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What's Happening

  • February 24. Avalanche Awareness. REI Lakewood. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Learn to access local avalanche bulletins and weather reports, recognize basic signs of avalanche danger, and learn simple ways to help avoid avalanche danger. More, registration required.
  • February 24. Winter Camping Basics. REI Boulder. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. You like to camp, but have only tried it in the spring, summer & fall? Learn how to plan, stay warm, select winter appropriate gear and what to expect when setting up camp and during your overnight. More, registration required.
  • February 25. 10th Backcountry Film Festival. Grand Junction, Masonic Lodge, 2400 Consistory Court. 6:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. $. Don't miss the Backcountry Film Festival's nine unique films aimed to inspire winter adventurers to seek the snow less traveled. Produced by the Boise-based nonprofit, Winter Wildlands Alliance, The Backcountry Film Festival is renowned for its mix of professional and grassroots films . More.
  • February 25. Beauty and Friendship on the Colorado Trail. REI Boulder. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Come join 2014 solo thru-hiker David Fanning as he tells his story of amazing beauty, extraordinary friendship, and youth regained along the Colorado Trail. More, registration required.
  • February 25. Snowshoeing Basics. REI Westminster. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Join our experienced REI staff for a class on the basics of snowshoeing. We will focus on the appropriate selection of gear as well as the basics on what you need and where to go to get started. More, registration required.
  • February 26. Ski / Snowboard Waxing Basics. REI Boulder. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Taking care of your skis/board will help you have a great time on the slopes. Our technician will examine how and why waxes work and base preparation. More, registration required.
  • February 26-27. Banff Mountain Film Festival. Paramount Theater, Denver. 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. The 2015 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings films to about 400 communities around the world. From an exploration of remote landscapes and mountain cultures to adrenaline-fueled action sports, films in this year’s world tour are sure to captivate and amaze the explorer within you. This stop on the world tour is hosted by the Colorado Mountain Club which benefits from all proceeds. More.
  • February 28. Colorado Ice Fishing Tournaments. Colorado Parks & Wildlife listing.
  • February 28. Bird-ology Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Here’s your chance to be a wildlife biologist for the day! Get hands - on experience with bird banding techniques using assorted replica birds as part of an indoor mist - netting simulation, collect and record scientific data, and learn more about other conservation careers. Recommended for ages 8 - 12 years old. 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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