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7093 Specker Ave, Bldg. 2429  
Mon. - Fri.: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Hours may vary due to programming.

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Contact Us:

(719) 526-5176 (Trevor)
(719) 526-5198 (Carleton)

(719) 526-3907 (Tara)

• Indoor rock climbing wall,
  28’ tall and 43’ wide!
• Expert advice & assistance
• Instruction courses and clinics
• Affordable prices
• Climbing certifications
• Youth adventure programs
• Team building programs


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Adventure Programs and Education (APE) is all about fun, it goes without saying. However, our larger goal is to teach the skills necessary to make good decisions for yourself, so you can enjoy the wilderness for a lifetime.


Our programs are structured with the highest regard for safety, while offering quality instruction and preservation of the environment and striving to stay number one in the jungle of customer service.


Customizing programs for YOUR needs:

Adventure Programs & Education offers a broad range of trips and instructional courses for everyone, but maybe the dates printed below just don’t fit your calendar.


If you have your own group and would like to schedule a private trip, just call us…

We do customized trips! 


Get out and explore your summer and fall season in a new way!




Winter Ski & Snowboard Expo

Visit the Outdoor Recreation Center this day for all your ski/snowboard needs. Representatives from many Colorado ski resorts will be on hand so you can purchase season passes, this is the first day for seasonal ski/snowboard rentals, and new winter merchandise will be stocked at our retail store including skis & snowboards. Gear Swap – bring your gear in during the week prior to the Expo & make some $$. Giveaways and so much more!


Date: October 4

Time: 1000 – 1500


Climbing Wall Instruction:

This introductory class will cover knots, belay techniques and climbing communication.  After completion, you will be certified to climb the indoor climbing walls located at the Outdoor Recreation Center & Iron Horse Gym, and be ready to move on with our rock climbing series.

Dates:    Every Tuesday (Iron Horse Gym) and Thursday Evening (ODR); except holidays

Time: 1730 – 1930

Cost: $20






















Outdoor Rock 

(Recommended Prerequisite: Climbing Wall Orientation) Come out and join us as APE guides take you into the less traveled realm of the vertical world! Along with the skills you acquired from the Climbing Wall Orientation Class, you will be introduced to basic body movements, route selection, and safety on and around the rocks.


Dates: April 12, May 18, June 21, July 20, August 17, September 27, October 18th

Time: 0730 – 1600

Cost: $60


11 Mile Canyon Climbing Weekend 

(Recommended Prerequisite: Climbing Wall Orientation) Check out this beautiful destination with some local experts. This two day, one night trip will spend time exploring the granite walls of 11 Mile Canyon. We’ll focus on traditional climbing skills, learning climbing anchors, and placing protection.


Dates: July 26-27th

Time: Sat. 0700 – Sun. 0700 

Cost: $150


NEW! Evening in the Garden 

(Recommended Prerequisite: Climbing Wall Orientation) In this new class we will be ascending the rock formations in the Garden of the Gods. While climbing during the twilight hours you will be able to see why Colorado has some of the most “Purple Mountains Majesty”. The class will meet up in Garden of the Gods. Class location may change due to weather.


Dates: June 19, 25 July 9, 24th

Times: 1730 –2030 

Cost: $35


New Mexico Climbing Weekend 

(Recommended Prerequisite: Climbing Wall Orientation) Come discover the unique climbing area of Sugarite Canyon! This area has great single pitch climbing and beautiful scenic camping. With such a wide variety of routes this trip is perfect for everyone. Take a weekend trip with our guides and climb your fingers to the core!


Dates: September 12-14th

Time: Fri. 5:00p – Sun. 7:00p

Cost: $150


Shelf Road Climbing Weekend

(Recommended Prerequisite: Climbing Wall Orientation) Join us to climb one of America’s premier sport climbing crags! With over 800 routes and ideal spring weather, this is a trip not to miss. Shelf Road offers a variety of routes for everybody. Our APE guides will ensure this weekend trip to be fun and memorable.


