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
UPDATE: Due to today’s temps, and lots of snow still on the ground, we are postponing today’s cleanup. Check back for the next time.
Cleanups are back for 2020! This month, we’re headed to Monument Valley Park in downtown Colorado Springs.
Join UpaDowna and OutThere Colorado to make a difference on your lunch break by helping us take care of our adopted parks & trails!
LOCATION: Meet up at the Monument Valley Parking Lot at 205 W Fontanero St, Colorado Springs, CO 80907.
Trash bags, gloves, water, and snacks will be provided. Have a cleanup or UpaDowna shirt? Please wear it!
The adoption of this parks and trails is in partnership with the City of Colorado Springs. Waivers will need to be signed at every clean up and a brief safety meeting will take place before the cleanup.
Please arrive early, after the safety talk and waivers, we hit the trail ASAP!
Kids are welcome but keep in mind, there can be dangerous objects along the trail. Please keep a close eye on little ones. We currently do not have gloves for kids under 10.
We always suggest to wear layers, with long pants/ long sleeved shirt and sturdy closed-toed shoes. Bring water and a small backpack for snacks, rain gear, or anything needed to keep kiddos happy, just in case!
**WEATHER: usually we do not cancel. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter feeds for the most updated news, or call 719-429-9006 for info.
Thank you to our 2020 Trail/Park cleanup sponsor:
About: Come join UpaDowna for a FREE (donations always welcome!) family friendly SPUR hike on February 22nd. Led by our Family Activities Director Sarah DiPasquale, this will be a great opportunity for families with babies to elementary age children to connect with local families, discover a new trail, and enjoy getting outside.
We will meet in front of the Starsmore Discovery Center at 10am. Here we will give our little hikers a “Bird Spy Bingo” sheet and go on a 1.5 mile hike, letting everyone explore along the way. After our hike we will gather to make sunbutter pinecone bird feeders that everyone can take home. Please note that Starsmore Discovery Center is not open, so there are no bathrooms or water available.
Please bring water and be prepared for cooler temperatures. This is a great hike for families and dogs on leashes. Should we have snow or ice be prepared with traction devices or trekking poles to help with stability (we will have some on hand to borrow).
Remember in most types 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.
Trail Name/Park: Lower Columbine Trail, North Cheyenne Canyon
Location: Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S Cheyenne Cañon Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Length: 1.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 300ft
Trail Type: Out-and-back, NOT stroller friendly
Skill Level: Beginner
Topic/Activity Covered: “Bird Spy Bingo” & Sunbutter Pinecone Bird Feeders
Dogs?: Yes, allowed on leash. Please bring doggy doo bags and water for them.
Trail Map: Click this link to view Map
DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD:
From I-25 take the Tejon/Nevada Exit (Exit 140)
- Head south on Nevada Ave (away from downtown Colorado Springs)
- Turn right at Cheyenne Road (there’s a McDonalds and a Safeway on the corner)
- Proceed several miles to Starsmore Discovery Center, at the entrance to Cheyenne Canyon.
Meetup Location: Starsmore Discovery Center
Waiver: click here to sign the hiking waiver ahead of time
In simple terms, UpaDowna’s mission is to provide access to outdoor adventures for all. Staying true to our mission, we will still continue to offer activities and programs that are free and open to everyone. However, more and more similar interest groups have organically started to pop up within our organization. Enter our “SPUR” groups. SPUR stands for “Similar Paths United by Recreation”. Many participants find out at our programs that they have something in common; they are single parents, or maybe dog lovers, or possibly they just moved to Colorado. Stay tuned for additional SPUR activities!
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/
Thank you to Red Leg Brewing Company 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 February’s Speaker: Sonia Meeter has been married to her husband Kevin for 23 years. They are the adoptive parents to two daughters who are currently 19 & 20 and “Lolli” & “Pop” to their first
granddaughter. Sonia serves as the Area Director for Business Networking International for the Southern Colorado region and is a Group Leader for Touchstone Crystal, Swarovski’s direct sales division for fashion
Sonia has always loved connecting with nature to be restored emotionally, mentally and physically. She grew up loving to hike through the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and surrounding
areas. Her favorite place she’d love to revisit is Muir Woods just north of San Francisco. Sonia will share with us how she has used camping for recovery from emotional trauma and her favorite tips to make camping fun and restorative. You may even get copies of some of her favorite camping recipes!
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/
The Incline Happy Hour is back! What is the IHH? Well, a group of us make the trek up from the bottom of the incline then run down Barr Trail and usually end up at a local Manitou Springs watering hole afterward (this month: Manitou Brewing Company!). Start whenever you need to, this is self paced, not a race and is not a guided group activity. Friendly and welcoming to all, but be sure you are physically (and mentally) in shape for this extreme hike.
Come out, make some friends, and most importantly have fun! We look forward to seeing you!
How to participate:
1) Join our UpaDowna group on Strava: https://www.strava.com/clubs/566191
2) RSVP to the Incline Happy Hour of the month event
3) Sign the waiver: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5e12796086eeb/web/
3) Complete the Incline sometime that day (think about joining us at 2:30 pm!)
4) Optional: meet up afterward (at 6:30 pm) at the watering hole of the month (this month: Manitou Brewing Company!)
****Being a part of the UpaDowna Incline Happy Hour means that you will obey all rules and regulations of the Incline and Barr Trail (https://manitousprings.org/where-to-play/manitou-incline/). We DO NOT associate ourselves with people that cut switchbacks, litter, or display other disrespectful uses of the trial. The Incline has it’s own set of “guidelines” that you may or may not choose to follow. Ages 21+ only for this event. Dogs are NOT recommended for this trail.*****