Our Mission

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

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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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CFI is preparing to write one of our largest grants that, if funded, will be the backbone of our statewide trail stewardship work in 2019-2020. Now we need your input to help us determine where and how to best focus our efforts. Please take take five minutes to complete the following survey so that CFI can better gauge public interest. Those who complete the survey will be entered to win free CFI schwag including a trucker hat, complete 14er map series, or LEKI folding camp chair. bit.ly/2xoGFRk ... See MoreSee Less

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This season, funding from the National Forest Foundation's "Find Your Fourteener" campaign allowed CFI and partner organization Rocky Mountain Youth Corps to hire two seasonal crew members as a "peak apprentice". Hannah has been working overlapping hitches with the fixed site and Adopt-a-Peak crews on Mount Elbert to ensure that work priorities are communicated as crews and volunteers move in and out of each project site. Check out Hannah's blog to learn more about the planning process for Mount Elbert's new trail. bit.ly/2jwv6Ck ... See MoreSee Less

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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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