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- May 28. The Masked Bandit.
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver.
10:00 - 10:45 a.m. Join a naturalist and meet the Refuge’s live
black-footed ferrets. Discover how this fragile species was brought
back from the brink of extinction and why ferrets were released into
the wild at the Refuge. You’ll also get a chance to see the ferrets
have their mid-morning snack!
- May 28, June 10. Hike-N-Bird. Rocky
Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 9:00 -
11:30 a.m. Calling all birders from novice to expert. Look for the
Refuge’s feathered friends while getting some exercise! This hike
explores woodland, wetland, and prairie habitats. Please be
comfortable hiking up to 3 miles.
- June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. REI Run Club: Denver. REI
Denver. 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Join the REI Run Club for your fitness fix
and we will inspire you to get outside and keep running. The REI Run
Club meets 1x/week and is free to anyone who wants to join.
- June 1, 7. Preparing for the
Unexpected -- Outdoor Emergency Basics. REI Westminster (June
1), REI Colorado Springs (June 7).
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Knowledge is Power and Preparation is Key. When you
step into the wilderness, be prepared to help yourself and others.
registration required. Westminster:
- June 1, 8. Sleeping on the Summits. REI
Denver (June 1), REI Boulder (June 8). 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Join Dr. Jon
Kedrowsk, the author of the Colorado classic, Sleeping on the
Summits: Colorado 14er High Bivys for the release of his newest
book Sleeping on the Summits: Cascade Volcanoes. Denver:
- June 1, 7, 22. Backpacking Basics for Women.
REI Lakewood (June 1). REI Boulder (June 7), REI Colorado Springs
(June 22). 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
you. REI Lakewood:
registration required.REI Boulder:
REI Colorado Springs:
- June 1, 7, 15, 21, 30. How to Climb
REI Colorado Springs (June 1, 30), REI Denver (June 7), REI Englewood
(June 15), REI Westminster (June 15), REI Boulder (June 21). 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. Colorado Springs (June 1):
required. Colorado Springs (June 30):
- June 2, 8. Backpacking Basics. REI
Boulder (June 2), REI Colorado Springs (June 8). 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. Boulder:
registration required. Colorado Springs:
- June 2, 30. Getting to Know
your GoPro -- GoPro Basics. REI Denver. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Looking to get a GoPro, or you have one and would like some insight
into best practices for capturing your life's most exciting moments?
Join our GoPro experts for this class and Get to Know Your GoPro. We
will focus on the camera's user interface, video capture, image
settings, and accessories.
- June 4. 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 the Refuge for some free fshing fun! Experienced anglers from
Environmental Learning for Kids Youth Urban Rangers will be on hand to
help and poles will available for loan. Learn about line casting,
native fsh, and anatomy. For ages 8 to 12 years old.
- June 4. National Trails Day: Dedisse Park
Repairs. Evergreen. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Despite the great
natural beauty of this Denver Mountain Park the area is being heavily
damaged by off trail use and erosion. In a huge multi-project effort
volunteers will reverse this trend by closing damaged areas and
helping create a single sustainable trail for people through the park.
Volunteers will transplant, seed, install erosion control structures
and build new sections of trail.
- June 4, 5. National Trails Day: Cheyenne
Mountain Park Repairs. Colorado Springs. 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
With the influx of visitors, it's important to minimize disturbances
to the park's unique ecology. Volunteers will continue last year's
efforts constructing the new Dixon Trail, which will allow visitors to
access some of the most spectacular places in the park while
preserving habitat. To reach the project worksite on the far western
edge of the park, a strenuous 1-mile hike is required.
- June 4, 5, 11, 12. Wildlife Viewing
Tours. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
northeast of Denver. 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Enjoy a guided tour on our
Refuge bus while viewing nature’s nursery and the arrival of our
migratory, feathered friends. Bison calves, fawns, and coyote pups are
exploring the prairie while migratory birds are busy building their
- June 4-12, 11-19. Fishing Tournaments.
Sponsored by Colorado Parks & Wildlife. The first will be a smallmouth
bass tournament at Ridgeway State Park near Ouray. The second will be
a smallmouth bass and northern pike tournament at Elkhead State Park
near Craig. Free except for park entry fee. Participants can win boats
and fishing gear.
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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.
The rest of the sections in the menu in the left column ought to be
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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.
Store location map.
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Recent Updates to This Site
- It's officially winter and the Eagle region (Vail, Glenwood Springs,
Flat Tops) now has a
trails page with 59 listings. That region's
hiking trails page has increased from 130 listings to 297. And the
backpacking trips page has jumped from 5 to 133. Total trail
listings on this website now: 4,326. 12/29/15.
- The Aspen region pages are now bigger and better. We have a new
trails page with 62 trail listings. The
hiking trails page has 44 more listings for a total of 131. The
backpacking trips page, which had only 3 listings, now has 78. Total
trail listings on this website now: 3,972. 9/22/15.
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