Outdoor Pursuits

TRIPS: Fall and Spring Semester Hours
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m -5 p.m.
Saturday and Saturday: Closed for sign-ups
Climbing Tower: Fall and Spring semester hours

3-6 p.m.

7-10 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 2-8 p.m.
OPC Shop Rentals Hours - in All Purpose Room
Monday-Friday: 3-8 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.

Free Bike Tune-Ups

Get your bike inspected, cleaned, and repaired including tires, chains, and brakes. Bring you bike to the WT Outdoors Rental Center located at the back of the All purpose Room in the VHAC.

Disclaimer: Optional parts replacement may have additional fees.

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.
Seasons Daily 3-days 4-7 days
Sleeping bags and pads
Pads $5.00 $7.00 $10.00
Sleeping bags - 20-0 deg $5.00 $7.00 $10.00
One-Person $5.00 $8.00 $12.00
Two-Person $5.00 $10.00 $15.00
Three-Person $5.00 $10.00 $15.00
In the Field
Kayaks (1 person) $10.00 $15.00 $25.00
Stand Up Paddle Boards $10.00 $15.00 $25.00
Backpacks $5.00 $10.00 $15.00
Climbing Crash Pad $10.00 $15.00 $20.00
Stoves (2-Burner) fuel ex $5.00 $10.00 $15.00
Stoves (Single) $5.00  $8.00 $12.00
On WT's Stands or Trails
Hammocks  $2.00  $5.00 $10.00
Mountain and Road Bikes $10.00 $15.00 $20.00
Handcycle $10.00 $15.00 $20.00

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

2021 Trip Calendar : Click here. 

Adventures include transportation, equipment, meals, and guides to make every trip ready for all skill levels! To sign up for trips, go online to

For more information, contact Terra Perez at 806-651-2353 or come by room 124 in the Activities Center.

Dates Adventure
March 13-21, 2021 Kayaking the Rio Grande in Rio Grande National Park, Texas
March 27, 2021 Day Hike Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Texas
April 10, 2021 Mountain Biking in Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Texas
April 16-18, 2021 Kayaking South Llano River in South Llano River State Park, Texas
April 24-25, 2021 Carlsbad Caverns in Carlsbad, New Mexico


Registration and Cancellation Policies

Registration Policy: For trips of two days or less in length, the full trip price is due at the time of registration in order to reserve a space. For trips three or more days in length, a $15.00 registration fee is due in order to reserve a space. The balance for extended expedition trips of five or more days will require a 50% (of total trip cost) registration fee and/or an earlier final payment deadline. This will be stated on the individual trip information flyer.

Cancellation Refund Policy: prospective trip participants who cancel from a trip will automatically forfeit a $15 registration fee. This registration fee cannot be refunded for any reason or under any circumstances. Any participants who cancel at least 1 week prior to the start of the trip will receive a refund of the trip cost minus the registration fee. Any cancellations made less than 1 week prior to the trip start date will forfeit the total cost of the trip.  These timelines may vary for longer trips and will be listed on the information packet for these individual trips. If for any reason we, the Outdoor Pursuits Center, cancel a trip, a full refund will be issued (including the registration fee). If you have any questions regarding these policies, please contact the assistant director of outdoor pursuits.


Assistant Director of Recreational Sports
Terra Perez