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1926 - 2016
The woman who built the Colorado Trail 
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  • July 23. Stream Splashers. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Roll up your pants and get wet as we search for mayflies, stoneflies, water striders, and other aquatic critters in Refuge ponds using dip nets, magnifying glasses, and bug jars. Participants will receive a stream invertebrates ID guide. Please wear closed - toe shoes. Recommended for ages 6 and up. More.
  • July 23. Send the Pinnacle Party and Climbing Competition. REI Denver. 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. Join us for the first ever Send the Pinnacle party and climbing competition! Enjoy live music, free food and free Upslope Brewing Company beers. First to climb the 5.13a route gets a $100 REI gift card and the fastest wins a Black Diamond rack! Party: more, registration required. Climb: more, registration required.
  • July 23, 30. Badger Flats Habitat Restoration. South Park near Lake George. 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Colorado Mountain Club and the USFS South Park Ranger District. Volunteers are invited to spend a day addressing wildlife habitat degradation by installing signs, constructing natural barriers & fences, re-seeding, inventorying and closing non-system roads and trails. A light breakfast and full lunch will be provided for all who join. July 23: more. July 30: more. Registration requested.
  • July 24. Build-a-Bison. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 1:00 - 2:30 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.
  • July 24, 30. Wildlife Viewing Tours. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Come aboard our Refuge bus for a guided tour to view bison, hawks, coyotes, waterfowl, deer, and more! Refuge wildflowers are in full bloom adding a splash of color to the prairie landscape. Groups of up to 10 are welcome. Space is limited and a reservation is required. More.
  • July 26. Backpacking Basics for Women. REI Boulder (July 26), REI Colorado Springs (July 26). 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. Boulder: more, registration required. Colorado Springs: more, registration required.
  • July 27. Bike Maintenance Basics -- Level 1. REI Englewood (July 27), REI Westminster (July 27). 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Routine bike maintenance keeps you riding smoothly and prolongs the life of your bike. Join us for this introductory class to help you take care of your bike! Englewood: more, registration required. Westminster: more, registration required.
  • July 27. First Aid Essentials -- What's In Your Kit?. REI Colorado Springs. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. This practical class is an easy way to gain understanding of what is inside your first aid kit. Let's dig into one of our kits, learn how to use the materials inside and discuss the scope of practice. More, registration required.
  • July 27, 28. How to Climb a 14er. REI Lakewood (July 27), REI Colorado Springs (July 28). 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. Lakewood: more, registration required. Colorado Springs: more, registration required.
  • July 28. Backpacking Basics. REI Denver. 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: more, registration required. More, registration required.
  • July 29. Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge Nature Hike. 10801 Highway 93, Golden. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Join us to explore the wildlife and birds of the Refuge. Please be comfortable hiking up to 3 miles. Call 303-289-0930 to make a reservation. More.
  • July 30. 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 Lake Mary for a hands-on clinic offering tips and tricks for fishing fun! Experienced anglers from Environmental Learning for Kids’ Youth Urban Ranger Program will be on hand to help, and poles will be available for loan. Recommended for ages 6 and up. More.
  • More Events & Classes: See our "Events & Training" page.
  • ORIC NEEDS VOLUNTEERS. See our "Volunteering" page.


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  • 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.

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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 printable brochure.

Visit us at REI: 1416 Platte St. Store location map.

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National Park Service
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Colorado Mountain Club
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Colorado Parks and Wildlife
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