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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Today, we would like to recognize Jim Lovelace as CFI's 2017 Agency Partner of the Year. Jim is the Outdoor Recreation Planner for the BLM Gunnison Field Office. He works with our field staff on projects and always ensures that we have everything we need to be successful. Jim has an outstanding work ethic and shares the passion that embodies the CFI spirit and love of the alpine. Thanks, Jim! Bureau of Land Management - Colorado ... See MoreSee Less

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The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has issued an avalanche warning for the Southern San Juan Mountains. Very dangerous conditions exist. In addition, portions of the Vail-Summit and Front Range zones have developed a deep persistent slab problem. If you're traveling in avalanche terrain please check the CAIC forecast to help you determine what terrain to avoid. www.colorado.gov/avalanche bit.ly/2F1AGnp ... See MoreSee Less

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Congratulations to CFI's 2017 Rookies of the Year - Wes Cochran and Rachael Aronson. Last year, the Salida-based couple volunteered on three separate projects for a combined total of 10 days in the field. Wes and Rachael also helped implement CFI's Mount Shavano celebration event in Salida. In addition, they joined CFI's staff and board members for a celebratory summit of Mount Shavano. Thanks Rachael and Wes! ... See MoreSee Less

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Today, we would like to recognize Terry Mattison as CFI's 2017 Peak Steward of the Year. Two years ago, Terry volunteered to coordinate the Peak Steward program. He has done an outstanding job leading training sessions, recruiting volunteers, and motivating stewards to get into the field. Since 2016, Terry has educated more than 850 hikers on the mountain and countless more at REI's "How to Climb a 14er" clinics. Thank you for all of the time and hard work you've put into improving our Peak Stewards program! Below: Terry (left) talking with hikers on Mount Bierstadt. ... See MoreSee Less

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CFI would like extend a huge thank you to our 2017 Corporate Partner of the Year - 14er Brewing Company. Co-owners Nato and Andrew approached CFI in 2016 to partner with their start-up. Since then, 14er Brewing has successfully stocked shelves and taps across the Front Range and even opened a beautiful tap room in RiNo arts district. Despite growing quickly, they've stayed true to their mission and provided CFI with overwhelming support through product donations, expertise, and promotional efforts. Thanks again guys. We look forward to another great year and more tasty beer! ... See MoreSee Less

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Congratulations to Sarah Seibold, CFI's 2017 Adopt-a-Peak Volunteer of the Year! Last summer, Sarah volunteered on five separate projects for a total of 17 days. She also spent five days in the field as a Peak Steward where she contacted more than 60 hikers about responsible recreation practices in the alpine. CFI's field staff raved about Sarah's work ethic and positive attitude. Thank you for all of you hard work, Sarah. We can't wait to have you back out in 2018! (pictured below - center with CFI staff) ... See MoreSee Less

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