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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CFI's Board Treasurer and resident climbing ambassador Brad McQueen and his climbing partners waved the CFI flag on top of Mount Shavano this weekend. We are excited to work with the USFS to start planning a new sustainbly-aligned summit trail on this high-priority peak. ... See MoreSee Less

Happy Birthday to CFI's most significant agency partner: The U.S. Forest Service! It's been a pleasure working with you to preserve and protect the 14ers for almost a fifth of your existence. Here's to many more years working together to protect some of the nation's most significant public lands. ... See MoreSee Less

It's our anniversary! 112 years ago, Pres. Roosevelt unified all federal forest lands, creating U.S. Forest Service.