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OUTDOOR RECREATION

Winter Programs

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. It is open from mid-January through February, weather-pending.

 

Cost: $30
Ages: 7-17
Time: 6:30am - 6:30pm

Learn to Ski & Ride (LSR) is a weekday ski and snowboard program that provides Denver youth ages 7-17 with an opportunity to develop snow-sport skills through group lessons at Winter Park Resort. Participants will receive lessons from Winter Park Ski and Ride School instructors for the day, teaching them how to ski or snowboard.

The fee includes lift tickets, equipment rental, lessons, transportation, snowpants, goggles and gloves.  This program is reserved for youth who are BEGINNERS OR FIRST-TIME SKIERS/SNOWBOARDERS – it is NOT open to youth with experience.  Youth may only participate in 3 LSR programs/year with a maximum of 10 total.  Youth will participate in a lesson and ski/board on beginner terrain only – no exceptions.

Parents must register children in-person the Recreation Center from which the trip departs. Groups will depart at 6:30am and return to the center between 5:45-6:30pm. Parents should be present for pickup.  

2019 Schedule:

Wed. Jan. 2 | Carla Madison
Thurs. Jan. 3 | Green Valley Ranch & Montbello
Mon. Jan. 7 | Scheitler
Fri. Jan. 11 | Central Park
Mon. Jan. 14 | Washington Park
Fri. Jan. 25 | Harvey Park
Mon. Jan. 28 | Scheitler

Fri. Feb. 1 | Harvard Gulch & Eisenhower
Mon. Feb. 4 | Central Park
Fri. Feb. 8 | Washington Park & Glenarm
Mon. Feb. 11 | Southwest
Fri. Feb. 15 | Green Valley Ranch & Montbello
Fri. Feb 22 | Montclair & Glenarm
Mon. Feb 25 | Harvard Gulch & Eisenhower

Fri. March 1 | St. Charles, Swansea & Johnson
Mon. March 4 | Cook Park
Fri. March 8 | Aztlan & Stapleton

Find direct links to registration on pages 55-56 of the activity guide.

Spend the day snowshoeing and leave the planning and driving to us!  Our experienced guides will lead you on snowshoe outings to beautiful destinations.  Enjoy the peace and tranquility that snow brings to the mountains.   We provide snowshoes and hiking poles.

Transportation: Provided – see trip for pickup/dropoff location. 
What to bring: Wear warm, non-cotton clothing, layering underneath waterproof pants and jackets. We recommend starting with a base layer, then a warm mid-layer such as fleece, completing with a waterproof/windproof layer such as snowpants and jackets.

You'll also need to bring a backpack with:

  • Hat and gloves
  • Warm boots
  • 2 full water bottles
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Extra warm layers

Adult Trips (ages 18+):

Meteor Shower | Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Fri. Jan. 4 | 4:30-10:30pm
Depart from City Park, Bible House
Cost: $20* 

A 3.6 mile loop will take us through Greenfield Meadow where we'll watch the Wantradids meteor shower, expected to peak the night of 1/4/19. Snowshoes will be provided if the snow depth warrants, otherwise we'll hike (*$10). 

Mayflower Gulch
Wed. Jan. 9 | 7:30am - 5:30pm
Depart from Carla Madison Recreation Center
Cost: $20 ($10 hike)

This 4 mile loop to Mayflower Gulch begins at 10,996' and climbs another 580' through a winter wonderland.

Active Older Adult trip to Echo Lake
Tue. Jan. 15 | 8am-4pm
Depart from Highland Recreation Center

Outdoor Recreation is partnering with DPR Active Older Adults (age 50+) to offer a beginner snowshow trip on mostly-flat terrain with great views all around! The trip includes a stop at the National Forest Visitors Center to view interpretive displays and learn more about the area. 

