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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As the snow slowly starts to blanket the high country, CFI's seasonal field crew members pack up and disperse all over the world. Some travel to warmer climates to continue building trails, some pick up jobs at ski resorts and continue living in the alpine, and others take their hard-earned money and travel abroad. Adopt-a-Peak crew leader Taylor has worked various jobs all over the states but has found a love for the mobile lifestyle that comes with seasonal trail maintenance on the 14ers. Check out his blog to learn more. bit.ly/2xGdWYA ... See MoreSee Less

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The field season is winding down and our crews are starting to de-rig and pack out. The summer always seems to fly by when you're spending so much time in the mountains. The arrival of fall offers a great opportunity to reflect on the season and appreciate all of the hard work put in by staff and volunteers. Check out Riley's blog for a recap of his summer internship! bit.ly/2xAp1tU ... See MoreSee Less

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Chris Ray, PhD, a wildlife biologist and pika researcher at the University of Colorado-Boulder, talks about the food needs of pikas that survive over the long winter on the hay piles they build up during the brief alpine summer. The effect of climate change on some key alpine plants is having an impact on pika survival in some harsh areas like Niwot Ridge. Learn more in this video. bit.ly/2fozfnB ... See MoreSee Less

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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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