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What's Happening

  • Warning: This website contains nearly 100 Google maps. Google recently "upgraded" its mapping software in a way that wrecked the formatting of textual information in our maps. We are working to fix this. But, since we have more than 3,000 items on these maps, it will take a while. Your patience with the ugly appearance of this text is appreciated.
  • December 13. Fitness Monitor Basics. REI Grand Junction. 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. How far is your favorite trail run? How fast is your pace? How many calories did you burn on your last hike? Join our technical experts to learn more about Fitness Technology components, use and functionality in your exercise and fitness routine. More, registration required.
  • December 13. Annual Holiday Open House at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Colorado Springs. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Bring your family and friends for an afternoon of fun that will include crafts, snacks, stories by the fire and a visit from Santa. There will also be a sale on park merchandise so you can check off the nature lover on your shopping list. Open house is at Visitors Center and is free. Normal admission required for rest of park. More.
  • December 13, 14. Winter Raptors. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Learn in a short program which birds of prey are soaring through the refuge's winter sky and how to easily identify them. Then venture out with a aturalist to put your ID skills to the test. More.
  • December 13, 16. Snowshoeing Basics. REI Fort Collins (Dec. 13, 10:30 a.m. - noon), REI Boulder (Dec. 16, 6:30 - 8:00 a.m.). Our experienced staff will focus on the appropriate selection of gear as well as the basics on what you need and where to go to get started.. Fort Collins: more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required.
  • December 20, 21. Holiday Wildlife Tours. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 9:30 a.m. - noon. Spread the holiday cheer with family and friends on a special two-hour guided wildlife viewing tour while keeping warm in our bus. After the tour make a "frosty" fun-filled holiday craft to take home. More.
  • 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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