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

OUTDOOR RECREATION DAY TRIPS

FALL DAY TRIPS, CLASSES

September 18 – Expedition Planning Class
September 20 & 21 – Rock Climbing 101
September 22 – Rock Climbing
September 25 – Bicycle Maintenance Class
September 28 – Ziplining
September 29 – Ducky Day

October 2 – First Aid Skills Class
October 5 – Bouldering
October 5-6 – Couples Camping Weekend
October 9 – Beginner Mountain Biking Skills
October 11-13 – Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Camping Weekend
October 16 – Rock Climbing Movement Class
October 19 – Intermediate Mountain Biking
October 19 – Skydiving
October 23 – Beginner Ski Workshop
October 26 – Rock Climbing
October 30 – Dutch Oven Cooking Class

November 6 – Avalanche Awareness Class
November 9 – Rock Climbing
November 20 – Ski/Snowboard Tuning Clinic
November 23- Backcountry Thanksgiving
November 27 – Intro to Winter Camping Class

September 2019

EXPEDITION PLANNING CLASS – September 18

Colorado has vast opportunities for overnight and multi-day expeditions, from backpacking to bike-packing 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: ODR

Meet Time: 4:30 p.m.

End Time: 6 p.m.

Sign-up deadline: 12 p.m. Tuesday, September 17

ROCK CLIMBING 101 – September 20 & 21

If you are ready to learn what it takes to start rock climbing outside on your own, let us show you the ropes, literally! During this two-day course, you will learn the fundamentals of belaying, rappelling, and anchor building. We will also cover the basic gear you will need and how to use it. Participants must be 16 years old or older.

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

Cost: $25 RecOn eligible participants; $90 general price

Location: Outdoor Rec (Friday, Sept. 20), North Cheyenne Cañon (Saturday, Sept. 21)

Time: Friday, 5-8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sign-up deadline: 12 p.m. Wednesday, September 18

ROCK CLIMBING – September 22  

Castlewood Canyon State Park is a hidden gem about an hour north of Peterson AFB, and is a great place to spend a day rock climbing. Cost includes transportation, park entry fee, guide, and climbing equipment. Sign up early, our climbing programs fill up fast!

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

Cost: $15 RecOn eligible participants;$70 general price

Location: Castlewood Canyon (Meet at ODR) 

Meet Time: 9 a.m.

End Time: 2 p.m.

Sign-up deadline: 12 p.m. Thursday, September 19

BICYCLE MAINTENANCE CLASS – September 25

When your bike breaks down on the trail, do you have the skills to fix it? If you don’t yet have the know-how, stop by Outdoor Rec so you can learn basic repairs you can perform to get your bike up and running such as flat repair, brake adjustments, chain repair, and more. 

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

Cost: $15

Location: ODR

Meet Time: 4 p.m.

End Time: 6 p.m.

Sign-up deadline: 12 p.m. Tuesday, September 24

ZIPLINING – September 28   

Join us for a high-flying day of adventure as we head to Soaring Adventures at the Broadmoor, one of Southern Colorado’s most exciting zipline courses. We will be taking on The Fins Course across Seven Falls Canyon, experiencing several ziplines, suspension bridges, and a 180-foot rappel at the end of the course!

  • Participants must weigh between 90 and 250 lbs.
  • Participants must wear closed-toe shoes, where toes are covered in one solid enclosure, such as tennis or hiking shoes.

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

Cost: $25 RecOn eligible participants; $190 General price

Location: Broadmoor Seven Falls – Meet at ODR

Meet Time: 9:30 a.m.

End Time: 2:30 p.m.

Sign-up deadline: 12 p.m. Thursday, September 26

DUCKY DAY – September 29

Paddling an inflatable kayak, or “FUNyak,” is a great way to enjoy the outdoors in Colorado. Our guides will teach you the basics of paddling and reading whitewater as you charge down Class II and Class III rapids on the Arkansas River.

If you’ve done whitewater rafting and loved it, this is the perfect progression to your whitewater experience. Never been rafting? No problem, this is still a challenging but beginner-friendly adventure.

Price includes round-trip transportation, equipment, lunch, and guided service. Must be at least 14 years old and weigh 90 lbs. or more. Must be able to swim.

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

Cost: $20 RecOn eligible participants; $70 general price

Location: Outdoor Rec & The Arkansas River

Meet Time: 7 a.m.

End Time: 4 p.m.

