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Events To Watch!
BCO Roof Top Party Meet & Greet
10/25/2014
OPEN TO PUBLIC!
Wedding Celebration - Dinner @ 6pm
10/25/2014
Weekend Celebration_Camping
10/25/2014
Weekend Celebration_Bike Ride & Wine Tour
10/25/2014
Kiwanis Sealy Fall Classic
10/25/2014
42nd Annual Moonlight Bicycle Ramble
10/25/2014
Hike Houston Arboretum
10/25/2014
Cemetery Bike Ride
10/26/2014
Marine Corps Marathon
10/26/2014
Weekend Celebration_Kayaking the New Neches Trail
10/26/2014
Houston Half Marathon & 10K
10/26/2014
Monday Walk Houston''s Hermann Park
10/27/2014
Evening Fitness @ the Memorial Park 3 mile loop!
10/27/2014
Trail Running in Memorial Park - Spring/Summer
10/27/2014
Post-walk dinner @ Eatsie Boys
10/27/2014
The Bootcamp Series
10/28/2014
Hike Memorial Park!
10/28/2014
ZUMBA at Discovery Green!
10/29/2014
Pain Free Workshop
10/29/2014
Post-Walk Pizza & BYOB at Luigi''s
10/29/2014
Rice University Evening Walk
10/29/2014
2015 BCO/ MS 150 *Training Rides Only* Registration
10/29/2014
2015 BCO Team - 30th MS-150 *Training Rides w/ Jersey*
10/29/2014
Biking White Oak Bayou Trail - Road, Hybrid or Mountain Bike
10/30/2014
Road Trip to Shenandoah National Park and the Great Smoky Mountains
10/30/2014
Trail Running in Memorial Park - Spring/Summer
10/31/2014
8th Annual BCO Haunted Hike & Pizza Party
10/31/2014
OPEN TO PUBLIC!
Discoween! Halloween with Disco Expressions!
10/31/2014
The Addams Family at MOT
11/01/2014
2014 Houston Walk to End Alzheimer's
11/01/2014
NWCC Zube Park Ride
11/01/2014
Hiking Brazos Bend State Park
11/02/2014
Wings Over Houston Airshow
11/02/2014
Hike Huntsville State Park 2014
11/02/2014
Monday Walk Houston''s Hermann Park
11/03/2014
Pre-Trip Meeting for Thanksgiving in Sante Fe
11/04/2014
Rice University Evening Walk
11/05/2014
Biking White Oak Bayou Trail - Road, Hybrid or Mountain Bike
11/06/2014
Kate''s Escape - Accomodations relating to Tour de Gruene
11/07/2014
BCO Weekend in the Woods - camping!
11/07/2014
Tour de Gruene
11/08/2014
Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site
11/08/2014
Moonshine Tasting
11/08/2014
Mountain Biking at Buescher - Weekend in the Woods
11/08/2014
The Dukes of Hazzard in the woods
11/08/2014
Brazos Bend State Park Bike Ride & Picnic
11/09/2014
BCO Member Dinner
11/10/2014
Monday Walk Houston''s Hermann Park
11/10/2014
Get Down With The Guzzlers!
11/11/2014
Rice University Evening Walk
11/12/2014
Biking White Oak Bayou Trail - Road, Hybrid or Mountain Bike
11/13/2014
Bayou City Outdoors Kayak Polo & Rolling Practice - in one!
11/14/2014
Information Meeting West Texas Aug 2015 Multi Sport and Fun Week
11/14/2014
BCO - A Walk in the Woods & Picnic
11/15/2014
OPEN TO PUBLIC!
Volunteer at Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen
11/15/2014
The Great Amazing Race - Houston
11/15/2014
Just Ride for a Just Cause
11/15/2014
Hike Brazos Bend State Park 2014
11/16/2014
The Texas Bridge Series - La Porte By the Bay Half Marathon
11/16/2014
Bayou City Outdoors Graffiti Ride -- Round Two
11/16/2014
OPEN TO PUBLIC!
Monday Walk Houston''s Hermann Park
11/17/2014
Sister’s Christmas Catechism at Stages Theater
11/19/2014
Dinner at Salata before Theater
11/19/2014
Bayou City Outdoors Meet & Greet
11/20/2014
OPEN TO PUBLIC!
Biking White Oak Bayou Trail - Road, Hybrid or Mountain Bike
11/20/2014
Homes For Our Troops 5k/10k Run
11/22/2014
NWCC Zube Park Ride
11/22/2014
Metropolis at MOT
11/22/2014
Downtown Hiking, History And Geocaching Adventure
11/23/2014
Handlebar Cyclery Bike Ride
11/23/2014
Monday Walk Houston''s Hermann Park
11/24/2014
Thanksgiving in Sante Fe, New Mexico
11/26/2014
Celtic Christmas at TexRenFest - FREE for BCO!
11/30/2014
Panto Rapunzel at Stages Theater
12/04/2014
Dinner at Salata before Theater
12/04/2014
Art Crawl
12/06/2014
BPMS 150 - bike safety class
12/07/2014
Pre-bike safety class Ride and Lunch
12/07/2014
McKinney Falls Camping
12/12/2014
BCO Holiday Farmers Market Tour by Bike
12/13/2014
OPEN TO PUBLIC!
Bayou City Outdoors 3rd Annual Reindeer Romp
12/14/2014
OPEN TO PUBLIC!
BCO Holiday Cheer Party
12/19/2014
OPEN TO PUBLIC!
Santa Hustle Half Marathon & 5k Run/Walk
12/21/2014
Christmas Hiking Tucson Area
12/25/2014
A day at Cozumel, Mexico - Cruise Trip!
01/08/2015
Ski Beaver Creek
01/10/2015
Chevron Houston Marathon EXPO
01/16/2015
7th Annual BCO Travel Party - Hold the Date
01/23/2015
Ski Whistler, BC Canada with HCO
01/25/2015
Terlingua Adventure
04/05/2015
HOLD THE DATE -Rock Out Weekend 2015!
04/30/2015
California Wine Country & Pacific Coast
05/31/2015
Climb Kilimanjaro - RSVP for more INFO
07/06/2015
West Texas Fitness, Multi Sport and Fun Week 2015
08/02/2015
American Outdoor Adventure Network
Bayou City Outdoors is now a part of the American Outdoor Adventure Network. Below is a list of all Network clubs that you NOW have access to with your username and password information.
Hill Country Outdoors
Bayou City Outdoors
Adventure Club San Diego
Adventure Club San Antonio

