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  • July 29, August 6, 12, 18, 19, 26. Gourmet Camp Cooking. REI Englewood (July 29), REI Denver (Aug. 6), REI Lakewood (Aug. 12), REI Boulder (Aug. 18), REI Fort Collins (Aug. 19), REI Westminster (Aug. 26). 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. If your camp meals have been following the same old pattern, join us for some insight into putting the gourmet back in your camping experience. We'll break down some of the components of great meals and translate how to bring them into the outdoors. Bring your appetite for adventure! Englewood: more, registration required. Denver: more, registration required. Lakewood: more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required. Fort Collins: more, registration required. Westminster: more, registration required.
  • July 29, 30, August 4, 12, 13, 19, 27. How to Climb a 14er. REI Lakewood (July 29), REI Colorado Springs (July 30), REI Denver (Aug. 4), REI Fort Collins (Aug. 12), REI Boulder (Aug. 13), REI Colorado Springs (Aug. 13), REI Westminster (Aug. 19), REI Grand Junction (Aug. 27). 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. except Grand Junction: 6:00 - 7:30 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. Denver: more, registration required. Fort Collins: more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required. Colorado Springs: more, registration required. Westminster: more, registration required. Grand Junction: more, registration required.
  • July 30. Map & Compass Clinic. REI Grand Junction. 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Come learn basic navigation skills using map and compass to find your way. In this in-store class you'll learn the parts of a compass, how to read a topographic map and how to use them in tandem. More, registration required.
  • July 30. Boot Fitting Basics. REI Boulder. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Choosing the right hiking boots is a process of savvy matchmaking. Your dream hiking boots will: Match your hiking ambitions & comfortably fit your feet. Join an REI Boot Fitting expert to learn the proper technique and information to help you find the ideal boot fit for your feet. More, registration required.
  • July 30, August 11, 20. Bike Maintenance Basics -- Level 1. REI Denver (July 30), REI Boulder (Aug. 11), REI Denver (Aug. 20), REI Colorado Springs (Aug. 20). 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. Denver: more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required. Denver: more, registration required. Colorado Springs: more, registration required.
  • August 3. Colorado Day -- Free Entrance to State Parks. Colorado Parks & Wildlife. Celebrate Colorado's acceptance into statehood with free access to all Colorado State Parks. Park entrance fees are waived, but activities like fishing and camping will still require a valid license or permit. More.
  • August 4. First Aid Essentials. 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.
  • August 4, 12, 18, 26. Rocky Mountain Camping Basics. REI Boulder (Aug. 4), REI Englewood (Aug. 12), REI Westminster (Aug. 12), REI Denver (Aug. 18), REI Lakewood (Aug. 26). 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! Boulder: more, registration required. Englewood: more, registration required. Westminster: more, registration required. Denver: more, registration required. Lakewood: more, registration required.
  • August 5. Prepare for the Unexpected -- Outdoor Emergency Basics. REI Colorado Springs. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Knowledge is Power and Preparation is Key. When you step into the wilderness, be prepared to help yourself and others. More, registration required.
  • August 6. Nature Tots -- Beaks and Feet. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Bird beaks and feet come in all shapes and sizes. Explore which beaks are best for scooping, cracking and picking, and who has the best feet for wading, swimming and snatching. This program is for toddlers ages 3 to 5 years old and is designed for fun adult-child interaction. More.
  • August 6. Backpacking Basics. REI Colorado Springs. 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. More, registration required.
  • August 8. Incredible Edibles! Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Did you know that Colorado‚Äôs prairies are full of edible seeds, berries and roots? Historically, plants like cattail roots and pincushion cacti have fed native peoples. Join Regional Archeologist Meg Van Ness and discover the botanical cornucopia found on the Refuge through an indoor program followed by a hike to learn which plants are incredible edibles. 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 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

  • Our Telluride region has been greatly beefed up. Our day hiking trails page now has 188 trail listings, an increase of 92. And we have a new backpacking trails page with 91 listings and a new winter trails page with 33 listings. Total trail listings on this website now: 3,791. 6/18/15.
  • For our Durango region, we have added a winter trails page with 36 trail listings. We have also added 85 listings to our day hiking trails page and 101 listings to our backpacking trails page. Total trail listings on this website now: 3,563. 4/21/15.
  • 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.

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