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Please read these three documents, each important to your safe participation in our trips. 

OUTDOOR RECREATION DAY TRIPS

 

 

SPRING & SUMMER DAY TRIPS, CLASSES

  • Listed here in chronological order.
  • Descriptions of these trips and classes are listed below in alphabetical order.) 

May 15 – Hiking with Infants and Toddlers Class
May 18 – Women’s Day Hike
May 22 – Rock Climbing Movement Class
May 24 – Garden of the Gods Rock Climbing 
May 26 – Beginner Mountain Biking
June 1 – Intermediate Mountain Biking
June 5 – 14er Planning Class
June 8 – Women’s Day Hike
June 12 – Rock Climbing Movement Class
June 22 – Rock Climbing:  North Cheyenne Canon
June 26 – Expedition Planning Class
June 29 – Day Hike:  North Cheyenne Canon
July 6 – Garden of the Gods Rock Climbing
July 8-12 – Outdoor Adventure Youth Camp
July 10 – Backcountry Cooking Class
July 13 – Women’s Rock Climbing
July 20 – Beginner Mountain Biking
July 24 – Introduction to Wilderness First Aid Class
July 27 – Women’s Day Hike
August 3 – Rock Climbing:  North Cheyenne Canon
August 9-11 – Women’s Intro to Backpacking
August 14 – 14er Planning Class
August 17 – Skydiving
August 24 – 14er Shuttle
August 30 – Beginner Mountain Biking
August 31 – Garden of the Gods Rock Climbing

SPRING & SUMMER DAY TRIPS, CLASSES

  • All of these trips are listed above in chronological order.
  • Here in alphabetical order are descriptions of the trips listed above.

14er PLANNING CLASS – June 5, August 14, 2019

Colorado is home to 54 peaks that soar over 14,000 feet in elevation, commonly referred to as 14ers. Many people make it a goal to climb one or more 14er while living or visiting here. Join us for this planning class and let our knowledgeable staff provide you with the info and resources to play your own trip and make it happen.

This program is open to all personnel eligible to use Outdoor Recreation facilities and services.

Cost:  $5

Location:  Outdoor Recreation, Bldg. 640

Meet Time:  4:30 p.m.

End Time:  6 p.m.

Sign-up Deadline:  12 p.m. the day before the class.

14er SHUTTLE – August 24, 2019

If you want to climb one of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks this summer, let Outdoor Rec do the driving. We will be heading to the Sawatch Range to deliver you to the trailhead so you can bag a 14er, and then catch some zzz’s on the way back to base.

This is not a guided hike up the mountain, so please make sure you plan and prepare accordingly.

This program is open to all personnel eligible to use Outdoor Recreation facilities and services.

Cost:  $35

Location:  Outdoor Recreation, Bldg. 640

Meet time:  6 a.m.

End time:  6 p.m.

Sign-up Deadline:  12 p.m. two days prior to trip.

ARBOR DAY HIKE THROUGH NORTH CHEYENNE CAÑON – Saturday, April 20, 2019

Which pine tree’s bark smells like butterscotch? What type of tree makes its own sunscreen?

To learn the answers to these questions and more, let our knowledgeable staff guide you on a hike through North Cheyenne Cañon in celebration of Arbor Day. We will be discussing how to identify local trees as well as useful and interesting facts about the nature and wildlife of this beautiful canyon.

This program is open to all personnel eligible to use Outdoor Recreation facilities and services.

Cost: $15

Location: North Cheyenne Cañon (Trail TBD)

Meet Time: 9 a.m.

End Time: 11:30 a.m.

Sign-up deadline: 12 p.m. Thursday, April 18.

BACKCOUNTRY COOKING CLASS – July 10, 2019

Adventurers should not live on beef jerkey alone!  If you want to learn the skills to add variety to your wilderness diet, this is the class for you. We will be cooking a handful of our favorite backcountry staples in this hands-on course that will teach you how to step up your backcountry cooking game, allowing you to whip up hearty, satisfying meals to fuel your next adventure.

This program is open to all personnel eligible to use Outdoor Recreation facilities and services.

