Adventure Trips | Recreational Services

The Adventure Trips program plans several adventure trips throughout the year that are open to students and the community. In the past, trips have included kayaking, hiking, bouldering, paddling, cross-country and skiing. Adventure Trips are usually a day or two in regional areas either within Iowa or surrounding states.  Trips are open to anyone (students, staff/faculty, community members, and community non-members).  Register online or at the CRWC membership desk. 

Upcoming Trips:

Paddle Board on the Iowa River

Have you always wanted to try stand up paddle boarding? If so, this is the trip for you! Join us this spring to paddle board along the Iowa River. We will set off from Crandic Park and end at City Park. All necessary equipment will be provided, and we will go over basic instructions. Boarders of all experience and skill levels are welcome, but remember to register because spots are limited!

Register online or at the CRWC, ORC, or HTRC. Spots are limited!

  • Dates: Monday, April 23    (Registration closes April 19)
               Friday, April 27    (Registration closes April 23)
               Monday, April 30     (Registration closes April 26)
               Friday, May 4    (Registration closes April 30)
  • Time: 5:00 - 6:30pm 
  • Cost: $15
Paddle Board and Kayak at Lake Macbride

Join us for your chance to either paddle board or kayak at Lake Macbride. We will be providing all necessary gear and demonstrating how the equipment works. This trip will give you time to get used to the equipment and a chance to paddle board or kayak on the lake!

Register online or at the CRWC, ORC, or HTRC, by April 25. Spots are limited!

  • Date: Sunday, April 29
  • Time: 3:00 - 5:00pm
  • Cost: Paddle Board - $20, Kayak - $25
Climbing Day Trip to Pictured Rocks

Have you tired out the rock wall at the CRWC and wanted to test your skills outside on some real rocks? This trip will give you a chance to try it out at Pictured Rocks in Monticello, Iowa! We will provide ropes, quickdraws, anchors, and all other necessary equipment. We will also provide some climbing instruction, but Top Rope Certification is required to participate in this trip. Pre-registration is also mandatory, and must be completed ahead of time. 

Register online or at the CRWC, ORC, or HTRCSpots are limited!

  • Dates: Saturday, April 14    (Registration closes April 11)
               Saturday, April 21    (Registration closes April 18)

  • Time: Full Day
  • Cost: $25
Hiking at Effigy Mounds

Join us for a day of exploration at the Effigy Mounds National Monument, right here in Iowa! This site has over 200 mounds to explore and we will take the time to hike the monument and see some amazing views. Registration is mandatory, so be sure to register by April 4th.

Register online or at the CRWC, ORC, or HTRCSpots are limited!

  • Date: Sunday, April 8
  • Time: All day
  • Cost: $20
Hiking at Starved Rock

Join us for a day of exploration and wonderful views as we hike through Starved Rock Park in Illinois. Throughout the day, we will explore different trails ranging from easy to somewhat moderate difficulty levels. Grab your hiking boots and you're all set because we will be providing all transportation! Spots are limited to be sure to register by April 18th. 

Register online or at the CRWC, ORC, or HTRCSpots are limited!

  • Date: Sunday, April 22
  • Time: All day
  • Cost: $25
Bike Maintenance Clinic

Learning the basics of keeping your bike in good condition is essential to making sure that are ready to ride this spring. During this clinic we will be doing some hands on bike maintenance, so feel free to bring your own bike! Registration is mandatory so make sure that you register before March 1st.

Register online or at the CRWC, ORC, or HTRC. Spots are limited!

  • Date: Sunday, March 4
  • Time: 10:00-11:30am
  • Cost: $10
  • Location: Outdoor Rental Center, 2820 Prairie Meadow Drive, Iowa City, IA

Custom Trips:

The Adventure Trips program can help plan, outfit, and safely lead an adventure your group will not soon forget! From private small group guiding to large group outings, let us plan and manage the details so you can focus on the fun. We can help you plan day, weekend, or week long trips. Ideas include rock climbing, canoeing, white water kayaking, rafting, sea kayaking, skiing, biking, backpacking, or any combination of activities are among many opportunities available right here in Iowa or beyond! Customized events will be tailored to meet the specific goals of the client. Contact Dave Patton to explore the unique adventure possibilities awaiting you and your group.    

Contact Us

David Patton
Assistant Director, Outdoor Recreation & Education