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What's Happening

  • October 18. Refuge Day. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Part of National Wildlife Refuge Week, Oct. 13-19. Explore the "wild" side of the Refuge during this free, fun-filled day for the entire family. Activities include wildlife viewing tours, arts and crafts, the Birds of Prey Foundation with live birds, the Denver Zoo with live animals, and more. More.
  • October 21. Snowshoeing Basics. REI Fort Collins. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. 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: More, registration required.
  • October 23, 28. Ski /Snowboard Waxing Basics. REI Denver (Oct. 23), REI Boulder (Oct. 28). 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. Denver: more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required.
  • October 25. Fall Hike 'n' Bird. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Calling all birders from novice to expert. This guided hike explores woodland, wetland, and prairie habitats. Three miles. More.
  • October 25, 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. More.
  • More Events & Classes: See our "Events & Training" page.
  • ORIC NEEDS VOLUNTEERS. See our "Volunteering" page.

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Most Popular Topics

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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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