Indian Peaks Wilderness

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114 mi 184 km

Hikes

165 mi 266 km

Trails

84

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Easy Trails
6 Trails
Intermediate Trails
27 Trails
Hard Trails
5 Trails

Local Info

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 & 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 & 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
Mid Town Cafe Cheap breakfast
420 US Hwy 40, Granby CO — (970) 557-3123
Sharky's Try 18 Wheeler breakfast!
Carvers The service was great. Get the Mexican Scrambler and share one of the cinnamon rolls. Delicious!
Azteca Enchiladas
395 E Agate Ave., Granby CO — (970) 557-3014
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.
Maverick's Grille Order the avocado fries!
15 E Agate Ave., Granby CO — (970) 887-9000
New Hong Kong Curry Triple Delight was delightful.
Java Lava Ask for "Steve's Burrito" - it's not on the menu, but is loaded with meat and cheese and smothered in green chili!
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
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4.5 mi 7.3 km
#1 Pawnee Pass Trail
Nederland, CO
4.5 mi 7.3 km Nederland, CO
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Dry, Snowy, Some Mud, Fallen Trees: Mostly packed snow with some muddy sections and the occasional dry section. Snow travel is relatively easy, no post-holing.
2 days ago
Nederland, CO
6.6 mi 10.6 km Nederland, CO
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Mostly Dry, Some Mud - we followed hessie Trailhead up to Lost Lake today the only issues we saw were some very muddy spots some portions of the tr...
2 days ago
1.1 mi 1.8 km
#3 Crater Lake Trail
Granby, CO
1.1 mi 1.8 km Granby, CO
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15.0 mi 24.2 km
#4 Buchanan Pass Trail
Nederland, CO
15.0 mi 24.2 km Nederland, CO
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13.1 mi 21.1 km
#5 Arapaho Pass Trail
Nederland, CO
13.1 mi 21.1 km Nederland, CO
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Snowy, Some Mud
10 days ago
Nederland, CO
7.9 mi 12.8 km Nederland, CO
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9.7 mi 15.7 km
#7 Cascade Trail
Granby, CO
9.7 mi 15.7 km Granby, CO
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Nederland, CO
2.1 mi 3.3 km Nederland, CO
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Dry, Snowy, Some Mud, Fallen Trees: Mostly packed snow with some muddy sections and the occasional dry section. Snow travel is relatively easy, no post-holing.
2 days ago
12.3 mi 19.8 km
#9 High Lonesome Trail
Fraser, CO
12.3 mi 19.8 km Fraser, CO
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Nederland, CO
0.5 mi 0.7 km Nederland, CO
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Nederland, CO
2.1 mi 3.5 km Nederland, CO
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6.9 mi 11.2 km
#12 East Shore Trail
Grand Lake, CO
6.9 mi 11.2 km Grand Lake, CO
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Nederland, CO
3.6 mi 5.9 km Nederland, CO
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Snowy, Some Mud
10 days ago
Fraser, CO
4.2 mi 6.8 km Fraser, CO
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6.9 mi 11.1 km
#15 Beaver Creek Trail
Nederland, CO
6.9 mi 11.1 km Nederland, CO
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2.6 mi 4.3 km
#16 Niwot Ridge Trail
Nederland, CO
2.6 mi 4.3 km Nederland, CO
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4.4 mi 7.1 km
#17 King Lake Trail
Nederland, CO
4.4 mi 7.1 km Nederland, CO
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Muddy, Snowy - Deep snow / mud higher than 10,000" elevation.
9 days ago
Nederland, CO
2.6 mi 4.1 km Nederland, CO
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Nederland, CO
3.1 mi 5.0 km Nederland, CO
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Fraser, CO
0.8 mi 1.4 km Fraser, CO
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Estes Park, CO
6.4 mi 10.3 km Estes Park, CO
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Nederland, CO
1.3 mi 2.1 km Nederland, CO
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Nederland, CO
0.6 mi 1.0 km Nederland, CO
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Nederland, CO
1.3 mi 2.1 km Nederland, CO
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Grand Lake, CO
6.2 mi 10.1 km Grand Lake, CO
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3.2 mi 5.2 km
#26 Gourd Lake Trail
Grand Lake, CO
3.2 mi 5.2 km Grand Lake, CO
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Grand Lake, CO
2.2 mi 3.5 km Grand Lake, CO
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Fraser, CO
21.3 mi 34.3 km Fraser, CO
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Grand Lake, CO
12.6 mi 20.3 km Grand Lake, CO
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