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.  

Hours of Operation

Monday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Federal Holidays Closed
Delayed Reporting Days 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.


7093 Specker Ave
Bldg. 2429
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Water Based Programs
  • Whitewater Rafting

The Arkansas River is one of the most commercially rafted rivers in the country. With miles of world-class whitewater, pristine canyons, & incredible wildlife; this family friendly programs has something for everyone!

Dates: Every Saturday through Septemer 7th

Time: 7:00am - 3:00pm

Requirements: Must be 8 years or older & weigh at least 50 lbs. (Due to water levels this may change)

Cost: $75


NEW!!!  This trip is perfect for a family outing. Take in the views of 14,000 peaks as you float down the Arkansas River, outside of Buena Vista. After rafting we will take everyone to Mountain Princeton Hot Springs.

Dates: August 3rd

Time: 7:00am - 6:00pm

Requirements: Must be 8 years or older & weigh at least 50 lbs. (Due to water levels this may change)

Cost: $115


Stand up paddle board, SUP for short, has quickly become the fastest growing aquatic sport in the world. This relaxing activity is a great way to get out and explore some of Colorado's lakes. Our staff will teach the basics so that everyone in your family can get out and explore Colorado.

Dates: August 24th, September 14th, October 12th

Time: 8:00am - 1:00pm

Requirements: Must be at least 14 years or older & be able to swim

Cost: $40


Ski & Snowboard Expo

VIP Night

  • November 15


Ski & Snowboard Expo

  • November 16


Stay tuned for more details.


Ski & Snowboard Trips

Get on the Bus Schedule

November 23rd


More info to come soon!


Rock Based Programs


  • Shelf Road Climbing Day

Join Adventure Programs for a great day of rock climbing at Shelf Road. This family friendly program is sure to impress. Are you ready ot be the person in that cool picture, this is your chance!

Dates: September 14

Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm

Requirements: Must be 8 years or older

Cost: $65


  • Evening in the Garden

Enjoy the birds eye view as you ascend the rock formation int he Garden of the Gods Park. We will meet at Garden of the Gods Visitor Center.

Dates: August 10 & 31

Time: 4:30pm - 8:30pm

Requirements: Must be 8 years or older

Cost: $45


  • Morning in the Garden

Dates: September 28, October 19, November 2

Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm

Requirements: Must be 8 years or older

Cost: $45


  • Climbing Wall Orientation

This introductory class covers knots, belay techniques & climbing communication. Become certified to belay climbers at the indoor climbing wall on post. Class is held at Outdoor Recreation.

Dates: July 25, August 8 & 22, September 5 & 19, October 3 &17, November 7 & 21

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Requirements: Must be 14 years or older

Cost: $20


Specialty Trips

Great Sand Dunes

Have you ever snowboarded down a dune? Well if you haven't this is the trip for you!  We will drive you out to the Great Sand Dunes where we will spend the day.

Dates: October 12 & 26, November 9

Time: 7:00am - 6:00pm

Cost: $100 per person, if signing up with 4 or more at the same time $70 per person

Requirements: No age restrictions.


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