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Fort Carson Mountaineer

It’s time to get out

Put your climbing skills to work this summer with one of many climbing trips Fort Carson Outdoor Recreation will be taking. In addition to climbing, Outdoor Rec also offers mountain biking trips and fishing derbies.

By Wayne Barnett

Special to the Mountaineer

Ready to shake off those winter doldrums? Then Fort Carson’s Outdoor Recreation and Information, Tickets and Registration has the ticket or tour just for you.

The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation has a multitude of services and activities available to military Families, but the big draw this summer might be Outdoor Rec and ITR.

Want to find the best ticket prices on local attractions? The staff at ITR inside the Outdoor Rec complex, in building 2429 on Specker Avenue, can help.

ITR has discount tickets for local and national attractions and even offers vacation packages.

“There is a lot of stuff in the state of Colorado that we offer, from major league baseball, football, hockey and the local zoos, and more,” said Mike Elmer, Outdoor Rec director.

Outdoor Rec offers many programs such as youth programs, Edge, summer youth adventure camp and an outdoor leadership course for teens. It also offers an all women’s program consisting of climbing wall and outdoor rock climbing instruction and how to mountain bike.

“We are extremely proud of our new all women’s program. It is women empowering women. It’s (run) by women and participated in by women, so that they can encourage each other and work at their own paces,” said Elmer.

In addition to its programs, Outdoor Rec offers a wide range of rental items such as outdoor equipment, bikes, boats, campers, inflatable jump castles, grills and much more.

Don’t know the difference between a cane pole and a fly rod? Not sure how to set up a tent?

“My staff is going to make sure you know how to use the equipment you rent from us before you leave here,” said Elmer.

A complete list is available at

Outdoor Rec has a number of package trips planned for the summer such as fishing derbies, canyon climbing, white-water rafting, or for the tame at heart, summer wildflower photography.

More information about events and adventures can be found on the Outdoor Rec Facebook page at

Be sure to check out the new Fort Carson MWR recreation and activities and programs newsletter coming out later this month.

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