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Outdoor Recreation

The Outdoor Recreation program provides physical, mental and emotional challenges resulting in social interaction, improved physical health, well being and increased knowledge. Adults have the opportunity to participate in hikes, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, rafting, fishing and many more outdoor activities. Our day trips and overnight trips allow adults to visit wilderness and escape from the routine and pressure of daily life to enjoy the peace and tranquility of nature.


Register for Programs Online

To register for the programs below, visit our online database and search for the class to register. You can also call 970-221-6655 to register over the phone.

Into the Wild- Youth Program

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Wednesday, Mar. 8-Apr. 5 (4-5:30 p.m.)
Saturday, Apr. 15 (4-5:30 p.m.)
Age: 12-15 years
Location: Northside Aztlan Center

Introduction and preparedness class for outdoor wilderness programs. Time is divided between indoor classroom learning and gaining hands-on experience outside. Topics covered include outdoor preparedness, backpack fitting, gear selection, and map and compass fuctions. Note: No experience necessary. Class will not be held on 3/15.

Register online here.

CPR & First Aid

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Age: 14 years & up
Location: Senior Center

Learn the basic first aid procedures, as well as adult, child, and infant CPR. Great for daycare providers. Two certificates from the Emergency Care Safety Institute-AAOS are issued at the end of the class. Book included.

Register for a variety of dates and times here.

Snowshoeing and Hikes

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Desinged for adults ages 50 years & up who enjoy a good physical challenge, but can also accommadate a range of individual paces. Ages 18 years & up are welcome. Depending on the snow levels, these trips could become hikes instead of Showshoe.

No formal instruction, but trips are led by experienced guides with wilderness first aid training. Vans are equipped with portable AEDs and guides carry spot GPS positioning in case of emergency.

Trips are from (8 a.m.- 4 p.m.) unless otherwise noted. Register for any of the trips below here.

-Gem Lake (RMNP): Tuesday, Mar. 7 (7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
-Eagles Nest: Wednesday, Mar. 15
-Hewlett Gulch: Friday, Mar. 31
-South Mesa Trail: Thursday, Apr. 6
-Kruger Rock: Wednesday, Apr. 19
-Mount Margaret: Friday, Apr. 28
-Turkey Roost Cherokee Park: Wednesday, May 3
-Bobcat Ridge: Wednesday, May 10
-Homestead Meadows: Thursday, May 18
-Dadd Gulch: Friday, May 26

Survival in the Wild- Youth Program

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Lost in the Woods:
Saturday, Apr. 1 (8 a.m.- 2 p.m.)
Lighting and Fire: Saturday, Apr. 29 (8 am.-2 p.m.)
Age: 12- 15 years
Location: Northside Aztlan Center

Sharpen and challenge the outdoor skills gained in the wilderness through scenario topics. Topics explored: weather, campsite selection, emergency action plan, knot building, survival plants, fishing, traps, decision making, and leadership building. Prerequisite: Wilderness Explorer or Survival in the Woods Camp.

Register online here.