• Backpack the Grand Canyon

      Backpack the Grand Canyon

      Backpack the Grand Canyon

      Why should I go on this trip?

      Join the Outdoor Pursuits team on an expedition to one of the most popular National Parks in North America! Backpack inside the Grand Canyon and catch an amazing sunset! Whether you are a beginning backpacking enthusiast or a regular, this trip is for you!


      Where:  Grand Canyon Village, Arizona

      Trip Date:  Sunday, March 15 – Saturday, March 21

      Fees:   Students – $575
      Non-Students – $600

      Deadline:  Friday, February 14

      Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, March 3 @ 6pm in the Outdoor Pursuits Rental Office

      ITINERARY
      Sunday, 3/15
      • Arrive at Grand Canyon National Park
      • Setup Camp at front country campsite
      Monday 3/16 to Wednesday 3/18
      • Do sight-seeing near the South Rim
      • Backpack within the Grand Canyon
      Thursday, 1/19
      • Setup Camp at front country campsite near South Rim
      Friday, 1/20
      • Exit Grand Canyon National Park
      • Do local sight-seeing

      *  The itinerary is subject to change based off backcountry permit availability. Do not purchase airline tickets until the trip is confirmed.


      What is Provided What You Need to Bring
      Guides & Equipment Food
        Transportation (Not Including Airfare) Toiletries
      Necessary First Aid Clothing
      Hot water for meals & filtered water Water Bottles

      Sign Up Here

      Or Call 205-996-4913

      For any accommodations or additional questions contact
      Payton Joyner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 205-996-6994.

      Walls of Jericho

      Walls of Jericho

      Walls of Jericho

      Why should I go on this trip?

      The Walls of Jericho is one of the coolest sites that Alabama has to offer. A beautiful hike in combined with a nice dip in the water will make for one of the most fun Saturdays you will have!


      Where:  Walls of Jericho, Estillfork, AL

      Trip Date:  Saturday, April 18

      Fees:   Students – $35
      Non-Students – $40

      Registration Deadline:  Friday, April 10

      Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, April 14 @ 6pm in the Outdoor Pursuits Rental Center

      ITINERARY
      Saturday, 1/25
      • Eat or pack breakfast before you come
      • Meet in Adventure Rec at 7:00am, and depart for Walls of Jericho (~ 2.5 hour drive)
      • Arrive at trailhead ~9:30a
      • Hike in to the Walls of Jericho (~3.5mi hike)
      • Eat lunch, explore, hang out, swim at Wall of Jericho
      • Hike back to the van (~3.5mi hike)
      • Depart for UAB ~7:00p
      • Stop for fast food for dinner
      • Arrive back at UAB ~10:00p

      * Itinerary is subject to change


      What is Provided What You Need to Bring
      All necessary equipment Food
        Transportation Towel
      Guides Swim Clothing
      Hot water for meals Water Bottles
        Money for 1 dinner at fast food restaurants
        Pack food for 1 breakfast and 1 lunch

      Sign Up Here

      Or Call 205-996-4913

      For any accommodations or additional questions contact
      Payton Joyner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 205-996-6994.

    • Whitewater Rafting

      Whitewater Rafting

      Whitewater Rafting

      Why should I go on this trip?

      Join the Outdoor Pursuits team on a paddle down the wet and wild Ocoee River! As one of America’s most popular whitewater river this trip is guaranteed to be an awesome experience. There is no experience necessary, just show up ready to have fun!