Camping in Houston

There's lots of places to camp in and around Houston and all over Texas! BCO loves to camp and has visited just about all of them!

We follow the Leave No Trace Rules. Make sure that you know and follow the rules when you go outdoors to play!

If you're still looking for things to do in and around Houston, check out our Get Into the Outdoor Life Series for our Guide to Houston's Hot Spots!

FREE! Our Gift to YOU!

We have travelled all over this great state and you can see some of what we've found:

Private Campground Locator

Texas State Park Camping Locator

KOA's around Texas

 Travis County Parks

Texas Lake Parks

Places to Camp in and around Houston:

Lake Livingston State Park - Lake Livingston State Park is off Hwy 59 North. There's water sports like kayaking, hiking & biking trails, cabins, campsites and primitive pack-in campsites. Click Here for Details

Huntsville State Park - Off I-45 North in the piney woods of East Texas, Lake Raven is a great place for paddle boats, kayaks, and canoes. There are miles of hiking, biking and horse trails. Large group camping sites are available. Click Here for Details

Stephen F. Austin State Park - Off I-10 West and just an hour from Houston and on the Brazos River, this historical state park has plenty of wildlife, hiking and biking trails and unique flora and fauna. Click Here for Details

Brazos Bend State Park - Off Hwy 59 South and known for its alligators, oaks and observatory, this large state park has miles and miles of trails and astronomy programs. Click Here for Details

Enchanted Rock - Book early if you want to go to Enchanted Rock State Park (affectionately known as E-Rock). Enchanted Rock is the largest exposed granite dome in the U.S. You can hike the dome, or for the more adventurous, you can rock climb up. There's a 4-mile hiking loop and some primitive camping. Click Here for Details

