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Our mission is to provide access to outdoor adventures for all, through events and programs that empower individuals, create healthier communities, and foster a respect for the environment.

Thank you for the unforgettable experiences, we met some fantastic people too! -S.M.

"Glad to have this as part of Colorado Springs."

"I went to the last climb night that was held at Cityrock. It is a great introduction to the facility and climbing. Also, the volunteers make sure that you aren't feeling uneasy about climbing. If you are not climbing, one of them will come to you and find an area that is good for you. TJ is very patient and helped me make it to the top! I loved it! Thanks for offering this event to the community."

"My family and I just had our first experience with Upadowna this weekend at their Folk and Flannel fundraiser event. We had a great time as we learned about this awesome organization! The only thing we wish was different was that we had been a part of this organization sooner!"

"Such a great event (Folk'n'Flannel)! I really appreciate everyone who volunteered and worked to make the event a success. In particular I enjoyed the musical performances - I've always been a fan of Roma Ransom, and now I've added The River Arkansas to my list of must-see bands."

"Fantastic! Thanks for all you’re doing!  My boyfriend & I attended one of your climbing events a while back, and it really opened his mind to something he didn’t realize he liked.  You are making a positive difference in the community; thanks for that!" -Shelley H.

"Thanks for a great climb night on Tuesday! I had a great time, and it was fun meeting everyone and trying something new." -Tami O.

"Thank you for creating these opportunities! The entire UpaDowna experience has enriched our lives in a way I could never imagine. It's special and I hope you understand how much I cherish it!" -Sarah K.

"We had a great time and discovered a whole new set of trails to ride on!! What an awesome organization!!" -Chrysauna P.

"Thanks to the patience of many but especially Mark and Luke my 6yo, Lydia, learned how to ride her bike after her training wheels broke on the pedal party ride! Thank you UpaDowna for fostering an environment that truly made us feel welcome!" -Corrie C.

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EVENTS & Programs

Nov
12
Tue
Intro to Climbing
Nov 12 @ 5:45 pm – 8:30 pm
Intro to Climbing @ CityROCK

Description

What: “Intro to Climbing”, a donation-based class

Why: To encourage all ages and abilities to try the fun and fulfilling sport of climbing!

How: Click here to register. Do you prefer NOT using an online signup? Call us to register! 719-429-9006

Goals:

  1. To help individuals, couples, or families experience a new adventure sport in a safe and fun environment.
  2. To help individuals overcome a fear of heights by providing helpful and friendly encouragement.
  3. To overcome as many barriers as possible (cost, equipment, location, knowledge) in order for all ages and abilities to try climbing.

Details: You are invited to join UpaDowna for a first hand tour of CityROCK Climbing Center and intro to climbing class. This class is designed for folks that have never been into CityROCK, are new to climbing, or just getting back into it. You’ll get a tour of the facility and learn the basics of climbing taught by seasoned climbers from UpaDowna and CityROCK. We are stoked to offer you this amazing, donation-based, Intro to Climbing package, complete with climbing gear rental, expert instruction from Cityrock and UpaDowna staff, and food and beverages afterward, a $150 value!

More info and registration here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-climbing-with-upadowna-cityrock-tickets-54229343426

 

Nov
14
Thu
Eat, Drink, Give!
Nov 14 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Eat, Drink, Give! @ Energy Resource Center | Colorado Springs | Colorado | United States

Eat, Drink, Give! is an annual event kicking off the Indy Give! Campaign.

Details:
– Hosted by Energy Resource Center at 114 West Rio Grande Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.
– Thursday, November 14th from 5:00-7:30.
– 35 participating Indy Give! non-profits will welcome the public to showcase their organizations.
– Live music, beer and wine provided.
– Members of the public who visit all 35 non-profits using a punch card, will be entered to win great prizes!
-We estimated 600 guests joined us last year!

Join us for a fun evening celebrating our great community and Indy Give!

Nov
16
Sat
3rd Saturday Adventure- Blodgett Peak Open Space
Nov 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
3rd Saturday Adventure- Blodgett Peak Open Space @ Blodgett Peak Open Space

Join UpaDowna for our 3rd Saturday adventures. Once a month we will lead a guided hike to explore a new trail, hike, or adventure topic. All ages, abilities, and experience levels are welcome!

Trail Name/Park: Blodgett Peak Open Space Loop

About: Blodgett Peak Open Space Loop is a 1.3 mile loop trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that offers scenic views of Blodgett Peak, foothills of Colorado Springs, and USAFA. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.

Location: Blodgett Peak Open Space

Length:
1.3 Mile

Elevation Gain:
334 ft

Trail Type:
Loop

Skill Level:
Easy

Dogs?
YES! but please keep them on a leash

Trail Map: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/blodgett-peak-open-space-loop

DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD:
From I-25 take Exit 149 (Woodmen Exit). Turn West on to Woodmen. Stay on Woodmen until you reach your destination which should be a parking lot on the left.
https://goo.gl/maps/zSxtQG6RNgy3WDHG7

Dec
10
Tue
Intro to Climbing
Dec 10 @ 5:45 pm – 8:30 pm
Intro to Climbing @ CityROCK

Description

What: “Intro to Climbing”, a donation-based class

Why: To encourage all ages and abilities to try the fun and fulfilling sport of climbing!

How: Click here to register. Do you prefer NOT using an online signup? Call us to register! 719-429-9006

Goals:

  1. To help individuals, couples, or families experience a new adventure sport in a safe and fun environment.
  2. To help individuals overcome a fear of heights by providing helpful and friendly encouragement.
  3. To overcome as many barriers as possible (cost, equipment, location, knowledge) in order for all ages and abilities to try climbing.

Details: You are invited to join UpaDowna for a first hand tour of CityROCK Climbing Center and intro to climbing class. This class is designed for folks that have never been into CityROCK, are new to climbing, or just getting back into it. You’ll get a tour of the facility and learn the basics of climbing taught by seasoned climbers from UpaDowna and CityROCK. We are stoked to offer you this amazing, donation-based, Intro to Climbing package, complete with climbing gear rental, expert instruction from Cityrock and UpaDowna staff, and food and beverages afterward, a $150 value!

More info and registration here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-climbing-with-upadowna-cityrock-tickets-54229343426

 

Dec
21
Sat
3rd Saturday Adventure- Yucca Flats Dog Run
Dec 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
3rd Saturday Adventure- Yucca Flats Dog Run

Join UpaDowna for our 3rd Saturday adventures. Once a month we will lead a guided hike to explore a new trail, hike, or adventure topic. All ages, abilities, and experience levels are welcome!

An easy 1.4 mile dog friendly loop in Palmer Park.

Directions to Trail Head: Take Maizeland Rd. entrance north to Yucca Flats and Lazy Land turn off. Stay to your left and proceed to the Yucca Flats Dog Run parking area

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