Devil's Thumb Ranch
Thur. Jan. 24 | 7:30am - 5:30pm
Depart from Scheitler Recreation Center
Cost: Snowshoe $35 | XC Ski $25*

Join us for a day of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing on the groomed trails at beautiful Devil’s Thumb Ranch.  Cross-country skiers will receive an introductory lesson at the beginning of the outing.  *Cost does not include cross country ski rental.  Participants will need to purchase on their own ($25 and $15 for 65+).  

Sprague Lake
Thur. Jan. 31 | 7:30am - 5:30pm
Depart from Scheitler Recreation Center
Cost: $20/10

This 3.2 mile trek follows the relatively flat Glacier Creek Trail, heading southwest through Rocky Mountain National Park with panoramic views of the Continental Divide, including Hallett Peak and Flattop Mountain. Snowshoes and trekking poles provided. 

Distance: 3.2 mles | Elevation Gain: 300' | Starting Elevation: 8688’

 

Thank you for your interest! Winter 2018/2019 program information will be available in November. Please check back!

Ages: 13-17
Cost: $50
Time: 7:00am - 6:00pm

Does your teen want to learn how to snowboard?! Youth ages 13-17 are invited to join DPR Outdoor Recreation for 4 Saturdays or Sundays of snowboarding at Winter Park, spending each day learning new skills from experienced snowboard instructors. 

The program fee includes transportation, equipment rental, lift ticket and group lesson.  This program is reserved for teens who are beginners or first time snowboarders/skiers – it is not open to teens with experience.  Parents must register children in person at Recreation Center(s) from which the trip departs:

Harvey Park
Saturdays:
Jan. 5, 12, 26 & Feb. 2

Rude/Barnum
Sundays:
Jan. 6, 13, 27 & Feb. 3

Montbello/Green Valley Ranch
Sundays:
Feb. 10, 24 & March 3, 10

Thank you for your interest! Winter 2018/2019 program information will be available in November. Please check back!

Register for a session now!

Join Outdoor Recreation for 3 days of winter adventure! Activities include snowshoeing, tubing, nature exploration and more. Activity fee of $100 includes transportation and equipment. Children must bring packed lunch and dress appropriately for snow each day. 

January 1 - 4, 2018
8am - 4:30pm
Ages: 10-12
Cost: $100
Pickup/Dropoff from: Montbello, Central Park, Barnum and Scheitler Recreation Centers

Summer and Fall Programs

Join us for an evening or day on the water!  Trained staff will teach the basics of standup paddle boarding and then you’ll paddle with the group for the remainder of the outing.  All standup paddleboard equipment is included.  Open to beginners along with more experienced paddlers!

Transportation:  No transportation is provided for Sloan’s Lake and Evergreen Lake outings.  All other programs include transportation – see trip for pickup/dropoff location below.

What to Bring:  Please dress in clothes that can get wet and wear secure sandals (no flip-flops) or shoes that can get wet.  Please also bring/wear:

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterbottle

Lunch and snacks (only for 4 hour programs that take place over the lunch hour)

Tues. 7/24

5AM-6:30AM

Adult SUP: Sunrise Sloan’s Lake

Catch the view of the rising sun from a paddleboard!

$25/$15

Tues. 7/31

6-8PM

Adult SUP: Sloan’s Lake

 

$25/$15

Thurs. 8/2

9AM-2PM

Adult SUP: Cherry Creek State Park

Meets at Cook Park Recreation Center.  

$35/$25

Sat. 8/11

8:30AM-1:30PM

Adult SUP: Chatfield Lake

Meets at Carla Madison Recreation Center.  

$35/$25

Thurs. 8/16

6-8PM

Adult SUP: Sloan’s Lake

 

$25/$15

Sat. 8/25

8:30AM-2PM

Adult SUP: Gross Reservoir

Meets at Carla Madison Recreation Center

$35/$25

Tues. 8/28

9AM-2PM

Adult SUP: Barr Lake

Meets at Central Park Recreation Center

$35/$25

Thurs. 8/30

6:00PM-8:00PM

Adult SUP: Sunset on Evergreen Lake

Join us for an outing as we explore Evergreen Lake on paddleboards under the setting sun.