Garner State Park - On the banks of the Rio Frio, one of Texas' most beautiful rivers, is the very large Garner State Park. With rolling and rocky hills, there are both easy and difficult hiking trails. When the water's up there is tubing; when the water's down, there is kayaking - if you dare! Frio is COLD in Spanish. And enjoy the historical dances on the cliff at certain times of the year.  Click Here for Details

Palo Duro Canyon - Known as the "Grand Canyon of Texas", this historical park is off the beaten path, but is worth the trip! It offers incredible rock scenery, hiking, and canoeing & kayaking. You can also reserve historic CCC vintage cabins on the rim of the canyon. Click Here for Details

Camping Checklist!

If you're wondering what you should bring on a camping trip, well, we've done the research for you! The following checklist from REI will help!

For a printer-friendly version, click Here Print Checklist (PDF)

In and around camp

  • Tent (with stakes and guylines)
  • Tent footprint
  • Tent-pole repair sleeve
  • Sun shade, tarp or screen house
  • Sleeping bags (with optional liners)
  • Sleeping pads/air mattresses
  • Pad/mattress repair kit
  • Pump for air mattresses
  • Pillows
  • Multi-tool or knife
  • Daypacks (see our Day Hiking checklist)
  • Trekking poles
  • Child carrier
  • Rolling jogger
  • ______________________
  • Folding chairs
  • Folding table
  • Cots
  • Other furniture __________________
  • Headlamps (with extra batteries)
  • Flashlights (with extra batteries, bulbs)
  • Lanterns (with mantles, if needed)
  • Lantern fuel or batteries
  • Water filter or treatment tablets
  • Bikes
  • Bike trailers
  • Inflatable boat with paddles
  • Fishing gear (and license)
  • Canoeing/kayaking gear
  • ______________________

Clothing and footwear

(if chilly nights are possible, come prepared)

  • Moisture-wicking T-shirts
  • Moisture-wicking underwear
  • Quick-drying pants/shorts
  • Long-sleeve shirts (for sun, bugs)
  • Sun-shielding hats
  • Swimsuits
  • Bandanas or buffs
  • Boots or shoes suited to terrain
  • Socks (synthetic or wool)
  • ______________________
  • Long underwear
  • Sleepwear
  • Insulating jacket or vest
  • Insulated pants
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Rainwear (jacket and pants)
  • Clothesline with clips
  • Water sandals
  • In-camp sandals or booties
  • _______________________

Kitchen

(select according to personal tastes and needs)

  • Stove
  • Windscreen
  • Fuel
  • Fuel bottle(s) with fuel funnel
  • Matches/lighter
  • Charcoal (with fire starter)
  • Firewood (plus saw or ax)
  • Grill rack
  • Frying pan
  • Cook pots
  • Pot grabber
  • Dutch oven
  • Portable coffee/espresso maker
  • Hot-cold vacuum bottle
  • Hand-crank blender
  • Bottle opener/corkscrew
  • Tablecloth and clips (or tape)
  • Recipes
  • Marshmallow/wiener roasting sticks
  • Food-storage containers
  • Resealable storage bags
  • Trash bags
  • ________________________
  • Coolers
  • Ice
  • Water bottles
  • Plates, bowls, mixing bowls
  • Mugs/cups
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Utensils
  • Paring knife
  • Spatula
  • Whisk
  • Kitchen organizer
  • Cutting board or cutting surface
  • Funnel
  • Foil
  • Egg holder(s)
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Pot scrubber/sponge(s)
  • Collapsible water container(s)
  • Portable or standing camp sink
  • Drying rack
  • Quick-dry towels
  • _______________________

Food

(for more options, see our Outdoor kitchen checklist)

