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Outdoor Recreation

Ruby Hill Rail Yard opened for its 10th season on January 7, 2016! Weather permitting, DPR Outdoor Recreation hopes to keep the Rail Yard open through February. 

The Rail Yard is open during regular park hours (5AM-11PM) with lights on in the evenings until 9:00PM. 

Christy Sports will once again provide free rental gear to children and teens on weekends beginning January 15. Rentals can be found at the Ruby Hill pool area during these hours:

Fridays:       3:00 - 8:00PM
Saturdays:   11:00AM - 7:00PM
Sundays:     11:00AM - 5:00PM

Learn more about Ruby Hill Rail Yard.


Experience the beauty and serenity of a Colorado winter on a leisurely paced snowshoe trek!

Registration fee: $20

Trip includes:

  • Trek guided by Outdoor Recreation staff
  • Transportation to and from designated recreation center
  • Snowshoes and related gear

Download 2016 schedule |  Register now!

Denver Parks & Recreation is teaming up with Winter Park Ski Resort to offer first-time and beginner youth (ages 7-17) the opportunity to learn to ski and snowboard!

$30/child includes lift ticket, equipment rental, all-day lesson + transportation to and from Winter Park Ski Resort (from designated rec center pickup location).

Download the schedule | Register

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

Genesee Challenge Course is open April through October for groups in size from 8 - 100. For more information, call 720-865-0680 or email at

Each summer and fall, DPR's Outdoor Recreation staff lead groups of 12 through areas such as Rocky Mountain National Park, Arapahoe National Forest, Jefferson County Open Space and more. 

Excursions depart from different Denver Recreation Centers on 15-passenger vans. No experience necessary! Call 720-865-0680 to learn more about specific hikes.

Fee: $20/person includes:

  • Round-trip transportation (from designated recreation center)
  • Trekking poles
  • Guided full day hike (7:30AM - approx. 5:00PM)
Stay tuned for 2016 adult hike schedule!

Schools and other organizations can schedule a day hike for groups of students ages 5-18. Youth hiking trips are programmed based on your group's size, age, skill level and goals. Levels of difficulty range from easy to strenuous with various routes to choose from. Explore the riparian ecosystem of Beaver Brook or learn about Colorado natural history and ecology on a fun-filled trek through the Rocky Mountain foothills.

Contact us to schedule a youth hike.

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. 

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



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