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What's Happening

  • January 28. Snowshoeing Colorado. REI Boulder. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Snowshoes are the all-terrain vehicles of the winter backcountry. Join us as "Snowshoeing Colorado" author Claire Walter shares her experiences in words and images. More, registration required.
  • January 31. Winter Raptors. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 1:00 - 3:30 9.m. Learn which birds of prey are soaring through the Refuge’s winter sky and how to easily identify these raptors during a short indoor program. Then, venture out with a naturalist to put your ID skills to the test.  More.
  • January 31. Refresh Your Run. REI Fort Collins. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. So, you want to be a runner? Whether you are just starting or are getting "back on track," this class will help you get in the groove and provide training and technique insights to get you back in shape and/or prepare for your upcoming 5-10K or more. More, registration required.
  • February 1. Get Out More Tour -- Winter Edition. REI Denver. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Meet the "Backpacker & Skiing Magazine" Get Out More Winter Tour Brand Ambassadors, to learn about the skills and equipment you need to safely and comfortably get out more all winter long. More, registration required.
  • February 3, 5, 10, 19, 21, 25. Snowshoeing Basics. REI Lakewood (Feb. 3, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.), REI Colorado Springs (Feb. 5), REI Englewood (Feb. 10, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.), REI Boulder (Feb. 19, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.), REI Fort Collins (Feb. 21, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.), REI Fort Collins (Feb. 21, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.), REI Westminster (Feb. 25, 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. Lakewood: more, registration required. Colorado Springs: more, registration required. Englewood: more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required. Fort Collins (4:00 p.m.): more, registration required. Fort Collins (6:30 p.m.): more, registration required. Westminster: more, registration required.
  • February 5, 11, 12, 17, 24. Avalanche Awareness. REI Denver (Feb. 5,  6:30 - 8:00 p.m.), REI Boulder (Feb. 11, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.), REI Colorado Springs (Feb. 12, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.), REI Englewood (Feb. 17, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.), REI Fort Collins (Feb. 17, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.), REI Lakewood (Feb. 24, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.). Learn to access local avalanche bulletins and weather reports, recognize basic signs of avalanche danger, and learn simple ways to help avoid avalanche danger. Denver: more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required. Colorado Springs: more, registration required. Englewood: more, registration required. Fort Collins: more, registration required. Lakewood: more, registration required.
  • February 5, 13, 25. 10th Backcountry Film Festival. Boulder, Neptune Mountaineering, 623 S. Broadway (Feb. 5,  6:30 - 10:00 p.m.), Leadville, Colorado Mountain College (Feb. 13, 7:30 - 10:00 p.m.), Grand Junction, Masonic Lodge, 2400 Consistory Court (Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.) $. Don't miss the Backcountry Film Festival's nine unique films aimed to inspire winter adventurers to seek the snow less traveled. Produced by the Boise-based nonprofit, Winter Wildlands Alliance, The Backcountry Film Festival is renowned for its mix of professional and grassroots films . More.
  • February 6-8. Pueblo Eagle Days Festival. Lake Pueblo State Park. 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. More.
  • February 6-8. Ski Spree 2015 at Sunlight Mountain Resort. Glenwood Springs. Friday: After-Hours Rail Jam. Saturday: Chili Cook-off 5:00 p.m. Sunday: fireworks at 8:00 p.m. at Hotel Colorado. More.
  • February 7. Wild Wings -- The Secret Life of Owls. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Learn about these remarkably successful raptors and their unique adaptations of directional hearing, superior night vision and silent flight. A live Great - horned and Eastern screech owl will make an appearance so have your cameras ready! More.
  • February 7. Bald Eagle Festival. Barr Lake State Park. 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 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 RSVP.
  • February 7. 5th Annual Winter Rim Romp. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park visitors center. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Five mile snowshoe race (8K), 10 mile classic/freestyle ski race (16k), five mile non-competitive fun ski (8k). More.
  • February 7-8. 2014 9th Annual Grand Mesa Summit Challenge. Grand Mesa's mesa-top parking lot. 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Four-, six-, & eight-dog sled races. One- or two-dog skijor races. Highest dog sled race In North America. International Sled Dog Racing Association sanctioned event. More.
  • February 7, 25. Beauty and Friendship on the Colorado Trail. REI Fort Collins (Feb. 7), REI Boulder (Feb. 25). 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Come join 2014 solo thru-hiker David Fanning as he tells his story of amazing beauty, extraordinary friendship, and youth regained along the Colorado Trail. Fort Collins: more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required.
  • February 7, 8, 13-14, 21, 28. NIne Colorado Ice Fishing Tournaments. Colorado Parks & Wildlife listing.
  • 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 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.

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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.

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National Park Service
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Colorado Mountain Club
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Colorado Parks and Wildlife
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US Geological Survey
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US Fish & Wildlife Service
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