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  • May 28. The Masked Bandit. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. Join a naturalist and meet the Refuge’s live black-footed ferrets. Discover how this fragile species was brought back from the brink of extinction and why ferrets were released into the wild at the Refuge. You’ll also get a chance to see the ferrets have their mid-morning snack! More.
  • May 28, June 10. Hike-N-Bird. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. Calling all birders from novice to expert. Look for the Refuge’s feathered friends while getting some exercise! This hike explores woodland, wetland, and prairie habitats. Please be comfortable hiking up to 3 miles. More.
  • June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. REI Run Club: Denver. REI Denver. 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Join the REI Run Club for your fitness fix and we will inspire you to get outside and keep running. The REI Run Club meets 1x/week and is free to anyone who wants to join.  More, registration required.
  • June 1, 7. Preparing for the Unexpected -- Outdoor Emergency Basics. REI Westminster (June 1), REI Colorado Springs (June 7). 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Knowledge is Power and Preparation is Key. When you step into the wilderness, be prepared to help yourself and others. Colorado Springs: more, registration required. Westminster: more, registration required.
  • June 1, 8. Sleeping on the Summits. REI Denver (June 1), REI Boulder (June 8). 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Join Dr. Jon Kedrowsk, the author of the Colorado classic, Sleeping on the Summits: Colorado 14er High Bivys for the release of his newest book Sleeping on the Summits: Cascade Volcanoes. Denver: more, registration required. Boulder: mor required.
  • June 1, 7, 22. Backpacking Basics for Women. REI Lakewood (June 1). REI Boulder (June 7), REI Colorado Springs (June 22). 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Let's face it. When it comes to backpacking, there are questions and concerns that are unique to women. Join an REI backpacking expert for answers, tips and gear recommendations just for you. REI Lakewood: more, registration required.REI Boulder: more, registration required. REI Colorado Springs: more, registration required.
  • June 1, 7, 15, 21, 30. How to Climb a 14er. REI Colorado Springs (June 1, 30), REI Denver (June 7), REI Englewood (June 15), REI Westminster (June 15), REI Boulder (June 21). 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. Colorado Springs (June 1): more, registration required. Denver: more, registration required. Englewood: more, registration required. Westminster: more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required. Colorado Springs (June 30): more, registration required.
  • June 2, 8. Backpacking Basics. REI Boulder (June 2), REI Colorado Springs (June 8). 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. REI will take the mystery out of backpacking with an overview of planning, preparation and gear. Learn how to choose a pack, select proper clothing and footwear. Boulder: more, registration required. Colorado Springs: more, registration required.
  • June 2, 30. Getting to Know your GoPro -- GoPro Basics. REI Denver. 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. More, registration required.
  • June 4. Kid's Fishing Clinic. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Grab your fshing pole and head to the Refuge for some free fshing fun! Experienced anglers from Environmental Learning for Kids Youth Urban Rangers will be on hand to help and poles will available for loan. Learn about line casting, native fsh, and anatomy. For ages 8 to 12 years old. More.
  • June 4. National Trails Day: Dedisse Park Repairs. Evergreen. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Despite the great natural beauty of this Denver Mountain Park the area is being heavily damaged by off trail use and erosion. In a huge multi-project effort volunteers will reverse this trend by closing damaged areas and helping create a single sustainable trail for people through the park. Volunteers will transplant, seed, install erosion control structures and build new sections of trail.  More, registration required.
  • June 4, 5. National Trails Day: Cheyenne Mountain Park Repairs. Colorado Springs. 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. With the influx of visitors, it's important to minimize disturbances to the park's unique ecology. Volunteers will continue last year's efforts constructing the new Dixon Trail, which will allow visitors to access some of the most spectacular places in the park while preserving habitat. To reach the project worksite on the far western edge of the park, a strenuous 1-mile hike is required. More, registration required.
  • June 4, 5, 11, 12. Wildlife Viewing Tours. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Enjoy a guided tour on our Refuge bus while viewing nature’s nursery and the arrival of our migratory, feathered friends. Bison calves, fawns, and coyote pups are exploring the prairie while migratory birds are busy building their nests. More.
  • June 4-12, 11-19. Fishing Tournaments. Sponsored by Colorado Parks & Wildlife. The first will be a smallmouth bass tournament at Ridgeway State Park near Ouray. The second will be a smallmouth bass and northern pike tournament at Elkhead State Park near Craig. Free except for park entry fee. Participants can win boats and fishing gear.  CP&W 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 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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