Adventure Programs and Education

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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. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Federal Holidays Closed
Delayed Reporting Days 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Contact

7093 Specker Ave
Bldg. 2429
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WiFi Available

Handicap Accessible

Tel:
+1(719)526-5176

Military DSN Tel:
(312)691-5176

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Water Based Programs

Whitewater Rafting

Enjoy a fun and wild ride through Big Horn Sheep Canyon on the mighty Arkansas River.  You will be a key element as your guide calls out commands and steers you through some of Colorado’s most classic rapids. No experience is necessary. Individuals must be able to swim, weigh a minimum of 60 lbs., and be at least 8 years old.   Spots fill up quickly, so reserve your trip today!

Dates: Every Saturday from June 2 through August 18

Cost: $60 per individual, $55 per person for groups of 5+, Ages 8-15 $40 a person.

Time: 7a - 3p

 

Inflatable Kayaking

More stable and beginner friendly than a “hard-boat,” inflatable kayaks are another fun way to get out on the water. We’ll run a section of class I-II water, learn about river safety, and enjoy a day in the sun out on the river. No experience necessary Individuals must be able to swim, weigh a minimum of 100 lbs., and be at least 14 years old.

Dates: Every Saturday from August 25 through September 29

Cost: $50 per individual

Time: 7a - 3p

 

Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP)

Come glide with us and learn the essentials fo SUP, as we get out there and enjoy a Colorado Springs Lake. No experience necessary, however, Individuals must be able to swim.

Dates: Every other Tuesday from June 12 through July 24

Cost: $20 per individual

Time: 5:30p - 8:30p

 

SUP in the Great Outdoors

Spend the day with us as we go to different lakes or reserviours each Saturday to see the mountains and colors change. Trip may include some hiking. No experience necessary, however, Individuals must be able to swim. Waterway options: Twin Lakes, Crystal Creek Reservior, Chessman Lake, Deweese Reservoir, Lake Meredith, or Kite Lake.

Dates: August 25, September 1, 8, 29

Cost: $50 per individual

Time: 7:30a - 5:30p

 

Rock Based Programs

Morning in the Garden

In this class we will be ascending rock formations in the Garden of the Gods. While climbing you will be able to see why Colorado has some majestic mountains. The class will meet up at Garden of the Gods Vistor Center.

Dates: June 3, 17   July 1, 15, 29    August 25    September 8, 22    October 6

Cost: $45 per individual

Time: 8a - 12p

 

Lead Climbing

This class will cover lead climbing, belay techniques and climbing communication.  After completion, you will be ready to move on with other climbing programs. This class is held at Iron Horse Gym.

Dates: June 6, 20   July 10, 31    August 15    September 6, 20    October 4, 18

Cost: $25 per individual

Time: 5p - 7:30p

 

Climbing Wall Orientation

This introductory class will cover knots, belay techniques and climbing communication.  After completion, you will be certified to climb the indoor climbing walls located at the Outdoor Recreation Center & Iron Horse Gym.

Dates: May 31   June 7, 21  July 12, 26   August 2, 16   September 6, 20    October 4, 18

Cost: $20 per individual

Time: 5:30p - 7:30p

Specialty Trips

Special Project Trips

Every summer our interns have to design and run a new program for their special project.  This year we have two dates. We don’t know what type of program these days will be, but whatever they are these days should be exciting and new!

Dates: June 30 & July 21

Cost: TBD

Time: TBD

 

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.  There is so much to do here!

Dates: September 15

Cost: $50

Time: 7a - 6p

 

Pumpkin & Apple Trip

Pumpkin patch, corn maze, apple orchard.

Dates: October 13

Cost: Adults $20, Kids up to 15 years old $10

Time: 9a - 4p

 

Halloween Scream Bus

Zombie paintball, screams coming from a field, and getting lost in a maze.  You can find this and more at the Haunted Field of Screams.

Dates: October 7

Cost: $60

Time: 6p - 11p

Ski & Snowboard Expo

 

Visit the Outdoor Recreation Center this day for all your ski and or snowboard needs.  Representatives from many Colorado ski resorts will be on hand so you can purchase season passes, this is the first day for seasonal ski and snowboard rentals, and new winter merchandise will be stocked at our retail store including skis & snowboards.

Dates: November 3 & 4

Cost: FREE

Time: 10a - 3p

Custom Adventures

Fort Carson Outdoor Recreation Internship Application