      Where:  Ocoee River, near Cleveland, TN

      Trip Date: Saturday, June 13

      Fees: Students – $75
      Non-Students – $85

      Deadline: May 29th

      Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, June 9th @ 6pm in the Outdoor Pursuits Office

      Trip Difficulty:  No prior experience necessary

      ITINERARY
      Saturday, 6/13
      • Eat or pack breakfast before you come
      • Meet in the Outdoor Pursuits Rental Center
      • Eat lunch on the road
      • Arrive at Adventures Unlimited and prepare for the rafting trip
      • Whitewater rafting!
      • Arrive back at Adventures Unlimited to shower and prepare for the ride back
      • Hit the road back to UAB
      • Eat dinner on the road
      • Arrive back at UAB

      * Itinerary is subject to change

      What is Provided What You Need to Bring
      Whitewater Rafting Equipment Food
       Transportation Toiletries
      Necessary First Aid Clothing
      Whitewater Rafting Guides Water Bottles
      Dinner Included (Saturday & Sunday) Skiing Bibs (Can be Rented for Additional Cost)

      Sign Up Here

      Or Call 205-996-4913

      Acadia National Park and Moose Safari

      Acadia National Park and Moose Safari

      Acadia National Park and Moose Safari

      Why should I go on this trip?

      Join the Outdoor Pursuits team on an expedition to the “Crown Jewel of the North Atlantic Coast.” Showcasing the natural beauty of the highest rocky headlands along the Atlantic coastline, Acadia National Park is one of the most beautiful places America has to offer. And, on top of hiking and sightseeing in the park, we will also be going on a canoe Moose Safari to see if we can find the majestic moose!

      Where:  Acadia National Park, Maine

      Trip Date:  Sunday, August 16 to Saturday, August 22

      Fees:  Students – $575 Non-Students – $600

      Deadline:  July 17th

      Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, August 11th @ 6pm in the Outdoor Pursuits Office

      Trip Difficulty: 
      ITINERARY
      Sunday, 8/16
      • Meet at Portland International Jetport (PWM)
      • Arrive at Acadia National Park
      • Set up camp at Blackwoods Campground
      Monday, 8/17
        Hike Cadillac Mountain – highest point along North Atlantic coast
      Tuesday, 8/18
      • Sight see at Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse
      • Hike Ship Harbor Trail
      • Hike Jordan Pond Path Trail
      • Dinner at Jordan Pond House
      Wednesday, 8/19
      • Hike Ocean Path Trail
      • Hangout on Sand Beach
      • Potentially hike Beehive Loop
      Thursday, 8/20
      • Trip to Bar Harbor
      • Hike Bar Harbor Shore Path OR Bar Island
      • Drive to Moosehead Lake and camp at Lily Bay State Park
      Friday, 8/21
      • Hike Shore Line Trail in Lily Bay State Park
      • Moose Safari on Moosehead Lake
      Saturday, 8/22
        Drive back to Portland International Jetport (PWM)

      * Itinerary is subject to change

      What is Provided What You Need to Bring
      All necessary equipment Food
       Transportation Toiletries
      Necessary First Aid Clothing
      Guides Water Bottles
      Hot water for meals

      Sign Up Here

      Or Call 205-996-4913

      For any accommodations or additional questions contact
      Payton Joyner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 205-996-6994.

    Trip Refund Policy: 75% of payment will be refunded 14 days or more prior to trip departure. 50% of payment will be refunded 13-4 days prior to trip departure. NO refund will be granted less than 3 days prior to the trip departure.

  • Outdoor Pursuits's Trips Series

    If you've never been on a trip through Outdoor Pursuits with UAB University Recreation, then you are seriously missing out! Our trips range in time and location, including activities such as biking, hiking and boating, just to name a few. Stop by the Outdoor Pursuits Rental Center so you don't miss out on these amazing adventures throughout the United States!

    Where would you like Outdoor Pursuits to go?

    Trip Suggestion Survey

    Trip Difficulty Scale

    Outdoor Pursuits trips are geared toward the beginner and intermediate participant. We will focus on teaching skills through experiential learning and foster a supportive and enjoyable environment. While all skills levels are welcome on any of our trips, this difficulty scale is used to provide an upfront idea of what to expect.

