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- April 10. How to Climb a 14er.
REI Westminster. 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.
- April 12. Raptor Education Foundation
17101 E. 136th Avenue, Brighton. 11:00 a.m -
2:00 p.m. We will be providing two informal presentations at
approximately 11:45 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in the courtyard of our mews.
Bring your camera!
- April 12. Welcome Back Turkey Vulture Day.
Castlewood Canyon State Park east of Castle Rock. 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Nothing heralds the return of spring to Castlewood Canyon State Park
more than the sight of turkey vultures circling high above in search
of food. The park boasts the largest summer roost of turkey vultures
in Colorado, with up to 100 birds some seasons.
- April 12. Seventh Annual Fishing Frenzy.
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Denver. 8:00 a.m. -
12:00 p.m. Calling all youth anglers ages 3 to 15! Grab your poles or
borrow one from us -- and join us for a fishing derby. Visit
educational booths to learn about fish identification, fly tying, and
more. Prizes will be awarded.
Reservations required: call Commerce City Parks and Recreation at
- April 15, 16, 22. Bike
REI Boulder (April
15, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m), REI Denver (April 15, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m), REI
Englewood (April 15, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m), REI Lakewood (April 15, 6:30 -
8:00 p.m), REI Westminster (April 16, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m), REI Fort
Collins (April 22, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.). Routine maintenance on your
bike can keep you riding smooth and prolong the life of your bike.
Join an introductory class designed to help you take care of your
bike. Boulder: more,
Fort Collins: more,
- April 16, 29. Backpacking Basics.
Springs (April 16, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.), REI Boulder (April 29,
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. Colorado Springs:
- April 17. Clear Creek Fly Fishing
Presentation. Colorado Mountain Club, American Mountaineering
Center, 10th & Washington, Golden. 7:00 p.m.
Kerry Caraghar will give a presentation on fishing Clear Creek. He
will cover the alpine lakes and tributaries that feed this drainage
all the way to Golden, as well as flies and rigs for fishing these
- April 18-20. Trail Running Festival.
McInnis Canyon National Conservation Area west of Grand Junction.
Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday. A weekend of fun and
running on the beautiful trails near Fruita, Colorado.
- April 19. Hike-N-Bird.
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Denver. 9:00 - 11:00
a.m. Grab your binoculars and wear your hiking shoes as a naturalist
leads you on a guided walk through different Refuge habitats searching
for and identifying our feathery friends.
- More Events & Classes: See our
- ORIC NEEDS VOLUNTEERS. See our
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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. This 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
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
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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
Visit us at REI: 1416 Platte St.
Store location map.
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Recent Updates to This Site
- Another addition for the Steamboat Region: our new
"Steamboat Region Winter Trail Index" with 50 trail listings. Total
trail listings on this website now: 2,298. 3/14/14.
- We have added 76 trail listings to our
"Steamboat Region Backpacking Trips Index". Total trail listings on
this website now: 2,248. 3/6/14.
- The Steamboat Region now has a new
"Steamboat Region Profile"
page and a new
"Steamboat Region Day Hiking Trails Index" with 117 trail listings.
Total trail listings on this website now: 2,172. 3/4/14.
- Check out our new search feature above,
provided by our newest volunteer, Chris Canipe. 2/14/14.
- Our statewide
listing of sledding and tubing hills has been updated with 11
- If you like a hot soak, our new
"Colorado Hot Springs
Index" lists and maps 36 places to do it across the state. 1/29/14.
- We have a new
"North Park Region Winter Trails Index" with 11 trail listings for
snowshoers and cross-country skiers. And we have added book and map
references to our
"North Park Region Day Hiking Trails Index". If you don't know about
State Forest State Park, have a look. Total trail listings on this
website now: 2,054. 1/21/14.
- There are now 11 more trail listings on our
Region Winter Trails Index" for a total of 33. Total trail listings
on this website now: 2,041. 1/16/14.
"Summit County Region Winter Trails Index" now has 31 more trail
listings for a total of 87. Total trail listings on this website
now: 2,029. 1/8/14.
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