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OUTDOOR RECREATION

About Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor Recreation offers a variety of outdoor activities for all ages! Programs include climbing at Genesse Ropes Course, group hiking in the mountains, teambuilding programs, stand up paddleboarding, adventure programs and more.


Spring, Summer & Fall Programs

View the Fall 2019 Activity Guide to gear up for the fall activities! Add activities to your wishlist prior to registering on July 30.

It’s time to crank up the adventure on your summer vacation and school breaks! Outdoor Recreation (ODR) staff will lead a small group of kids on fun, educational adventures each day of the program. Transportation provided! ODR staff picks-up and drops-off at a designated Recreation Center.  

Upcoming Activities:

Fall Break Youth Adventure Program

Our all-inclusive adult excursions provide the opportunity to experience a variety of adventures across Colorado. At least one trip is offered each season. Trips are small groups lead by experienced guides and include:

  • Transportation
  • Equipment
  • Misc. fees (park entry, rentals, tour fees, etc.)
  • Shared lodging (cabins, yurts or tents depending on the adventure)
  • Most food (we cook together as a group!)

Upcoming Activities:

Both beginners and experienced paddlers are invited to join Outdoor Recreation for an evening or day on the water!  Trained staff will teach the basics of standup paddle boarding (SUP), after which you’ll paddle with the group with assistance readily available.  All equipment 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). 

Upcoming Activities:

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: $20 | 65+  $10

Upcoming Activities:

 

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.

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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.

Upcoming Activities:

Winter Programs

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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.  

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. If snow conditions are not adequate, we'll just hike (lower activity cost indicated below).

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

Check back later for upcoming activities!

Other Offerings

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

 
Contact Us

Phone: (720) 865-0680
Email: outdoor.recreation@denvergov.org

Fall 2019 program registration is OPEN-
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