Dates: April 25-27th

Time: Fri. 5:00p - Sun. 7:00p

Cost: $150



Mountaineering Weekend Trip: (Recommended Prerequisite: On Belay)

Learn basic mountaineering skills such as self-arrest, use of pickets and flukes, and traveling over snow with crampons and an ice axe.  The goal of the course is to put these skills to the test on an ascent of a moderately steep snow or mixed route.  Come enjoy the freedom of the hills!

Dates: 18th-20th  April Leaving at 0630 on Friday, and returning 2000 on Sunday.

Pre Trip meeting at 1800 on 4 April

Cost: $225 – price includes all technical equipment, lodging, transportation and 2 lunches and 1 breakfast



Easter Egg Wall Crawl: Ages 5 to 12

Let your little bunnies climb the outdoor climbing wall in search of hidden eggs.  This vertical egg hunt is sure to make everyone extra “hoppy!”  Please pre-register by calling 526-5366 or stop by the Outdoor Recreation Complex, Bldg. 2429.  

Date:  April 16th

Time: 1500-1700

Cost: $1


Summer Youth Adventure Camp: Ages 11 to 16

A.P.E. Wilderness Adventure Camp’s provide kids with high quality, in depth instruction in a variety of outdoor adventure activities. The weeklong series of “day trips” include activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing, inflatable kayaking and white-water rafting. This is a week the kids will never forget!


Dates: June 24-27th, July 15-18th, July29-August 1st 

Time: 0730 – 1600

Cost: $210


Halloween Trick or Treat Climb: – Ages 5 to 12

Bring the young ones out for an afternoon of climbing and candy. What could be better? Children can climb in their costumes while seeking the sweet taste of success!


Please pre-register by calling 526-5366 or stop by the Outdoor Recreation Complex, Bldg. 2429.

Date: October 29th

Time: 1530 – 1730 

Cost: $1

Get on the Bus Ski & Snowboard Trips:  New for 2013-14 ski season, we’re collaborating with the Air Force Academy to bring you more choices, more dates, and more resorts to ski-your-pants-off this winter. With a central meeting point in town, great prices, safe drivers, and plenty of options, there’s even less reason to drive yourself. So, Get-On-The-Bus!


Dates: Subject to change based on conditions, COMPLETE LISTING OF DATES BELOW.


Time: 0600 – 1900

Cost: $25 Transportation Only


Monarch, Ski Cooper, and Loveland Adult: $65 for Lift ticket and Transportation

Monarch Teen, ages 13-18 Price $60

Monarch youth, ages 7-12 12 Price $45

Loveland 14 & under get ticket at resort



Apr. 12: Arapahoe Basin

Apr. 13: Monarch Closing Day!

Apr. 20: Breckenridge Closing Day!


NEW!!! Mt. Princeton Photo & Soak Trip 

This amazing trip to Mount Princeton will leave you breathless. This trip will include hikes into the fall foliage while spending evenings soaking in the natural hot springs.


Dates: September 20-21st 

Cost: $150


Warrior Adventure Quest Programs

If you have come home from deployment in the last 120 days, have your company inquire about our free Warrior Adventure Quest programs. For more information, please contact Erin at or 719-526-5176.


Alternative PT Programs

Want try something new during PT Time? Have a representative from your platoon contact us about PT Climbs or PT Paintball.






Whitewater Rafting

Enjoy a fun and wild ride through Big Horn Sheep Canyon on the mighty Arkansas River. You will be a key element as your guide calls out commands and steers you through some of Colorado’s most classic rapids. No experience is necessary (individuals must be able to swim, weigh a minimum of 60 lbs., and be 8+ years old). Spots fill up quickly, so reserve your trip today!


Dates: May 31-August 10. (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday)

Time: 0700-1500

Cost: $50.00 per individual, $47.00 per person for groups of 5 or more.


Royal Gorge Whitewater Rafting 

If you want to go big, join us on this trip. We’ll raft Big Horn Sheep Canyon, eat some lunch, than descend into the rough rapids of the Royal Gorge (individuals must be able to swim aggressively, weigh 100 pounds, and be 16+ years of age.). Spots fill up quickly, so reserve your trip today!


