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
Join UpaDowna as we help celebrate National Parks Week with a 3rd Saturday Adventure up to Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument On Sat. April 20th! We’ll be up there from 1-3pm and hope to see you there, it’s a FREE ENTRANCE DAY!
Activities that day include:
-poetry/photography mini workshop
-short hike and reflection in nature
Join the Field Trip vanpool here!
More info about National Parks Week:
Get ready to celebrate National Park Week 2019 from April 20 to 28! Parks across the country will host a variety of special programs and events. To kick off National Park Week, all entrance fees are waived on Saturday, April 20! There are also special days during the week to highlight the different ways you can enjoy your national parks:
April 20: National Junior Ranger Day & Entrance Fee-Free Day
April 21: Military & Veterans Recognition Day
April 22: Earth Day
April 23: Transportation Tuesday
April 24: Wild Wednesday
April 25: Throwback Thursday
April 26: Friendship Friday
April 27: Bark Ranger Day
April 28: Park Rx Day
More info here: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/npscelebrates/national-park-week.htm
Join UpaDowna as we tackle the trash along the Greenway trail south of America the Beautiful Park In partnership with Great American Cleanup Pikes Peak Partners!
To sign up for our cleanup:
1) Go to this registration site and register here.
2) Click on “register”
3) Scroll down to the bottom of the choices and look for the “UPADOWNA- America the Beautiful Park area”
4) Show up that day a little before 9am to help us clean up our adopted trail!
5) Earn a food/drink voucher thanks to our cleanup Sponsor Oskar Blues Grill & Brew Colorado Springs!!
HUGE thanks to our ”Environment Essentials“ program sponsor, SOCO Waste for helping us out!
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 to the Greenway trail and back! This 5 mile loop is mostly flat and easy for most abilities. Don’t have a bike? Don’t worry! You can use one of ours!
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.
Mark your calendars for the kick off ride and then join us every Wednesday night at 6pm until Sept. 5th!
Riders who come 5 or more times are in the drawing to WIN a BRAND NEW BIKE from Old Town Bike Shop!
More info coming soon!
Megan Autrey started whitewater rafting in 2011 and became a certified guide in 2012. She continues to guide seasonally for the USAFA as an Advanced Guide, Guide Instructor, and is Swiftwater Rescue Certified. Her most notable adventure in life was when she became a mother in 2015 and again in 2017. She has a husband and two little girls and thrives on seeking adventures when and wherever she can. She recently completed a 26-day trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon and is passionate about encouraging others – especially moms – to challenge themselves, get outside of comfort zones, and grow as a person through pushing personal limits. In May, she will share about her Grand Canyon trip and how it challenged and changed her as well as how it has helped her shift her perspective on life and interacting with others in a more positive direction.
About Adventure on Tap: UpaDowna’s Speaker Series is a featured activity in our nonprofit’s “Community Campfire” program. This activity features a new discussion each month. Through our speaker series, you’ll have the opportunity to be inspired by many different adventures. 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/
Find us: 525 N. Cascade Ave on the SE corner of Cascade and Willamette. Enter the west door on the Cascade side. Parking is FREE and can be found on Cascade, Willamette and in our parking lot out back.
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
- To help individuals, couples, or families 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.
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