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Day Trips


Outdoor Recreation partners with the Youth Center in 2017 to provide a week-long summer day camp packed full of fun and adventure. Your child’s days will be filled with cool activities such as hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, stand-up paddleboarding and rafting!

Please pack a lunch, water and snacks for your child so they’ll be fueled and ready to be outside and active for the duration of the day. You’ll get a packing list on Monday at the start of camp with our week’s schedule and what your child will need to bring to be prepared each day, in addition to his food and water.

Dates:  June 19-23 and July 17-21

Time:  8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Cost:  $200 per child. (We must reach a minimum of 8 sign-ups for this camp to run.)

Ages:  For youth 9 – 13 years old.

Prerequisite:  The child MUST be able to swim well and confidently ride a two-wheeled bike.



Hop on your bike and join us as we explore some of the trail systems and microbreweries that make Colorado Springs one of the best mountain biking and microbrew cities in the country. Each time we ride, we will introduce you to a new trail for a guided evening ride and, afterwards, we will share the experience over some frosty pints at a local microbrewery.

Dates:  First Thursdays of the month, April – September: April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, August 3, September 7.

Cost:  $30 per person with your own bike, $40 per person with one of our rental bikes.

Sign up:  At least a day in advance. Call 719-556-4867, Option 1.



Take advantage of a heated, indoor pool where you can sharpen your skills and practice the fundamentals of kayaking. Whether a season pro looking to get in some training or a novice looking for instruction, this is a great program. Participants are welcome to bring their own equipment, or Outdoor Adventure Programs is happy to supply the necessary gear at no additional cost.

Dates:  April 12, May 10

Cost:  $20

Sign up:  By noon the day before the program date.



Yes, you can enjoy all the natural resources Colorado offers. Our experienced guides offer this educational series to help you become a competent, confident backcountry traveler. Each meeting will cover a different topic, and our guides will answer any of your questions.

  • May 18 – Leave No Trace Principles and Ethics
  • June 15 – Wilderness Living Skills
  • July 20 – Wilderness First Aid
  • August 17 – Wilderness Survival

Cost:  Free!

Sign up:  By noon the day of the class.



Experience Colorado’s beautiful reservoirs on an SUP. Learn basic techniques so you can safely paddle, or explore new areas if you are a more experienced paddler. Includes board, paddle, PFD, wetsuit and roundtrip transportation.

Dates:  June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16

Time:  8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost:  $40

Sign up:  By close of business the Wednesday before the program date.



Paddling an inflatable kayak or “FUNyak” is a great way to enjoy the outdoors in Colorado. Our guides 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. If you’ve never been rafting, well … no problem. This is still a challenging but beginner-friendly activity.

Date:  July 2

Time:  7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost:  $130

Sign up:  Wednesday prior to trip departure.

Requirements:  Must be at least 16 years of age and must be a confident swimmer.



Take advantage of some of the best granite Colorado has to offer. OAP heads out to Eleven Mile Canyon for a great day of rock climbing. Take in the views of Eleven Mile Canyon from the top of some of the most classic climbing routes in the state. Impressive rock formations, spectacular views and beautiful forest – absolutely fantastic!

Dates:  July 22

Time:  7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Cost:  $60

Sign up:  COB Wednesday prior to trip departure.

Requirements:  Must be at least 12 years of age.



Bouldering is a great5 way to learn about climbing techniques and develop strength for those big, powerful, must-make moves. Boulders and Brews is also a great way to meet local climbers who share the same passion for climbing and a good pint. Join OAP for an evening of fun and libations.

Dates:  July 27, August 24, September 28

Time:  4-9 p.m.

Cost $40

Sign up:  At least 48 hours prior to trip departure.

Requirements:  Must be at least 16 year of age (and accompanied by a guardian) in order to boulder, and must be at least 21 years of age or older to enjoy a brew.



Garden of the Gods was one of the first established climbing areas in the country, and for good reason. With amazing rock formations and a rich history of Native American culture, Garden of the Gods in one of the best climbing areas along the Front Range. Take advantage of a great day of climbing with our knowledgeable, skilled staff as they guide you around this incredible local resource.

Dates:  August 19

Time:  7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost $55

Sign up:  Wednesday prior to trip departure.

Requirements:  Must be at least 12 years of age.



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.



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!


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.


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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