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- July 23. Stream Splashers. Rocky
Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 10:00 -
11:30 a.m. Roll up your pants and get wet as we search for mayflies,
stoneflies, water striders, and other aquatic critters in Refuge ponds
using dip nets, magnifying glasses, and bug jars. Participants will
receive a stream invertebrates ID guide. Please wear closed - toe
shoes. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
- July 23. Send the Pinnacle Party and
Climbing Competition. REI Denver. 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. Join us for
the first ever Send the Pinnacle party and climbing competition! Enjoy
live music, free food and free Upslope Brewing Company beers. First to
climb the 5.13a route gets a $100 REI gift card and the fastest wins a
Black Diamond rack! Party:
- July 23, 30. Badger Flats Habitat
Restoration. South Park near Lake George. 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the Colorado
Mountain Club and the USFS South Park Ranger District. Volunteers are
invited to spend a day addressing wildlife habitat degradation by
installing signs, constructing natural barriers & fences, re-seeding,
inventorying and closing non-system roads and trails. A light
breakfast and full lunch will be provided for all who join. July 23:
- July 24. Build-a-Bison. Rocky
Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 1:00
2:30 p.m. Join us for a hands-on experience exploring real bison
bones as we assemble a bison skeleton from head to tail. Learn the
secrets bones tell us about this specifc bison and see how these large
bones provide bison with the body support and protection they need to
move and thrive in the prairie.
- July 24, 30. Wildlife Viewing
Tours. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
northeast of Denver. 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Come aboard our Refuge bus for
a guided tour to view bison, hawks, coyotes, waterfowl, deer, and
more! Refuge wildflowers are in full bloom adding a splash of color to
the prairie landscape. Groups of up to 10 are welcome. Space is
limited and a reservation is required.
- July 26. Backpacking Basics for Women.
REI Boulder (July 26), REI Colorado Springs (July 26). 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
- July 27. Bike Maintenance Basics --
Level 1. REI Englewood (July 27),
REI Westminster (July 27). 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Routine bike
maintenance keeps you riding smoothly and prolongs the life of your
bike. Join us for this introductory class to help you take care of
your bike! Englewood:
- July 27. First Aid Essentials -- What's
In Your Kit?. REI
Colorado Springs. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. This practical class is an easy way
to gain understanding of what is inside your first aid kit. Let's dig
into one of our kits, learn how to use the materials inside and
discuss the scope of practice.
- July 27, 28. How to Climb
REI Lakewood (July 27), REI Colorado Springs (July 28).
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
required. Colorado Springs:
- July 28. Backpacking Basics.
Denver. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. REI will take the mystery out of
backpacking with an overview of planning, preparation and gear. Learn
how to choose a pack, select proper clothing and footwear.
more, registration required.
- July 29. Rocky Flats National Wildlife
Refuge Nature Hike. 10801 Highway 93, Golden. 9:30 - 11:30
a.m. Join us to explore the wildlife and birds of the Refuge. Please
be comfortable hiking up to 3 miles. Call 303-289-0930 to make a
- July 30. Kid's Fishing Clinic. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
northeast of Denver. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Grab your fshing pole and
head to Lake Mary for a hands-on clinic offering tips and tricks for
fishing fun! Experienced anglers from Environmental Learning for Kids’
Youth Urban Ranger Program will be on hand to help, and poles will be
available for loan. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
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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 trail 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
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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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.
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