Cost:  $15

Location:  Outdoor Recreation, Bldg. 640

Meet Time:  4:30 p.m.

End Time:  6 p.m.

Sign-up Deadline:  12 p.m. two days prior to class.

BEGINNER MOUNTAIN BIKING – May 26, July 20, August 30, 2019

Grab your bike or rent one of ours and join us as we explore some of the great trails right here in Colorado Springs. We will be heading to a beginner-friendly trail in North Cheyenne Canon and showing you some of the basic skills it takes to have an enjoyable day mountain biking.

This program is open to RecOn eligible participants at a discounted price, and is open to all others eligible to use Outdoor Recreation facilities and services at regular price.

Cost:  $45 with your personal bike, $55 with a hardtail bike rental, $65 with a full suspension rental. R4R Eligible User, $15. 

Location:  North Cheyenne Canon

Meet Time:  8 a.m.

End Time:  12 p.m.

Sign-up Deadline:  12 p.m. two days prior to trip.

BEGINNER MOUNTAIN BIKING SKILLS – April 10, 2019

New to mountain biking? Want to learn what it takes to ride the trails of Colorado Springs and beyond?

Join us at Outdoor Recreation, Building 640, to learn the basics of handling a mountain bike safely and effectively, to ensure your next outing is a success! Bring your own bike, or rent one of ours for an additional $5.

This program is open to all personnel eligible to use Outdoor Recreation facilities and services.

Cost: $5 if customer brings their own bike / $10 if customer rents an ODR bike.

Location: Outdoor Rec, Bldg. 640

Meet Time: 4:30 p.m.

End Time: 6 p.m.

Sign-up deadline: 12 p.m. Tuesday, April 9.

DAY HIKE:  NORTH CHEYENNE CANON – June 29, 2019

Join us for a guided hike through the scenic North Cheyenne Canon, a natural gem right here in Colorado Springs.  Spend your morning hiking amongst the ponderosas and granite cliffs, taking in views of the city below. Be sure to bring your camera!

This program is open to all personnel eligible to use Outdoor Recreation facilities and services.

Cost:  $10

Location:  North Cheyenne Canon

Meet Time:  9 a.m.

End Time:  12 p.m.

Sign-up Deadline:  12 p.m. two days prior to trip.

EXPEDITION PLANNING CLASS – June 26, 2019

Colorado has vast opportunities for overnight and multi-day expeditions. From backpacking to bikepacking to river trips, there is sure to be something for everyone. If you have never planned a multi-day wilderness trip, it can be a daunting task. No worries, our experienced and knowledgeable staff is here to help! We will go over everything you need to know, including route planning resources, what to pack, how to pack, how much food to bring, and more.

This program is open to all personnel eligible to use Outdoor Recreation facilities and services.

Cost:  $5

Location:  Outdoor Recreation, Bldg. 640

Meet Time:  4:30 p.m.

End Time:  6 p.m.

Sign-up Deadline:  12 p.m. the day before the class.

GARDEN OF THE GODS ROCK CLIMBING -May 24, July 6, August 31

Garden of the Gods was one of the first established rock climbing areas in the country. With beautiful sandstone rock formations and a rich history, it is a great resource right here in our backyard. Let our knowledgeable staff show you the ropes, so to speak, at this incredible National Natural Landmark. Sign up early! Our climbing programs fill up fast.

This program is open to RecOn eligible participants at a discounted price, and is open to all others eligible to use Outdoor Recreation facilities and services at regular price.

Cost:  $10 R4R eligible participants / $60 general price

Location:  Garden of the Gods

Meet Time:  8 a.m.

End Time:  12 p.m.

Sign-up Deadline:  12 p.m. two days prior to trip.

HIKING WITH INFANTS AND TODDLERS CLASS – April 17, May 15 2019

Spring is a great time to get outdoors with your little ones! Striking out on the trail with your infant or toddler for the first time can be intimidating, so let our experienced staff demystify hiking with your most precious cargo.

Stop by Outdoor Recreation for this 1.5 hour clinic that will walk you through everything you need to know from dressing the kiddos to diapering and potty training in the outdoors, as well as suggestions on family-friendly local trails and other resources needed to plan a great (and safe) day outdoors with your infant or toddler.