Dates: June 22, 29 July 6, 20 August 10, 23rd

Time: 0700-1600 

Cost: $90 per person, which includes lunch 


Family Full Day

Want a full day on the water with the family? Whitewater rapids, swimming, splashing, and play are the emphasis on this full day excursion on the Arkansas River. No experience necessary (individuals must be able to swim, weigh a minimum of 60 lbs., and be 8+ years old)


Dates: July 19, 27 August 9th

Cost: $75 per person, includes lunch; $55 under 14 years old. 


Overnight Raft Trip 

Experience exhilarating whitewater and sleep under the stars in Brown’s Canyon. This section of the Arkansas River is one of the most scenic runs in Colorado. There’s nothing like whitewater, camping, having fun with friends, and getting away from it all while on the river! Create an adventure you’ll remember for a lifetime.


Dates: July 5-6th 

Cost: $140 per person


NEW!! White Water Rafting in the Fall

Didn’t have enough white water this summer keep going this fall. This trip will take you down the Royal Gorge and includes lunch.


Date: September 6th

Time: 0700-1600

Cost: $80


Learn to Ski/Snowboard Trip:

Always wanted to learn how to ski or snowboard join us for a day up at Monarch Ski area and get a half day lesson from a professional instructor.  Your lesson will be in the morning then you can work on your new skills all afternoon.  Getting a lesson from a professional rather than your “buddy” will increase your learning curve, making the snowy steeps an enjoyable experience for you.

Dates: Any Trip to Monarch Ski Area

Time: 0600 – 1800

Cost: An addition of $62 for a lesson (ages 7 & up)







Kayak Pool Session 

If you want to kayak, this is the place to start. Learn all about the equipment, basic paddling skills and the kayak roll, all in the comfort of the heated indoor pool. Once you have these skills under your belt you will be ready for moving water. All equipment supplied!


Dates:  May 1 June 6, 20, 26 July 11, 18, 24 August 1, 14 September 4, 12th

Cost: $20 (1st time), $15 (repeat)

Time: 1700-2030


NEW!!White Water Kayak Day Trip 

(Mandatory Prerequisite Kayak Pool Session)

This program begins with the basics of kayaking that you were taught during the pool session. Now we will put that to use on the Arkansas River. While on the river you will learn how to read water and respond to the currents.


Dates: May 3 June 28 July 26 August 16th

Time: 0730-1500

Cost: $40


Kayaking Weekend 

We start out with a pool session introducing all the basic skills, then head out on a class I-II section of river, working on all of our new skills. We will campout Saturday night next to the river, have a campfire, and talk about all the fun we had on the river. Then on Sunday we will move you onto class II-III whitewater working on more intermediate skills. This day you will learn how to read and respond to the river’s current, choosing a line, Eddie turns and proactive strokes in whitewater. Sign up today to find yourself having fun on the River!


Dates: September 4, 6 & 7th

Time: Thur. Night 1700 – 2030, Sat. 0730 – Sun. 1700

Cost: $150 




Bicycle Maintenance Class

No matter what kind of bike you have, it needs to be maintained. You’ll learn how to change tires, fix flats, adjust brakes, set the derailleur, and true wheels. We have all the tools you need, just bring your bike.


Dates: April 30, June 12, September 10th

Time: 1730-1930 

Cost: $15


NEW!! Park Tool School

Learn to turn a wrench and work on all aspects of your own bike! This intermediate 8-hour course takes place over 3 evening sessions, and is taken from the Park Tool School curriculum. Our experienced instructors will give you the knowledge you need to tune and maintain your mountain or road bike.


Date: July 16, 23, 30th (must attend all classes)

Time: 1730-2000 

Price: $50


How to Mountain Bike 

Make the transition from just riding around to mountain biking. Come join our instructors one evening after work. Learn to ride over obstacles, climb, descend, and turning in the rough stuff. This course starts easy and moves through tougher terrain.


Weekday Dates: May 8, June 11, July 22, August 13th Weekday Time: 1700-2000

Weekend Dates: April 19, September 20, October 25 Weekend Time: 0900-1300 

Cost: $15, includes bike rental


Pikes Peak Downhill

Check out the best views around atop Pike’s Peak, than glide on your bike down the Pike’s Peak Highway with our instructors. This trip includes a van ride to the top of the mountain, and van support the whole ride down, bike rental, and instruction.


Dates: TBA

Cost: $59

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