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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

Sep
19
Thu
After Work Part/Trail Cleanup Party
Sep 19 @ 5:15 pm – 7:45 pm
After Work Part/Trail Cleanup Party @ North Monument Valley Park | Colorado Springs | Colorado | United States

Join UpaDowna and OutThere Colorado to make a difference 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. We encourage you to ride bikes, parking can be tight!

DETAILS:

Participants that are 21+ will be able to get a free half-pint at the downtown FH Beerworks location following the event. This brewery is located at 521 S. Tejon St.

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 lightweight 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.

See safety guidelines here: https://www.springsgov.com/units/cityeng/StormwaterEnterprise/Adopt-A-Waterway%20Level%201/%286%20%29Adopt-A-Waterway%20Safety%20Guidelines.pdf

Thank you to our 2019 Trail/Park cleanup sponsor:
SOCO Waste
Special thanks to our beer sponsor: FH Beerworks

Sep
21
Sat
3rd Saturday Adventure- Paint Mines Interpretive Park
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
3rd Saturday Adventure- Paint Mines Interpretive Park

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!

Trail Name/Park: Paint Mines Trail

About: Paint Mines Trail is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Calhan, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The multi colored rocks and there formations are absolutely stunning and make you feel like you are on a different planet. A great hike to bring a camera on to get stunning photos!

Location: Calhan, CO

Length:
3.4 miles

Elevation Gain:
334 ft

Trail Type:
Loop

Skill Level:
Easy

Dogs?
Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed at the Paint Mines so let the pooch sit this hike out

Trail Map: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/colorado/paint-mines-trail?ref=sidebar-view-full-map

DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD:
From Colorado Springs, take 24 to Calhan. Turn right on Yoder, then left on Paint Mine Road and continue 2.1 miles to the Paint Mines. Parking should be on the left. Look for the UpaDowna Banner

https://goo.gl/maps/fjDjtaTqgs62

 

Sep
27
Fri
4th Annual Folk’n’Flannel Festival & Fundraiser
Sep 27 @ 2:00 pm – Sep 29 @ 2:00 pm
4th Annual Folk'n'Flannel Festival & Fundraiser @ Camp Shady Brook YMCA | Deckers | Colorado | United States

**OPEN to the first 200 people, Get your tickets now!**

**GLUTEN FREE & VEGAN OPTIONS AVAILABLE AT ALL MEALS!*

The Folk’n’Flannel is a unique festival & fundraiser that takes place in the fall each year. Festival-goers are welcomed to Camp with numerous activities waiting, corn hole tournaments beginning, yoga classes, music playing, whiskey tastings, and beer flowing. Tent, car camping, lodge, and glamping campers are escorted to their tent or lodge sites and they can set up their camping areas. A BBQ family-style dinner is offered at night with s’mores for dessert. Various bands will play each night at “intimate” settings with amphitheater-like seating. Pancakes are served the next morning and multiple UpaDowna activities like fat biking, stand up paddle boarding, SUP Yoga, hiking, and fly fishing are available during the event. Festival-goers will also get the opportunity to compete in a corn hole tournament or even a “Facial Hair Frenzy” beard and mustache competition! News coverage from FOX21 can be seen here!

What: The “Folk’N’Flannel” is a yearly fundraiser for the 501(c)3 nonprofit UpaDowna

Where: Camp Shady Brook, Deckers, Colorado

When: Fri. Sept. 27th- Sunday Sept. 29th

Friday ONLY tickets are valid from 2pm Friday-4pm Saturday.
Saturday ONLY tickets are valid Sat. at 2pm- Sunday at 2pm.
Friday-Sunday tickets are valid Fri. at 2pm-Sun at 2pm. $10 OFF IF YOU COME BOTH NIGHTS!

How: (Follow these steps when buying tickets) Average price for one day is $60 and includes: accommodations, meals, first 2 drinks, all entertainment including musical performances and most activities the next day.

Step 1: Choose who’s going. You? Your family? You and your friends? Your dog?? Order tickets for the appropriate numbers.
Step 2: Choose where you’re staying. Are you camping in a truck/van, tenting it, staying in a group lodge or Glamping?
Step 3: Choose your activities, sign up to compete in the Cornhole Tournament or Facial Hair Frenzy (a mustache and beard competition)! Some activities are free, some are not, all are FUN! Some extras activities like rock climbing, hatchet throwing, archery, and a challenge course/zip line are in the CHECKOUT section of your tickets

Competitions: Not only do you raise money for UpaDowna but winners of the Facial Hair Frenzy go home with sweet products to tame their mane and the team who wins cornhole gets their very own set of boards!! GOOD LUCK!

Tentitive Schedule:
Fri:
2-4pm: Check in
5-6pm: Dinner
6-7: Music
7-8pm: S’mores
8-11pm: More Music!

Sat:
7-8am: Cold breakfast available
8-9:30am- Hot Breakfast available
10am-3pm: Various outdoor activities
11:30am-1pm: Lunch
2-4pm: Saturday ticket holders check in
4-5: Music
5-6: Dinner
7-8pm: S’mores
6-11: More Music!

Sun:
7-8am: Cold breakfast available
8-9:30am- Hot Breakfast available
10am-3pm: Various outdoor activities
11:30am-1pm: Lunch
2pm: Check out

Remember: This event is family friendly and will consist of live music, beer, food, adventure, and a celebration of the outdoors! Flannel is the dress code! It is overnight and guests are encouraged to stay and not drive home that night unless it is an emergency. Please leave valuables at home (but bring cash/checks, you’ll need it!) This is a FUNDraiser for an awesome nonprofit, so go big or go home! Cash and check transactions at camp are preferred. There is no cell service or wifi, an emergency land line phone is available.

Absolutely NO:
-outside alcohol
-marijuana
-guns or weapons

Questions? Want to sponsor or play music at this event? Email us at info@upadowna.org or call 719-429-9006

Oct
8
Tue
Intro to Climbing
Oct 8 @ 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

 

Oct
19
Sat
3rd Saturday Adventure-Pulpit Rock
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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!

Pulpit Rock Park Trail is a 4.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail with 583 feet of elevation gain located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Well behaved dogs are allowed on leash.

Directions:

 

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