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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There are 24 days left in the 14ers.com summer fundraising campaign and we just crossed the halfway mark to our $50,000 goal. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help protect the Fourteeners' fragile alpine ecosystems for future generations. bit.ly/2vDyNr6 ... See MoreSee Less

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Calling all volunteers! Come help the National Forest Foundation, CFI, and other stewardship organizations close and restore the old socially-created trail on Mount Elbert. Join the collaborative effort Saturday and Sunday, August 19-20. Follow the link to learn more and register: bit.ly/2vTrGz3 ... See MoreSee Less

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More photos from the Elbert worksite visit with the National Forest Foundation. The crews are making some impressive progress and hope to open the lower reroute very soon! ... See MoreSee Less

Through the NFF’s Find Your Fourteener campaign and with generous support from REI, crews from the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative (CFI) and Rocky Mountain Youth Corps are building a new East Ridge...

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Colorado's alpine ecosystem is home to a variety of rare and fragile plants that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Microclimates influenced by heat given off by rocks, moisture captured in talus fields, and the age of the topsoil can create the perfect balance that allows these plants to survive. Alpine ecologist John Giordanengo tells us more: bit.ly/2uqmEtt ... See MoreSee Less

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We had a great turnout on Quandary Peak this weekend for the last single-day project of the season. A big thank you goes out to everyone who volunteered. The Adopt-a-Peak crew leaders were amazed at how much work was completed! Photos provided by Priscilla Clayton. ... See MoreSee Less

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