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UPDATESWhat we've been doing

  • A Return to the Primitive  – September 22, 2014

    In the Wilderness Act of 1964, which we can thank for areas like the Holy Cross Wilderness, part of the definition of wilderness contains the … Read More >>

  • From Sea Level to Summit  – September 19, 2014

    I drove from Atlanta to Colorado in early August knowing little about what the next two months doing trail maintenance may entail.  Soon enough I … Read More >>

  • The Tail End  – September 15, 2014

    It’s the time of the year, the end of the field season.  There is a light at the end of the tunnel, an end to … Read More >>

  • Something That Doesn’t Belong  – September 8, 2014

    I was hiking an alpine trail, surrounded by lush grass with wildflowers the color of the rainbow. Suddenly, I catch a glimpse of one of … Read More >>

Our History

Colorado Fourteeners Initiative was formed in 1994 as a partnership of nonprofit organizations, concerned individuals, and public agencies 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. Founding organizations included the Colorado Mountain Club, Colorado Outward Bound School, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, the Rocky Mountain Field Institute, Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, and the US Forest Service.

Since CFI’s founding, Colorado’s population has been among the fastest growing in the nation. Between 1990 and 2010 Colorado added 1.7 million new residents, a 53% increase. Outdoor recreation is the second-largest segment of Colorado’s tourism industry with over 40% of visitors stopping in the mountains, putting increasing pressure on these unique and fragile ecosystems.

Today, CFI isthe nation’s leading high-altitude trail-building, terrain-restoration and visitor-education organization. CFI has built 29 sustainably located, designed and constructed summit routes on 26 peaks, with its work garnering honors and awards from Congress, the US Forest Service, the National Forest Foundation and other organizations.