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What's Happening

  • April 10. How to Climb a 14er. REI Westminster. 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. More, registration required.
  • April 12. Raptor Education Foundation Open House. 17101 E. 136th Avenue, Brighton. 11:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m. We will be providing two informal presentations at approximately 11:45 a.m.  and 1:00 p.m. in the courtyard of our mews.  Bring your camera!  More, RSVP requested.
  • April 12. Welcome Back Turkey Vulture Day. Castlewood Canyon State Park east of Castle Rock. 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Nothing heralds the return of spring to Castlewood Canyon State Park more than the sight of turkey vultures circling high above in search of food. The park boasts the largest summer roost of turkey vultures in Colorado, with up to 100 birds some seasons. More.
  • April 12. Seventh Annual Fishing Frenzy. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Denver. 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Calling all youth anglers ages 3 to 15! Grab your poles or borrow one from us -- and join us for a fishing derby. Visit educational booths to learn about fish identification, fly tying, and more. Prizes will be awarded. More. Reservations required: call Commerce City Parks and Recreation at 303-289-3689.
  • April 15, 16, 22. Bike Maintenance Basics. REI Boulder (April 15, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m), REI Denver (April 15, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m), REI Englewood (April 15, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m), REI Lakewood (April 15, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m), REI Westminster (April 16, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m), REI Fort Collins (April 22, 4:00 - 5:30 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. Boulder: more, registration required. Denver: more, registration required. Englewood: more, registration required. Lakewood: more, registration required. Westminster: more, registration required. Fort Collins: more, registration required.
  • April 16, 29. Backpacking Basics. REI Colorado Springs (April 16,  6:30 - 8:00 p.m.), REI Boulder (April 29,  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. Colorado Springs: more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required.
  • April 17. Clear Creek Fly Fishing Presentation. Colorado Mountain Club, American Mountaineering Center, 10th & Washington, Golden. 7:00 p.m. Kerry Caraghar will give a presentation on fishing Clear Creek.  He will cover the alpine lakes and tributaries that feed this drainage all the way to Golden, as well as flies and rigs for fishing these waters.  More.
  • April 18-20. Trail Running Festival. McInnis Canyon National Conservation Area west of Grand Junction. Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday. A weekend of fun and running on the beautiful trails near Fruita, Colorado. More.
  • April 19. Hike-N-Bird. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Denver. 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Grab your binoculars and wear your hiking shoes as a naturalist leads you on a guided walk through different Refuge habitats searching for and identifying our feathery friends. 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. This 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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