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Community & Staff Recreation

US Air Force Academy Community and Staff Recreation

Academy Athletics

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.

Academy staff and faculty members are offered membership in the Athletic Association, allowing members to buy season tickets at reduced prices.

Academy Athletics
(719) 472-1895

Barry Goldwater
Visitor Center

The Barry Goldwater Visitor Center is a 35,000 square-foot facility offering information about the Academy, including films and exhibits on cadet life and Academy history. The center also has a snack bar and gift shop. You can walk to the Cadet Chapel from the Visitor Center on a short, paved nature trail (? mile).

The Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Barry Goldwater Visitor Center
(719) 333-2025

Multi-Use Trails

There are more than 23 miles of unpaved trails on the Academy property and six 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 seven-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, Outdoor Recreation Center, FamCamp, Air Force Academy Visitor Center and on various public websites.

Multi-Use Trails
(719) 333-3308

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, 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.

Hunting and Fishing
(719) 333-3308

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Off-roading and all-terrain vehicle use is strictly prohibited on base, and violators are subject to ticketing and/or 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.

Staff-Only Recreation

US Air Force Academy Staff-Only Recreation

Eisenhower Golf Club

The Eisenhower Golf Club, named after President Dwight D. Eisenhower, is a scenic 36-hole golf facility home to one of the Air Force’s premier golf courses.

The Blue Course is a championship layout designed by Robert Trent Jones. It measures 7,301 yards from the championship tees and is one of the top 100 golf courses built prior to 1963 in the United States. It is usually among the top 10 courses in Colorado, as ranked annually by Golf Digest magazine.

The Silver Course, designed by Frank Hummel, opened in 1976 and is a challenging, yet scenic course where a premium is placed on accuracy rather than length. It measures 6,519 yards from the championship tees.

A full tournament schedule each year provides players the opportunity to challenge these courses under tournament conditions.

The Eisenhower facility also provides an excellent driving range, three practice putting greens, two chipping greens, the Tee House snack bar, the Falcon Nest lounge, men’s and women’s locker rooms and a fully stocked pro shop.

Eisenhower Golf Club
(719) 333-2606

The Equestrian Center

The Equestrian Center is south of Pine Valley housing and west of Air Academy High School. This center is home to approximately 25 horses available for rent by the hour or day from April through October and available for lease by the season during the fall and winter. Boarding facilities are also available for more than 75 privately owned horses on a full- or partial-care basis. A new horse facility features private 12-by-12 foot stalls with individual 36-foot run pens and a 16-foot-wide alleyway.

The center is host to the cadet equestrian team and conducts horsemanship seminars. In summer, numerous trail rides are conducted by reservation. All levels of instructional classes are offered as well as group hayrides.

The Equestrian Center
(719) 333-4607

Community Center Outdoor Recreation

The main Outdoor Recreation Center is in the Community Center at the north end of Building 5136.

It offers the following services:

  • Rental equipment for camping, hunting, fishing, gardening, lawn and ski gear
  • RV storage lots and base picnic areas
  • Information, Tickets and Travel Office
  • Full-service ski shop
  • Outdoor Adventure Program - numerous programs, including;
    • Whitewater rafting and Kayaking
    • Rock Climbing
    • Mountain Biking
    • Downhill skiing
    • Snowshoeing
    • Snowmobiling
    • Photography and bike repair classes

Community Center Outdoor Recreation
Main Line: (719) 333-4475
RENTAL/SKI SHOP: (719) 333-4753 or (719) 333-4356
Outdoor Adventure Program: (719) 333-2940

Farish Recreation Area

Farish Recreation Area encompasses 655 acres of pristine mountain beauty. More than 9,000 feet above sea level, it is surrounded, in part, by Pike National Forest. Use of Farish is limited to active duty military members and other eligible personnel.

The area is a 42-mile drive west of the Academy. Farish may also be reached by hiking eight miles from the Academy. A variety of overnight lodging accommodations are available all year, as well as camping during the summer. Reservations are required and may be made up to 90 days in advance for weekends and holidays. A new multipurpose center may be reserved for groups up to 75 people.

Fishing in three stocked lakes, pedal boat rides, hiking trails, picnic pavilions, volleyball courts and a playground are popular activities in the summer. Private boating, swimming and hunting are NOT permitted. Farish is CLOSED during winter months.

Interpretive talks and outdoor nature activities are scheduled all year and may be customized for special groups such as family reunions, home school classes, Scouts and others.

