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Donations from individual Fourteener enthusiasts play a critical role in CFI’s field successes. Gifts match restricted grants, while funding expenses many foundations and corporations will not cover, such as feeding field crews and transporting crews and supplies to remote trailheads.

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UPDATESWhat we've been doing

  • My Job as a Trail Builder  – August 18, 2014

    I consider trail building an art.  I have spent eight seasons constructing trails all over the country, and I have had the pleasure of working … Read More >>

  • Fourteener Climbing 101: Intro to Wilderness  – August 15, 2014

    A few years ago I spent the summer working on San Luis peak, Colorado’s least visited Fourteener. In total we spent two years working on … Read More >>

  • A Game of Cat and Mouse  – August 11, 2014

    Thunderstorms approach Head down under tree cover Sky Crackles with Light Part of working in these mountains is accepting the constant cycle of storms that … Read More >>

  • The Challenge Continues  – August 4, 2014

    So here we are, already at the beginning of August! The summer goes by quickly in the Colorado high country, probably because it only lasts … Read More >>

Our Mission


Colorado Fourteeners Initiative protects and preserves the natural integrity of Colorado’s 54 14,000–foot peaks—the “Fourteeners”—through active stewardship and public education.

Colorado’s Fourteeners contain rare and fragile native tundra ecosystems that are uniquely adapted to living on these high peaks. These tundra plants, however, are ill-adapted to being trampled by the half-million people who are estimated to climb these peaks every year. In many places resource damage is past the point of natural recovery.

CFI partners with the US Forest Service, passionate volunteer partners and donors nationwide to:

  1. Create a structure for engaging local communities in the protection of Colorado’s highest peaks
  2. Build and maintain sustainable hiking routes on the Fourteeners to accommodate hiking use while minimizing damage to native alpine ecosystems
  3. Stabilize and restore trampled and eroded areas to protect sensitive alpine plant and animal communities
  4. Educate Fourteener hikers about Leave No Trace principles and sustainable recreational practicesdesigned to lessen ecosystem impacts

Through this unique,voluntary partnership, Colorado’s Fourteener ecosystems are protected from harm while continuing to make the peaks accessible to hikers without burdensome restrictions and fees.