Indian Peaks Wilderness

Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests Pawnee Ng, Near Nederland, Colorado

Indian Peaks Wilderness does not offer reservations through Please take a look at the area details below for more information about visiting this location. Enjoy your visit!


Please click on the "Permits & Regulations" link to the right for information about Wilderness regulations.

After September 15th, a permit is not required to camp in the Indian Peaks Wilderness for groups with 1-7 people. For large groups (8-12 people), permits are required year round. If you need a large group permit, please contact the Boulder Ranger District office at 303-541-2500.

NOTE: Designated sites at Diamond Lake, Jasper Lake, Caribou Lake, and Crater Lake are first come, first serve after September 15th.

The Indian Peaks Wilderness was designated as a protected wilderness area in 1978 by an act of Congress. It encompasses 73,391 acres with over 50 lakes, 28 trails covering 133 miles, and six passes across the Continental Divide. Elevations in these wilderness areas vary from 8,400 to over 13,500 feet, from montane to sub-alpine and alpine lifezones. It borders the James Peak Wilderness to the south and Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) to the north.

The Indian Peaks Wilderness is located a 45 minute drive west of Boulder and 1-hour drive northwest from Denver.

​Between Memorial Day and Labor Day each year, approximately 150,000+ visitors make the Indian Peaks Wilderness one of the most heavily used wilderness areas in the country due to its close proximity to the Denver/Boulder metro area.

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