This class is aimed at parents/guardians of children ages 0-5 years.

Cost: $5

Location: Outdoor Rec, Bldg. 640

Meet Time: 4:30 p.m.

End Time: 6 p.m.

Sign-up deadline: 12 p.m. the day before the trip.

INTERMEDIATE MOUNTAIN BIKING – June 1

Grab your bike or rent one of ours, and join us as we explore some of the great trails right here in Colorado Springs. We will be meeting at Ute Valley Park and guiding you through the intermediate mountain biking trails that this beautiful park offers.

This program is open to RecOn eligible participants at a discounted price, and is open to all others eligible to use Outdoor Recreation facilities and services at regular price.

Cost:  $45 with your personal bike, $55 with a hardtail bike rental, $65 with a full suspension rental. R4R Eligible User, $15. 

Location:  Ute Valley Park

Meet Time:  8 a.m.

End Time:  12 p.m.

Sign-up Deadline:  12 p.m. two days prior to trip.

INTRODUCTION TO WILDERNESS FIRST AID CLASS – July 24, 2019

When playing in the outdoors, it is best to be prepared for when things don’t go as planned. In this introductory first aid class, we will cover common outdoor injuries and treatments such as cuts and sprains, as well as some less common injuries such as fractures and snake bites. We will also go over how to build your own backcountry first aid kit so you can have the right tools for the job should you need to put your new skills into practice.

This program is open to all personnel eligible to use Outdoor Recreation facilities and services.

Cost:  $5

Location:  Outdoor Recreation, Bldg. 640

Meet Time:  4:30 p.m.

End Time:  6 p.m.

Sign-up Deadline:  12 p.m. the day before the class.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE YOUTH CAMP – July 8-12, 2019

Join Outdoor Recreation as we partner with the RP Lee Youth Center on base to provide a week-long camp packed full of fun and adventure. Your days will be filled with cool and engaging activities such as hiking, stand-up paddleboarding, mountain biking, rock climbing and, of course, whitewater rafting! Perfect for the future outdoorsman/woman.

This program is open to all personnel eligible to sue Outdoor Recreation and Youth Center facilities and services.

For more details, call the RP Lee Youth Center at 719-556-7220 . To sign up, stop by the Youth Center during regular business hours.

Cost:  $175/person, which includes roundtrip transportation, all necessary equipment, and a professionally guided service.

Location:  Outdoor Recreation & the Arkansas River

Meet Time:  7 a.m.

End Time:  5 p.m. / 6 p.m. depending on river flow

Age Restrictions:  Must be at least 9 years of age

Weight Restrictions:  Must weigh 50 lbs or more

Pre-requisite:  Must be able to swim.

Registration:  Opens April 1 and closes June 14.

ROCK CLIMBING MOVEMENT CLASS – Tuesday, April 23, May 22, June 12, 2019

Learn the basics of rock climbing movement from our experienced ODR staff.

Join us to learn how to crimp, mantle, and flag, as well as the difference between several holds like a jug, slopers, and pinches. We will go over everything you need to know to get you moving on rock with more grace and efficiency.

 

This program is open to all personnel eligible to use Outdoor Recreation facilities and services.

Cost: $10

Location: Outdoor Rec or Fitness Center (TBD)

Meet Time: 4:30 p.m.

End Time: 6 p.m.

Sign-up deadline: 12 p.m. Monday, April 22.

ROCK CLIMBING:  NORTH CHEYENNE CANON – June 22, August 3, 2019

North Cheyenne Canon is a beautiful natural resource just a short drive west of Peterson AFB. With diverse wildlife and stunning views, the Canon is a great place to spend a morning rock climbing with our experienced staff. Sign up early! Our climbing programs fill up fast.

This program is open to RecOn eligible participants at a discounted price, and is open to all others eligible to use Outdoor Recreation facilities and services at regular price.

Cost:  $10 R4R eligible participants / $60 general price

Location:  North Cheyenne Canon

Meet Time:  8 a.m.

End Time:  12 p.m.

Sign-up Deadline:  12 p.m. two days prior to trip.

