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Winter 2017-2018 Schedule

Call Outdoor Recreation at 720-865-0680 to register!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Garden of the Gods Hike

Garden of the Gods provides an opportunity for you to wander among the magnificent, neck wrenching, jaw dropping red rock formations that make this park so spectacular!  Additionally, we will enjoy a 30 minute nature walk led by a park naturalist.    

8:30am—5:30pm                 
Pickup Location: Cook Park Recreation Center
Trailhead elevation: 6,035 ft.
Elevation gain: 300 ft.
Distance: 4.5 miles

Snowshoe Programs:

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 | Echo Lake Snowshoe

Enjoy a trip around Echo Lake at the base of Mt. Evans.  Beautiful views of high alpine areas!

8:00am—5:00pm                 
Pickup Location: Wash Park Recreation Center
Trailhead elevation: 10,400 ft.
Cost: $20 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | Genessee Mountain Park Snowshoe

This is the perfect trip for those who are new to hiking and snowshoeing!  We’ll travel to Genesee Mountain Park to enjoy the new trails with views of the Continental Divide.  

8:00am—4:30pm                 
Pickup Location: Cook Park Recreation Center
Trailhead elevation: 7,400 ft.
Cost: $20 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 | Nymp, Dream and Emerald Lakes (RMNP) Snowshoe

8:00am—5:30pm                 
Pickup Location: Central Park Recreation Center
Trailhead elevation: 9,500 ft.
Cost: $20 

Thursday, February 15, 2018 | Staunton State Park Snowshoe

Enjoy one of Colorado’s newer state parks by snowshoe. Interesting rock formations catch the eye on these moderate trails.  

8:00am—5:00pm                 
Pickup Location: Cook Park Recreation Center
Trailhead elevation: 8,200 ft.
Cost: $20 

Friday, February 16, 2018 | Echo Lake Full Moon Snowshoe

Enjoy a peaceful snowshoe around Echo Lake illuminated by the full moon.  

4:00pm—10:00pm                 
Pickup Location: Scheitler Recreation Center
Trailhead elevation: 10,400 ft.
Cost: $20 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 | Bierstadt Lake Snowshoe

Snowshoe to a picturesque lake which lies in the shadow of Mt. Bierstadt.  

8:00am—5:30pm                 
Pickup Location: Wash Park Recreation Center
Trailhead elevation: 8,800 ft.
Cost: $20 

Thursday, March 8, 2018 | Doe Creek Snowshoe (Arapaho)

8:00am—5:30pm                 
Pickup Location: Wash Park Recreation Center
Trailhead elevation: 8,500 ft.
Cost: $20 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 | Golden Gate Canyon Snowshoe

8:00am—5:30pm                 
Pickup Location: Central Park Recreation Center
Trailhead elevation: 8,500 ft.
Cost: $20 

Thursday, March 22, 2018 | Sprague Lake Snowshoe

8:00am—5:30pm                 
Pickup Location: Wash Park Recreation Center
Trailhead elevation: 8,700 ft.
Cost: $20

Cross-Country Ski Programs:

Thursday, January 11, 2018 | XC Ski at Breckenridge

Have you ever wanted to try cross-country skiing? We have the perfect opportunity for you! We’ll travel to Breckenridge Nordic Center where we’ll start the day with a lesson and then ski the trails for the rest of the day. Experienced skiers are also welcome and will not need to participate in the lesson. Trail pass is included in the cost, but you must provide your own skis or pay for rentals there ($22).  

8:00am—5:30pm                 
Pickup Location: Scheitler Recreation Center
Cost: $35 

Thursday, February 1, 2018 | XC Ski at Breckenridge

Have you ever wanted to try cross-country skiing? We have the perfect opportunity for you! We’ll travel to Breckenridge Nordic Center where we’ll start the day with a lesson and then ski the trails for the rest of the day. Experienced skiers are also welcome and will not need to participate in the lesson. Trail pass is included in the cost, but you must provide your own skis or pay for rentals there ($22).  

8:00am—5:30pm                 
Pickup Location: Scheitler Recreation Center
Cost: $35 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | XC Ski at Keystone Nordic Center

Have you ever wanted to try cross-country skiing? We have the perfect opportunity for you! We’ll travel to Keystone Nordic Center where we’ll start the day with a lesson and then ski the trails for the rest of the day. Experienced skiers are also welcome and will not need to participate in the lesson. Trail pass is included in the cost, but you must provide your own skis or pay for rentals there ($22).  

8:00am—5:30pm                 
Pickup Location: Scheitler Recreation Center
Cost: $35 

Multi-Day Adventures: 

Friday, February 9, 2018-Sunday February 11, 2018 | Never Summer Mountains Snowshoe Cabin Weekend

Enjoy three days of snowshoeing and an opportunity to unplug and relax in a rustic cabin setting.  We’ll travel to picturesque State Forest State Park and base our adventure out of cabins.   Experience the solitude and beauty of the trails and Never Summer Mountains blanketed by snow.  Led by our experienced outdoor recreation staff, this trip will allow you to learn more about snowshoeing, winter safety and winter ecology as we snowshoe 4-6 miles each day.  We’ll enjoy dinner and evening relaxation by the warmth of the woodstove.   All inclusive – transportation, lodging and food.  Our rustic accommodations offer bunk-style lodging, woodstove and outdoor restrooms.  We will also focus on building camaraderie within the group and expect participants to help with camp tasks and cooking!                 

