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What's Happening

  • April 18, 19, 25. Wildlife Viewing Tours. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. Saturday: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Sunday: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Spring has sprung and what better way to view bison, hawks, coyotes, migrating birds and more, than a 2-hour guided wildlife tour on our Refuge bus! More.
  • April 21, 30. How to Climb a 14er. REI Lakewood (April 21), REI Denver (April 30). 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. Lakewood: more, registration required. Denver: more, registration required.
  • April 22. Grizzlies on My Mind: Uncovering the Wildness of Yellowstone. REI Denver. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Join presenter, book author, and wilderness advocate Michael Leach for a inspiring presentation about grizzly bears, wolves, bison and Yellowstone. More, registration required.
  • April 22. 23, 28. Bike Maintenance Basics. REI Colorado Springs (April 22), REI Boulder (April 23), REI Lakewood (April 28). 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Routine maintenance on your bike can keep you riding smooth and prolong the life of your bike. Join an introductory class designed to help you take care of your bike. Colorado Springs: more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required. Lakewood: more, registration required.
  • April 22, 29. Mountain Biking Basics. REI Westminster (April 22), REI Englewood (April 29). 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Join REI Mountain Bike experts to learn about the bikes, essential gear, safety & responsibility on the trail, basic bike maintenance and more. Westminster: more, registration required. Englewood: more, registration required.
  • April 22, 25, 28. Rocky Mountain Backpacking. REI Englewood (April 22), REI Fort Collins (April 25), REI Boulder (April 28). 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. REI will take the mystery out of backpacking in the Rocky Mountains with an overview of planning, preparation and gear. Along with local information, learn how to choose a pack, select proper clothing and footwear. Englewood: more, registration required. Fort Collins: more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required.
  • April 23. Nature Tots -- Ribbit. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Can you climb trees or jump 10 times your body length? We have frogs that can do both and then some! Discover the world of frogs while we jump, hop, play froggy games, and hike along Lake Mary listening for chorus frogs. This program is for toddlers ages 3 to 5 years old with fun adult-child interaction. More.
  • April 23, 30. Backpacking by Bike -- Bikepacking Basics. REI Denver (April 23), REI Boulder (April 30). 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Bikepacking is an increasingly popular way to enjoy the outdoors. Join us to learn about a fun choice for cyclists, couples or even families who like to ride together. Denver: more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required.
  • April 29. Thru Hiking the Colorado Trail -- an In-Depth Look. REI Denver. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Join us for an evening with Lane Early, solo thru-hiker who completed a "yo-yo" of the Colorado Trail in 2014 and walked over 1,000 miles. More, registration required.
  • More Events & Classes: See our "Events & Training" page.
  • ORIC NEEDS VOLUNTEERS. See our "Volunteering" page.

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Most Popular Topics

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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.

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

  • For our Durango region, we have added a winter trails page with 36 trail listings. We have also added 85 listings to our day hiking trails page and 101 listings to our backpacking trails page. Total trail listings on this website now: 3,563. 4/21/15.
  • ORIC's Denver region trail pages have been updated with 66 new trail listings: day hiking, backpacking, winter. Total trail listings on this website now: 3,341. 3/4/15.
  • We have added 39 trail listings to our North Park region trail pages: day hiking, backpacking, winter. Total trail listings on this website now: 3,275. 1/23/15.
  • Our Granby region trail pages (day hiking, backpacking, winter) 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.

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