$25/$15

Thurs. 9/6

5:30-7:30PM

Adult SUP: Sloan’s Lake

Enjoy great views of the city skyline from your paddleboard! 

$25/$15

Sat. 9/8

8:30AM-1:30PM

Adult SUP: Cherry Creek

Join us for a half-day standup paddle boarding program.  We'll start the program with an introductory lesson and then take a tour of the lake.  

$35/$25

Spend a day hiking and leave the planning to us!  Our experienced guides will lead you on hikes to spectacular destinations!

Transportation: Provided – see trip for pickup/dropoff location

What to bring: Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy sneakers or hiking boots.

Bring a backpack with the following:

  • 2 full water bottles
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Extra warm layers and rain gear

Price: Adults - $20, 65+ - $10

Thurs. 7/26

8AM-5PM

Adult Hike: Mud Lake/Caribou Ranch


 Mud Lake Trail
 Miles: 6.3 miles
 Starting Elevation: 8400 ‘
 Elevation Gain: 423’
 Meets at Washington Park Recreation Center

Weds. 7/11

8AM-5PM

Adult Hike: Butler Gulch

 Butler Gulch Trail
 Miles: 5
 Starting Elevation: 10500’
 Elevation Gain: 1502’
 Meets at Washington Park Recreation Center

Fri. 8/3

8AM-5:30PM

Adult Hike: Ouzel Falls/Lake

 Ouzel Lake Trail
 Miles: 10
 Starting Elevation: 8500’
 Elevation Gain: 1510’
 Meets at Central Park Recreation Center.

Thurs. 8/23

8AM-5:00PM

Adult Hike: Columbine Lake

 Columbine Lake Trail
 Miles: 6.8
 Starting Elevation: 10090’
 Elevation Gain: 970’
 Meets at Scheitler Recreation Center. 

 

Weds. 9/5

8AM-5PM

Adult Hike: Mesa Trail (Boulder Open Space)

Distance: 6.8 miles

Elevation Gain: 1650

Starting Elev.: 5700

Thurs. 9/13

7:30AM-5:30PM

RMNP: Gem Lake

This hike will take you to Gem Lake is an unusual and interesting body of water. What makes it unusual is that there's no true inlet or outlet stream. Surrounding rock traps, collects, and steers water into the small basin.

Distance: 3.6 mi

Elev. Gain: 910 ft.

TH Elev: 7920 ft.

Weds. 9/19

8AM-5:00PM

Adult Hike: Kenosha Pass

This trail is also a portion of the famous Colorado Trail that spans from Denver to Durango. During this hike you will witness gorgeous fall colors and amazing views as you peer into the South Park landscape of Colorado. Colorado Trail, East from Kenosha Pass, 6.5 miles round trip

Starting elevation: 10000

Elevation Gain: Rolling trail, about 500 total

Weds. 9/26

7:30AM-5:30PM

Adult Hike: Caribou Pass

This hike follows a beautiful river and opens up to expansive vistas once you get above treeline!

Distance: 6.3 miles

Elev. Gain: 1850 ft.

TH Elev: 10000 ft.

Thurs. 10/18

8AM-5:00PM

Adult Hike:  Burning Bear Trail (Pike National Forest)

Enjoy the Pike National Forest on this moderate hike.

Distance: 6.8 miles

Trailhead Elevation: 9596 feet

Elevation Gain: 1033 feet

Weds. 10/24

5-10PM

Adult Hike: Moonlight Flatirons Vista

Distance: 2-3 miles

Elev. Gain: 1200 ft.

TH Elev: 5090 ft

Enjoy hiking in the Flatirons under the full moon!

Th. 11/8

8AM-5PM

Adult Hike: Castlewood Canyon State Park

 

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.

