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What's Happening

  • September 27. National Public Lands Day -- Free National Parks Admission. Eight national parks and monuments in Colorado are free today. More.
  • September 27. Volunteer for National Public Lands Day. Various locations. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. NPL Day is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. It improves public lands for outdoor recreation, with volunteers assisting land managers in hands-on work. More.
  • September 27. NoCo Nature Festival. Fort Collins' Nix Farm Natural Area. 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to a free day of fun including live animals, interactive activities, music, food, vendors, presentations, and giveaways! Bring the whole family to this nature celebration. More.
  • October 1. GORGING -- A Documentary Film about the Sport of Canyoneering. REI Denver. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Let's Go Canyoneering! GORGING is a documentary film that explores the sport of canyoneering. Follow weekend warrior Steve, learn what not to do, and embark on a potentially life threatening adventure. More, registration required.
  • October 1, 2, 14. Best Local Fall Hikes. REI Westminster (Oct. 1), REI Denver (Oct. 2), REI Englewood (Oct. 14), REI Lakewood (Oct. 14), REI Boulder (Oct. 14). 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Join our experts as they reveal their favorite fall hikes and help you plan an escape to cooler temperatures and fall colors on a day-hike. You will learn about trip planning, essential items, safety precautions, local resources and places to go. Westminster: more, registration required. Denver: more, registration required. Englewood: more, registration required. Lakewood: more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required.
  • October 2 - November 15. REI Boulder & Front Range Climbing Stewards -- Volunteer Royal Arch Trail Work. Boulder's Chautauqua Park. 9:00 - 5:00 p.m. We are looking for trail volunteers who want to be a part of getting this iconic trail reopened after it was badly damaged in the great flood. We'll be moving a significant amount of rock and material by hand and with a skyline. These events are listed as 9 to 5, but if you can also volunteer for a half day, say 8 - noon. More.
  • October 3. Running the Edge: The Colorado Trail. REI Denver. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Join us for an evening with Scott Jaime, family man and ultrarunner who set a new fastest known time record on The Colorado Trail. Scott will show the film documenting his journey and do Q-n-A. More, registration required.
  • October 4. Chautauqua Meadows Trail & Flood Restoration. Boulder's Chautauqua Park. 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. This year Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado turns 30! This project is one of nine Commemorative Projects we are hosting to highlight VOC's long-standing history caring for Colorado's outdoors. More.
  • October 4. Thunder on the Prairie. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Discover the history and behavior of the iconic American bison during a short auditorium presentation. Then venture out with a naturalist to get a closer look at these agile giants. 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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