Outdoor Recreation Complex
The Fort Carson Outdoor Recreation Complex is located in building 2429, on the corner of Specker and Wetzel avenues. The complex houses the Equipment Checkout Center; Information, Tickets and Registration; the Adventure Programs and Education team; Warrior Adventure Quest, Mountain Post Outfitters retail store; two classrooms; and a 28-foot tall and 43-foot wide indoor climbing wall. Located across the street from the complex are the Alpine Tower challenge course and a disc golf course. The complex also manages the recreational vehicle storage lots around the Mountain Post. For the latest program information visit the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR) websiteor the Outdoor Recreation Facebook page.
The Equipment Checkout Center has a wide variety of recreation equipment available for reasonable usage fees, everything from skis and snowboards to campers and boats. If it can be used outdoors, odds are the Equipment Resource Center has it. Equipment rental is available at daily, weekend and weekly rates. People with their own winter equipment that may need tuning up can use the services of the fully equipped maintenance shop that can handle all ski and snowboard tuning needs.
For more information on the Equipment Checkout Center and RV Storage Lot, call 526-1993.
Adventure Programs and Education (APE)
The Adventure Programs and Education team offers a variety of programs designed for all members of the Fort Carson community. Programs are designed for everyone, from beginners to experts. Detail specific offerings available at the facility, located in the Outdoor Recreation Complex at 7093 Specker Ave., building 2429.
Activities and programs offered by APE range from whitewater rafting to skiing, snowboarding to ice climbing and cross country skiing to snowshoeing. Customized trips can also be arranged for units or groups. For more information, call 526-3907.
Warrior Adventure Quest (WAQ)
Warrior Adventure Quest is a training tool designed to introduce recently redeployed Soldiers to activities that serve as alternatives to potentially destructive behaviors.
The program combines existing high-adventure recreation activities (such as whitewater rafting, rock climbing, kayaking, paintball, skiing and snowboarding) with a leader-led, after-action debrief developed by the Army medical professionals.
All of the activities are structured and monitored by morale, welfare and recreation outdoor recreation experts in a controlled setting, usually within 120 days of returning from combat or a major training lasting longer than 30 days. The goal is to prevent Soldiers from seeking high-risk adventures on their own by introducing them to safe, structured adventure activities, while keeping them surrounded by “teammates” who help ensure safety remains a top consideration.
WAQ incorporates resiliency training to help redeployed troops adjust to a calmer-paced lifestyle than the one they left behind. Experts said such psychological resilience-building programs help Soldiers recognize and respond to fear during combat and mitigate the cumulative effects of a sustained deployment. They help Soldiers mentally prepare to reintegrate during the redeployment, post-deployment and reset portions of the deployment cycle.
Soldiers who participate in WAQ are expected to incorporate team building with skills learned or reinforced during the program and walk away with a newfound passion for leisure activities that can enhance their overall quality of life.
So far, the program at Fort Carson has served about 917 platoons, or 22,928 Soldiers.
Mountain Post Outfitters
The Mountain Post Outfitters store, located inside the Equipment Checkout Center, offers a selection of items to support outdoor pursuits from climbing gear to ski apparel. Mountain Post Outfitters stocks high-quality items, sold tax-free at competitive prices. Stop by the Outdoor Recreation Complex to see firsthand all the ways the Outdoor Recreation team can help people enjoy the Mountain Post and its surrounding areas. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The facility is closed Saturday and Sunday and federal holidays. For more information, call 526-9723.
Fort Carson Leisure Travel Services/ITR
Fort Carson Leisure Travel Services/Information Tickets and Registration (LTS/ITR) is located at 7093 Specker Ave. in the Outdoor Recreation Complex, building 2429, on the southeast side of the complex. The collocation with the rest of the Outdoor Recreation programs is a great synergistic arrangement that provides one stop shopping for our customers, especially during ski season.
Hours of operation are Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; it’s closed Saturday and Sunday and all federal holidays.
