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- October 30. Spooktacular Spiders. Rocky
Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 10:00 - 11:00
a.m. Join us for a fun-filled Halloween program about spders. Learn
about their webs, how they move and what they like to eat. Make a
spooky spider craft and trick-or-treat for some yummy treats.
- October 31. 5th Annual Halloween Costume
Hike. Colorado Mountain Club's Fort Collins Group at Devil's
Backbone Open Space. 9:00 p.m. Please join us in a costume of your choice to explore this scenic area
for ghosts, goblins, tricks and treats. We
will hike about 2 miles to the north end of Laughing Horse Loop then
return along Laughing Horse, Hunters and Wild loop for a total of
about 5 miles. We will
stop to enjoy some spook food, compare costumes and share Halloween
- November 3, 4, 5, 11. Snowshoeing
Basics. REI Colorado Springs (Nov. 3), REI Denver (Nov.4), REI
Englewood (Nov.4), REI Lakewood (Nov.4), REI Boulder (Nov.4), REI
Westminster (Nov.5), REI Fort Collins (Nov. 11). 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. Colorado Springs:
required. Fort Collins:
- November 4, 12. Ski /Snowboard Waxing
Basics. REI Fort Collins (Nov. 4), REI Westminister (Nov. 12). 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.
Fort Collins: more,
- November 6. Avalanche Awareness. REI
Colorado Springs. 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.
- November 6. Colorado Mountain Club --
Snowshoeing Presentation. American Mountaineering Center,
Golden. 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
backcountry snowshoeing with Colorado Mountain Club Press author Alan
Apt. Learn snowshoeing basics and winter mountaineering tips, and see
beautiful photos of the more than 80 trails in his full-color, second
edition of the best seller, Snowshoe Routes: Colorado's Front
- November 8. Ninth Annual Georgetown
Bighorn Sheep Festival. Georgetown. 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Georgetown is one of the few places in Colorado you
are almost guaranteed to see bighorn sheep, particularly during
breeding season in November and December.
The festival is timed to coincide with the sheep’s head-banging mating
season, often referred to as “the clash.”
- November 8. Birding for Beginners. Rocky
Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 8:30 - 11:30
a.m. Learn how to identify our migratory feathered friends during a
short auditorium presentation. Then venture out to different habitats
with naturalists to put your skills to the test. Binoculars
recommended or borrow a pair from us.
- More Events & Classes: See our
- ORIC NEEDS VOLUNTEERS. See our
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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
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
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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
Visit us at REI: 1416 Platte St.
Store location map.
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Recent Updates to This Site
- All of our Fort Collins region pages have been updated: the
region profile page,
day hiking trails page,
backpacking page, and
winter trails page. We have added 56 more trail listings. Total
trail listings on this website now: 3,049. 10/17/14.
- All of our 26 Colorado regions have profile pages now with the addition
of our new "Northeast Plains
Region Profile" page. And we have a new
"Northeast Plains Region Day Hiking Trail Index" with 11 trail
listings. Total trail listings on this website now: 2,976. 9/26/14.
- To round out our Cañon City Region offerings, we have increased the
trail listings on our
"Cañon City Region Backpacking Trails/Trips Index" from 1 to 60. And
we have a new
"Cañon City Region Winter Trails Index" with 5 trail listings. Total
trail listings on this website now: 2,965. 9/13/14.
- Have a look at our new
"Cañon City Region Day Hiking Trail Index" with 86 trail listings. Total trail listings on this website now: 2,901.
- Our Cañon City Region now has a
"Cañon City Region Profile" page.
- ORIC's "Colorado Huts,
Yurts, & Cabins Index" has been updated with six more back-country
lodgings. That makes a total of 164. 8/1/14.
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