Sign-up deadline: 12 p.m. Thursday, September 26

October 2019

FIRST AID SKILLS CLASS – October 2

When playing in the outdoors, it is best to be prepared for when things don’t go as planned. This class will move beyond our introductory first aid class and get you some practical hands-on experience with skills such as bandaging wounds, making splints, and more. If you have not taken our Introduction to First Aid class, no worries! This class is open to all.

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

Cost: $5

Location: ODR

Meet Time: 4:30 p.m.

End Time: 6 p.m.

Sign-up deadline: 12 p.m. Tuesday, October 1

BOULDERING – October 5

Garden of the Gods is pretty well known for its roped rock climbing, but there are plenty of opportunities for bouldering as well!

Bouldering is a form of climbing that keeps things lower to the ground and uses minimal gear. It is a great way to challenge yourself mentally and physically, and is also a great option for those who want to climb but have a complicated relationship with heights! We will be heading out to the Snake Pit bouldering area at Garden of the Gods, where climbers of all skill levels can find challenging and fun bouldering problems.

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

Cost: $10 RecOn eligible participants; $40 general price

Location: Garden of the Gods

Meet Time: 8 a.m.

End Time: 12 p.m.

Sign-up deadline: 12 p.m. Thursday, October 3

COUPLES CAMPING WEEKEND – October 5-6

Bring your significant other on a romantic adventure with an exciting new addition to Outdoor Adventure Programs – Couples Camping! This weekend will be packed with beautiful hiking, fine dining with wine selected by our knowledgeable guides, campfire desserts, world class rock climbing, and photography to remember it all.  Must be 21 years old or older to participate. This activity is moderate in difficulty.

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

Cost: $50 RecOn eligible participants; $260 general price

Location: Shelf Road Recreation Area (Meet at ODR)

Meet Time: 9 a.m. Saturday, October 5

End Time: 5 p.m. Sunday, October 6

Sign-up deadline: 12 p.m. Thursday, October 3

BEGINNER MOUNTAIN BIKING SKILLS – October 9

Are you new to mountain biking? Do you 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 borrows ODR bike

Location: Outdoor Rec

Meet Time: 4:30 p.m.

End Time: 6 p.m.

Sign-up deadline: 12 p.m. Tuesday, October 8

GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK & PRESERVE CAMPING WEEKEND – October 11 – 13

Join Outdoor Rec on another spectacular weekend as we explore one of the most beautiful wonders in Colorado; the Great Sand Dunes National Park. This three day, two night weekend will be packed with incredible views, delicious food prepared by our knowledgeable guides, campfire deserts, and sand sledding!

The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is a designated International Dark Sky Place. Though the full moon will be out this weekend, bring your telescope and enjoy the night sky.  Click here to see the park’s “Experience the Night” video (2 min 19 sec).

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

Cost: $75 RecOn eligible participants; $280 general price

Location: Great Sand Dunes National Park (Meet at Outdoor Rec)

Meet Time: 8 a.m. Friday, October 11

End Time: 4 p.m. Sunday, October 13

Sign-up deadline: 12 p.m. Wednesday, October 9

The Milky Way over the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, which is an International Dark Sky Place.

ROCK CLIMBING MOVEMENT CLASS – October 16

Learn the basics of rock climbing movement from our experienced ODR staff. Join us at the Fitness Center to learn how to crimp, mantle, and flag, as well as the difference between a jug, sloper, and pocket. 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: Fitness Center

Meet Time: 4:30 p.m.

End Time: 6 p.m.

Sign-up deadline: 12 p.m. Tuesday, October 15

 INTERMEDIATE MOUNTAIN BIKING – October 19

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 riding at Ute Valley Park and guiding you through the intermediate mountain biking trails that this beautiful park has to offer.

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

Cost:  $15 R4R eligible participants (includes bike rental, if needed) ; $45 general price with your bike / $65 with bike rental.  

Location: Ute Valley Park (meet at ODR)

Meet Time: 8 a.m.

End Time: 12 p.m.

Sign-up deadline: 12 p.m. Thursday, October 17

SKYDIVING – October 19

How would you like to see Southern Colorado from 12,000 feet above the ground without the pesky confines of an airplane? We’ll be jumping with Royal Gorge Skydive.

Participants must be 18 years of age or older, must weigh 220 lbs. or less, and wear closed-toe shoes (tennis shoes are ideal).

Here is a link to FAQs from Royal Gorge Skydive:  http://royalgorgeskydive.com/common-questions/

Cost:  $25 RecOn eligible participants; $195 general price.

Meet Time:  8:30 a.m. at ODR

End Time:  3 p.m.

