Outdoor Trips and Registration

 R.O.P.E. offers a variety of trips each semester that are designed for all experience levels. All trip registrations include transportation, meals, equipment rentals, and guided instruction by our skilled Outdoor Trip Leaders. Scroll down for basic trip descriptions or click Registerto view more detailed information. If you have any questions, please email rope@rice.edu 

Spring 2015 

Feb. 28 - Mar. 8


Grand Canyon, AZ Closed
March 14 Day Hike Brazos Bend, TX Closed
March 21 Canoeing Colorado River, Columbus, TX Closed
March 29 Surf & Paddle Surfside, TX  Closed
April 2 - 5 Hiking & Climbing Enchanted Rock, TX Register Here
April 11 Wakeboarding Wake Nation Houston, TX Register Here
April 18 - 19 Beach Camping Galveston Island State Park, TX Register Here
April 25 Surf & Paddle Surfside, TX Register Here
May 7 - 14 May Adventure: Canoe Buffalo National River Buffalo National River, AR      Register Here
 January 24 Horseback Riding & Cookout Cypress Trails, TX  Closed
January 30 - 31 Adventure Caving Longhorn Caverns, TX Closed
February 21 Mountain Biking Double Lake Recreation Area, TX Closed

Trip Cancellation/Refund Policy

There are no refunds for trips, unless the trip is cancelled by ROPE, or a participant experiences an unforeseen family or medical emergency. In the latter instances, the decision for a full or partial refund will be made by the Assistant Director for Outdoor Programs. All refund requests must be submitted in writing 48 hours prior to the trip. Supporting documentation may be requested.

Trip Descriptions 

Horseback Riding and Cookout 

Join ROPE as we explore the piney woods north of Houston like true Texans. We'll hop on our horses and take a guided tour of the area around Cypress Creek, completing the experience with an outdoor cookout in the area.This is a beginner-level ride, no experience necessary. 

Adventure Caving 

ROPE is heading out to Longhorn Caverns for a wild cave tour that is well off the beaten path. We will meet at the Outdoor Adventure Center at 6:00 PM on Friday and drive to Inks Lake State Park where we will spend a night under the stars. Saturday morning we will make the short drive to Longhorn Caverns State Park for our 2.5 hr guided tour that includes ample crawling, climbing, and adventure! We will return to campus that afternoon.

 Mountain Biking

Come mountain biking with ROPE to the Double Lake Recreation Area where we will be taking the 21 mile pathway around scenic Double Lake! MOUNTAIN BIKE NOT PROVIDED.

 Backpacking at Grand Canyon

 Prepare for the greatest adventure of them all: ROPE's Spring Break Trip! This year we're pushing the limits with how much outdoor fun can be had in 8 days by heading out to one of the country's most iconic and beautiful destinations, the Grand Canyon. Take a break from the noise of the city and experience the untamed and unparalleled beauty of the desert in spring.

Day Hike at Brazos Bend

 ROPE will be heading to Brazos Bend State Park for a relaxing and refreshing day hike.  Just outside of the city, this state park encloses a lake and boasts an array of wildlife: white-tailed deer, raccoon, opossum, armadillo, and much more!  So come join us for a fantastic day hike around Elm Lake, a picnic lunch, and some fresh air. Please sign up one person at a time.

 Canoeing the Colorado River

ROPE takes on the Colorado River in Columbus, TX! Along this loop of the river, we will make a relaxing float down a scenic stretch of the Colorado River, stopping for lunch along the way. Prepare for an opportunity to escape the city and experience the dense and lively woods just west of Houston!

 Surf & Paddle

Join ROPE for a day at the beach!  We will be heading down to Surfside, Texas with our surfboards to catch some awesome springtime waves! Surfside is truly a wonderful Texas coastal city; with miles of unspoiled shoreline, coastal marsh, rivers and bays. You will have the opportunity to surf, kayak, paddle board, play beach games and have an amazing time!

 Hiking & Climbing

We're heading out to one of Texas' most iconic and beautiful natural features for 4 days of premier hiking and climbing. Towering above the Texas Hill Country with acres of exposed pink granite and unique rock formations, Enchanted Rock is like no other outdoor destination in Texas. Join us as we enjoy the fresh greenery and wildflower blooms of springtime deep in the Heart of Texas.


Join ROPE as we go to Wake Nation for some fun on the water! Beginner as well as experienced water sports enthusiasts are encouraged to come. Wake Nation utilizes a cable system to pull wakeboarders around the lake. Please, sign up one person at a time.

 Beach Camping

Join ROPE for a weekend at the beach! We will be heading down to Galveston Island State Park with our surfboards to catch some awesome waves, and then camp on the beach on Saturday night. Wake up Sunday morning to the salty ocean breeze and take the opportunity to try ROPE's boogie boards, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and various beach games!

 May Adventure: Canoe Buffalo National River

ROPE will be heading out on a week long adventure down the Buffalo National River in Arkansas. Over the span of 6 days, we will be canoeing and camping along its beautiful banks. As one of the few remaining natural rivers (not a dam in sight) in America, the Buffalo National River offers some the most scenic floating views in the Ozarks. So prepare for an opportunity to escape the city and experience the serenity of Arkansas with ROPE!