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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
Fort Collins (4:00 p.m.):
Fort Collins (6:30 p.m.):
- 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
- 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 .
- February 6-8. Pueblo Eagle Days Festival.
Lake Pueblo State Park.
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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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).
- 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.
- 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:
- February 7, 8, 13-14, 21, 28. NIne
Colorado Ice Fishing Tournaments.
Colorado Parks & Wildlife listing.
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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
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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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
- We have added 39 trail listings to our North Park region trail
winter. Total trail listings on this website now: 3,275. 1/23/15.
- Our Granby region trail pages (day
have had a total of 73 trails added, most of them on the backpacking
page. Total trail listings on this website now: 3,236. 1/7/15.
- All three of our Boulder region trail pages (day
have been beefed up with the addition of 55 trail listings, two thirds
of them on the backpacking page. Total trail listings on this website
now: 3,163. 12/18/14.
- We have a new
"Estes Park Region Backpacking Trails/Trips Index" with 59 trail
listings. And we have added 12 trail listings to our
"Estes Park Region Day Hiking Trails Index". Total trail listings on
this website now: 3,108. 11/5/14.
- All of our Fort Collins region pages have been updated: the
region profile page,
day hiking trails page,
backpacking page, and
winter trails page. We have added 56 more trail listings. Total
trail listings on this website now: 3,049. 10/17/14.
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