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, Bureau of Land Management, passionate volunteer partners 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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With more people climbing the 14ers every year, how hikers handle human waste disposal in the alpine regions is crucial to preserving these fragile areas. This video explains why CFI is promoting the "pack-out" ethic for human waste when climbing the Fourteeners. bit.ly/2symKew ... See MoreSee Less

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This year, veteran crew leader Tom Cronin is moving into a new role as Sustainable Trails Coordinator. Tom will be traveling around the state to gather baseline route condition data on peaks that were not initially inventoried in Phase I (2011-2013). He will also begin conducting secondary inventories on several peaks, allowing CFI to better understand how on-the-ground conditions have changed over time and how investments of time and money have improved conditions.

To learn more check out Tom's blog: www.14ers.org/cfi-and-sustainable-trails/
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As the snow quickly melts and reveals the trail and tundra you will start to see cushion plants - the pioneers of alpine ecology! Over thousands of years these cushion plants help to stabilize the degraded rocky slopes and help create the soil for the majority of the other alpine plants that live on the 14ers. Remember to stay off the tundra as just a few footsteps can destroy these fragile plant communities. bit.ly/2roKN25 ... See MoreSee Less

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For the past several summers CFI has participated in the Colorado Leaders, Interns, and Mentors in Business (CLIMB) program, which seeks “to provide students from top-tier colleges with one-of-a-kind internships while exposing them to all that Colorado has to offer, as well as support the growth and development of business in Colorado”.

Head over to our blog for more insight on the CLIMB program and a chance to meet Claire, CFI's summer intern. bit.ly/2rp2ZDU
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