Sign-up deadline:  12 p.m. Thursday, October 17

BEGINNER SKI WORKSHOP – October 23

If you want to give skiing a shot but are overwhelmed with where to start, join us at Outdoor Rec for this FREE workshop where we will go over everything a beginner skier doesn’t know they need to know.

We will discuss the different types of skis and bindings, where to go skiing, and what gear you will need. We will also discuss what gear, apparel, and services we at Outdoor Rec provide, as well as local shops we recommend. Additionally, if you are looking to buy your own skis, we will discuss what to look for in a ski, boot, and bindings so that you can make an informed purchase.

There are limited spots available, so even though this is a FREE program, please be sure to sign up in advance. This program is open to all personnel eligible to use Outdoor Recreation facilities and services.

Cost: FREE

Location: Outdoor Rec

Meet Time: 4:30 p.m.

End Time: 6 p.m.

Sign-up deadline: 12 p.m. Tuesday, October 22

ROCK CLIMBING – October 26

Colorado is home to the world-renowned climbing area known as Shelf Road. Whether you’re just getting into rock climbing or are a seasoned climber, this trip is sure to excite, push your limits, and help you learn the skills you need to climb on your own.

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

Cost: $15 RecOn eligible participants; $70 general price

Location: Shelf Road Recreation Area (Meet at ODR)

Meet Time: 8 a.m.

End Time: 3 p.m.

Sign-up deadline: 12 p.m. Thursday, October 24

DUTCH OVEN COOKING CLASS – October 30

We can’t argue that hot dogs roasted over the fire is a classic camp meal. But if you want to elevate your camp chef skills, join us at Outdoor Rec to learn what it takes to make delicious and hearty meals in a Dutch oven. Dutch ovens, food, and charcoal provided.

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

Cost: $15

Location: ODR

Meet Time: 4 p.m.

End Time: 7 p.m.

Sign-up deadline: 12 p.m. Monday, October 28

November 2019

 AVALANCHE AWARENESS CLASS – November 6

Winter is fast approaching! If you plan on skiing, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling in the mountains this winter, it is best to have some basic knowledge of avalanches, the danger they pose, and how to identify and avoid avalanche terrain.

In this avalanche awareness class, we will discuss all of that as well as necessary safety equipment when traveling in avalanche terrain and resources for continued avalanche education.

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

Cost: $5

Location: ODR

Meet Time: 4:30 p.m.

End Time: 6 p.m.

Sign-up deadline: 12 p.m. Tuesday, November 5

ROCK CLIMBING  -November 9

Colorado is home to the world-renowned climbing area known as Shelf Road. Whether you’re just getting into rock climbing or a seasoned climber, this trip is sure to excite, push your limits, and help you learn the skills you need to climb on your own.

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

Cost: $15 RecOn eligible participants; $70 general price

Location: Shelf Road Recreation Area (Meet at ODR)

Meet Time: 8 a.m.

End Time: 3 p.m.

Sign-up deadline: 12 p.m. Thursday, November 7

SKI/SNOWBOARD TUNING CLINIC – November 20

Ski season is upon us! So dust off those skis and bring them in to Outdoor Rec to learn the basics of ski and snowboard tuning from our trained technicians. They’ll teach all the basics you’ll need in order to keep your gear ready to ride between professional tunes. If you don’t have your own equipment to bring in, feel free to borrow ours to practice your skills.

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

Cost: $5 RecOn eligible participants; $45 general price

Location: Outdoor Rec

Meet Time: 4:30 p.m.

End Time: 6:30 p.m.

Sign-up deadline: 12 p.m. Monday, November 18

BACKCOUNTRY THANKSGIVING – November 23

Learn the basics of backcountry cooking with Outdoor Rec by coming along on a scenic day hike followed by a tutorial on how to prepare one of our favorite backcountry meals: Thanksgiving Dinner. After a hike through beautiful North Cheyenne Cañon, we will discuss the principles of backcountry cooking while working to create a delicious meal.

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

Cost: $15 RecOn eligible participants; $35 general price

Location: North Cheyenne Cañon

Meet Time: 10 a.m.

End Time: 2 p.m.

Sign-up deadline: 12 p.m. Thursday, November 21

INTRO TO WINTER CAMPING CLASS – November 27

Just because the temperature is dropping, doesn’t mean the camping has to end! If you are willing to embrace the colder temperatures and head out for some winter camping, you will be rewarded with solitude and the immense beauty of the winter landscape. Let us teach you the skills you need to stay warm and plan your next winter camping trip.

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

Cost: $5

Location: ODR

Meet Time: 4:30 p.m.

End Time: 6 p.m.

Sign-up deadline: 12 p.m. Tuesday, November 26

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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