and instruction.

Colorado's Tallest Expedition!
July 15-17, 2016 (Friday-Sunday)
Summit Colorado's tallest peak (elevation 14, 433 ft) after an intense early morning, all-day hike. See some of the most beautiful views of Colorado along the way. Trailhead begins at 10,040 ft. elevation. Not for the fainthearted.
Cost: $100, includes transportation, meals, equipment, and instruction.

Explore the Natural Springs of the Southwest
September 2-5, 2016 (Friday-Sunday  Labor Day Weekend)
Explore and swim the hidden pools at Sitting Bull Falls, climb/crawl through primitive caves of Carlsbad, hike Guadalupe Peak (Texas tallest!) and snorkel/swim with the fish at Balmorhea State Park!
Cost: $80, includes transportation, park fees, meals, equipment, and instruction.

Wheeler Peak Wilderness Backpacking Expedition
September 16-18 2016 (Friday-Sunday)
Red River, NM
Enjoy the fall colors of northern New Mexico on one of our best backpack trips of the year. You will summit New Mexico's tallest peak, Wheeler Peak (elevation 13,161 ft.)
Cost: $60, includes transportation, meals, equipment, and instruction.

Sierra Blanca Backpacking Expedition
September 30-October 2, 2016 (Friday-Sunday)
Ruidoso, NM
Enjoy the White Mountain Wilderness as you hike along the Crest trail near Ruidoso. Explore old copper and silver mines! A photographer's paradise for capturing the fall colors.
Cost: $60, includes transportation, meals, equipment, and instruction.

Gila Wilderness Backpacking Expedition
October 14-16, 2016 (Friday-Sunday)
You will discover stunning vistas, deep canyons and high peaks! Soak in the soothing water of the Gila Hot Springs!
Cost: $80, includes transportation, meals, equipment, and instruction.