CTX Outdoor Recreation Program

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“The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it…” – Psalm 24:1

What is CTX Outdoor Recreation all about?

When it comes to leadership and spiritual development, many say that there is simply no better classroom than the great outdoors! In our quest to develop Christian leaders, Concordia University Texas views outdoor recreation as an ideal opportunity for accomplishing our mission. In the years ahead, we hope to not only continue offering regular outdoor trips, including possible future recurring trips to Big Bend National Park and the Grand Canyon, but also to establish a center, or “base camp” of sorts, where students can come to learn about outdoor leadership and recreation, check out equipment for their own personal use, and engage God and each other in their outdoor experience. We also hope to increasingly integrate academics into these endeavors, making the most of the world-wide classroom that our Creator has given us.

Can I see pictures from previous trips? 

Sure! Check out our Facebook Gallery to see pictures from our inaugural trip to Big Bend National Park in January 2012.

What types of experiences and trips are currently available?



Enjoy the unique experience of the natural pool and beautiful rock walls. Come prepared to climb, swim, and hike at this state park. NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. 

 September 13


Transportation and gear provided 

BOULDER TRAIL DAY HIKE  Austin is full of little hidden gems and Boulder Trail is one of them. Don't forget your hiking shoes.   September 20


Transportation provided

 BULL CREEK DAY HIKE Bull creek Park consists of 32 square miles of ecologically unique terrain. Spend the day hiking and exploring the beauty found here.  November 1 


Transportation provided


Explore some of Texas’ most beautiful caves in our own city! No experience needed; however, trip will include crawling and tight spaces.

November 22


Transportation provided



Backpack the Chisos Mountains, climb/rappel in the high desert, and paddle the Rio Grande. All in one week! CTX Alumni are welcome to participate as well! All transportation, meals, instruction and gear is included. NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED.

January 3-9

$200 per person


All transportation, gear, and a meal included


Sign up by December 12


Full payment due on Friday, December 19 


No refunds after Friday, December 26


Barton Creek Greenbelt is one of Austin's most popular trails, which runs for nearly 8 miles through Barton Creek Wilderness Park. It is located southwest of downtown. 

February 7





There are a number of ways to enjoy nature around the lake, and stand up paddle boarding is one of them. Have a great time unwinding, getting a bit of exercise, and enjoying nature!

March 7 

$10 per person


Transportation provided



Enjoy the magical scenery and rock formations as you backpack around Enchanted Rock State Park. Spending two nights primitive camping allows you to experience God's creation while unplugging from society. 

 March 27-29

 $100 per person




Transportation, meals, and gear are provided


Escape rush hour traffic and explore the beauty of Austin by canoe. The Colorado River Runs through some of the prettiest parts of the city. NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED.

 April 18


Transportation and gear provided


How can I sign up?

Email studentlife@concordia.edu

What if I have outdoor experience and want to help?

We'd love to have you! Email studentlife@concordia.edu 

Big Bend 2012  Robert Solis  Big Bend 2012

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