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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

Jun
19
Wed
Pedal Party-Weekly Community Bike Ride
Jun 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Pedal Party-Weekly Community Bike Ride @ Oskar Blues Grill & Brew | Colorado Springs | Colorado | United States

The UpaDowna Pedal Party is back for the 9th year! Join us as we head back to Oskar Blues and roll from the FRONT patio to “take over Tejon” and head north on the Greenway trail then south down the Cascade bike lanes! This 5 mile loop is mostly flat and easy for most abilities.

Join us every Wednesday night at 6pm until Sept. 5th!

Details:
-New riders who have not signed a waiver online need to register once and then just check in each time you ride
-Riders who check in 5 or more times are in the drawing to WIN a BRAND NEW BIKE from Old Town Bike Shop!
-Family friendly but bikes with training wheels are not suggested for this route
-We meet around 5:30 and the ride leaves at 6pm SHARP!
-We suggest to be prepared for any weather, HIGHLY suggest a helmet, and bring a bike lock.
-Questions? Need assistance with a free bike loan, accessibility, or interpreting? Call or email us, 719-429-9006, info@upadowna.org

First time riders, register here: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5ac531258b7a4/web/

The UpaDowna Pedal Party is a signature activity of our “Community Campfire” program. The mission of the Community Campfire program is to create a healthier community by bringing together a diverse group of people centered around one topic where they can learn together, build friendships, and become inspired to stay active with one another.

Thank you to our Pedal Party sponsors, Old Town Bike Shop and Oskar Blues Grill & Brew!

Jun
20
Thu
Free Paddleboarding
Jun 20 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Free Paddleboarding @ Prospect Lake, West Beach | Colorado Springs | Colorado | United States

Stand Up Paddleboarding is the newest of the 6 free/donation based activities UpaDowna offers. It is designed to break down barriers & encourage folks to try the sport of SUP and provide info about where to rent or buy your own equipment. It is amazing to see the empowerment that kids have after they learn how to paddle on their own! It is also very inspiring for adults to find a new, healthy, and fun sport that they can easily do!

Get ahead of the line! Sign the waiver for yourself or everyone in your group before you get to the lake. The waiver only needs to be signed once. When you arrive, just check in with us under the tent! https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5af5ed705265f/web/

Info:
-FREE community paddle party, drop in anytime we are there! Donations are always appreciated!
-NO previous experience necessary! We teach you everything you need to know!
-We provide EVERYTHING you need: a board, paddle, life jacket, and permit
-Find us on the west side of the lake under the UpaDowna tent near the BIG BLUE BUS!
-Feel free to bring your own equipment (kayaks, canoes, boards) or use our boards for free. Prospect Lake requires a permit if you have your own watercraft. Those can be purchased at Sertich Ice Center or the boathouse near the lake
-All ages/skill levels welcome! We recommend kids 8 and under ride with an adult.
-Wear athletic clothing/swimsuits/trunks and sandals or water shoes
-Suggested items: sunscreen, hat, sunglasses w/cord, water, a towel and a change of clothing
-UpaDowna has boards to share. If you would like to rent one, please check out our SUP Social supporting business Pikes Peak Outfitter or buy one from our sup provider, Shaboomee.
-Due to the popularity of this program, there can be a line for the equipment. It’s suggested to bring other activities to pass the time. There are no reservations, just drop in anytime when we are there.
**WEATHER: usually we do not cancel. Stay tuned to Facebook for the most updated news, or call 719-429-9006 for info. If it’s windy, we may ask kids 8-12 to paddle with an adult. If it is rainy, we’ll still paddle, if there is lightning, all boards will be taken off the water.

UpaDowna is a registered 501c3 nonprofit. 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.

To help us continue our mission, please consider making a donation at upadowna.org/donate. Thanks!

Jun
22
Sat
Saturday Adventure- Ring the Peak Trail/Limber Pine Trail-Catamount Ranch Open Space
Jun 22 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Saturday Adventure- Ring the Peak Trail/Limber Pine Trail-Catamount Ranch 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!

Ring The Peak and Limber Pines Trail is a moderate 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail  with 393 feet of elevation gain located near Woodland Park, Colorado that features a lake, and stunning views of Pikes Peak. Well behaved dogs are allowed if kept on leash.

 

Jun
26
Wed
Bike to Work Day Breakfast at UpaDowna
Jun 26 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am
Bike to Work Day Breakfast at UpaDowna @ The NextUs Workspace | Colorado Springs | Colorado | United States

Stop by UpaDowna’s breakfast location this day for pancakes, fruit, yogurt, OJ, coffee, and of course…PRIZES!

More info:
Registration is open for the 26th Annual Bike to Work Day in Colorado Springs on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. On that morning, bicycle supportive businesses and organizations will be hosting breakfast stations at their locations and/or along the trail network from 6am to 9am. Breakfast locations are designed to support how people actually ride their bikes to work while highlighting local businesses that support bicycling in the community. People who are riding their bikes to work can enjoy a fun festive atmosphere with other people commuting by bike and can stop by the breakfast stations for a free light breakfast, first-come, first served. Bicycle supportive employers can also participate through our Corporate Challenge.

Want to ride? There’s no longer a need to register for specific breakfast stations in advance. Just let us know you’ll be riding that morning by registering here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/26th-annual-bike-to-work-day-registration-60445325596 . Early registration ensures that you are in all the drawings for fabulous event t-shirts. Click here for a map of the breakfast stations to plan your route: https://coloradosprings.gov/biketowork

Check out the Bike Month calendar of events for more great things to do throughout June: https://www.bikecoloradosprings.org/calendar/

Pedal Party-Weekly Community Bike Ride
Jun 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Pedal Party-Weekly Community Bike Ride @ Oskar Blues Grill & Brew | Colorado Springs | Colorado | United States

The UpaDowna Pedal Party is back for the 9th year! Join us as we head back to Oskar Blues and roll from the FRONT patio to “take over Tejon” and head north on the Greenway trail then south down the Cascade bike lanes! This 5 mile loop is mostly flat and easy for most abilities.

Join us every Wednesday night at 6pm until Sept. 5th!

Details:
-New riders who have not signed a waiver online need to register once and then just check in each time you ride
-Riders who check in 5 or more times are in the drawing to WIN a BRAND NEW BIKE from Old Town Bike Shop!
-Family friendly but bikes with training wheels are not suggested for this route
-We meet around 5:30 and the ride leaves at 6pm SHARP!
-We suggest to be prepared for any weather, HIGHLY suggest a helmet, and bring a bike lock.
-Questions? Need assistance with a free bike loan, accessibility, or interpreting? Call or email us, 719-429-9006, info@upadowna.org

First time riders, register here: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5ac531258b7a4/web/

The UpaDowna Pedal Party is a signature activity of our “Community Campfire” program. The mission of the Community Campfire program is to create a healthier community by bringing together a diverse group of people centered around one topic where they can learn together, build friendships, and become inspired to stay active with one another.

Thank you to our Pedal Party sponsors, Old Town Bike Shop and Oskar Blues Grill & Brew!

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