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What's Happening

  • May 28. Backpacking Basics for Women. REI Colorado Springs. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Let's face it. When it comes to backpacking, there are questions and concerns that are unique to women. Join an REI backpacking expert for answers, tips and gear recommendations just for you. More, registration required.
  • May 28, June 9, 10, 17, 24. How to Climb a 14er. REI Denver (May 28), REI Boulder (June 9), REI Westminster (June 17), REI Lakewood (June 24), Colorado Springs (June 10). 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Join REI as we give you the basic essentials and know-how to tackle the Colorado giants: 14,000 foot and other high altitude peaks. Denver: more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required. Colorado Springs: more, registration required. Westminster: more, registration required. Lakewood: more, registration required.
  • May 28, June 3, 16, 17, 18. Bike Maintenance Basics. REI Grand Junction (May 28), REI Westminster (Jue 3), REI Colorado Springs (June 16), REI Lakewood (June 17) REI Boulder (June 18). 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. Grand Junction: more, registration required. Westminster: more, registration required. Colorado Springs: more, registration required. Lakewood: more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required.
  • May 29, June 13. Hike-N-Bird. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 8:30 - 11:00 a.m. Calling all birders from novice to expert. Look for the Refuge’s feathered friends while getting some exercise! This hike explores woodland, wetland, and prairie habitats. Please be comfortable hiking up to 3 miles. More.
  • May 30. Kids Fishing Clinic. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Experienced anglers from Environmental Learning for Kids Youth Urban Rangers will be on hand to help and poles will available for loan. Learn about line casting, as well as Colorado’s native and nonnative fsh, anatomy, and adaptations! Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years old. More.
  • May 30. Apple Blossom Bike Tour. Town Park in Cedaredge. 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Rides for all skill levels; Proceeds benefit Cedaredge BSA Troop 482 and area youth groups. More.
  • May 30/31. REI Campout: Golden Gate State Park. 11:00 a.m. $10/15 member/nonmember per 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.
  • June 2. Family Camping Basics. REI Colorado Springs. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Have you wanted to try camping with your family but don't know how to get started? We will cover the basics including: how to be comfortable camping, gear and equipment, and family fun activities. More, registration required.
  • June 2, 10, 16, 20, 24. Rocky Mountain Camping Basics. REI Boulder (June 2), REI Lakewood (June 10), REI Denver (June 16), REI Fort Collins (June 20), REI Westminster (June 24). 6:30 - 8:00 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! Boulder: more, registration required  Lakewood: more, registration required. Denver: more, registration required. Fort Collins: more, registration required. Westminster: more, registration required.
  • June 6. I Dig the Refuge. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Explore and uncover the layers of time through your own artifact dig box while learning about the basic concepts and tools of archaeology. This program also includes a "behind the scenes" opportunity to see and handle artifacts found at the Refuge dating as far back as 3,000 years! This family program is recommended for ages 8 and up.  More.
  • June 6. National Trails Day: Soapstone Prairie - Fort Collins. Soapstone Prairie Natural Area. 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Volunteers of all ages are invited to help reroute a trail to make way for bison reintroduction. More.
  • June 6. National Trails Day: Uncompaghre Trail Work Day. Southeast of Grand Junction. Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association. 12:00 p.m. Plan on camping Friday and/or Saturday nights near Divide Forks. We will hit the trails and do some clean up on Saturday and then enjoy a BBQ on Saturday afternoon. Sunday there are many nearby trails for any ability. More.
  • June 6-7. 2015 Subaru Elephant Rock Cycling Festival. Soapstone Prairie Natural Area. This is the unofficial start to the Colorado cycling season. You will not want to miss the excitement and camaraderie of the 28th annual pilgrimage to Castle Rock. More.
  • June 6-7. Free Fishing Weekend. Colorado Parks & Wildlife. No fishing license required anywhere in the state. Other regulations must still be followed. More.
  • June 7. 3rd Annual Backyard Benefit. Colorado Mountain Club. American Mountaineering Center, Golden. 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. $15-20. Benefits the club's Youth Education Program. Sit back and listen to bluegrass by Caribou Mountain Collective. Enjoy picnic snacks by Whole Foods, cold beer from Odell Brewery or some gelato from Roaming Bull's Gelato Bike!. 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 trial 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.

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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
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


Recent Updates to This Site

  • 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.
  • We have added 39 trail listings to our North Park region trail pages: day hiking, backpacking, winter. Total trail listings on this website now: 3,275. 1/23/15.
  • Our Granby region trail pages (day hiking, backpacking, winter) have had a total of 73 trails added, most of them on the backpacking page. Total trail listings on this website now: 3,236. 1/7/15.