    1 Mountain

    1 Mountain = Beginners welcome! No previous experience needed.

    2 Mountain

    2 Mountains = Some previous experience recommended, but not necessary if you are up for the challenge.

    3 Mountain

    3 Mountains = Previous experience strongly recommended.

    Trip Logistics

    All trips will vary in length. Specific logistical details and trip itineraries will be discussed in the pre-trip meeting. Trip locations and itineraries are subject to change.

    Trips leaving on Friday will leave as soon as possible. A departure time will be agreed upon by the group during the pre-trip meeting to accommodate all participants CLASS schedules.


    Trip Cancellation Policy

    University Recreation's Outdoor Pursuits reserves the right to cancel a trip or program due to inclement weather, natural disasters, or extenuating circumstances. In the event a trip or program must be cancelled, a full refund will be issued to all registered participants.


    Fitness Tests

    Want to get a good gauge of your fitness level before embarking on one of our trips? Sign up with one of our personal trainers today! Bring in your assessment, and we'll give you $10 off your next trip!

  • Trip Registration

    Outdoor Pursuits trips fill up fast, so make sure you reserve your spot today! All of our trips are open to anybody who wants to go. You can register in person at in the Outdoor Pursuits Rental Center or at the Membership Desk, over the phone by calling 205-996-4913, online through our Membership Portal, or on our membership app.

    Registration is only secured after full payment for the trip has been made. Partial deposits can only reserve a spot on the trip until it has completely filled with full-paying participants.


    Trip Forms

    Please complete and submit the below forms for each trip for which you are registering.

    *Submission of these forms does not secure your spot on the trip. The trip registration fee must be paid in order to guarantee your spot.

    • Trip Refund

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      We will contact you using the phone number provided here to process your refund based on your provided preference day and time.

      Refunds can be processed during business hours Monday 9:00am-6:00pm, Tuesday– Thursday 3:00pm – 6:00pm, Friday between 8:00am-12:00pm

      Preference Example: Monday 9am, Tuesday 3:30pm
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    • UAB Outdoor Pursuits Health Questionnaire for Trip Participants

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  • Trip Refund Policy

    75% of payment will be refunded 14 days or more prior to trip departure. 50% of payment will be refunded 13-4 days prior to trip departure. NO refund will be granted less than 3 days prior to the trip departure.

    Trip refund policy may vary on larger trips that require logistics to be secured in full in well in advance of the trip. Check with the Outdoor Pursuits staff if you feel like you may need a refund.

    Trip Refund

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    We will contact you using the phone number provided here to process your refund based on your provided preference day and time.

    Refunds can be processed during business hours Monday 9:00am-6:00pm, Tuesday– Thursday 3:00pm – 6:00pm, Friday between 8:00am-12:00pm

    Preference Example: Monday 9am, Tuesday 3:30pm
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  • Outdoor Pursuits's Custom Trips

    Our experienced staff will lead your group of ten or more on a fun adventure including: caving, canoeing, climbing & more! Custom trrip prices vary based on location, length and equipment needed. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

    A custom trip request does not guarantee a custom trip. Dates and participant numbers depend on trip leader availability.

    Our Outdoor Pursuits staff is happy to help you plan your next trip! Our staff can help discuss potential trip locations and ideas to help you go on your own adventures.

    Customized Trip Request Form

    Our experienced staff will lead your group on a fun adventure including caving, canoeing, climbing & more! Custom trip prices vary based on location, length and equipment needed. Please complete the information below to help us better understand your group’s needs. Allow at least 2-3 weeks from the date of your request before the requested trip. You will be contacted by an Outdoor Pursuits staff member within 24-48 hours after receipt of this form.

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    Include the mission, vision, goals, or purpose of the group; and anything your group is working towards in the coming months or year.
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    Group size may the pricing of trips based on transportation, equipment, and staffing needs to accommodate.

    Preferred Trip date(s)

    Trips can be accommodated on all days of the week, pending trip leader availability. Please allow at least 2-3 weeks from the date of your request before the requested trip preferences
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