Woodland Park is nestled within the wilderness of the Front Range, engulfed by the picturesque Pike National Forest, named after American frontier adventurer General Zebulon Pike. Founded in 1887, “The city above the clouds” is surrounded by tree-filled topography with granite rock and alpine meadows.
Bringing a combined background of recreational tourism and mapping the outdoors, Woodland Park is where Drew and Angelica Stoll established Great Outdoors Adventures, an off-road and on-road vehicle rental company. They offer excursions using a range of utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) — along with three-wheeled Polaris Slingshots and versatile Jeep Gladiators.
Their daughter, Christina Stoll, works as the creativity manager. “We have a variety of vehicle types to pick from, and we do our very best to provide every guest with the best option for what they’re looking for, but we definitely focus on the exceptional experience we offer,” Stoll says.
“We have a friendly, professional team that set you up with helmets, goggles, navigation and a thorough briefing,” she adds. “Safety is always our top priority, making sure everyone is very comfortable before they head out to explore our beautiful trails.”
Unique + Rugged
Melissa Williams and Bailey Ashida of Visit Colorado Springs (Visit COS) experienced, first-hand, what Great Outdoors Adventures has to offer.
“We did an off-road tour, driving to the most scenic areas,” says Ashida, Visit COS’s marketing coordinator. “We witnessed great views of the foliage, the terrain and captured shots of the beautiful scenery. I had never experienced anything that adventurous. It’s a unique and rugged opportunity for locals and visitors alike.”
“Our group was a mix of millennials to grandmothers, and everyone had an absolute blast,” adds Williams, Visit COS’s director of marketing. “The staff of Great Outdoors Adventures was so knowledgeable and helpful, allowing for a wonderful time. It is truly something that all ages can enjoy.”
Tours vary by vehicle, terrain and time — ranging from two hours to overnight — but one of the most popular is the Sunset and Wildlife Guided Tour, offers the opportunity to see majestic moose, mule deer and elk near twilight, under twinkling stars.
“We’re excited and very grateful to be in the Pikes Peak region because the inspiration is everywhere,” Stoll concludes. “Exploring the beauty of the mountains never gets old. I grew up going outdoors due to my parents’ passions — and, together, they found a way to turn that into a business, sharing exceptional experiences with both natives and tourists.”
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