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What's Happening

  • April 11. Barr Lake Third Annual 5k Raptor Run. Barr Lake State Park. 9:00 a.m. Sponsored by the Friends of Barr Lake. Enjoy a spring run through the wildlife refuge and see the many natural wonders the park has to offer. All proceeds will benefit the education, recreation and conservation programs that are offered at Barr Lake. More.
  • April 11, 15, 22. 23, 28. Bike Maintenance Basics. REI Fort Collins (April 11), REI Westminster (April 15), REI Colorado Springs (April 22), REI Boulder (April 23), REI Lakewood (April 28). 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. Fort Collins: more, registration required. Westminster: more, registration required. Colorado Springs: more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required. Lakewood: more, registration required.
  • April 12. Beginning Birding. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Learn the secrets to identifying common birds using shapes, size, and color in an auditorium presentation. Then try out your new skills with naturalists stationed at key birding locations on the Refuge. Participants receive a special Refuge bird guide. More.
  • April 12, 18, 19, 25. 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.
  • April 13, 15, 21, 30. How to Climb a 14er. REI Fort Collins (April 13), REI Englewood (April 15), REI Lakewood (April 21), REI Denver (April 30). 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. Fort Collins: more, registration required. Englewood: more, registration required. Lakewood: more, registration required. Denver: more, registration required.
  • April 14, 23, 30. Backpacking by Bike -- Bikepacking Basics. REI Lakewood (April 14), REI Denver (April 23), REI Boulder (April 30). 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Bikepacking is an increasingly popular way to enjoy the outdoors. Join us to learn about a fun choice for cyclists, couples or even families who like to ride together. Lakewood: more, registration required. Denver: more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required.
  • April 15. Beauty and Friendship on the Colorado Trail. REI Denver. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Come join 2014 solo thru-hiker David Fanning as he tells his story of amazing beauty, extraordinary friendship, and youth regained along the Colorado Trail. More, registration required.
  • April 15. Rock Climbing Basics. REI Colorado Springs. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Join REI for an introductory class in rock climbing. Participants will leave with an understanding of the different types of climbing, what gear is necessary and the basics on how to get started. Note: this is an informational class - not an "on-the-wall" climbing session. More, registration required.
  • April 16, 22, 25, 28. Rocky Mountain Backpacking. REI Denver (April 16), REI Englewood (April 22), REI Fort Collins (April 25), REI Boulder (April 28). 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. Denver: more, registration required. Englewood: more, registration required. Fort Collins: more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required.
  • April 18. Hike-N-Bird. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Calling all birders from novice to expert. Look for the Refuge‚Äôs feathered friends while getting some exercise! This hike explores woodland, wetland, and prairie habitats. Please be comfortable hiking up to 3 miles. 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

  • 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.

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