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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Ski & Snowboard Trips

Get on the Bus Schedule

November 23 - Loveland

November 30 - Loveland OR Breckenridge

December 14 - Monarch

December 21 - Monarch OR Breckenridge

December 28 - Monarch OR Copper Mountain

January 4 - Monarch OR Breckenridge

January 11 - Monarch

January 18 - Monarch

January 25 - Monarch OR Copper Mountain

February 1 - Monarch

February 8 - Monarch OR Keystone

February 15 - Monarch

February 22 - Monarch

February 29 - Monarch OR Breckenridge

March 7 - Monarch

March 14 - Monarch OR Breckenridge

March 21 - Monarch

March 28 - Monarch OR Keystone

April 4 - Loveland

April 11 - Loveland

Times: 6:00am - 6:00pm Meets at Outdoor Recreation BLDG 2429


$95 includes Lift Ticket (Just Monarch or Loveland), Transportation & Rental Skis or Snowboard

$85 includes Lift Ticket (Just Monarch or Loveland) & Transportation

$65 includes Rental Skis or Snowboard & Transportation

$45 Just transportation


Fun 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: This trip will be coming back in the Fall of 2020

Requirements: No age restrictions.


Fall Brew Tour

What goes best together then fall and pumpkins? Come out on a special Fall Brew Tour to sample some great fall brews.

Dates: This trip will be coming back in the Fall of 2020


Pumpkin Patch Day

Spend a beautiful day with the family at Diana’s pumpkin patch and apple orchard in true fall fashion. With plenty of activities for the young ones, this day with bring your family closer together with pumpkin picking, corn mazes and more. Each person may pick out one pumpkin from the field upon arrival.

Dates: This trip will be coming back in the Fall of 2020


Field of Screams

2 Corn Mazes, a Haunted House and then to top it all off a Paintball Zombie Shootout. Jump on the bus and scream with us at Field of Screams.

Dates: This trip will be coming back in the Fall of 2020


Hot Springs Day

Ski & Snowboard season is right around the corner. What great way to have a stress free day then soaking in a hot springs for the day.

Dates: This trip will be coming back in the Spring of 2020

Winter Activities

Full Moon Snowshoe or Hike

The winter wonderland we call home never looks so peaceful under a full moon with the snow shining like diamonds.

Location will be a local place, but will not be determined until closer to the event date and will be based on weather and snow pack.

Date: March 20

Time: 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Cost: $35


Ice Castles around Colorado


Dillon: Be a part of the ice castles that are famous on Instagram. Trip includes transportation and admission tickets.

Date: January 11

Time: 12:00pm - 8:00pm

Cost: $50


Breckenridge: Be a part of the ice sculpture event that includes fireworks and a grand illumination in the heart of Breckenridge

Date: January 25

Time: 1:30pm - 11:30pm

Cost: $35


Cripple Creek: Gamble on how cool these ice castles and sculptures will be.

Date: February 8

Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Cost: $35


Fort Carson Ski & Snowboard Day

This is the day that everyone needs to come out to play!  This day will not just be skiing and snowboarding…other options include snowshoeing or sliding down a tubing hill.

Date: January 17

Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm


$65 includes Lift Ticket to Monarch or Loveland, Gear Rental & Transportation

$45 includes lift ticket & Transportation

$35 includes Gear Rental & Transportation

$25 Just Transportation


Snowshoe OR Cross Country Ski Trip

We are going to keystone for this adventure. You will have your option between Green Cross Country Skiing, Blue Snowshoeing or Black Diamond Snowshoeing.

Dates: February 8 or March 28

Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm


$55 for either Green or Blue

$95 for Black Diamond Snowshoeing


Valentines Weekend Getaway

Get away for this holiday weekend in this romantic spot that will include skiing, snowboarding, hot springs and vapor caves.

Dates: February 15-16

Time: 6:00am (Saturday) - 6:00pm (Sunday)

Cost: Call 719-526-2186 for pricing


Fat Bike Trip

Glide through the winter snow in a new fashion!  Fat Bikes!!

Date: February 22

Time: 7:00am - 1:00pm

Cost: $45


Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Trip

Date: March 7

Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

Cost: Call 719-526-2186 for pricing

PT Options & Custom Programs

PT Options

We offer PT Climbing, Mountain Biking and Team Building.

Call 719-526-2186 to set up a new way to PT!


Outdoor Recreation also offers custom trips, portable climbing wall rentals & bus rentals.

Call 719-526-2186 to set up a custom trip or a special rental. 

We can make any of our programs into a custom one!

Ice & Rock Based Programs

Ice Climbing

In the Summer Colorado has magnificent water falls, in the winter they turn into the perfect  climbing venue.

Dates: January 18, February 1

Time: 7:00am - 2:00pm

Requirements: Must be 14 years or older

Cost: $45


Morning in the Garden

Join us as we climb in picturesque Garden of the Gods!

Dates: This trip will be coming back in the spring of 2020

Requirements: Must be 8 years or older


Climbing Wall Orientation

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

Dates: January 9 & 16 & 30, February 13 & 27, March 12 & 26, April 9 & 23

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Requirements: Must be 14 years or older

Cost: $20


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: We will return to the Arkansas River for trips in June 2020


If you are interested in becoming a raft guide with us, contact Adventure Programs at 719-526-5176


Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP)

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:  This trip will be coming back in the summer of 2020

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