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  • February 5-7. Pueblo Eagle Days Festival. At Lake Pueblo State Park and at Nature and Reptor Center of Pueblo. Join us all three days and see live birds of prey, take a turn at the spotting scopes to look for eagles or birds of all kinds, see entertaining presentations, see an Air Force Academy falcon mascot up close and vote for your favorite photo. Kids will have fun making take-home eagle projects, they can meet agency mascots and see a live rehabilitated bird released back to nature. There is something for everyone! More.
  • February 6. Bald Eagle Festival. Barr Lake State Park. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. We’ll have crafts for the kids and a live raptor presentation that everyone will enjoy. Weather permitting, we will shuttle guests on the Eagle Express to the gazebo and back. Kids can join a naturalist on the front lawn for Build It Big!, constructing a life-sized replica of a Bald eagle nest. Call 303-659-6005 to register. More.
  • February 6. The Masked Bandit. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. Join a naturalist and meet the masked bandits of the prairie located in the Refuge’s one-of-a-kind black-footed ferret exhibit. Discover how this fragile species was brought back from the brink of extinction and why 32 black-footed ferrets were released into the wild at the Refuge. More.
  • February 6, 10, 16, 24, 25. Snowshoeing Basics. REI Fort Collins (Feb. 6, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.) REI Englewood (Feb. 10), REI Westminster (Feb. 10), REI Boulder (Feb. 16), REI Lakewood (Feb. 24), REI Colorado Springs (Feb. 25). 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. except Fort Collins. Join our experienced REI staff for a class on the basics of snowshoeing. We will focus on the appropriate selection of gear as well as the basics on what you need and where to go to get started. Fort Collins (afternoon): more, registration required. Fort Collins (evening): more, registration required. Englewood: more, registration required. Westminster: more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required. Lakewood: more, registration required. Colorado Springs: more, registration required.
  • February 9, 10. Winter Camping Basics. REI Boulder (Feb. 9), REI Fort Collins (Feb. 10). 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. You like to camp, but have only tried it in the spring, summer & fall? Learn how to plan, stay warm, select winter appropriate gear and what to expect when setting up camp and during your overnight. Boulder: more, registration required. Fort Collins: more, registration required.
  • February 10. Nature Tots: Wild Valentine. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. Celebrate Valentine’s Day the wild animal way! Discover how wildlife use song, dance, and games to attract a valentine while we play-act these fun and interesting behaviors. This active program is for ages 3 to 5 years old and is designed for adult-child interaction. More.
  • February 10. Snowshoeing Basics for Women. REI Colorado Springs. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Join our experienced REI staff for a class on the basics of snowshoeing. We will focus on the appropriate selection of gear as well as the basics on what you need and where to go to get started. More, registration required.
  • February 10, 16, 20, 24. Getting to Know your GoPro -- GoPro Basics. REI Lakewood (Feb. 10), REI Denver (Feb. 16), REI Fort Collins (Feb. 20), Englewood (Feb. 24), Westminster (Feb. 24). 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Looking to get a GoPro, or you have one and would like some insight into best practices for capturing your life's most exciting moments? Join our GoPro experts for this class and Get to Know Your GoPro. We will focus on the camera's user interface, video capture, image settings, and accessories. Lakewood: more, registration required. Denver: more, registration required. Fort Collins: more, registration required. Englewood: more, registration required. Westminster: more, registration required.
  • February 11. Injury Prevention. REI Grand Junction. 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Come learn tips on how to keep your body injury free for all your favorite activities. Let REI show you how to create good habits for your muscles. More, registration required.
  • February 11, 12, 23. Backcountry Film Festival. Feb. 11: Neptune Mountaineering, Boulder, 7:00 p.m. Feb. 12: The Ute & Yeti / City Rock, Colorado Springs, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23: Odell Brewing, Fort Collins, 6:30 p.m. $10 for Colorado Mountain Club Members, $12 otherwise. The annual world tour of the Backcountry Film Festival highlights the beauty and fun of the winter backcountry experience. This film festival features the seasons best ski films - promoting the work of grassroots filmmakers who tell compelling and entertaining stories of the backcountry, non-motorized recreation and environmental preservation. More.
  • February 11, 17, 23. Best Front Range Winter Hikes. REI Denver (Feb. 11), REI Englewood (Feb. 17). REI Lakewood (Feb. 17), REI Westminster (Feb. 17), REI Boulder (Feb. 23). 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Join our expert staff to share their favorite trails for winter hiking and snowshoeing around the Front Range. Learn about new places to explore, as well as tips and tricks to enjoying a snowy day on the trail. Denver: more, registration required. Englewood: more, registration required. Lakewood: more, registration required. Westminster: more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required.
  • February 14. Climb Your Way to Valentine's Day in Denver. REI Denver. 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. $135/couple for REI members; $155 otherwise. Put away the box of chocolates and join us for a romantic climbing experience for 2 on Valentine's Day. With your own personal REI instructor, you and your sweetheart will defy the Valentine's doldrums by scaling the REI Climbing Pinnacle and pausing at the bottom to enjoy champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. First session: more, registration required. Second session: more, registration required.
  • More Events & Classes: See our "Events & Training" page.
  • ORIC NEEDS VOLUNTEERS. See our "Volunteering" page.

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How to Use This Site

  • To plan your outdoor activities go to our "What Do You Want To Do?" section. You will find trail and trip descriptions and maps, organized by activity type, to help you figure out what to do and where to go. Some of it is on this site and the rest is on other sites for which we provide links. If you know what part of the state you are interested in, start with our "Where Do You Want To Go" section and click on a yellow marker in one of our 26 regions. That page and the yellow markers contain links to our "region profile" pages which provide an overview of public lands in a region and list books, maps, and websites for that region.
  • To find places to sleep in the boonies, go to the "Where You Can Stay" section. There is guidance there on cabins, yurts, campgrounds, etc. (We do not provide info on places to stay in towns. But you can get that from the tourism websites that we list on our "Helpful Information Sources" page and on each region's profile page.)
  • To check the status of such things as snow depths, river flows, avalanche danger, etc., go to the "Current Conditions" section.
  • To pitch in with ORIC or other outdoor organizations, check out our "Volunteering" section.

The rest of the sections in the menu in the left column ought to be self-explanatory.

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About Us

ORIC wants to be your most important resource for help planning your next outdoor adventure. We provide thorough information for Colorado as well as some information for surrounding states. And we do it two ways: through this website and in person at an information desk in the map department of the REI store in downtown Denver.

We are a not-for-profit partnership of eight federal, state and private organizations. Our staff is one full-time manager, supplied by the US Forest Service, and a crew of volunteers. For more information, see our printable brochure.

Visit us at REI: 1416 Platte St. Store location map.

Our Partners

US Forest Service
US Forest Service
National Park Service
National Park Service
Colorado Mountain Club
Colorado Mountain Club
REI
REI
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Colorado Parks & Wildlife
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Land Management
US Geological Survey
US Geological Survey
US Fish & Wildlife Service
US Fish & Wildlife Service

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Recent Updates to This Site

  • It's officially winter and the Eagle region (Vail, Glenwood Springs, Flat Tops) now has a winter trails page with 59 listings. That region's day hiking trails page has increased from 130 listings to 297. And the backpacking trips page has jumped from 5 to 133. Total trail listings on this website now: 4,326. 12/29/15.
  • The Aspen region pages are now bigger and better. We have a new winter trails page with 62 trail listings. The day hiking trails page has 44 more listings for a total of 131. The backpacking trips page, which had only 3 listings, now has 78. Total trail listings on this website now: 3,972. 9/22/15.

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