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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

Jan
19
Sat
3rd Saturday Adventure- Aiken Canyon Loop @ Aiken Canyon Preserve
Jan 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
3rd Saturday Adventure- Aiken Canyon Loop @ Aiken Canyon Preserve

UpaDowna’s 3rd Saturday adventures are an opportunity to meet new people, and explore new trails and hikes throughout Colorado Springs and the Front Range.  Our staff will lead a family friendly hike, open to all ages and abilities. Please let us know if you need any help preparing for, or attending this hike and we will do our best to help!

 

 

Trail Name/Park:   Aiken Canyon Trail,  Aiken Canyon Nature Preserve

Location: 15 miles south of Colorado Springs off of HWY 115

Length: 3.3 Miles

Elevation Gain: 429′

Trail Type: Loop

Difficulty: Moderate (because of length)

Topic Covered: TBD

Dogs? Sorry, no dogs are allowed

Trail Map: http://www.cospringstrails.com/hikes/aiken.html

About: Aiken Canyon Loop Trail is a 3.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.  Should we have snow or ice be prepared with traction devices or trekking poles to help with stability.

Remember regardless of weather we will hike. There is no such thing as poor weather, only poor clothing choices. Suggestions of items to wear/bring are: hat, gloves, sturdy hiking shoes, warm socks, face cover, layers of clothing, water, snacks.

DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD: Going south on I-25 take exit 140. Drive south on Nevada / CO-115 for 15 miles. Turn right on Turkey Canyon Ranch road. The parking lot will be on your right.

Meetup Location: Dirt parking lot on right side of Turkey Canyon Ranch road. Look for the UpaDowna banner.

Waiver: click link to sign the hiking waiver ahead of time (waivers need to be signed only once every year): https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5a96f96e6db77/web/

Directions:

 

 

Feb
12
Tue
Intro to Climbing @ CityROCK
Feb 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

 

Feb
16
Sat
3rd Saturday Adventure- St Peter’s Dome Trail
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
3rd Saturday Adventure- St Peter's Dome Trail

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!

Saint Peter’s Dome Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. Well behaved dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash.

Directions from Colorado Springs: Begin at the intersection of Penrose Boulevard and Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard. Take Old Stage Road (FDR 368) 6.5 miles from there to Gold Camp Road (FDR 370). Travel 1 mile to the trailhead on the right (north) side of the road.

*Meeting location subject to change, please check back for most current information*

 

Mar
12
Tue
Intro to Climbing @ CityROCK
Mar 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

 

Mar
16
Sat
3rd Saturday Adventure-Shining Mountain Disc Golf
Mar 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
3rd Saturday Adventure-Shining Mountain Disc Golf

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!

Join us as we play disc golf on one of Colorado’s only dedicated disc golf courses.  Please see https://www.shiningmountaingolf.com/disc-golf/ for additional course policies, and parking information.

Directions:  **Please park at the Shining Mountain Pro Shop.**

 

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