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What's Happening

  • July 28. Geocaching Basics. REI Colorado Springs. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Discover the fun of geocaching! Learn strategies for finding a cache as well as how to hide one yourself. This is a great activity for families. More, registration required.
  • July 28-Aug 1. Colorado Mountain Club's Youth Education Program: Intermediate Rock Climbing. American Mountaineering Center, Golden. 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. $355. This year we will spend every day outside at a local crag!  5-days of outdoor climbing in Colorado is my idea of fun!  Course instruction will include the basics of gear placement and anchor building. More.
  • July 29, 30. Get Ready to Bike Your Drive -- Bicycle Commuting Basics. REI Denver (July 29), REI Westminster (July 30). 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Bike commuting means different things to everyone, and before you start, it's important to understand why you ride. This will impact where you ride, how frequently you ride, and what gear you may need. Denver: more, registration required. Westminster: more, registration required.
  • July 29, August 5, 19, 20. Bike Maintenance Basics. REI Englewood (July 29), REI Lakewood (July 29), REI Englewood (Aug. 5), REI Boulder (Aug. 5), REI Lakewood (Aug. 5), REI Denver (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. Englewood (July 29): more, registration required. Lakewood (July 29): more, registration required. Englewood (Aug. 5): more, registration required. Boulder (Aug. 5): more, registration required. Lakewood (Aug. 5): more, registration required. Denver (Aug. 19): more, registration required. Westminster (Aug. 20): more, registration required.
  • August 3. The Velvet Tour. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Did you know antlers are the fastest growing tissue in any mammal or that the amount of daylight can determine annual antler growth. Learn more about bucks in velvet with a naturalist and then spend time in the field spotting and photographing these magnificent mulies. More.
  • More Events & Classes: See our "Events & Training" page.
  • ORIC NEEDS VOLUNTEERS. See our "Volunteering" page.

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Most Popular Topics

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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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