Farish Recreation Area
(719) 687-9098

Vandenberg Outdoor Recreation Annex

The Vandenberg Outdoor Recreation Annex is located in Vandenberg Hall, Room 1C15, and may be used by all Academy-affiliated personnel. This shop is only open in the winter and offers winter ski apparel and retail, lift tickets and ski/snowboard rentals. A full-service ski shop also offers repairs on skis and snowboards. DIA and COS airport buses shuttles/buses are available through the Vandenberg Outdoor Recreation Annex for cadets and prep students during the 3 academic break periods; Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring

Vandenberg Outdoor Recreation annex
(719) 333-4602

Skills and Development Centers

The hobby shop area includes the Arts and Crafts Skills Development Center, Wood Skills Center and Auto Skills Center. The facilities are located on Community Center Drive across from the Boy Scout huts.

Arts and Crafts Services:
  • Customized matting, framing and engraving
  • Ceramic shop with molds
  • Resale store selling supplies at reduced rates
  • Beginner and advanced classes in stained glass, quilting, ceramics, pottery and framing
  • Command-level art and photography contests

The Wood Skills Development Center houses a variety of equipment including a planer, lathe, band saws, sharper, sanders, routers, radial arm saw, radial miter, drill press, framing saw and table saws. A tool crib provides hand and power tools, and trained instructors are on duty during operating hours to assist patrons and ensure safety compliance. Classes are offered for safety qualification, tool use and more.

The Auto Skills Development Center houses 11 work stalls, including one for large recreational vehicles, plus a tool crib, two engine rebuild stalls, four lubrication racks, three lift stalls, a welding stall, an alignment machine, carwash stalls (open 24 hours a day during the summer), four vacuums and a steam cleaning pad. Services by shop personnel include headlight aiming, 80-ton hydraulic pressing, turning drums and rotors, easy computerized front and rear-end alignment, engine analyzer and computerized air conditioning service.

Classes are held throughout the year, and the shop offers emission testing.

Skills and Development Centers
(719) 333-4579

Academy Athletic Facilities

The Cadet Field House is the center of many cadet sports activities. It houses Clune Arena, a multipurpose sports complex, a 5,834-seat basketball stadium, a 2,502-seat ice hockey rink and a multi-use area with a regulation-sized AstroTurf infield and a one-sixth-mile track. The Cadet Field House also houses training rooms, locker rooms, a gift shop, snack bar and administrative offices.

To the west of the Cadet Field House is the cadet gymnasium, where most cadet physical education classes are taught. It houses three gyms with basketball courts, varsity volleyball courts, an Olympic-sized natatorium with a diving tower and a water polo pool.

The Holaday Athletic Center, north of the Cadet Field House, is an indoor training facility. The 92,000 square-foot center houses regulation-sized fields that can accommodate football, lacrosse and soccer. It is primarily used by the Academy’s intercollegiate athletic teams and other cadet activities during inclement weather.

Base Fitness and Sports Center

The base fitness and sports center is across from the enlisted dormitories. This facility has two indoor basketball courts, 2 racquetball courts, a weight room, cardiovascular room, and a functional fitness training area. The center also houses a fully operational training locker that is equipped with Olympic bars, bumper-plates, kettle bells, and sand bags. The center features weight machines, free weights, and cardio vascular equipment. The center also houses a 6-lane, 25yrd indoor pool, with a deep end of 12’. In 2016-2017 we are installing $1.4 million Turf Softball Field.

Recreation Activities Include:
  • Swimming
  • 2 Racquetball Courts
  • Basketball (indoor and outdoor)
  • Volleyball (indoor and outdoor)
  • Multi-Purpose Turf Field with lights
  • Wallyball
  • Pickleball (indoor and outdoor)
  • Outdoor tennis
  • Sauna

Fitness Actives include:
  • Aerobics and indoor cycling classes
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Personal Trainers for hire
  • Massage therapists for hire
  • Fitness Incentive Programs
  • Intramural Sports Program (Flag Football Basketball, Over 30 Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer and Softball)

Satellite Fitness Center

For Active Duty and Personnel that work near South Gate Boulevard, we offer the 10 FSS Satellite Fitness Center. This unstaffed center is equipped with resistance machines and cardiovascular machines, locker rooms and saunas. The center is accessed via CAC card and can be used by authorized users 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Base Fitness and Sports Center
(719) 333-4522

Satellite Fitness Center
(719) 333-6195

Rocky Mountain Blue

USAFA Outdoor Recreation has a contracted program with Keystone Ski Resort for discounted military rates and services including lift tickets, equipment rental, lodging, conference facilities, family vacationing, weddings, reunions, special events, ground transportation, summer activities (such as gold panning and whitewater rafting), and meals for military and DoD customers. Call for more information.

