University of Texas’ Division of Recreational Sports offers sport climbing rock climbing hiking and cavern SUP day trips and sea kayaking and backpacking overnight trips in the Colorado Bend State Park and Matagorda Island Wilderness Management Area. UT also offers backpacking break trips through the Grand Canyon and Big Bend National Parks canoeing down the Rio Grande and service trips in the Gila Wilderness Area.

UT RecSports puts a huge emphasis on civic engagement. Outdoor focused students can volunteer to provide outdoor recreation experiences for underserved children in the Austin community or join the Invasive Species Eradication (ISE) Team to remove invasive plants from the Austin Parks San Marcos River Grand Canyon National Park and Texas Parks and Wildlife.

There are many other places in Austin to enjoy swimming outdoors such as swimming spots like Lady Bird Lake located on the Colorado River the spring-fed waters of Barton Springs Pool and the Barton Creek Greenbelt. Students also enjoy jogging on the Hike and Bike trail and climbing up Mount Bonnell to see the sunset. Even though the college is located in the central part of the city there are still many ways to explore the beauty of the Texas Hill Country.

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