Pickup Location: Scheitler Recreation Center
Cost: $155 

Click here for more information about the Cabin trip prior to registering.

Friday, March 16, 2018-Sunday March 18, 2018 | Never Summer Yurt Snowshoe Trip

Take your winter adventure up a notch in the Never Summer Mountains!  We’ll snowshoe approximately 3 miles into the backcountry to yurts at Montgomery Pass, carrying our gear and clothes.  We’ll then explore from there each day snowshoeing, learning outdoor skills and more about winter ecology from experienced Outdoor Recreation instructors.  All inclusive – transportation, lodging and food.  Our rustic accommodations offer bunk-style lodging, woodstove and outdoor restrooms.  We will also focus on building camaraderie within the group and expect participants to help with camp tasks and cooking!                 

Pickup Location: Scheitler Recreation Center
Cost: $155 

Click here for more information about the Yurt Snowshoe trip prior to registering. 

outdoor rec hiking trips in the fall and summer
March Break Echo Lake Adventure

March 2018 | Discovery Snowshoe at Echo Lake for Kids

8:00am—5:00pm                 
Kids, add some adventure to your March break! We’ll pick you up at the Recreation Center and travel to Echo Lake where we’ll snowshoe, learn more about winter animal adaptations, and enjoy s’mores over a campfire!  You’ll need to bring a lunch and dress for winter conditions and we’ll provide everything else.  Choose from 3 dates: March 26, 28, or 29.

Cost: $25

Monday, March 26, 2018 departs from Barnum Recreation Center

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 departs from Central Park Recreation Center

Thursday, March 29, 2018 departs from Scheitler Recreation Center

For more information about the March Break Youth Discovery Program click here.

Learn to Ski and Ride Programs

This program is for beginner skiers and snowboarders or for those who have never skied or boarded before.  We’ll depart from a recreation center and travel to Winter Park Resort.  Kids will be assigned small groups and will spend the day with their Winter Park instructor learning how to ski or board.  All equipment is provided.  The day typically runs from 7AM-6PM. Must register in person at the Recreation Center from which the trip departs. View the official flyer here.

people completing the genesee challenge ropes course


Located in Genesee Park, just 20 minutes west of Denver, Genesee Challenge Course is set in a beautiful stand of Ponderosa Pines overlooking the continental divide. There are roughly 60 low and high elements that allow us to create a program specifically designed to achieve your group’s goals.

Learn more | Download the brochure

Minimum Group Size: 8

Maximum Group Size: 100

Ages: 8+ (we also have programming for 6 and 7 year-olds if you have a mixed age group, it’s just not on the elements)

Groups that we work with:  We work with a variety of groups ranging from schools to scouts to corporate groups.  We can even accommodate families and private groups of 8 or more!

Season:  May-October (we also offer Urban Teambuilding during the other seasons where we come to your location)

Length of Program:  We offer half and full-day programs ranging from 4-6.5 hours.

Staff to Participant Ratio:  We aim to have one staff for every 12-15 participants. 

Types of Programs:  We have low elements that focus more on teambuilding and are on the ground or a few feet of the ground.  WE also have high elements that involving climbing to height in a harness attached to a rope and focus more on individual challenge.  We can create a program that works to meet your goals which may be lows-only or both lows and highs (we do not do highs-only programs). 

Custom Programs:  In addition to challenge course programming, we also have camping, hiking and rock climbing at the site.  We can create a custom multi-day program for your group that involves various activities!  

For more information call 720-865-0680 or email at outdoor.recreation@denvergov.org.

Youth Discovery Program

Bring your group to Echo Lake at the base of Mt. Evans this winter!  This full-day programs involves snowshoeing around the lake, environmental/ecology activities and a campfire. 

Ages: 6+

Cost: $10/person (group provides transportation)

We can provide transportation for up to 26 participants.  Cost would be $20/person.

Rock Climbing Program

Spend the day increasing teamwork and challenging your group.  We’ll hike approximately 45 minutes to a backcountry rock climbing site and teach your group how to belay and climbing techniques as we spend the day at the crag prior to our return hike. 

Ages: 11+

Cost: $44/person

Hiking/Snowshoeing

We’re happy to work with your group to plan and lead a hiking or snowshoeing trip!  We can provide transportation (for smaller groups) or meet you at the trailhead. 

Cost: $10 (without transportation), $20 (with transportation)

Camping

Stay with us at Genesee Experiential Outdoor Center.  Combine camping with your challenge course experience, rock climbing or hiking for a multi-day adventure.  Or we can plan a front-country or backcountry excursion for your group elsewhere.  Let our skilled staff handle the planning, leadership and risk management for your group!

Cost: varies by activity and location

team building games

DPR Recreation staff will come to your location and facilitate team building through activities that focus on skills such as leadership, problem solving, decision making, teamwork and communication.  

Ages: 6+

Season: Year-Round

Cost: varies based on number or participants

All programs are custom-made to help achieve your group's goals- contact us for scheduling and more details.

The Ruby Hill Rail Yard was created in 2007 in a joint effort between Denver Parks and Recreation and Winter Park Resort to offer a winter sport experience. 

More information coming soon.