SKYDIVING – August 17, 2019

How would you like to see Southern Colorado from 12,000 feet above the ground without the pesky confines of an airplane?  Join us as we drive over to Out of the Blue Skydiving where you will be paired up with a USPA-rated tandem instructor for a skydiving experience that is sure to be memorable.

This program is open to RecOn eligible participants at a discounted price, and is open to all others eligible to use Outdoor Recreation facilities and services at regular price.

Cost:  TBD

Location:  Outdoor Recreation, Bldg. 640

Meet Time:  TBD

End Time:  TBD

Sign-up Deadline:  12 p.m. two days prior to trip.

WOMEN’S DAY HIKE – May 18, June 8, July 27, 2019

Everyone needs a girls’ day out every once in a while. Join us for an all-women’s day hike in North Cheyenne Canon. This is a great opportunity to stay in shape, or get in shape for the women’s backpacking trip at the end of the summer, make a new new friends and explore some new areas.

Cost:  $10

Location:  Mt. Cutler, North Cheyenne Canon

Meet Time:  9 a.m.

End Time:  10:30 a.m.

Sign-up Deadline:  12 p.m. two days prior to the trip.

WOMEN’S INTRO TO BACKPACKING – August 9-11, 2019

If you are looking to take your camping to the next level and learn how to live solely off of what you carry on your back, this introduction to backpacking trip is for you. You will learn the basics of backcountry living while immersed in the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Though this is an introductory trip, a minimum level of fitness will be required, as we will be carrying loaded backpacks at higher elevations. If you sign up, make sure you are physically prepared to hike 5-7 miles per day with a weighted backpack.

Cost:  TBD

Location:  TBD

Meet Time:  6 a.m. August 9

End Time:  6 p.m. August 11

Sign-up Deadline:  Registration opens 9:30 a.m. June 3; closes 12 p.m. August 1

WOMEN’S ROCK CLIMBING – July 13, 2019

If you have ever wanted to connect with a group of other adventurous women and experience the challenge and excitement of rock climbing, this is your chance. Join us at Garden of the Gods on this all-women’s trip for a day of climbing amongst some of the most stunning scenery in Colorado Springs.

This program is open to RecOn eligible women at a discounted price, and is open to all other women eligible to use Outdoor Recreation facilities and services at regular price.

Cost:  $10 R4R eligible participants / $60 general price

Location:  Garden of the Gods

Meet Time:  8 a.m.

End Time:  12 p.m.

Sign-up Deadline:  12 p.m. two days prior to trip.

CAMPER ORIENTATION COURSES – 10 a.m. Tuesdays and 4:30 p.m. Thursdays

RPod Camper rentals are back! In order to rent a camper from Outdoor Rec, we require the completion of our 30 minute camper orientation course.

This is to ensure the renter’s complete knowledge of how to operate the camper and all onboard systems. We also require that your vehicle has a Class III hitch and has at least 5000 lbs of towing capacity.

Camper rentals will start in the first week of May.

A VAN WITH A PLAN

This is really cool:  Outdoor Recreation can provide you with a van and driver for your next big event. Whether you are going to the mountain for a day of skiing or attending a concert at Red Rocks in Morrison, Outdoor Recreation is here to help you have a fantastic time. Click here for details.

For custom pricing for your next event, call us at 719-556-4867, Option 1.

SAVE MONEY!

When you look at the cost of an Outdoor Recreation trip, the Single Airman Initiative and the RecOn Initiative will save you a big chunk of money. So go!

SINGLE AIRMAN INITIATIVE

Thanks to the Single Airman Initiative grant, Outdoor Recreation offers substantial savings on trips and programs designed foster a strong culture, mission and sense of community for airmen. For more information, call Outdoor Recreation at (719) 556-4867, Option 1.

 REC-ON

Outdoor Recreation is able to offer special discounts for the active duty military, reservist and their ID card dependents for some of our adventure programs through a special RecOn grant. You won’t find savings like these anywhere. If you’re even modestly interested in one of these programs, we encourage you to sign up for it. We have the grant money today; we not have it tomorrow. For more information, call Outdoor Recreation at (719) 556-4867, Option 1.

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