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, the Adventure Programs and Education, Warrior Adventure Quest, Mountain Post Outfitters retail store 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 three recreational vehicle storage lots around the Mountain Post. For the latest program information visit the DFMWR website at www.carson.army.mwr.com or the Outdoor Recreation Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FortCarsonODR. To contact the Outdoor Recreation director, call 526-3881.
EQUIPMENT CHECKOUT CENTER (ECC)/RV STORAGE/CAMP FALCON
The Equipment Checkout Center has a wide variety of recreation equipment available for rent, at very reasonable usage fees. Everything from skis and snowboards to campers and boats. If it can be used outdoors, odds are the Equipment Checkout 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. The ECC manages the RV storage spots, available at three secure, gated lots throughout post. The ECC also manages tent camping at Camp Falcon.
For more information on the Equipment Checkout Center and RV Storage Lot, call 526-1993.
ADVENTURE PROGRAMS AND EDUCATION (APE)
The Adventure Program and Education 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 and chartered bus rentals can also be arranged for units or groups. For more information, call 526-5176.
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 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 outdoor activities that can enhance their overall quality of life.
So far, the program at Fort Carson has served about 1,032 platoons, or 25,771 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 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The facility is closed Saturday and Sunday and federal holidays. For more information, call 526-1993.
FORT CARSON LEISURE TRAVEL SERVICES – ITR
Fort Carson Leisure Travel Services is located at 6371 Specker Ave., building 1532 located inside The HUB. Leisure Travel Services recently transitioned from being under Recreation and is now under The Business Division. Fort Carson LTS new location is now in a centrally located area which makes it easily accessible to be located for their customers.
Hours of Operation are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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 and excited tickets and adventures to offer to Military Families and Soldiers, Retirees and DOD employees. Fort Carson LTS is the place to go for military discounted daily ski lift and ski season passes and lodging at the ski resorts.
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.