Indian Peaks Wilderness

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118 mi 189 km

Hikes

162 mi 260 km

Trails

84

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Intermediate Trails
26 Trails
Hard Trails
4 Trails

Details

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.
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4.5 mi 7.2 km
#1 Pawnee Pass Trail
Nederland, CO
4.5 mi 7.2 km Nederland, CO
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6.6 mi 10.6 km Nederland, CO
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9.7 mi 15.6 km
#3 Cascade Trail
Granby, CO
9.7 mi 15.6 km Granby, CO
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1.1 mi 1.8 km
#4 Crater Lake Trail
Granby, CO
1.1 mi 1.8 km Granby, CO
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11.8 mi 19.0 km
#5 Arapaho Pass Trail
Nederland, CO
11.8 mi 19.0 km Nederland, CO
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Nederland, CO
0.5 mi 0.7 km Nederland, CO
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15.0 mi 24.2 km
#7 Buchanan Pass Trail
Nederland, CO
15.0 mi 24.2 km Nederland, CO
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Nederland, CO
2.1 mi 3.3 km 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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Nederland, CO
2.1 mi 3.5 km Nederland, CO
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Nederland, CO
7.9 mi 12.8 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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7.3 mi 11.7 km
#13 Beaver Creek Trail
Nederland, CO
7.3 mi 11.7 km Nederland, CO
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Nederland, CO
3.1 mi 5.0 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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Snowy - Mostly packed down snow, but it was melting quickly. Didn't need snowshoes.
93 days ago
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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2.6 mi 4.3 km
#21 Niwot Ridge Trail
Nederland, CO
2.6 mi 4.3 km Nederland, CO
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Nederland, CO
1.3 mi 2.1 km Nederland, CO
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Nederland, CO
2.1 mi 3.4 km Nederland, CO
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Grand Lake, CO
6.2 mi 10.1 km Grand Lake, 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
0.6 mi 1.0 km Nederland, CO
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Grand Lake, CO
12.6 mi 20.3 km Grand Lake, CO
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Fraser, CO
21.3 mi 34.3 km Fraser, CO
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