Colorado Fourteeners Initiative protects, preserves, enhances and restores the natural integrity of Colorado's 54 peaks over 14,000 feet in elevation--the "Fourteeners"--through active stewardship and public education. CFI accomplishes its mission through volunteer-based trail construction, maintenance and restoration projects and educational programs that actively involve Fourteener enthusiasts in the long-term stewardship of these peaks.
Colorado Fourteeners Initiative was formed in 1994 as a partnership of nonprofit organizations, concerned individuals and public agencies to preserve the natural integrity of the 54 Colorado peaks exceeding 14,000 feet-known as the "Fourteeners"-and the high-quality recreational opportunities they provide. Founding organizations included the Colorado Mountain Club, Colorado Outward Bound School, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, Rocky Mountain Field Institute, Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, and the US Forest Service. CFI was incorporated as an independent organization in 1996, but retains close ties and continues to partner with several founding groups each year to carry out volunteer programs and educational efforts.
"I've been up Mt. of the Holy Cross and North Maroon Peak in the past month. CFI did a fantastic job improving and managing sections of the trail on both mountains. That was a lot of hard work! Congratulations and thank you. I am glad to have contributed to CFI." - Richard Hoffman (Denver, CO)
"This experience ranks at the top of my life. I learned so much about the Wilderness Act and about trail construction, and about myself. It was the hardest thing I have ever done in the mountains. I will never look at a rock- perfectly placed, probably rotated multiple times- the same again. For the past few years I have donated money. This year I donated my time. I hope I was able to give back a fraction of what the mountains have given me." - Jesse Maurer (Colorado Springs, CO).