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.
participation since 2012:
EVENTS & Programs
-Wear basic workout clothes (you’ll need “sticky” socks or can borrow some when you get there)
-Bring a water bottle
-Must be 18 or have a parent present to sign a waiver
-Have a good attitude!
Lagree Fitness is a total body workout program that combines elements of strength training, cardio, and Pilates into a revolutionary fitness program. The workout is performed on state of the art Megaformers, which allow the user to maintain constant tension throughout the workout. Lagree Fitness is a high-intensity workout that is low-impact yet still builds strength, endurance and cardiovascular fitness.
Flylife Fitness is a Megaformer Studio in Colorado Springs, offering individual and small group training on the revolutionary Megaformer M3 by Lagree Fitness.
Our classes are 45 minutes in length and use slow, controlled movement to target effective muscle stimulation without damaging the joints.
All workouts on the Megaformer M3 utilize spring based tension to provide a challenging yet low impact workout.
Join UpaDowna on a National Parks Free Entrance Day in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr Day!
We’ll attend some guided hikes from 10-noon, explore the visitors center, and even stop at Iron Tree Restaurant, Bakery & Brewery afterward for those interested.
Trail info coming soon. NO pets allowed. Be sure to sign our hiking waiver before you get there: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5a96f96e6db77/web/
We were unable to get transportation this time BUT…we will be meeting to CARPOOL as well as meeting participants up there. You can find us at the visitors center off of Teller County 1.
If you plan on driving and allowing others to ride with you, please be sure you have personal auto insurance.
About Florissant Fossil Beds:
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument was set aside to protect and preserve the amazing diversity of late Eocene fossils found here. Since the late 1800’s, these fossil beds has served as a destination for visitors and scientists from all over the world. Today the National Monument provides the public with the opportunity to experience a unique assemblage of fossils, huge petrified tree stumps, and 6,000acres of undisturbed natural beauty. It is up to each and every visitor to ensure that current and future generations can enjoy this amazing resource.
DIRECTIONS: Visitors traveling north/south on I-25: Exit at US 24 West, travel 35 miles to town of Florissant, then follow signs two miles south to the visitor center on Teller County 1. Visitors traveling east/west on US 24: Exit to the town of Florissant, then follow signs two miles south on Teller County 1 to the visitor center. Visitors traveling from the town of Cripple Creek: Follow Teller County Road 1 north for 16 miles. TRANSPORTATION: To Park: access by US Highway 24 and Teller County Road 1.
Thank you to Red Leg Brewing for hosting us again this month for our Adventure on Tap! Be sure to arrive early to grab a beer, as well as some food from the amazing food truck that will be there! Servers will be on hand during the event to help keep your cup full. Red Leg is also donating $1/pint sold back to UpaDowna, so huge thanks to them!
About January’s Speakers: Kim Washburn and Tonya Shepherd are neighbors whose paths first crossed in their kids’ kindergarten class. That was like 20 years ago. Last January Tonya found a program online called the 52-Hike Challenge which inspired her to hike once a week for 52 weeks. So she enlisted Kim, a hiking amateur, and together they spent 2019 taking on the trails around Colorado Springs. Sometimes on their own, sometimes with a group of friends, they walked through the year making memories through adventure and misadventure. The two friends found that they are actually opposites in personality who laugh at the same things. One is an extrovert; the other is an introvert. One can’t tear herself away from the news; the other can’t stomach it. One hosts football parties with themed menus; the other prefers a good drive-thru. Their common ground is revealed in their appreciation for tall trees, wide open sky and the unique beauty of the city … which goes to show you that the trails in Colorado have something for everybody.
About Adventure on Tap: UpaDowna’s Speaker Series is a featured activity in our “Community Campfire” program. This activity features a new discussion each month. Keeping on theme with our mission, we want to inspire individuals to pursue outdoor endeavors and this is one of the ways we hope to bring new and exciting opportunities to you! Want to be a speaker? Sign up here: https://www.upadowna.org/programs/adventure-on-tap/
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! A $15 donation per person is suggested, but feel free to donate what you can afford!
What: “Intro to Climbing”, a donation-based class
Why: To encourage new climbers to try the fun and fulfilling sport of rock climbing!
Who: Adults 21+. Individuals, or couples are welcome to sign up.
How: Choose one or two donation-based tickets. Type in your donation amount and then continue registration. Want to donate by cash or check? Please call us.
Have a family you want to take climbing? Check on our website or facebook for Family Climb Nights! Have 4 or more people, or even a group? Contact us for a private session! 719-429-9006
- To help individuals or couples experience a new adventure sport in a safe and fun environment.
- To help individuals overcome a fear of heights by providing helpful and friendly encouragement.
- To overcome as many barriers as possible (cost, equipment, location, knowledge) in order for all ages and abilities to try climbing.
Please note: This Climb Night is limited to 16 people. You MUST fill out a CityROCK climbing waiver for every person in your group prior to arriving and MUST watch the safety video upon arrival. Climb Night starts promptly at 6pm. It is HIGHLY recommended that you arrive 15 minutes early to check in. If you arrive later than 6pm, you might not be able to join the class. Call 719-429-9006 if you will be late. If you have already attended an Intro to Climb Night, please do not sign up again for the same class.
Did You Know…UpaDowna Climb Night Members can save 10% on a membership to CityROCK?!
Thank you to our Climb Night Sponsors; Heuberger Subaru, City Rock, and The Ute & Yeti.
Whether you are an experienced outdoors person, or just nature-curious, nature can help you stay active and social. Learn about ways to pack for day trips, where to find easy and fun hikes nearby, or how you can explore the Pikes Peak region by provided transportation through UpaDowna, where many of the adventures are free or with a donation. Thur. Feb. 27th, 10:15am-12:15pm $25 non-member, $10 member
For more info or to register: https://www.pillarinstitute.org/