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 Expo



Date: December 6th

Time: 5:30p - 8p

Where: @ the Special Event Center

Ski & Snowboard Trips

Get on the Bus Schedule

Spend less time searching for parking and more time on the mountain. Adventure Programs & Education is here to help make your trip to the mountian enjoyable.  Outdoor Recreation is your one stop shop for everyting you need for a day of winter activites. With competitive rates on apparel, rentals, & equipment tuning; you are sure to find exactly what you need.

Dates: December 8 & 22, January 12 & 26, February 9 & 23, March 9 & 23


$85, includes lift ticket, rental equipment, & transportation

$75, includes lift ticket & transportation

$55, includes rental equipment & transportation

$35, includes transportation

Time: 6a - 6p (return time approximate, subject to change based on weather, road & traffic conditions.)

Rental Equipment: Outdoor Recreation is now offering same day rental return for all GOTB programs. Rental equipment will be available for pick up on the Friday before each trip.

Lessons: We are hre to help you have the best and safest experience possible. That is why we are happy to help schedule a lesson through Monarch Mountain Ski School. Please call 719-526-5176 for more details.


Ski & Soak Mountain Trip

Come with us to beautiful Monarch Mountain for a fun filled day of skiing or snowboarding. After a great day on the slopes, relax in the hot springs of Mt. Princeton.

Dates: January 26 or February 23


$65 for transportation and the hot springs

$105 for transportation, lift ticket, & hot springs

$120 for transportation, lift ticket, rental gear & hot springs


Ski & Snowboard Tuning Clinic

Having properly tuned equipment is one of the best ways to have the most fun and safest time on your skis or snowboards. That is why Outdoor Recreation is here to help you learn the basics of at home ski and snowboard repair. Our professionally trained ski techs will teach you the techniques you need to keep your equipment performing the way you want it to perform. Be sure to ask about custom orders for your own tuning tools.

Dates: November 17, December 15, January 19, February 16, March 16

Cost: $20; 15 years and older

Time: 2p - 5p


Rock Based Programs

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. Already know how to belay? Arrive 30 minutes early to test out.

Dates: November 18, December 2 & 16, January 6 & 20, February 3 & 17, March 3, 17 & 31

Cost: $20 per individual; 14 years and older

Time: 10:00a - 12:30p


Morning in the Garden....will return Spring 2019!

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's Center.

Specialty Trips

Snow Stoked for Winter!

To get you stoked for winter, Outdoor Recreation is proud to announce the showing of "The Fourth Phase", from the innovators of "The Art of Flight" comes a documentary about the iconic snowboarder Travis Rice.

Price of admission will include a machine wax & popcorn during the movie. Open to all ages, however, viewer discretion is advised.

Dates: December 1

Cost: $10

Time: Movie starts at 5p                        


Basic Wilderness First Aid

Anyone who loves the outdoors knows that accidents can happen; and when they do you need to be prepared. Come learn about Wilderness Fist Aid with our Wilderness First Responder certified instructors. We will teach you the basics of Wilderness Fist Aid and how you can prepare yourself for your next adventure.

Dates: January 5

Cost: $15, must be at least 12 years old

Time: TBD

**Disclaimer: This course will not provide a certification, but will provide useful information for dealing with minor injuries in the outdoors.


Water Based Programs

All water based programs.....Coming back May/June 2019

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!


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.


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.


SUP in the Great Outdoors

Spend the day with us as we go to different lakes or reservoirs each Saturday to see the mountains and colors change. Trip may include some hiking. No experience necessary, however, Individuals must be able to swim.