Fort Carson LTS/ITR offers a variety of out-of-state attraction and local attraction tickets, airline tickets, train and vacation packages as well as hotels and lodging all over the world. It is always looking to bring any new fun tickets and adventure to offer to military Families and Soldiers. Fort CarsonLTS/ITR is the place to go for military discounted daily ski and ski season passes.
Fort Carson LTS/ITR reserves Iron Horse Park, which is located on Sheridan Avenue, and is a multi-purpose outdoor community recreation area. The park includes several playgrounds, picnic areas, grills, softball fields, basketball courts and a fitness trail. A 1.2-mile, multi-use trail for mountain bikers, hikers, runners and dog walkers is centered in the park. Iron Horse Park is a place to have fun as a family or unit. An amphitheater is also available for various uses. Interested in rustic camping? LTS/ITR reserves Camp Falcon with several facilities to choose from. Call 719-526-5366 for more information.
Fitness Centers and Swimming Pools
Fort Carson has three swimming pools, 16 softball fields, three running tracks and four physical fitness centers. Exercise and weightlifting equipment, racquetball and basketball courts, saunas and hot tubs may be found in the fitness centers. These facilities provide an environment for Fort Carson personnel to pursue their personal fitness goals. DFMWR also offers swim lessons in its pools and 32 aerobic classes throughout its fitness centers.
For more information, including operating hours, call:
Garcia Physical Fitness Center,
building 1856 526-3944
Iron Horse Sports and Fitness Center,
building 1925 526-2706
McKibben Physical Fitness Center,
building 1160 526-2597
Waller Physical Fitness Center,
building 2357 526-2742
Indoor swimming pool,
building 1446 526-3107
Outdoor swimming pool,
building 1231 526-4456
Iron Horse Swimming Pool,
building 1925 526-4093
Intramural sports programs are available postwide in a number of different sports including flag football, soccer, volleyball, basketball and softball. Information can be obtained at any physical fitness center or by calling 331-2323.
Thunder Alley is a 36-lane public facility. The center is open six days a week with dollar games on Wednesdays from 5 to 11 p.m. There is color-pin bowling with cash prizes on Saturday nights, Tuesday nights are 50s Night with 50-cent games and 50-cent hot dogs from 6 to 11 p.m. The bowling center also offers bumper bowling for children; birthday parties can be held with prior reservation. Black lights and music make Fort Carson’s Thunder Alley the place to be every Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. The bowling center is located in building 1511, on Chiles Avenue. Hours of operation are Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight; and Sunday, 1 to 9 p.m. The Strike Zone offers fresh-made sandwiches and fries. Call 526-5542 for more information.
Auto Craft Center
The Auto Craft Center is located on Wetzel Avenue, building 2427 and offers 33 work bays. Whether people need to rebuild an engine, change tires, change oil, work on a motorcycle or touch up a car with a bit of bodywork and paint, they can do it with competitive rates and have a certified instructor on hand for assistance. Full lines of automotive necessities (oil, filters, spark plugs, antifreeze, brake fluid and more) are at their fingertips. Stop by and let the skilled technicians show you how. The Auto Craft Center also has a full-service auto painting facility. Automotive finishes are available in every color, alternate color matches for your precise finish, complete color formula-programmed equipment and a computer database for domestic and imported makes await customers. Operating hours are Wednesday-Friday, noon to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; closed Monday-Tuesday and holidays. Call 526-2147.
Grant Library is a full-service library open five days a week. It is located in building 1528 on Flint Street next to the 4th Inf. Div. headquarters building. In addition to a full book selection, patrons can check out a varied selection of DVD movies, CDs and audio books. Popular magazines and newspapers are also available, including a complete archive of the Fort Carson Mountaineer from 1942 to present. A separate children’s room has books, magazines and computers loaded with games and stories. A weekly Read-To-Me/Storytime program for toddler and preschoolers takes place each Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., September-May. Other programs are scheduled monthly. In addition to the computers hosting the online catalog and other resources, the library has Internet and Microsoft Office software-loaded computers available, as well as free WiFi for those with their own laptops. Check out Grant Library for free programs and resources daily. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 526-2350.
