Our Mission

To protect and preserve the natural integrity of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks through active stewardship and public education.


Protecting the Alpine

CFI partners with the US Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and passionate volunteers and donors nationwide to protect and restore the fragile alpine ecosystems on Colorado’s 14ers.

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About Us

Colorado Fourteeners Initiative was formed in 1994 as a partnership of nonprofit organizations, concerned individuals, and public agencies. Our mission is to preserve and protect the natural integrity of Colorado’s Fourteeners after a 1993 study noted significant environmental impacts due to rapidly expanding recreational use.

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Fall hiking weather has arrived in the high country. September and October generally see fewer afternoon thunderstorms than the busy summer months, which can make for some spectacular conditions. Check out this video with Denver meteorologist Chris Tomer for some help understanding Colorado's shoulder season weather. bit.ly/2eY0aG9 ... See MoreSee Less

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This season, veteran crew leader Tom Cronin has been recording foot-by-foot, detailed notes of 17 routes to complete the statewide trail conditions inventories for CFI's 14er Report Card. When finished CFI will have baseline data for 9 new peaks and secondary information on 12 peaks, which will allow us to determine how on-the-ground conditions have changed since initial research was gathered between 2011-2013. CompassTools, Inc. ... See MoreSee Less

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After three full months working with the griphoist and highline rigging system the Mount Columbia crew has mastered the art of flying large rocks across the mountainside. In total the crew members have moved 262 rocks to be used for retaining walls and 42 rocks to be used for steps. The volume of material moved to date totals 2,962 ft3. Photos by Eli Allan ... See MoreSee Less

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Did you know that pikas found on different mountain ranges have different dialects? Chris Ray, PhD, a wildlife biologist and pika researcher at the University of Colorado-Boulder gives us some insight on what pika are saying. Check it out: bit.ly/2vMOz7C ... See MoreSee Less

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CFI would like to extend a big thank you to Bill Middlebrook and everyone who contributed to the 14ers.com Summer Fundraising Campaign. While the majority of gifts came through the Colorado Gives site, we also received several checks and online donations that brought the total to $59,110! Congratulations to Sarah Bodhaine and Tony Eichstadt, the randomly selected winners of new Osprey Packs backpacks. Thank you for all the support! ... See MoreSee Less

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