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OUTDOOR RECREATION

Winter Programs

January 25, 2019: Due to inconsistent low temperatures, build-out of the Rail Yard has been delayed. Maintenance and Program supervisors will decide on if/when work can begin on this year's Rail Yard on Feb. 1 once 10-day forecasts are available.

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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.  

2019 Schedule:

  • 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
March:
  • 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. 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

Adult Trips (ages 18+):

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’

Boreas Pass
Wed. Feb. 6 | 7:30am-5:30pm
Depart from: Scheitler Recreation Center
Cost: $20/10 

Just outside of Breckenridge, the Boreas Pass snowshoe trek follows an early route for prospectors during the Colorado Gold Rush.  We’ll snowshoe a couple of miles up a road that was once the old South Park & Pacific Railroad bed.  The gradual climb will lead to incredible views of Mt. Silverheels and the Ten Mile Range!
4.3 miles. TH elevation: 10346’

Rocky Mountain National Park: Cub Lake
Thurs. Feb. 14 | 7:30am-5:30pm
Cost: $20/10
Departs from: Carla Madison Recreation Center

Enjoy the amazing landscapes of Rocky Mountain National Park as we snowshoe our way along an old glacial moraine and up to the hidden gem of Cub Lake. 
Distance: 5.1 miles roundtrip, Elevation Gain: 730', Starting Elevation: 7800'.  

Staunton State Park
Thurs. Feb. 28 | 8:00am-5:00pm
Cost: $20/10
Departs from: Cook Park Recreation Center

Snowshoe along the Staunton Ranch trail, a leisurely trek which will take you through open pine forest and along the base of unique rock formations.  Snowshoes and trekking poles provided.  Distance: 3-4 miles, Elevation Gain: 400-500', Starting Elevation: 8100'. 

Creekside/Flume
Thurs. March 7 | 7:30am-5:30pm
Cost: $20/10
Departs from: Washington Park Recreation Center

We'll follow a relatively flat trail along beautiful Creekside Flume.
4.8 miles roundtrip | Starting elevation: 8,799'

Jim Creek Trail
Wed. March 13 | 7:30am-5:30pm
Cost: $30
Departs from: Cook Park Recreation Center

Enjoy a relaxing snowshoe near Winter Park.  Catch glimpses of surrounding peaks as we follow the creek.  Distance: 4 miles, Elevation Gain: 700’, Starting Elevation: 9000’. 

Rocky Mountain National Park: Nymph, Dream & Emerald Lakes
Thurs. March 21 | 7:30am-5:30pm
Cost: $20/10
Departs from: Scheitler Recreation Center

Enjoy expansive views of high peaks in the park from these three lakes.  Snowshoes and trekking poles provided. 
Distance: 3.5 miles, Elevation Gain: 600', Starting Elevation: 9495'

 

Moonlight Snowshoe: Mayer Homestead

Sat. Feb. 23 | 4-10:00pm
Cost: $20/10
Ages: 13+
Departs from: City Park Bible House

The moon will be our guide as we make our way along the trails at Meyer Homestead.  This is a great snowshoe outing for all levels.  Youth ages 13+ are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult.  Transportation is provided from City Park - Bible House. 

Full Moon Snowshoe: Golden Gate Canyon
Wed. March 20 | 4:30-10:30pm
Cost: $20/10
Ages: 13+
Departs from: City Park Bible House

Snowshoe under the light of the full moon.  This trip is open to adults and teenagers (must be accompanied by an adult).  We will snowshoe at Golden Gate Canyon State Park (location subject to change based on snow conditions).  Snowshoes and trekking poles provided. 
Distance: 2-3 miles, Elevation Gain: 500-700', Starting Elevation: 9000'.  

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

Never Summer Mountains Snowshoe Cabins

Friday, Feb. 8 - Sunday, Feb. 10
7:00am-6:00pm
Ages: 18+
Cost: $175

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 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. 
 

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

Spring, Summer & Fall Programs

Stay tuned for the Spring Activity Guide, available 2 weeks prior to reigistration! 

Spring & Summer youth adventure program registration begins February 26 at noon. 

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.  

Mon.-Fri.
3/25-3/29

8:30AM-4:30PM

Youth Adventure Program (YAP):
Spring Break Adventure

Don't get bored during spring break! Join us for an action-packed week of adventure. We'll climb, bike, hike, and try aerial adventure park! We'll even have a surprise adventure on the last day of camp. Our experienced leaders are excited to lead you on a week of FUN!  Ages 10-12

 Pick-up/Drop-off: 

 Scheitler Recreation Center

$185

Mon.-Fri.
3/25-3/29

8:30AM-4:30PM

YAP: Spring Break Adventure

Don't get bored during spring break! Join us for an action-packed week of adventure. We'll climb, bike, hike, and try aerial adventure park! We'll even have a surprise adventure on the last day of camp. Our experienced leaders are excited to lead you on a week of FUN!  Ages 10-12

Pick-up/Drop-off:

Carla Madison Recreation Center

$185

Mon.- Fri.
6/24 - 6/28

8AM-4PM

YAP: Water Wanderers

Standup paddleboarding, rafting, sailing and more will round out our week of water adventure.  Learn new skills and water safety and have fun splashing around.  What better way to spend your summer days.  Participants must be able to swim. Ages 10-12.

