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  • June 11-19. Fishing Tournaments. Sponsored by Colorado Parks & Wildlife. 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.  CP&W listing.
  • June 18. 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! More.
  • June 18. Planting for Pollinators. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Assist Refuge staff by enhancing habitat for pollinators by planting native wildfowers along the Lake Ladora trail. These plants will provide an ongoing nectar source for butterfles, bees, and other pollinators. Be ready to work outdoors for 1-1.5 hours, wear closed toe shoes, bring water, and sunscreen. More.
  • June 18, 19, 25, 26. Owls Underground. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. What a hoot! Join a naturalist for a short presentation about the charismatic, spindly-legged burrowing owl. Then spend time in the feld observing their behavior and their emerging owlets!  More.
  • June 19. Build-a-Bison. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Join us for a hands-on experience exploring real bison bones as we assemble a bison skeleton from head to tail. Learn the secrets bones tell us about this specifc bison and see how these large bones provide bison with the body support and protection they need to move and thrive in the prairie. More.
  • June 21. Backpacking Basics II: What's Inside Your Pack. REI Colorado Springs. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. So you have your backpack loaded with all the "necessary" items for your next backpacking trip. Still think you might be carrying too much? Join REI for this small group session on how to cut weight and tailor your gear to best suit your needs. More, registration required.
  • June 21, 30. How to Climb a 14er. REI Boulder (June 21), REI Colorado Springs (June 30). 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. Boulder: more, registration required. Colorado Springs: more, registration required.
  • June 22. 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. REI More, registration required.
  • June 22. Sixty Meters to Anywhere -- Redemption in the Mountains. REI Boulder. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Join Denver-based adventure writer Brendan Leonard, of Semi-Rad.com, for a motivational stand-up comedy show inspired by his new book about finding an identity. More, registration required.
  • June 22, 28. Rocky Mountain Camping Basics. REI Westminster (June 22), REI Boulder (June 28). 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Whether you are new to the Rocky Mountain Region or are new to camping, this class is sure to inform and inspire! We will cover the basics: Rocky Mountain essentials, gear and equipment, local activities, great regional resources and areas to camp! Westminster: more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required.
  • June 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.  More, registration required.
  • June 23. Bike Maintenance Basics -- Level 2: Brakes & Drive Train. REI Boulder. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. If you've already taken a Bike Maintenance Basics class, this is your next step! Get prepared for the road or trail ahead by digging a little deeper into the components of your ride and learn what minor adjustments you can make. More, registration required.
  • 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 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 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

  • It's officially winter and the Eagle region (Vail, Glenwood Springs, Flat Tops) now has a winter trails page with 59 listings. That region's day 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 winter trails page with 62 trail listings. The day 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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