A nonprofit organization

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Hike! Bike! Climb! Camp! SUP! UpaDowna has been servicing El Paso County since 2013 with free and donation-based programs and events for all ages and abilities to encourage our community to unleash their adventure! UpaDowna's mission is to provide access to outdoor adventures through programs and events that empower individuals, create healthier communities, and foster a respect for the enviornment. 

Colorado is an endless playground of outdoor adventures, however, many individuals face small to large barrier to accessing outdoor recreation. Access to equipment, experience, and financial barriers are the most common barriers individuals encounter when trying or pursuing adventure. UpaDowna aims to break down these common barriers while creating an inclusive community of adventurers.

Learn more about UpaDowna at https://www.upadowna.org/


"Thank you for creating these opportunities! The entire UpaDowna experience has enriched our lives in a way I could never imagine. It's special and I hope you understand how much I cherish it!" -Sarah K.

"Thanks to the patience of many but especially Mark and Luke my 6yo, Lydia, learned how to ride her bike after her training wheels broke on the pedal party ride! Thank you UpaDowna for fostering an environment that truly made us feel welcome!" -Corrie C.

"As a single mother, new the the area, exploring on my own isn't always easy. I want to be able to give my kids the best of what the Springs and surrounding area has to offer, and UpaDowna helps afford me that opportunity in a safe and informed way!" -Dana G.A.

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UpaDowna's mission is to provide access to outdoor adventures for all through events and programs that empower individuals, create healthier communities, and foster a respect for the environment.

Background Statement

UpaDowan originally started as a MeetUp group in the early 2000s where residents of El Paso County would gather to take on the daunting Manitou Incline. Following the Incline, participants would celebrate with a beverage at a local Manitou Springs watering hole. UpaDowna's iconic slogan became, "Up a Mountain, Down a Beer." Our Founders soon realized that potential impact UpaDowna could bring to others beyond the 21+ group and began to offer free and donation-based programs for all ages and abilities. In 2013 UpaDowna became an official nonprofit. Starting with a weekly summer hike, our program offerings have expanded greatly to include Stand Up Paddle Boarding, camping, community cycling events, educational speaker series, climbing, hiking, and classes. UpaDowna's current offerings include providing well over 100 free and donation-based activities, programs, and events annually.

Organization Data


Organization name


Year Established


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Recreation & Sports, Environment, Youth Development

Organization Size

Small Organization


335 Manitou Ave.
Manitou Springs, CO 80829


POB 309
Colorado Springs, CO 80901

Service areas

El Paso County, CO, US



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