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What's Happening

  • August 3. The Velvet Tour. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Did you know antlers are the fastest growing tissue in any mammal or that the amount of daylight can determine annual antler growth. Learn more about bucks in velvet with a naturalist and then spend time in the field spotting and photographing these magnificent mulies. More.
  • August 4-8. Colorado Mountain Club's Camping and Climbing Getaway. American Mountaineering Center, Golden. 8:00 a.m. $650. Five-day camp for 14-17 year-olds. Day one will include time for equipment checks, packing and driving to our campsite in Southwest Colorado at Penitente Canyon. Our days will be spent climbing and exploring the unique landscape of the San Luis Valley and Penitente Canyon. This year includes a full day trip to the Great Sand Dunes National Park. More.
  • August 5, 19, 20. Bike Maintenance Basics. REI Englewood (Aug. 5), REI Boulder (Aug. 5), REI Lakewood (Aug. 5), REI Denver (Aug. 19), REI Westminster (Aug. 20). 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. Englewood: more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required. Lakewood: more, registration required. Denver: more, registration required. Westminster: more, registration required.
  • August 7. Bike Maintenance Basics for Women. REI Colorado Springs. 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 for women designed to help you take care of your bike. More, registration required.
  • August 9. Colorado River Clean Up. Three Grand Junction river put-in locations. 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. This is the 10th annual Colorado River Clean Up. Register at http://gjrivercleanup.info/ or call 970-241-0441 for more information. More.
  • August 9-10. Mesa Top Trail Work Weekend. Flowing Park Reservoir on Grand Mesa. 8:30 a.m. Join Anotelli's Advanced Automotive and Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association August 9th and 10th as they try to finish the Mesa Top Trail on the Grand Mesa. Campout on the 9th. Both days not required. More.
  • August 12. Trailside First Aid & Safety for Your Dog. REI Fort Collins. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. What do you need, and what do you need to know, to safely take your dog into the wilderness? Join Dr. Nicole Van Gurp of Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado for important tips. More, registration required.
  • August 13. Celebrating Wild Connections. REI Boulder. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. In honor of the Wilderness Act's 50th anniversary, the Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance will be at the Boulder REI to discuss the unifying and restorative importance of Colorado's wilderness areas. More, registration required.
  • 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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Recent Updates to This Site

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