It’s time to crank up the adventure on your summer vacation!  Spend a week with us and a small group of other kids having fun on outdoor adventures.  We’ll pick you up and drop you off each day at the Recreation Center and take you to cool places like Genesee Challenge Course, Rocky Mountain National Park, Echo Lake and Mt. Evans and more!  Rock climb, hike, standup paddleboard – adventures for days!  We provide gear and great instructors to help you learn new skills and have fun.

  • Ages: 10-12
  • Cost: $195

Download program information and forms:

Please click here to download important information and forms (please insert attached pdfs – Montbello/Central and Barnum/Scheitler).

 

 Mon. 8/6 -
 Fri. 8/10

 M-Th - 8AM-4PM

 Fri – 8AM-5:30PM

 Adventure Camp

Meets at Barnum and Scheitler Recreation Centers. 

Mon. 10/22

8AM-4:00PM

Fall Break Youth Adventure Day Camp

Fall is here! And there is no better time to be outside enjoying the beauty that nature has to offer. Outdoor Recreation is offering fall break day programs for students  ages 10-12.  Each day, we’ll hike, play nature games and explore a wild place!

Destination: Staunton State Park

Harvard Gulch Recreation Center: pickup at 8AM, drop off at 4:00PM

Mon. 10/22

8AM-4:00PM

Fall Break Youth Adventure Camp

Fall is here! And there is no better time to be outside enjoying the beauty that nature has to offer. Outdoor Recreation is offering fall break day programs for students  ages 10-12.  Each day, we’ll hike, play nature games and explore a wild place!

Destination: Castlewood

Central Park Recreation Center: pickup at 8AM, drop off at 4:00PM

Tues. 10/23

8AM-4:00PM

Fall Break Youth Adventure Day Camp

Fall is here! And there is no better time to be outside enjoying the beauty that nature has to offer. Outdoor Recreation is offering fall break day programs for students  ages 10-12.  Each day, we’ll hike, play nature games and explore a wild place!

Destination: Castlewood Canyon

Carla Madison Recreation Center: pickup at 8AM, drop off at 4:30PM

LaFamilia Recreation Center: pickup at 8:30AM, dropoff at 4PM

Tues. 10/23

8AM-4:30PM

Fall Break Youth Adventure Day Camp

Fall is here! And there is no better time to be outside enjoying the beauty that nature has to offer. Outdoor Recreation is offering fall break day programs for students  ages 10-12.  Each day, we’ll hike, play nature games and explore a wild place!

Destination: Staunton State Park

Wash Park pickup at 8AM, dropoff at 4PM

 

This Fall experience adventure programs made specially for adults. Learn valuable outdoor skills from professionals in a stress free enviornment. All skill levels are welcome. 

 

Meets at: Scheitler Recreation Center

Cost: $125-$185

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

Fri. 9/21-Sun. 9/23

7:30AM-5:30PM

Adult Multi-Day: Intro to Backpacking – Location TBD

Learn new skills from seasoned instructors in a small group.  We’ll hike in 5-6 miles and setup camp where we’ll stay for two nights.  Learn about the ins and outs of backpacking including proper packing, campsite setup, Leave No Trace, operating stoves and cooking, bear bagging, map and compass and more! 

Fri-Sun

9/28-9/30

7:30PM-5:30PM

Adult Multi-Day: Sand Dunes

Enjoy a weekend exploring the Sand Dunes!  We'll depart Friday, stopping to checkout St. Elmo ghost town and then arrive at the dunes in the afternoon.  Saturday, we'll take a hike on the dunes and we'll end the trip on Sunday with a stop at hot springs on the return trip.  Shared accomodations in rustic cabins.  All fees, food and transportation are included. 

Other Offerings

Wilderness First Aid

Thurs. April 19 -Fri. April 20
Time: 8:00am-5:30pm

This 16-hour course will focus on the basic skills preventing, responding to and treating emergencies in the backcountry.  It is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts or trip leaders who want to increase their first aid skills confidence.  Successful participants will receive a Wilderness First Aid certification thorough SOLO that is valid for 2 years.  

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

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