Rocky Mountain Blue
(866) 768-2583


The Academy Lanes Bowling Center, across from the main exchange, is open seven days a week. The facility features 20 computerized lanes with automatic scoring and videotaping, a snack bar, a game room, Glancer Bowling Cushions (bumpers) and other accommodations for children’s events, lockers, rental balls and shoes. There is also a fully-equipped pro shop offering ball-drilling services for a wide variety of brands, colors and weights.

League play is available for men, women, mixed youth, seniors, cadets and others during the winter, plus intramural and varsity play. Special programs include Scotch doubles tournaments, late night and noontime discount bowling, plus turkey shoot and ham bake tournaments. Thunder Alley Bowling is the facility’s newest program, with black light bowling, a spectacular sound system, and fog and strobe lights.

The Academy Lanes Bowling Center
(719) 333-4907

Colorado R&R Travel

Destination Leisure Travel Office is a land-only service travel office. Patrons can book a vacation through this office. It offers discounted lodging reservations in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and California. It also provides reservations for car rentals and recreational activities. Colorado R&R is in the Outdoor Recreation Center.

(719) 333-7367


East of Falcon Stadium, the Peregrine Pines FamCamp has 105 sites available for recreational camping purposes only. All sites have electrical, water and sewage hookups. Facilities include two bath houses with laundry rooms, picnic tables, barbeque grills, trash receptacles, leveled parking and eight tent sites for rustic camping. A water station is at the nearby picnic area and a dump station is on the premises. FamCamp is open year-round depending on weather conditions. Due to high demand, there is a 30-day limit for RV camping during the summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day). The FamCamp office is open from May 1 to the last home football game.

(719) 333-4980

BASE Picnic Areas

Three base picnic pavilions, northeast of Falcon Stadium, are open May 1 through September 30. They are available to groups or families by reservation only (government ID card is required). Restroom facilities are conveniently located nearby. All three pavilions have electricity and a water faucet. Picnic Pavilion No. 1 has a small covered pavilion, 10 tables, two small barbeque grills, a horseshoe pit, tether ball and a sand volleyball court. It can host up to 50 people. Picnic Pavilion No. 2 has a large covered pavilion, 20 tables, a built-in grill, a sand volleyball court, tether ball and a horseshoe pit. It can comfortably host up to 200 people. Picnic Pavilion No. 3 also has a small covered pavilion, 12 tables, two barbeque grills, two horseshoe pits, tether ball and a sand volleyball court. It can host up to 75 people. Reservations for the picnic areas are made at the Outdoor Recreation Center, starting early February.

BASE Picnic Areas
(719) 333-4753

The Aero Club

The Aero Club, on the east side of the airfield, is home to six Cessna aircraft used for training and recreational flying. The club primarily conducts flight training for members to obtain their private pilot’s license, but introduction to flight and advanced training are also available. All instruction is conducted by Federal Aviation Administration-certified instructors. The Aero Club also provides testing for all FAA required knowledge tests.

The club is open for flying, weather permitting, seven days a week, including holidays, sunrise to sunset. Office hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Aero Club
(719) 333-4423

The Academy Falcon Club
(All Ranks)

The Academy Falcon Club on Academy Drive provides scenic views of the Cadet Chapel and the beautiful Rampart Range. They serve lunch and dinner—including some of the best prime rib, filet mignon and salmon in the Colorado Springs area—as well as the popular Sunday brunch.

The club is open to all Air Force active duty, retired or reserve military personnel, federal civilian employees, NAF employees and base contractors. Club members receive discounts.

Facilities are available for meetings, special parties, promotion parties, wedding receptions and coffee socials up to 700 guests. An experienced club manager, club chef and catering manager provide the necessary expertise for a custom and quality menu and event. Catering services are also available.

The Academy Falcon Club
(719) 333-8192

RV Lot

The Outdoor Recreation Center maintains two recreational vehicle storage lots near the South Gate with space for vehicles from small trailers to large RVs. Active duty, retirees and other eligible personnel, on or off base, may use the lot. A monthly fee is charged, based on size of RV/trailer. Base residents are prohibited from maintaining and storing RVs at their residence and, therefore, have priority. There is a waiting list for most sizes.

RV Lot

(719) 333-4523

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