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What's Happening

  • March 21. Mountain Fest. Colorado Mountain Club. American Mountaineering Center, Golden. 12:30 - 6:00 p.m. The perfect way to get motivated and learn skills for spring and summer mountain adventures. This year’s event will feature free outdoor skills clinics, indoor rock climbing, and an expo featuring the club’s popular hiking and mountaineering schools, conservation program, mountaineering museum, adventure travel, youth education program, and much more. More.
  • March 21. Get Ready to Bike Your Drive -- Bicycle Commuting Basics. REI Fort Collins. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Bike commuting means different things to everyone, and before you start, it's important to understand why you ride. This will impact where you ride, how frequently you ride, and what gear you may need. More, registration required.
  • March 21. Who's Tracking Who? Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Learn how to find and identify animal tracks during an indoor program, then go outside with rangers to practice. Gain skills in reading and interpreting how tracks tell stories and make your very own plaster track cast! More.
  • March 21, 22, 28. 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.
  • March 23, 25, 31. Rocky Mountain Backpacking. REI Fort Collins (March 23), REI Englewood (March 25), REI Boulder (March 31). 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. Fort Collins: more, registration required. Englewood: more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required.
  • March 25. Backpacking Basics for Women. REI Colorado Springs. 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. More, registration required.
  • March 26. Nature Tots -- Just Ducky. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Spring is here and that means ducks and lots of them! We’ll learn where they’ve been all winter, all about their “quacky” behavior, and why they come back each spring. This program is for toddlers ages 3 to 5 years old with fun adult-child interaction. More.
  • March 27. Taste of the Trail: Benefit for the Continental Divide Trail Coalition. REI Denver. 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. $ Come enjoy delicious trail-specific food and beverages, and free beer samples from Upslope Brewing Company (for 21+). More, registration required.
  • March 27 / April 3. Spring Break Wildlife Viewing Tours. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Looking for something fun, free, and new to do during spring break? Join us on our two-hour guided wildlife viewing tour to see bison, coyotes, hawks, migrating birds, and more! Friends and family are sure to have a “wild” time. 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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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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