  • Coffee
  • Cereal/granola/oatmeal
  • Eggs (freeze-dried or fresh)
  • Breakfast bars
  • Batter mix
  • Syrup
  • Butter/margarine
  • Jelly/jam
  • Bread/bagels
  • Meat (fresh and jerky)
  • Soup mixes/bouillon cubes
  • Prepared or freeze-dried meals
  • Cooking oil/spray
  • Salt/pepper
  • _______________________
  • ______________________
  • ______________________
  • Tea
  • Milk (powdered or fresh)
  • Cocoa
  • Drink mixes
  • Bottled/canned beverages
  • Energy food (bars, gels, trail mix)
  • Fruit (dried and fresh)
  • Vegetables
  • Cheese
  • Crackers/chips
  • Chocolate/sweets
  • Marshmallows
  • Spice kit
  • Herbs
  • ______________________
  • ______________________
  • ______________________

Personal items

(tip: To more easily locate gear, keep similar items in a single duffel)

  • Toilet paper
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Insect repellent
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Alcohol or antiseptic wipes
  • Spare eyeglasses/contact lenses
  • Mirror
  • ______________________
  • First-aid kit (see First-Aid checklist)
  • Prescription medications
  • Toothbrush, toiletry kit
  • Cosmetics
  • Brush/comb
  • Eyeshades; earplugs
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Shower water bag
  • _______________________

Other items

  • Camera
  • Camcorder
  • Memory cards/film
  • Binoculars
  • Campsite reservation confirmation
  • Maps
  • Guidebook
  • Interpretive field guides (flowers, insects)
  • Star chart/night-sky identifier
  • Pet tent
  • Pet bed
  • _______________________
  • Paperbacks/DVDs
  • Notebook and pen/pencil
  • Sketchpad with art supplies
  • Radio or music player with headphones
  • Two-way radios
  • GPS receiver
  • Cell phone
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Umbrella
  • Pet food (with favorite bowl)
  • Pet toys (such as Chuckit!)
  • ______________________

Fun stuff

(search "toys" at REI.com for more ideas)

  • Playing cards
  • Rolling ice cream maker
  • Kick-around foot bag
  • Kites
  • Geocaching materials (with GPS receivers)
  • Paddle ball set
  • Glow sticks
  • _______________________
  • Flying discs
  • Puzzles (crosswords, etc.)
  • Board games
  • Water toys
  • Electronic toys
  • Boomerang
  • _______________________ for kids
  • _______________________
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Events To Watch!
BCO Roof Top Party Meet & Greet
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

10/25/2014
Wedding Celebration - Dinner @ 6pm
10/25/2014
Kiwanis Sealy Fall Classic
10/25/2014
Weekend Celebration_Camping
10/25/2014
Weekend Celebration_Bike Ride & Wine Tour
10/25/2014
42nd Annual Moonlight Bicycle Ramble
10/25/2014
Hike Houston Arboretum
10/25/2014
Marine Corps Marathon
10/26/2014
Houston Half Marathon & 10K
10/26/2014
Cemetery Bike Ride
10/26/2014
Weekend Celebration_Kayaking the New Neches Trail
10/26/2014
Monday Walk Houston''s Hermann Park
10/27/2014
Post-walk dinner @ Eatsie Boys
10/27/2014
Trail Running @ Memorial Park!
10/27/2014
Evening Fitness @ the Memorial Park 3 mile loop!
10/27/2014
Hike Memorial Park!
10/28/2014
The Bootcamp Series
10/28/2014
Pain Free Workshop
10/29/2014
Post-Walk Pizza & BYOB at Luigi''s
10/29/2014
ZUMBA at Discovery Green!
10/29/2014
2015 BCO/ MS 150 *Training Rides Only* Registration
10/29/2014
2015 BCO Team - 30th MS-150 *Training Rides w/ Jersey*
10/29/2014
Rice University Evening Walk
10/29/2014
Road Trip to Shenandoah National Park and the Great Smoky Mountains
10/30/2014
Biking White Oak Bayou Trail - Road, Hybrid or Mountain Bike
10/30/2014
Trail Running @ Memorial Park!
10/31/2014
Discoween! Halloween with Disco Expressions!
10/31/2014
8th Annual BCO Haunted Hike & Pizza Party
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

