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1926 - 2016
The woman who built the Colorado Trail 
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  • July 27. First Aid Essentials -- What's In Your Kit?. REI Colorado Springs. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. This practical class is an easy way to gain understanding of what is inside your first aid kit. Let's dig into one of our kits, learn how to use the materials inside and discuss the scope of practice. More, registration required.
  • July 27, August 2, 9, 10, 24. Bike Maintenance Basics -- Level 1. REI Englewood (July 27), REI Westminster (July 27), REI Boulder (Aug. 2), REI Lakewood (Aug. 9), REI Colorado Springs (Aug. 10), REI Westminster (Aug. 24). 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! Englewood: more, registration required. Westminster: more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required. Lakewood: more, registration required. Colorado Springs: more, registration required. Westminster: more, registration required.
  • July 27, 28, August 16, 30. How to Climb a 14er. REI Lakewood (July 27), REI Colorado Springs (July 28), REI Colorado Springs (Aug. 16), REI Boulder (Aug. 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. Colorado Springs (July 28): more, registration required. Colorado Springs (Aug. 16): more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required.
  • July 28, August 9, 16, 17. Backpacking Basics. REI Denver (July 28), REI Boulder (Aug. 9), REI Colorado Springs (Aug. 9), REI Lakewood (Aug. 16), REI Colorado Springs (Aug. 17). 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. Denver: more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required. Colorado Springs (Aug. 9): more, registration required. Lakewood: more, registration required. Colorado Springs (Aug. 17): more, registration required.
  • July 29, August 19. Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge Nature Hike. 10801 Highway 93, Golden. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Join us to explore the wildlife and birds of the Refuge. Please be comfortable hiking up to 3 miles. Call 303-289-0930 to make a reservation. More.
  • July 30. Badger Flats Habitat Restoration. South Park near Lake George. 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Colorado Mountain Club and the USFS South Park Ranger District. Volunteers are invited to spend a day addressing wildlife habitat degradation by installing signs, constructing natural barriers & fences, re-seeding, inventorying and closing non-system roads and trails. A light breakfast and full lunch will be provided for all who join. More. Registration requested.
  • July 30, August 20. 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 Lake Mary for a hands-on clinic offering tips and tricks for fishing fun! Experienced anglers from Environmental Learning for Kids’ Youth Urban Ranger Program will be on hand to help, and poles will be available for loan. Recommended for ages 6 and up. More.
  • July 30, August 6, 14, 27. 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.
  • August 1. Colorado Day. Free Admission to all State Parks. Colorado Parks & Wildlife. Colorado was first recognized as a state Aug. 1, 1876. Celebrate Colorado's birthday in nature with free entrance to Colorado's state parks on Monday, August 1. Park entrance fees are waived, but activities like fishing and camping will still require a valid license and permit. More.
  • August 2, 17. Backpacking Basics for Women. REI Lakewood Aug. 2), REI Westminster (Aug. 17). 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. Westminster: more, registration required.
  • August 3, 10, 16, 23. Gourmet Camp Cooking. REI Denver (Aug. 3), REI Englewood (Aug. 10), REI Westminster (Aug. 10), REI Boulder (Aug. 16), REI Lakewood (Aug. 23). 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 outdoors. Denver: more, registration required. Englewood: more, registration required. Westminster: more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required. Lakewood: more, registration required.
  • August 4, 23. Best Local Fall Hikes. REI Denver (Aug. 4), REI Boulder (Aug 23). 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. Denver: more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required.
  • August 4, 31. Find Your Park. REI Boulder (Aug. 4), REI Colorado Springs (Aug. 31). 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. New to town? Looking to explore the great outdoors more in your own area? Join REI as we help you Find Your Park and discover the best spots to recreate locally along with the first-hand knowledge you will need to enjoy your time on the trails. Boulder: more, registration required. Colorado Springs: more, registration required.
  • August 4/13. A Taste of Backcountry Angling. Colorado Parks & Wildlife with Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Colorado's backcountry streams and lakes offer a lifetime of fishing opportunity for anglers willing to explore. But hiking into these high-country fisheries can be daunting for those who have never done it before. This two-part clinic is designed for intermediate anglers and will offer presentations on fly and lure selection, casting techniques, back country gear, navigation and backcountry values. Aug. 4, classroom session, 6 to 9 p.m. at the CP&W Denver office, 6060 Broadway, Denver. Aug. 13, backcountry event, a full day of angling with guides and a lunch time break for preparation of and cooking up wild trout, Urad State Wildlife Area, Empire.  More, registration required.
  • August 6. 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.
  • More Events & Classes: See our "Events & Training" page.
  • ORIC NEEDS VOLUNTEERS. See our "Volunteering" page.


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  • 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.

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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 printable brochure.

Visit us at REI: 1416 Platte St. Store location map.

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National Park Service
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Colorado Mountain Club
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