Adventure Program and Education (APE) Reservations and Inquiries
Fort Carson Adventure Programs & Education is staffed with outdoor professionals and trip guides that provide personal instruction to individuals or groups looking for adventure in the Colorado wilderness.
Adventure Programs and Education
Adventure Programs and Education (APE) offers a broad range of trips and instructional courses that help you explore the beauty of Colorado. Call to schedule private trips, special group excursions or a custom adventure package. Our full-time, certified outdoor professionals can teach you the necessary skills for good decision-making in the great outdoors. Programs are structured with the highest regard for customer service, safety and preservation of the environment. Come talk to our outdoor staff at the Outdoor Recreation Complex and learn more about what adventures the Rocky Mountains have to offer.
Equipment Checkout Center
We will be taking the following precautions
- Utilizing our walk up window
- Designated 6 ft. spaces on the ground (signage)
- Offering sanitizing spray for customers
- Staff will be using appropriate PPE
- Rental equipment will be sanitized before being placed outside for customer pickup
- Rental equipment will be sanitized outside upon being returned.
Hours For Reservations and Inquiries
• Limit 5-10 children on playgrounds at any given time.
• Ensure your children continue to physically distance, staying at least 6 feet from members of other households .
• Keep children off playgrounds when sick or experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
• Avoid recreating in public spaces if anyone in your household is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
• Children over the age of 2 years are encouraged to wear cloth masks while recreating.
• Bring hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes to clean hands when soap and water is not available.
Mountain Post Outfitters
Shop tax-free at Mountain Post Outfitters for name-brand outdoor gear and equipment!
Mountain Post Outfitters
Get your brand new gear for all kinds of outdoor adventure activities. We are located inside the Outdoor Recreation Complex. We offer name brand merchandise tax-free and below MSRP for all eligible MWR patrons with military ID, (active Duty, military dependents, retired military, reservists, DOD civilian personnel and contractors).
Outdoor Recreation Complex
The Fort Carson Outdoor Recreation Complex is a multi-use recreation facility with a multitude of amenities and services. Discover your adventurous side with Army Outdoor Recreation (ODR) programs. Learn new skills, enjoy guided tours, or get the gear you need to explore the great outdoors on your own.
Warrior Adventure Quest
The Warrior Adventure Quest (WAQ) is a reintegtration program to help Soldiers respond to stress and excitement following a major training or deployment.
Promoting positive adrenaline responses, improving morale and communication, and developing trust and teamwork through adventure-based activites.
This program is fully funded by the Department of the Army and MWR.
Max # of attendees
|White Water Rafting||May - August||Big Horn Sheef Canyon; 9 miles of rapids and calm stretches.||30|
|Adventure Park||Year round||Jump off a 75' free fall tower and test your skills on a 5-level adventure course.||60|
|Ski & Snowboard||November - April||Hit the powdery slopes of Loveland or Monarch||40|
|Trap & Skeet||Year round||Shoot clay pigeons at Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex's brand new course.||30|
|Woods Ball Paintball||Year round||Employ tactical maneuvers in this natural outdoor area||60|
|Inflatable kayak||August–September||You are in charge of your own craft as you navigate down the Arkansas River||10|
|Go Kart||Year Round||Race everyone in your platoon around this indoor track||30|
- Available only for soldiers and their platoons.
- Conducted at platoon level
- Must be executed within the first 120 days of returning from a major training or deployment
- New eligibility to WAQ: if a unit has not been on a WAQ trip within two years
- Each platoon is allowed one WAQ program per reset cycle
- Must be conducted during a duty day
- Full-day adventure program followed with a Leader-Led After Action Debrief (L-LAAD)
- Completion of mandatory post activity survey
- Drinking alcoholic beverages is prohbited prior to and during activity
5 Stages of WAQ programming (required)
Schedule your Warrior Adventure Quest (WAQ) program!
Leader Training. In this training, platoon leaders will learn how to facillitate a Leader-Led After Action Debrief (L-LAAD) held after the end of each program. Throughout the training, leaders will also be familiarized with the importance and goals of the WAQ program. Training is held every Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Outdoor Recreation Complex (Buidling 2429)
Soldier Brief. Platoon leaders describe the WAQ program to their soldiers, explaining the scheduled program and goals of the WAQ. The details for the WAQ program will be described to all participating soldiers.
This is your high adventure program.
The L-LAAD is held immediately after the activity and is facilitated by L-LAAD trained leaders. This is a basic debrief of the day's high adventure program.
Desired outcomes of the high adventure activity
- Platoon cohesion
- Create a controlled environment for adrenaline seeking Soldiers
- An introduction to various outdoor recreation activities
- Increase dialogue regarding training or combat experience
- Increase of trust and teamwork withinn each platoon