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What's Happening

  • 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.
  • March 3, 11, 19, 23, 25, 31. Rocky Mountain Backpacking. REI Lakewood (March 3), REI Westminster (March 11), REI Denver (March 19), REI Fort Collins (March 23), REI Englewood (March 25), REI Boulder (March 31). 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. REI will take the mystery out of backpacking in the Rocky Mountains with an overview of planning, preparation and gear. Along with local information, learn how to choose a pack, select proper clothing and footwear. Lakewood: more, registration required. Westminster: more, registration required. Denver: more, registration required. Fort Collins: more, registration required. Englewood: more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required.
  • March 4. Fitness Monitor Basics. REI Englewood. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. How far is your favorite trail run? How fast is your pace? How many calories did you burn on your last hike? Join our technical experts to learn more about Fitness Technology components, use and functionality in your exercise and fitness routine. More, registration required.
  • March 5. How to Climb a 14er in Winter. REI Colorado Springs. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Join REI as we give you the basic essentials and know-how to tackle the Colorado giants in Winter. More, registration required.
  • March 7. Barnelopet (for Kids) Cross-Country Race. Skyway Nordic Area, Grand Mesa. 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lessons and fun races - all free. Call 970-434-9753, Sons of Norway & Grand Mesa Nordic Council  More.
  • March 7. Last Colorado Parks and Wildlife Ice Fishing Tournament. Eleven Mile Reservoir. More.
  • March 7, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28. Wildlife Viewing Tours. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. Saturday: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Sunday: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Spring has sprung and what better way to view bison, hawks, coyotes, migrating birds and more, than a 2-hour guided wildlife tour on our Refuge bus! 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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