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  • June 30. How to Climb a 14er. REI Colorado Springs. 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. More, registration required.
  • July 5, 13, 19, 27. Bike Maintenance Basics -- Level 1. REI Boulder (July 5), REI Colorado Springs (July 13), REI Lakewood (July 13), REI Denver (July 19), REI Englewood (July 27), REI Westminster (July 27). 6:30 - 8:00 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! Boulder: more, registration required. Colorado Springs: more, registration required. Lakewood: more, registration required. Denver: more, registration required. Englewood: more, registration required. Westminster: more, registration required.
  • July 6. National Grasslands: Discover the Public Prairies. REI Denver. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Learn about the beauty, ecology, and history of the Pawnee and Comanche National Grasslands in eastern Colorado. More, registration required.
  • July 6, 20, 26. Backpacking Basics for Women. REI Lakewood (July 6), REI Englewood (July 20), REI Westminster (July 20), REI Boulder (July 26), REI Colorado Springs (July 26). 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. Lakewood: more, registration required. Englewood: more, registration required. Westminster: more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required. Colorado Springs: more, registration required.
  • July 6, 12, 20, 28. Backpacking Basics. REI Westminster (July 6), REI Boulder (July 12), REI Colorado Springs (July 12), REI Colorado Springs (July 20), REI Lakewood (July 20), REI Denver (July 28). 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. Westminster: more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required. Colorado Springs (July 12): more, registration required. Colorado Springs (July 20): more, registration required. Lakewood: more, registration required. Denver: more, registration required.
  • July 7. Best Hikes of Grand Junction -- Easy to Moderate. REI Grand Junction. 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Come join us for an evening of learning about different hikes of Grand Junction. We will be discussing a wide range of hikes, from easy to moderate. More, registration required.
  • July 7. Best Hikes of Grand Junction -- Moderate to Difficult. REI Grand Junction. 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Come join us for an evening of learning about different hikes of Grand Junction. We will be discussing a wide range of hikes, from moderate to difficult. More, registration required.
  • July 7, 21. Rocky Mountain Camping Basics. REI Denver (July 7), REI Boulder (July 21). 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Whether you are new to the Rocky Mountain Region or are new to camping, this class is sure to inform and inspire! We will cover the basics: Rocky Mountain essentials, gear and equipment, local activities, great regional resources and areas to camp! Denver: more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required.
  • July 9. 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.
  • July 9. Noxious Weed Knock-Out. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Come assist Refuge staff by removing some of our most wanted weeds! Plants such as mullein, musk thistle and houndstongue are trying to take over and we need your help! All ages are welcome to come get their hands dirty! We will be weeding for 1-1.5 hours so please be sure to wear closed-toe shoes, long pants and bring water. The Refuge staff will provide all other supplies including gloves.  More.
  • July 10, 24, 30. Wildlife Viewing Tours. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Come aboard our Refuge bus for a guided tour to view bison, hawks, coyotes, waterfowl, deer, and more! Refuge wildflowers are in full bloom adding a splash of color to the prairie landscape. Groups of up to 10 are welcome. Space is limited and a reservation is required. More.
  • 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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