Indian Peaks Wilderness

General Information

The Indian Peaks area became part of the National Wilderness Preservation System in 1978. Many of the peaks within the area were named after American Indian tribes of the west. The Indian Peaks Wilderness is 76,586 acres. Adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park's southern boundary, the Indian Peaks is one of the most often-visited wilderness areas in the United States. To encounter fewer people, hike and camp on weekdays and use less popular backcountry zones.

For recorded voice information about the Indian Peaks Wilderness, please call 303-541-2519.

The Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the Indian Peaks Wilderness.

The Grand County Wilderness Group is a non-profit group that works to assist the U.S. Forest Service in the preservation, protection, improvement and public understanding of the wilderness areas in Grand County. They can be contacted at P.O. Box 2200, Fraser, CO 80442, or by phone at 970-726-4626.

Map of the Indian Peaks Wilderness and Backcountry Zones (pdf, 274Kb)


Check for specific rules and regulations in the Indian Peaks Wilderness on its rules and regulations page.

Permit Issuing Locations

Permits are required for all overnight use in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area from June 1 through September 15 annually. The permit fee is $5 per group. Contact Boulder Ranger District at 303-541-2500.

Boulder Ranger District
USDA Forest Service
2140 Yarmouth Ave.
Boulder, CO 80301
(303) 541-2500

Sulphur Ranger District
USDA Forest Service
9 Ten Mile Drive
P.O. Box 10
Granby, CO 80446
(970) 887-4100

Summer only

Monarch and Junco Lake
Wilderness Stations
Both are staffed by the Grand County Wilderness Group volunteers

Indian Peaks Ace Hardware
74 Hwy. 119 South
(West side of 119)
Nederland, CO 80466


Permits are also required for camping in Rocky Mountain National Park. For information, please call (970)586-1242.

Click on a link below for a printable permit application form:

Application form in pdf (134 Kb)

Trails in the Indian Peaks Wilderness


Arapaho Glacier

High Lonesome

Arapaho Creek

Isabelle Glacier

Arapaho Pass

Jean Lunning

Beaver Creek

King Lake

Buchanan Pass (east)

Knight Ridge

Buchanan Pass (west)

Lost Lake


Mitchell Lake

Cascade Creek

Mount Audubon

Columbine Lake

Pawnee Pass

Crater Lake

Rainbow Lakes

Coney Lake

Roaring Fork

Devil's Thumb

Saint Vrain Glacier

Diamond Lake

Saint Vrain Mountain

Gourd Lake

South Saint Vrain

Hell Canyon

Woodland Lake