Special Events and Programs
MWR Fort Carson hosts several events every year; such events as the Army Soldier Show, Holiday Tree Lighting, 4th on the 3rd Independence Day Celebration, Spartan Race and much more. For more information about Special Events and Programs, see the DFMWR page in The Mountaineer, visit http://www.mwrfortcarson.com or call 526-4494/4495.
The Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program holds installation monthly meetings at The Hub with brigade, battalion, and unit BOSS representatives. The BOSS program provides a variety of recreational programs, trips and volunteer opportunities for single Soldiers. The BOSS office is located inside the HUB, for more information call 524-2677.
Elkhorn Catering & Conference Center
The Elkhorn Catering and Conference Center is a 24,000-square-foot facility able to provide full-service catering and meeting services for events up to 400 people. The Elkhorn is used for a multitude of events: wedding receptions, changes of command, meetings and conferences, reunions, holiday parties and more. It provides a variety of complimentary amenities for meetings and conferences to include premium coffee, ice water, linens, set-up, clean up, fax and copier use, and audio-visual equipment (LCD projectors, large-screen televisions, video recorders, sound system capabilities, microphone and podium). Catered events are done with a creative touch by our award-winning team of hospitality professionals.
The Elkhorn Catering and Conference Center is dedicated to exceeding guest expectations. Its dedicated personnel create buffet displays and action stations sure to amaze the host as well as the party attendees. Some of the specialty theme events used in the past included a country barbeque, Hawaiian luau, family carnival night and Santa at the Elkhorn. For menu specifics, room package options and room availability, call 576-6646.
The Hub and BOSS
The Hub club boasts 30 televisions, several large screens, an extensive selection of today’s top video games and several pool tables and a bar. Call 526-5347 for more information.
Cheyenne Shadows Golf Course
Set in the shadow of Cheyenne Mountain, Fort Carson’s golf course is a breathtaking 18-hole championship course. The clubhouse and pro shop are located on Titus Boulevard. Year-round golf is available at one of the finest golf courses in the area. Private and group lessons are available at the driving range/learning center. Cheyenne Shadows Golf Course offers a state-of-the-art clubhouse/pro shop that is able to fit all golfing needs and can special order items. Cheyenne Shadows also offers Coyote Run Junior Golf Course for those upcoming golf stars.
Cheyenne Shadows Golf Course is also home to a state-of-the-art onboard global positioning system that gives its customers course-specific golf tips, distance to hole, pin placement and much more. Additionally, handicap-accessible golf carts are available for those with limited mobility. Cheyenne Shadows Golf Course is open to the public and accepts tee times on weekends and holidays. Mulligans serves beverages and a limited menu. Call 526-4102 for more information.
Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex
The Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex (CMSC) is a joint project between the U.S. Army, El Paso County, the El Paso County Sheriff, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the U.S. Forest Service. The 400-acre site sits on Army land near Interstate 25 just off mile marker 132. The entrance is located just outside Fort Carson’s Gate 20 security perimeter. Shooters using the range will not have to enter Fort Carson to use the range.
The Range Complex is a three-phase project. Phase one is now complete and includes 120 shooting positions across seven ranges. One range is designated as a Law Enforcement Range and will be available to the public only on weekends. One range is a combination rifle and pistol range. Two ranges are designated specifically for rifles and allow for firing points between 100 and 600 yards. Two ranges are designed specifically for pistols and allow for firing points up to 50 yards. One range is designated as an instructional range.
The second phase of the project will include the construction of five skeet and trap ranges and a club house. The club house will include a retail store, classrooms and offices. Completion of the project will occur during third phase with the addition of a restaurant.