Every new adventure begins at a Trailhead; Why shouldn't your college experience be the same?

Trailhead is Texas State University's student-led, adventure-based experience that prepares students for life at Texas State. While exploring this diverse terrain, students will learn about Bobcat traditions, college life, and campus resources in a unique setting! In the evenings, participants will participate in student-led group discussions with current TXST students in order to prepare them for college and life in San Marcos.

No prior experience is required, but a can-do attitude is a valuable asset.

Registration will open in Spring 2024.

Academic Benefits of participating in Trailhead

Research shows that on average participants of an Outdoor Trip prior to starting college have reported:
- Higher Retention Rates
- Higher Grade Point Averages

Social Make friends, get connected, create your own path!

Participants also report:
- Higher levels of peer social support
- Higher sense of belonging
- Reduced anxiety about college
I could write pages on how meaningful and beneficial this trip was for me... it was truly an unforgettable experience with new found friends!
Adventure Trip Participant

Hillviews Magazine

Read about Trailhead and the impact Adventure has on TXST students.

Through the Lens

Dive deeper into what the Trailhead experience looks like from the participants themselves.
Finding Direction
This trip helped me reconnect with myself in nature and reaffirmed what I wanted to do with school and my career.
Adventure Trip Participant

Gila Wilderness

Date: TBD (Summer 2024) Price: TBD Group size: 10 Required Pre-trip Meeting: TBD

Day 1 Travel Day

Welcome to the trailhead, the beginning of your journey as a new Bobcat! As the sun rises on your new adventure, you and your new friends will travel to camp!

Day 2-5 Backpacking

Enjoy backpacking in the Gila Wilderness. You and your friends will you learn wilderness skills, and what it means to be a Bobcat from current students.

Day 6-7 Returning to Campus

As the sun sets on your first adventure as a Bobcat, you will share contact info with your new friends and get ready to tackle your first year as a Bobcat!

Frequently Asked Questions

Essential Eligibility Criteria