Indian Peaks Wilderness

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114 mi 184 km

Hikes

168 mi 270 km

Trails

84

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Easy Trails
8 Trails
Intermediate Trails
27 Trails
Hard Trails
5 Trails

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Indian Peaks Wilderness became part of the National Wilderness Preservation System in 1978 and spans 76,711 acres. This wilderness shares borders with James Peak Wilderness to the south and Rocky Mountain National Park to the north. Elevations range from 8,300 to just over 13,500 feet. Indian Peaks is one of the most visited Wilderness areas in the United States. To encounter fewer people, hike and camp on weekdays and use less popular backcountry zones. Trailhead parking is limited. Always use Leave No Trace to help keep this area wild and pristine. For recorded information call 303-541-2519.

Camping and Lodging

Permits: The Indian Peaks Wilderness is divided into backcountry zones. View a map of Indian Peaks Wilderness & Backcountry Zones (pdf, 274Kb). Permits are issued according to zone and required for camping between June 1 and September 15. Large groups (8 - 12 people) and/or organized groups such as scouts, churches, schools, internet outdoor groups and hiking clubs require permits year-round for day and overnight trips. Download a wilderness permit application form (pdf 134Kb).

Permits are limited and must obtained in advance from the Boulder Ranger District (2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301) or Sulphur Ranger District (9 Ten Mile Drive, P.O. Box 10, Granby, CO, 80446). Please download and complete the wilderness permit application form before visiting the office.

Camping: Click here for a list of Boulder Ranger District Campgrounds.

Visiting Tips

July & August are the best, but also the busiest months to visit the IPW.

Food and Drink

After the Hike: Local Favorites

Tabernash Tavern Try the steaks!
72287 US Hwy 40, Tabernash CO — (970) 726-4430
Hernando's Pizza and Pasta Pub Dip your pizza crust in honey. I know, it sounds weird, but it's just plain awesome.
Rise & Shine Bakery Winner of Westword's Best of Denver 2010 - Best Breakfast Under $2!
Fontenot's Seafood & Grill Excellent service. The surf and turf was great. Steak was better than the Capital Grill.
78259 Hwy 40, Winter Park CO — (970) 726-4021
Sharky's Try 18 Wheeler breakfast!
Carvers The service was great. Get the Mexican Scrambler and share one of the cinnamon rolls. Delicious!
Elevation Pizza Gluten free crust!
551 Zerex St, Fraser CO — (970) 726-0066
Randi's Grill & Pub I saw someone fart on my grilled chicken.
Rudi's Deli Great sandwiches
Pepe Osaka's fishtaco Tequila bar The soft shell crab was about as generic as it gets. Dining mate said the spicy pork was the best
The Smokehouse BBQ Try the sweet and tangy BBQ sauce! With pork ribs.
78656 Hwy 40, Winter Park CO — (970) 722-0227
Fraser Valley Dog Bison Brat was awesome! The jalapeƱo adds just the right kick to the brat.
New Hong Kong Curry Triple Delight was delightful.
Kathmandu The best Nepalese food over 8000 feet!
New Moon Bakery and Cafe This is a great place for a morning meeting. Quiche and coffee is my breakfast of choice here.
1 W 1st St, Nederland CO — (303) 258-3569
Pioneer Inn Cool spot to work an watch a game
Crosscut Pizzeria and Taphouse Best pizza in CO
Backcountry Pizza Eggplant parm sandwich is awesome!
Sagebrush BBQ & Grill Feel free to bust a nut and leave it on the floor. In fact they encourage it.
1101 Grand Ave, Grand Lake CO — (970) 627-1404
Introduction to Outdoor Photography - Level 1: Composition & Technique: Mar 25 - Golden: White Ranch Park
Our REI Outdoor School instructors take you into the field to teach you how to shoot vibrant and stimulating photographs. Photographers of all levels using film or digital cameras are encouraged to attend. Bring your camera and its owner's manual, as well as extra batteries and memory. Details
Wilderness Survival: Winter Skills: Mar 25 - Evergreen: Echo Lake
Join REI Outdoor School for a wilderness self-reliance class. During this class you will learn practical tips and strategies that every outdoor traveler should know such as winter emergency priorities, shelter construction, and how to make your own emergency kit. You will also participate in interactive scenarios to practice and hone your skills. Details
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4.5 mi 7.3 km
#1 Pawnee Pass Trail
Nederland, CO
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#3 Cascade Trail
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#4 Crater Lake Trail
Granby, CO
1.1 mi 1.8 km Granby, CO
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#5 Arapaho Pass Trail
Nederland, CO
12.5 mi 20.2 km Nederland, CO
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#7 Buchanan Pass Trail
Nederland, CO
15.0 mi 24.2 km Nederland, CO
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Nederland, CO
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12.3 mi 19.8 km
#9 High Lonesome Trail
Fraser, CO
12.3 mi 19.8 km Fraser, CO
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2.1 mi 3.5 km Nederland, CO
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7.9 mi 12.8 km Nederland, CO
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#12 East Shore Trail
Grand Lake, CO
6.9 mi 11.2 km Grand Lake, CO
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6.9 mi 11.1 km
#13 Beaver Creek Trail
Nederland, CO
6.9 mi 11.1 km Nederland, CO
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Estes Park, CO
6.4 mi 10.3 km Estes Park, CO
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Fraser, CO
4.2 mi 6.8 km Fraser, CO
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Nederland, CO
3.6 mi 5.9 km Nederland, CO
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Nederland, CO
2.6 mi 4.1 km Nederland, CO
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Fraser, CO
0.8 mi 1.4 km Fraser, CO
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4.4 mi 7.1 km
#20 King Lake Trail
Nederland, CO
4.4 mi 7.1 km Nederland, CO
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