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What's Happening

  • April 18-20. Trail Running Festival. McInnis Canyon National Conservation Area west of Grand Junction. Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday. A weekend of fun and running on the beautiful trails near Fruita, Colorado. More.
  • April 19. Hike-N-Bird. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Denver. 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Grab your binoculars and wear your hiking shoes as a naturalist leads you on a guided walk through different Refuge habitats searching for and identifying our feathery friends. More.
  • April 22. Beyond Bike Maintenance Basics -- Brakes & Drive Train. REI Fort Collins. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. If you've already taken a Bike Maintenance Basics class, this is your next step! Get prepared for the road or trail ahead by digging a little deeper into the components of your ride and learn what minor adjustments you can make. More, registration required.
  • April 26. Birding by Ear. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Denver. 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. If you've ever wanted to pick up the skill of identifying birds by song, then this program is for you. Expert birder Alison Kondler will teach you the skills to identify sounds of common birds of the Refuge. More.
  • April 29. Backpacking Basics. REI Boulder. 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. More, registration required.
  • April 29. The Sport of Orienteering. REI Denver. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Orienteering is more than just finding your way on a hiking map. The Sport of Orienteering involves finding your way to a series of points, using a map and compass, on and/or off trail. More, registration required.
  • April 29. Sex, Lies and Rattlesnakes. REI Fort Collins. 16:30 - 8:00 p.m. Find out all you need to know about our local neighbor, the prairie rattlesnake. More, registration required.
  • 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 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. This 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

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