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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Living in an inhospitable area at the edge of possible life, alpine plants spend years creating a single bloom. Picking flowers prevents the creation of seeds that are necessary for the propagation of future plants. Learn more about why you should never pick wildflowers in the video below. bit.ly/2v1wWjI ... See MoreSee Less

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Our friends at Outdoor Trail Maps LLC were kind enough to send over some of the new "14er Series" hiking maps to raffle off to volunteers and donors. The new series includes 16 ultralight, waterproof, tear resistant and detailed (1:30,000 scale) maps. Stay tuned for your chance to win a complete set! ... See MoreSee Less

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Lloyd and Ben were out this morning with Emily Olsen, Colorado Program Manager of the National Forest Foundation, checking out this summer's work on Mount Elbert's East Ridge route. NFF's "Find Your Fourteener" campaign has been raising money, fostering collaboration among stewardship groups and supporting new approaches to 14er trail projects. Things have proceeded so quickly on the route that the lowest bypass will probably be open by the end of the week. This will allow for closure, stabilization and restoration on the steep and heavily eroded social trail that connects with the Colorado/Continental Divide Trail. Look for signage noting the change in the route and then stay on the new route. ... See MoreSee Less

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With only a few weeks left until she returns to Vermont for her junior year at Middlebury College, Claire took some time to reflect on her experiences interning with CFI this summer. Inspired by Anne Lamott’s “12 Truths I Learned From Life and Writing“, Claire outlined 10 lessons learned in the mountains. Check it out. bit.ly/2eITNcI ... See MoreSee Less

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Between leading volunteer stewardship projects and his personal love of hiking, CFI Adopt-a-Peak crew leader Taylor spends a lot of time on Colorado's tallest peaks. Consequently, he sees the damage that uneducated and unprepared hikers cause to the fragile alpine tundra. Check out his blog to learn more about his struggle to balance conservation and recreation. bit.ly/2vtqQ8C ... See MoreSee Less

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