10/31/2014
NWCC Zube Park Ride
11/01/2014
The Addams Family at MOT
11/01/2014
2014 Houston Walk to End Alzheimer's
11/01/2014
Hiking Brazos Bend State Park
11/02/2014
Wings Over Houston Airshow
11/02/2014
Hike Huntsville State Park 2014
11/02/2014
Monday Walk Houston''s Hermann Park
11/03/2014
Pre-Trip Meeting for Thanksgiving in Sante Fe
11/04/2014
Rice University Evening Walk
11/05/2014
Biking White Oak Bayou Trail - Road, Hybrid or Mountain Bike
11/06/2014
Kate''s Escape - Accomodations relating to Tour de Gruene
11/07/2014
BCO Weekend in the Woods - camping!
11/07/2014
Tour de Gruene
11/08/2014
Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site
11/08/2014
Moonshine Tasting
11/08/2014
The Dukes of Hazzard in the woods
11/08/2014
Mountain Biking at Buescher - Weekend in the Woods
11/08/2014
Brazos Bend State Park Bike Ride & Picnic
11/09/2014
Monday Walk Houston''s Hermann Park
11/10/2014
BCO Member Dinner
11/10/2014
Get Down With The Guzzlers!
11/11/2014
Rice University Evening Walk
11/12/2014
Biking White Oak Bayou Trail - Road, Hybrid or Mountain Bike
11/13/2014
Bayou City Outdoors Kayak Polo & Rolling Practice - in one!
11/14/2014
Information Meeting West Texas Aug 2015 Multi Sport and Fun Week
11/14/2014
Just Ride for a Just Cause
11/15/2014
BCO - A Walk in the Woods & Picnic
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

11/15/2014
Volunteer at Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen
11/15/2014
The Great Amazing Race - Houston
11/15/2014
Hike Brazos Bend State Park 2014
11/16/2014
The Texas Bridge Series - La Porte By the Bay Half Marathon
11/16/2014
Bayou City Outdoors Graffiti Ride -- Round Two
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

11/16/2014
Monday Walk Houston''s Hermann Park
11/17/2014
Sister’s Christmas Catechism at Stages Theater
11/19/2014
Dinner at Salata before Theater
11/19/2014
Bayou City Outdoors Meet & Greet
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

11/20/2014
Biking White Oak Bayou Trail - Road, Hybrid or Mountain Bike
11/20/2014
Homes For Our Troops 5k/10k Run
11/22/2014
Metropolis at MOT
11/22/2014
NWCC Zube Park Ride
11/22/2014
Downtown Hiking, History And Geocaching Adventure
11/23/2014
Handlebar Cyclery Bike Ride
11/23/2014
Monday Walk Houston''s Hermann Park
11/24/2014
Thanksgiving in Sante Fe, New Mexico
11/26/2014
Celtic Christmas at TexRenFest - FREE for BCO!
11/30/2014
Panto Rapunzel at Stages Theater
12/04/2014
Dinner at Salata before Theater
12/04/2014
Art Crawl
12/06/2014
BPMS 150 - bike safety class
12/07/2014
Pre-bike safety class Ride and Lunch
12/07/2014
McKinney Falls Camping
12/12/2014
BCO Holiday Farmers Market Tour by Bike
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

12/13/2014
Bayou City Outdoors 3rd Annual Reindeer Romp
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

12/14/2014
BCO Holiday Cheer Party
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

12/19/2014
Santa Hustle Half Marathon & 5k Run/Walk
12/21/2014
Christmas Hiking Tucson Area
12/25/2014
A day at Cozumel, Mexico - Cruise Trip!
01/08/2015
Ski Beaver Creek
01/10/2015
Chevron Houston Marathon EXPO
01/16/2015
7th Annual BCO Travel Party - Hold the Date
01/23/2015
Ski Whistler, BC Canada with HCO
01/25/2015
Terlingua Adventure
04/05/2015
HOLD THE DATE -Rock Out Weekend 2015!
04/30/2015
California Wine Country & Pacific Coast
05/31/2015
Climb Kilimanjaro - RSVP for more INFO
07/06/2015
West Texas Fitness, Multi Sport and Fun Week 2015
08/02/2015


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