Air Force Academy Community
Community & Staff Recreation
The Academy is home to 27 men’s and women’s Division I athletic teams. Many sporting events are free with the exception of football, men’s and women’s basketball, ice hockey and women’s volleyball. Tickets are sold at the Field House or online at https://goairforcefalcons.com.
Academy staff and faculty members are offered membership in the Athletic Association, allowing members to buy season tickets at reduced prices.
BARRY GOLDWATER VISITOR CENTER
The Barry Goldwater Visitor Center is a 35,000-square-foot facility offering information about the Academy, including a film and exhibits on cadet life and Academy history. The center also has a gift shop. You can walk to the Cadet Chapel from the visitor center on a short, paved nature trail (1/3 mile).
The visitor center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
There are more than 23 miles of unpaved trails on the Academy property and 6 miles of trails at Farish Recreation Area (limited to active-duty military and other eligible personnel). All trails are accessible by hikers, bikers and equestrians. The Academy trails include the 13-mile Falcon Trail, a 7-mile section of the new Santa Fe Trail, and the Stanley Canyon and Eagle Peak trails, which provide hikers with access to Pike National Forest.
All trails are open 24/7 for DOD ID card holders. Use by the general public may be limited to posted visitor hours and other access restrictions. Trail maps are available at Natural Resources, Farish Recreation Area, the Outdoor Recreation Center, FamCamp, the Air Force Academy Visitor Center and on various public websites.
HUNTING AND FISHING
To manage elk and deer populations, the Academy has a hunting program open to staff and the public. Members of the public must pay a base fee and have a valid state license.
Natural Resources annually stocks five Academy lakes and three Farish Recreation Area lakes with catchable rainbow trout. Persons eligible to fish include active-duty members, military retirees, base civilians and sponsored guests. An annual or one-day fishing permit and an optional second-rod stamp are required. A state fishing license is not required. Anyone with a 60 percent or higher military service-related disability is eligible for a free lifetime base fishing permit available only at the Natural Resources office (Building 9030). Anglers 16 years old or younger are not required to have a fishing permit, but they can only keep one-half of the normal limit.
Off-roading and all-terrain vehicle use is strictly prohibited on base, and violators are subject to ticketing and fines for natural resource damages. Areas have been designated for ORV and ATV recreation in specified areas of Pike National Forest, west of Colorado Springs.