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What's Happening

  • August 15, 19, 23. Rocky Mountain Camping Basics. REI Denver (Aug. 15, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.), REI Boulder (Aug. 19, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.), REI Lakewood (Aug. 19, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.), REI Fort Collins (Aug. 23, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 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. Lakewood: more, registration required. Fort Collins: more, registration required.
  • August 18. Backpacking Basics. REI Colorado Springs. 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.
  • August 19, 20. Bike Maintenance Basics. REI Denver (Aug. 19), REI Fort Collins (Aug. 19), REI Westminster (Aug. 20). 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. Denver: more, registration required. Fort Collins: more, registration required. Westminster: more, registration required.
  • August 23. Introduction to Map & Compass Navigation. REI Grand Junction. 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. In this class you'll learn to read a topo and use your compass. Then we'll put it all together to pinpoint your location, plan your route and become familiar with the terrain. More, registration required.
  • August 24. Wildlife Viewing Tour. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Sit back, relax, and leave the guiding to us. This free, two-hour bus tour is family-friendly and sure to provide some special connections to nature. 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 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

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