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What's Happening

  • July 19. Thunder on the Prairie. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Discover the history and behavior or the iconic American bison during a short auditorium presentation. Then venture out with a naturalist to get a closer look at these agile giants. More.
  • July 20. Birding for Beginners. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver. 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Learn how to use binoculars, guide books, and how to identify our feathered friends through visual aids in an auditorium presentation. Then venture into the field with naturalists to put your new skills to the test. More.
  • July 21-23. Colorado Mountain Club's Youth Education Program: Meet the Mountains. American Mountaineering Center, Golden. 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. $250. This unique three-day course is designed to introduce youth ages 8-10 to the outdoors through observation games, hiking, and hands-on discovery activities. Participants will try rock climbing, learn to use a compass, create a naturalist notebook, identify animals and more!  More.
  • July 22. Rock Climbing Basics. REI Fort Collins. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Participants will leave with an understanding of the different types of climbing, what gear is necessary and the basics on how to get started. Note: this is an informational class - not an "on-the-wall" climbing session. More, registration required.
  • July 23, 24, 29. Bike Maintenance Basics. REI Westminster (July 23), REI Denver (July 24), REI Boulder (July 29), REI Englewood (July 29), REI Lakewood (July 29). 6:30 - 8:00 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. Westminster: more, registration required. Denver: more, registration required. Boulder: more, registration required. Englewood: more, registration required. Lakewood: more, registration required.
  • July 24. How to Climb a 14er. REI Colorado Springs. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Join REI as we give you the essentials and know-how to tackle the Colorado giants. More, registration required.
  • July 26. GPS Navigation Basics. REI Grand Junction. 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Join us to learn basics of hand-held GPS navigation. Learn how to pinpoint your location, mark waypoints and navigate to distant points. If you own a GPS unit, please bring it to class. 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 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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