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  • August 29-30. REI Campout: Golden Gate Canyon State Park.11:00 a.m. Saturday - 10:00 a.m. Sunday. $10/person. Camping season is here! Come join REI at beautiful Golden Gate Canyon State Park for an evening under the stars. We will have activities during the day and live entertainment at night. Whether you have never camped before or are an experienced outdoors-person, this event is for you! More, registration required.
  • September 2, 8, 16, 22, 30. Best Local Fall Hikes. REI Lakewood (Sept. 2), REI Boulder (Sept. 8), REI Fort Collins (Sept. 16), REI Denver (Sept. 22), REI Westminster (Sept. 30). 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. Lakewood: more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required. Fort Collins: more, registration required. Denver: more, registration required. Westminster: more, registration required.
  • September 5. Hike to the Headwaters of the Arkansas River. Fremont Pass on Highway 91 northeast of Leadville. 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Led by Colorado Parks & Wildlife naturalists. Departure will be from Buena Vista and carpooling is encouraged. More. Reservations 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 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

  • Our Telluride region has been greatly beefed up. Our day hiking trails page now has 188 trail listings, an increase of 92. And we have a new backpacking trails page with 91 listings and a new winter trails page with 33 listings. Total trail listings on this website now: 3,791. 6/18/15.
  • For our Durango region, we have added a winter trails page with 36 trail listings. We have also added 85 listings to our day hiking trails page and 101 listings to our backpacking trails page. Total trail listings on this website now: 3,563. 4/21/15.
  • ORIC's Denver region trail pages have been updated with 66 new trail listings: day hiking, backpacking, winter. Total trail listings on this website now: 3,341. 3/4/15.

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