Pick-up/Drop-off:

Cook Park Recreation Center

 

$225.00

Mon.- Fri.
7/8 - 7/12

8AM-4PM

YAP: Bike Blitz

Get those two wheels ready for some fun on the dirt!  We'll learn new skills and take the fun to the max at Ruby Hill Bike Park, front range trails and Trestle bike park.  Don't miss out on this exciting adventure!  Must be able to confidently ride a bike.  Mountain bikes provided or you can bring your own mountain bike in good condition. Ages 11-13.

Pick-up/Drop-off:

Scheitler Recreation Center

 

$250.00

 

Mon.- Fri. 
7/22 – 7/26

8AM-4PM

(8AM-4:30PM)

YAP: Climb On!

Climb on!  And up!  Climb 5 days in a row!  We'll hit the climbing wall, the challenge cousre, backcountry rock crags and an aerial adventure park for an adventure that will take you to new heights!  Central Park pickup at 8AM, dropoff at 4PM.  Montbello pickpu at 8:30AM, dropoff at 4:30PM.  Ages 10-12.

Pick-up/Drop-off:

Central Park Recreation Center (8&4)

Montbello (8:30&4:30)

 

$250

 

Mon. - Fri. 
7/29 - 8/2

8AM-4PM

YAP: Front Range Safari

On this adventure, we'll spend the week hiking, paddleboarding and exploring places like Mt. Evans and Rocky Mountain National Park in search of the animals that live there!  We'll try to find birds, mountain goats, bighorn sheep and we'll learn about them in fun, interactive activities.  Lace up those boots, let's go on a safari!  Ages 8-10.

Pick-up/Drop-off:

Carla Madison Recreation Center

 

$150

Mon. - Fri. 
8/5 – 8/9

8AM-4PM

YAP: Scheitler

Standup paddleboarding, rafting, sailing and more will round out our week of water adventure.  Learn new skills and water safety and have fun splashing around.  What better way to spend your summer days.  Participants must be able to swim.  Ages 10-12.

 Pick-up/Drop-off:

 Scheitler Recreation  Center

 

$225

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!)

Mesa Verde Adventure

Dates: Wed. May 29 - Sun. June 2
Pick-Up/Drop-off: Scheitler Recreation Center
Cost: $450

Join a small group of adults and two experienced Outdoor Recreation instructors on an adventure to southwest Colorado and Mesa Verde!  Activities will include exploring Mesa Verde National Park, a ranger-guided tour of the Cliff Palace, a wagon or horseback ride on a ranch,  hiking in Canyon of the Ancients....complete with a cowboy dinner and music experience! 

Registration includes transportation, activity fees, lodging and most meals.  

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

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). Please check back, as trips will be added throughout the summer:

Date

Time

Program

Description

Pickup Location

Cost

Weds.  5/22

6-8PM

Adult SUP: Sloan’s Lake

Enjoy great views of the city skyline from your paddleboard! Our staff will meet you at the lake with all of the equipment that you’ll need.  They’ll start the program with a paddleboard lesson and then you’ll explore the lake for the remainder of the evening. 

n/a

 $20
 $10 (65+ )

 

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

 Date

 Time

 Program

 Description

Pickup Location

Cost

 Thurs. 5/9

 8AM-5:30PM

 Adult Hike:
 Garden of the Gods

 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.   

Distance: 4.5 miles, Trailhead Elevation: 6035 ft. Elevation Gain: 300 ft.

 Harvard Gulch Recreation Center

 $20 
 $10, 65+ 

 Mon. 5/13

 8AM-4:00PM

 Active Older Adults (AOA):
 Roxborough State Park Hike

 Join a small group for a guided hike in Roxborough State Park.  Enjoy unique red rock features as we make our way 2.3 miles winding through the Fountain and Lyons formation.  We’ll also stop by the visitor’s center for interpretive displays and a movie about the area. 

Distance: 2.3 miles, Trailhead Elevation: 6100, Elevation Gain: 300 ft.

 Highland Recreation Center

$10, 65+

 Thurs. 5/23

 8AM-5PM

 Adult Hike:
 Spruce Mountain Open Space

 The trail traverses an open meadow and then climbs gently up a forested mesa.  Catch great views of  Pikes Peak and the surrounding landscape from unique rocky outcrops. 

 Distance:  5.5 miles, Trailhead elevation:  7100 ft., Elevation gain:  505 ft.

 Cook Park Recreation Center

 $20 
 $10, 65+ 

 

 

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.

Other Offerings

Wilderness First Aid

Dates: Thurs. April 11 & Fri. April 12
Time: 8:00am-5:30pm (lunch break included)
Cost: $150
Location: Chief Hosa Lodge

This 16-hour course will focus on the basic skills preventing, responding to and treating emergencies in the backcountry-- a great opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts or trip leaders who want to increase their first aid skills confidence. 

Successful participants will receive a Wilderness First Aid certification through 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

 

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