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- September -- Whole Month. Plan Your Fall
Color Outings. Here is
map of date ranges for golden aspens in different parts of the
mountains, starting Sept. 15 in the north. And check out our
"ORIC's Favorite Fall Things to
- September 27. Deadline: 2015 Amateur
Photo Contest Rocky
Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. Only
photographs taken at the Refuge will be accepted. One photograph per
person may be submitted. Entries must be submitted as a 5 x 7
photograph complete with an approximately 2-inch wide white mat. he
contest is open to all amateur photographers. U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service employees and Friends of the Front Range Wildlife Refuges are
excluded from the contest.
- September 27, October 3, 11, 24, 25. Wildlife Viewing
Tours. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
northeast of Denver. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Come aboard our Refuge bus for
a guided tour to view bison, hawks, coyotes, waterfowl, deer, and
more! Migration of our feathered friends is underway and the fall
colors paint a beautiful backdrop for wildlife viewing.
- September 29. GoPro Video Editing Basics
-- with GoPro Studio. REI Grand Junction. 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Now
that you have your GoPro, how do you edit and share your videos? GoPro
Studio video editing software can help you get there. Join us for an
inside look at GoPro's revamped video editing software and get ready
to make your videos "POP". Bring your laptop with GoPro Studio and
video files to edit..
- September 29. How to Climb
REI Denver. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Join REI as we give you the basic
essentials and know-how to tackle the Colorado giants: 14,000 foot and
other high altitude peaks.
- September 29, October 15. Bike Maintenance Basics --
Level 1. REI Boulder (Sept. 29, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.), REI Grand
Junction (Oct. 15, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.). Routine bike maintenance
keeps you riding smoothly and prolongs the life of your bike. Join us
for this introductory class to help you take care of your bike!
- September 30. Elevated
Camping: Hammocking Basics. REI Fort Collins. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Hammocks are a versatile companion for any outdoor adventure, but
sometimes levitation has a learning curve. Join our hammocking experts
for some tips and tricks that will have you flying in no time.
- September 30. Getting to Know
your GoPro -- GoPro Basics. REI Englewood. 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.
- September 30, October 7, 13, 21. Best Local
Fall Hikes. REI Westminster (Sept. 30), REI Lakewood (Oct. 7),
REI Denver (Oct. 13), REI Englewood (Oct. 21). 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Join
our experts as they reveal their favorite fall hikes and help you plan
an escape to cooler temperatures and fall colors on a day-hike. You
will learn about trip planning, essential items, safety precautions,
local resources and places to go. Westminster:
- October 1, 8, 24, 28. Gourmet Camp
Denver (Oct. 1), REI Boulder (Oct. 8), REI Fort Collins (Oct. 24), REI
Lakewood (Oct. 28). 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. If your camp meals have been
following the same old pattern, join us for some insight into putting
the gourmet back in your camping experience. We'll break down some of
the components of great meals and translate how to bring them into the
- October 3-4. Estes Park Elk Festival.
Bond Park downtown.
1:00 p.m. Elk Fest will offer bugling
competitions, educational areas, seminars, music by the Elktones,
Mountain Man Rendezvous, Native American story telling and music,
guided elk viewing tours, and vendors that offer art.
- More Events & Classes: See our
- ORIC NEEDS VOLUNTEERS. See our
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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
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
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Here is a window into what's on our Facebook page:
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
Visit us at REI: 1416 Platte St.
Store location map.
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Recent Updates to This Site
- The Aspen region pages are now bigger and better. We have a new
trails page with 62 trail listings. The
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.
- Our Telluride region has been greatly beefed up. Our
hiking trails page now has 188 trail listings, an increase of 92.
And we have a new
backpacking trails page with 91 listings and a new
trails page with 33 listings. Total trail listings on this website
now: 3,791. 6/18/15.
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